The Amulet

The Amulet

by Michael McDowell, Poppy Z Brite

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When a rifle range accident leaves Dean Howell disfigured and in a vegetative state, his wife Sarah finds her dreary life in Pine Cone, Alabama made even worse. After long and tedious days on the assembly line, she returns home to care for her corpselike husband while enduring her loathsome and hateful mother-in-law, Jo. Jo blames the entire town for her son's mishap, and when she gives a strange piece of jewelry to the man she believes most responsible, a series of gruesome deaths is set in motion. Sarah believes the amulet has something to do with the rising body count, but no one will believe her. As the inexplicable murders continue, Sarah and her friend Becca Blair have no choice but to track down the amulet themselves, before it's too late . . .

Michael McDowell (1950-1999) is best known for his screenplays to the films Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, but he was also the author of several excellent and underrated Southern Gothic horror novels, of which The Amulet (1979) was the first. Originally published as a pulp paperback, now scarce and long out-of-print, McDowell's grimly humorous and delightfully horrific novel returns to print in this edition, which features a new introduction by Poppy Z. Brite.

"[O]ne of the best writers of horror in this or any other country." - Peter Straub

"One of the genre's most underrated writers . . . enjoyably nasty." - Poppy Z. Brite

"A must-read for horror fiction fans. . . . Obtain The Amulet by any means necessary." - Too Much Horror Fiction

"McDowell has a flair for the gruesome." - Washington Post

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149655663
Publisher: Valancourt Books
Publication date: 08/06/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 382,525
File size: 709 KB

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most horror fans may not know of this prolific author, who penned some of the most memorable paperback originals in the 70s, 80s, and early 90s, before his untimely death. McDowell even enjoyed Hollywood acclaim as a screenwriter, most notably writing Nightmare Before Christmas. In his debut novel, THE AMULET, starts off slow, but much of this is McDowell's intent to completely set the scene and setting: late 60s Alabama, the town of Pine Cone, and how many if the townspeople work in the munitions factory. After one of its own is injured during a rifle training exercise at a nearby military base, preparing for Vietnam, the town of Pine Cone is about to experience a series of inexplicable violence and evil they are wholly unprepared for. But can two young women who suspect the reason behind the deaths stop it in time? Think Mark Twain meets Stephen King, and you might be close, but McDowell is brilliant, sly, and sinister, one helluva storyteller! Highly recommended!