Sunday, October 9, 2016

Horror Fiction Help XV

As Halloween approaches, I'm finishing up a couple novels and hope to have reviews up soon, and I'm also watching 1970s made-for-TV thriller/horror movies on YouTube. Meanwhile, folks are still looking for forgotten horror fiction. Who can help?

1. A late 90's paperback cover, predominantly back but with a large white and red clown leering down at the viewer. I remember the author being obscure to me but he had made it big enough to be in Barnes and Noble. Thought it might be Al Sarrantonio but it's not. If I remember correctly it was either a jester or one of those European whiteface clowns. Anyhow... I bought it and the book sucked and had no scary clowns in it whatsoever. Found! It's:


2. A short story about a botanist who created a plant from an ill or dying boy.  I think the twist of the story was the parents' shocked realization.

3. A Caucasian fellow goes to see an old Indian (Native American) in his tepee to make a deal involving some kind of vengeance demon/spirit--I forget what for--and the Indian was in over his head; the demon came and killed him and took off wreaking havoc in the white guy's life. I think it raped his daughter or threatened her somehow. Anyhow, one of the details that stuck in my memory is that he didn't like his daughter's boyfriend because, for one thing, he was too audacious, i.e. he didn't even try to hide where his fingers were stained from smoking pot. Which he was doing out on a country road alone when the demon got him. Best I remember the cover showed the old Indian conjuring in his tepee and maybe the demon coming up.

4. I was reading a magazine a couple years ago, for the life of me I can not remember which but it had reviews for horror/thrillers, etc.... it described one book's plot, about a snowstorm and a group of people holed up in a roadside truck stop type of thing, and they soon realize there is a sniper outside, and won't let them leave. Found! It's:



5. Any information on a story about an escaped killed called "Mad Maurice."  It was in a kids' horror anthology.  I read it in the 80s but it may have been much older.  There was a bit about branches scratching a window but it really being the killer.  It wasn't really that great, but it is a story I have never forgotten. Found! It's:


6. 1980s Playboy paperback... A rapist gets caught... and nether regions are put in his taped-shut mouth.


8 comments:

MikeGibbonz said...

Number 1 sounds like "A Lower Deep" by Tom Piccirilli, RIP. Never read it but Pic was a fine writer.

King Cabernet said...

1. Could be TOYBOX by Al Sarrantonio. Thouh that is a short story colletion. Never read it but I remember its cover fitting the description.

4. Definitely sounds like RAVEN by Charles Grant. Motel isolated by blizzard. Shadowy figure with shotgun stalking the customers inside.

toomuchhorrorfiction said...

Thanks for the quick responses, guys! I've emailed the readers back with your suggestions.

Eric Hoheisel said...

I think #3 is "Skeleton Dance" by Alan Erwin, though my memory of the plot is hazy.

Melissa said...

Can't help with any of the books this time, but here's my favorite YouTube horror movie...The Babysitter. https://youtu.be/0WQgyelEuyw

Todd Mason said...

I have to wonder if #2 results from reading a Roald Dahl collection and conflating "Royal Jelly" and "The Sound Machine"....

Will Errickson said...

Ha ha brilliant! I will pass it on. Thanks!

Padded Cell said...

I'd love to find out what #3 is. It sounds a little like "Edgewise" by Graham Masterton, which I liked a lot. 
I don't think that's the book being asked about, though, because in Edgewise a man summons the demon but it's his *wife* that gets tormented by it. 
Also, Masterton's beastie is a wendigo, and I don't think it's referred to as a demon.