Tempter [NOOK Book]


A has-been rock star looks to revive his career and is tricked into helping an evil spirit imprisoned in an abandoned mansion deep in the Louisiana bayous
New Orleans has long been famous for good food, good times, good music—and voodoo. When troubled musician Alex Rossiter relocates to the Big Easy, he soon finds his rock star mojo working again. Not only is his new band attracting notice, he’s also having affairs with two gorgeous ...
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A has-been rock star looks to revive his career and is tricked into helping an evil spirit imprisoned in an abandoned mansion deep in the Louisiana bayous
New Orleans has long been famous for good food, good times, good music—and voodoo. When troubled musician Alex Rossiter relocates to the Big Easy, he soon finds his rock star mojo working again. Not only is his new band attracting notice, he’s also having affairs with two gorgeous women: the sexy voodoo queen Ti Alice, and beautiful businesswoman Charlotte “Charlie” Calder. But when Rossiter stumbles across a long-lost book of ancient spells, he unwittingly invites the evil spirit known as Tempter into his dreams—and, soon, his waking hours as well. Tempter is eager to escape his other-dimensional prison so he can once more slake his perverted lusts on the flesh of the living, starting with Charlie. It’s up to Jerry Sloan—Rossiter’s boyhood friend and Charlie’s not-so-secret admirer—and the one-eyed hoodoo woman known as Mad Aggie to stop Tempter’s evil plans before he destroys not Charlie but the descendants of the voodoo priestess who imprisoned him over a century ago. Together this unlikely duo must travel to the abandoned plantation deep in Louisiana’s haunted bayou country, and face the dark secret that lies waiting for them, locked inside its rotting heart.
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Publishers Weekly
As Collins explains in her introduction to this deluxe edition voodoo hair-raiser, first published in 1991 as a paperback original, her editor demanded that she recast it as a vampire novel to follow up on her Stoker-winning debut, Sunglasses After Dark (1989). She was living in San Francisco, about to wed her first husband, and when the 1989 earthquake struck, it proved "an apt omen for the fate of both my marriage and my book." Dissatisfied with the mediocre result, Collins has now wholly rewritten her troublesome offspring, excising every last trace of vampirism and restoring the voodoo magic. Despite a few signs of age (e.g., "Bush/Noriega" bumper stickers), this is the far superior version, with a compelling cast of New Orleans characters: Alex Rossiter, a burnt-out rock star; Ti-Alice, a beautiful witch who possesses an ancient book of runes, The Aegrisomnia; "mad" Aggie, a likable potion-peddling crone, who refers to the aforementioned tome as "some weird-ass Lovecraft-like shit"; and the evil Il-Qui-Tente (aka "He-Who-Tempts"), who has apparently been dead for more than a century within his decaying and abandoned antebellum mansion, but awaits a suitable living victim to revive him. Particularly engrossing is the historical background of Il-Qui-Tente's origin as Donatien Legendre, a dissolute, wealthy French-Creole planter, in the Civil War era. The book doesn't overdo the Big Easy's steamy ambience, though the fastidious should beware that it contains a lot of sex, much of it graphic. (Oct. 15) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
- SF Site
“So read TEMPTER or read it again. You’ll find it classic Nancy Collins; another testament to her mastery of dark fantasy.”
- Infinityplus
“This is a novel that merits attention.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497638037
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 521,502
  • File size: 643 KB

Meet the Author

Nancy A. Collins has authored over twenty novels and novellas and numerous short stories, and worked on several comic books, including a two-year run on Swamp Thing. She is a recipient of the HWA’s Stoker Award and the British Fantasy Society Award, and has been nominated for the Eisner, John Campbell Memorial, and World Fantasy International Horror Guild Awards. Best known for her groundbreaking vampire series Sonja Blue, which heralded the rise of the popular Urban Fantasy genre, her works include the bestselling Sunglasses After Dark, the Southern Gothic collection Knuckles and Tales, and the Vamps series for young adults. Her most recent novel is Left Hand Magic, the second installment in the critically acclaimed Golgotham urban fantasy series. She currently resides in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her fiancé, Tommy, their Boston terrier, Chopper, and an indeterminate number of cats, only two of which she admits to having anything to do with.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciting voodoo tale

    In the 1970s, Alex Rossiter was a rock and roll icon on a par with Hendrix and Joplin. Thanks to drugs, Alex crashed and burned, fading into oblivion unable to get a gig or a recording contract anywhere. He recently resurfaced in New Orleans where he has developed an interest in voodoo and is initiated into a local hanfou by Papa Belovded. Not long afterward, Alex obtains a gig at the Gris-Gris Club. <P>Alex meets an old friend Jere Sloan and the woman he loves Charlotte ¿Charlie: Calder. Charlie instantly wants to share sex with the musician. They go home, leaving Jere behind. Alex¿s brief elation dissipated once he reads ¿The Aegrisomnia¿ and becomes involved with the One-Who-Tempts, a shade residing between the living and the dead. The malevolent spirit tempts Alex to surrender his soul and destroy everyone he cherishes. <P> Nancy A Collins does for voodoo what Anne Rice has done for vampires. The characters are fully developed making them seem authentic though pawns in a cosmic chess game played by essences much older than mankind. TEMPTER is a temptation that horror fans will want to repeatedly reread. <P>Harriet Klausner

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