A modern murder story with a devilish twist!
Master of horror William Sleator has created another creepy, heart-pumping classic in Hell Phone. Nick wants a cell phone so he can talk to his girlfriend, Jen, after school, and the used phone he buys seems like a bargain. That is, until the phone calls begin – demanding, disturbed strangers calling night and day. At first Nick wants to get rid of the phone, but the creepy callers and the phone's ghoulish games pull him into a web of crime, pushing him to steal, con... and kill.
Fans of Sleator's The Boy Who Couldn't Die will enjoy this equally diabolical thriller.
Praise for Hell Phone:
"An entertaining and unquestionably dark diversion..." – Publishers Weekly
"Sleator, the author of Interstellar Pig, The Boy Who Couldn't Die, and many other SF thrillers for YAs, excels at this genre, and horror fans will enjoy every nasty detail." – Kliatt
"A suspense-filled plot and touches of macabre humor will appeal to both horror fans and reluctant readers." – Kirkus
"The rapid pace and vivid, unsettling conception of the Inferno will grab horror readers." – School Library Journal
William Warner Sleator III (1945–2011), known as William Sleator, was an American science fiction author who wrote primarily young adult novels but also wrote for younger readers. His books typically deal with adolescents coming across a peculiar phenomenon related to an element of theoretical science, then trying to deal with the situation. The theme of family relationships, especially between siblings, is frequently intertwined with the science fiction plotline.
Due to the suspenseful and often eerie nature of some of his works, Sleator has been compared to young-adult horror writer R. L. Stine. Others cite a strong resemblance to the paranoid, dream-like style of Franz Kafka, which is most notable in House of Stairs, one of Sleator's most powerful novels.
William Sleator. Wikipedia.