Rick Hautala – Cold Whisper (Zebra Books, 1991, 446 p.)
Tully. He made Sarah's every wish come true. He appeared to her eyes alone and spoke so that only she could hear. Somestimes Sarah wondered if it was all her imagination. But the things that Tully made happen were all to real. And, as Sarah grew up, they were all too horrible.
Now Sarah, a college freshman in Maine, lives in terror. She mustn't think bad thoughts. She mustn't give in tot the lure of Tully's powers. She mustn't ever, ever get angry. For what Tully doesn't understand is that some wishes aren't meant to be granted.
This is the 8th novel of Hautala and the only one I have. He was a typical midlist-writer who was very prolific for a time, but didn't find better markets. The end of Zebra was basically the end of his visibillity. Later he co-wrote a couple of YA with Cristopher Golden and some thrillers (?) under the pseudonym A. J.Matthews. According to Golden he was in no good shape financially before his untimely death with 64, which for a guy who had some million-sellers in his resumé is just sad. Golden did one of those benefit-anthologies for the family whose contributors reads like a who is who of the genre. (That the same happened to a guy like Gahan Wilson is just appaling.)
This novel had one of those holographic covers which unfortunatly don't reproduce in a scan. The girl in the mirror transforms into a demon if held at the right angle. I don't care for those gimmicks, but it admittedly looks very nice and is fun.