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Posted June 1, 2014
Wayne Allen Sallee is my favorite horror writer. Some horror writers are good at showing us the seedier side of human existence. Sallee shows us that the people who live on that seedier side have the same humanity as anyone else, and perhaps a purer sort of humanity, tempered by the things they endure. The Holy Terror is Sallee’s first novel. It’s set in Chicago, a city the author knows well, and features a serial killer who is preying on those who are physically crippled. With the police unable to make any headway on the case, the victims must become their own protectors. One man in particular, Evan Shustak, dons the roll of The American Dream, a superhero with no powers other than his ability to endure. This book is the story of those, like Evan, who endure the unendurable. It’s not a “comfortable” read. But it can be touching as well as brutal. It won’t leave you unmarked, and I highly recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 3, 2011
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