A paperback bestselling author whose novels encompass not just horror fiction but also mainstream suspense thrillers, Andrew Neiderman's work from the 1980s is a cornucopia of generic paperback cover art. Last year I read and enjoyed the creepy Pin, which got right under my skin with its detached, clinical vibe. Out of the works here I'd say only Imp (1985) looks interesting, even with that caveman's effed up arm (did the artist--Lisa Falkenstern--not think to draw him holding the stuffed rabbit with his left arm?); otherwise it's nothing but nondescript titles, little kids and stuffed animals and skulls, all fit more for teenage girls at babysitting jobs than for my tastes (no surprise that after the death of V.C. Andrews, Neiderman became her ghost writer). The hungry maw of Night Howl (1986) looks suitably tasteless but still eye-catching. And yet... what's up with Brain Child (1981)? Rabbits? Doesn't make a lot of sense whatsoever. And after the incest-themed Pin, I'm rather terrified - in the bad way - to find out more about Sister, Sister (1992), so let's just leave it there, okay?
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