The autograph hounds gather outside Thomas's bungalow. The want to see the actor and know him. But Thomas does not know himself, or the mystery raging in his soul.
He has always recreated his past to fit his self-Image, living on coke and money and fame. But now, when his fans leave their vigil, butchered birds are left behind, and violent dreams wake Thomas in a sweat …
A stranger in a long black cape runs along the moonlit beach. A stranger like the character Thomas once played, like the man who once murdered Thomas's daughter in the dark, pounding surf.
Who is the stranger? Which is the self? Once the facade cracks, memories flood back, and now young woman are beginning to die around Thomas …
For the actor, the worst horror is simply the truth.
While the Dell Abyss line is held in high regard, the ones I read I remember either as a crushing bore or pretentious to the max. K.K.Rusch is an incredibly prolific writer, who did a lot of novels either herself or in collaboration with her husband Dean Wesley Smith, a lot of those for the novelization market, mostly Star Trek. Seems today she is only doing the self-publishing bit with her husband, with the typical barely acceptable - or godawful - covers.
Her style is very smooth and accessible, which made it very different than other Dell Abyss books. I had Facade as a dull book in memory, and a quick browsing reinforced this. The end - and its twist - would be barely acceptable in a short story, and especially not in a 300+ pages novel. The rest is mellow and boring, frankly it reminds me of one of those cozy Hallmark Mystery Movies, inoffensive crap like Garage Sale Mystery.
While the Dell Abyss line is held in high regard, the ones I read I remember either as a crushing bore or pretentious to the max.
Kathe Koja's THE CIPHER and Nancy Holder's DEAD IN THE WATER are great.
I don't know the Holder novel, only read some of her novelization work which was competent but didn't inspire me to sought her out. About THE CIPHER, I have it, albeit in the translation, but can't remember much about it. But hated BAD BRAINS, which I will do post next week.