Fear

Fear

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by L. Ron Hubbard
     
 

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"A classic tale of creeping, surreal menace and horror... one of the really, really good ones." — Stephen King

Professor James Lowry didn't believe in spirits, or witches, or demons. Not until a gentle spring evening when his hat disappeared, and suddenly he couldn't remember the last four hours of his life. Now, the quiet…  See more details below

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"A classic tale of creeping, surreal menace and horror... one of the really, really good ones." — Stephen King

Professor James Lowry didn't believe in spirits, or witches, or demons. Not until a gentle spring evening when his hat disappeared, and suddenly he couldn't remember the last four hours of his life. Now, the quiet university town of Atworthy is changing - slightly at first, then faster and more frighteningly each time he tries to remember. Lowry is pursued by a dark, secret evil that is turning his whole world against him while it whispers a warning from the shadows: If you find your hat you'll find your four hours. If you find your four hours then you will die...
 

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Library Journal
Ethnology professor Jim Lowry publishes a study explaining modern superstitions as the remnants of the primitive delusion that demons were the cause of disease and misfortune. Now it seems that demons may have begun a campaign of revenge for Lowry's skepticism: he awakens on a sidewalk, his clothes torn and stained, with no memory of the past four hours. In dreams he is told that if he finds the four hours, he will die. The publisher has adjured reviewers ``please do not reveal the startling ending.'' There is indeed a twist, which is mildly clever though not ``startling.'' According to the publisher, Fear first appeared in 1940 in the fantasy magazine Unknown and received praise from fantasy master Ray Bradbury. Though Fear may have been groundbreaking in 1940, the development of fantasy and horror fiction in the last 50 years means that the novel, unfortunately, seems a bit convoluted and curiously bland now. However, Hubbard's works are in demand, and Fear provides an interesting look at horror/fantasy of the 1940s.-- A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington D.C.
From the Publisher

"A true scare!" —Ray Bradbury

"FEAR is L. Ron Hubbard's finest work!" —Robert Bloch

"From Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, a literary debt is owed to L. Ron Hubbard for FEAR." —David Hartwell

"A masterpiece... Fear has everything: thumping great story, colorful action writing and some very nice desciptions..." —Mystery Scene

"A first-class work ... a must purchase." —Booklist

"...a ripely surrealistic horror novel." —Kirkus Reviews

"Scary stuff.  Highly recommended." —Calgary Herald

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592125593
Publisher:
Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
05/15/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
72,724
File size:
443 KB
Age Range:
14 Years

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A classic tale of creeping, surreal menace and horror...one of the really, really good ones.
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Robert Bloch
Fear is L. Ron Hubbard's finest work!

Meet the Author

With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.


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Fear 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, there is some great material here. This is the first L. Ron Hubbard book I've read. It has an interesting subject, do demons and such exist? Well, it is a suspensive read, and it reads quickly. I could hardly put it down. However, the ending is quite a disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a great story. The characters are believable, the dialogue is tight, and there's a great deal of atmosphere that works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a great read. It kind of leaves you hanging and not in a good way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm new to Hubbard as an author but the premise of the book caught my eye because it reminded me of the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits.  The story does have that kind of vibe which I liked but the writing is not consistent.  I did like the book because I love this style of suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It started off a little slow for me but it immediately picked up and i was sucked in. I would best describe the genre as a psychological thriller . It has you thinking at every turn and trying to figure out what will happen in the end. If i had more time i would have finished this book in two days just so i could find out what was next. If you love a good horror story and thinker this is your best bet! For me personally it wasn't scary but it takes a lot to scare me so if your easily scared don't read this at night lol.
freckles67 More than 1 year ago
One of the few books i've read where the ending totally justified the bewildering pages before it. My jaw dropped open when i read those final pages.
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DebbyJ More than 1 year ago
Grabs you from the first page so you do not want to put it down. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short book to past time
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Proper sentences - what a pleasure. This is truly a timeless story of madness. An excellent must read.
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Good write but the ending could be better.
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oldladyjm More than 1 year ago
started reading this book and at first i was really getting into it, but the further i got, it is really not my kind of read....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Somehow I knew it would end that way. A bit difficult to follow and sometimes tedious. I do thank B&N for the free offer of such a great author.