Reign by Chet Williamson 8.50   2

Bram Stoker Award nominee 1990.

One question raised by any horror story is: Why, if its supernatural monsters exist, haven't they been encountered before? Williamson (Ash Wednesday) resolves this problem in a believable, elegant manner, grounding his thoroughly enjoyable novel in our "normal" world. The story centers around a renovated theater in Pennsylvania and is arranged in three acts, plus overture and curtain call. The tension in Act I heightens as the reader must decide if this is a murder mystery, psychodrama, horror or fantasy, with Williamson offering clues to support each possibility. Theaters have a history of ghosts and accidents, but as the number of deaths at the Venetian mounts, the police become less inclined to accept verdicts of "accident." Owner/actor Dennis Hamilton has nothing obvious to gain from the killings, nor could he have caused them, but his strange behavior makes others wonder if he might not have a double or another personality – or something else entirely – that does want the deaths. Williamson's inventive resolution is sure to satisfy.

Category: Horror

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Release date 1990
Details updated September 7, 2010
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