John Saul Books In Order

Blackstone Chronicles Books In Publication Order

  1. An Eye for an Eye (1996)
  2. Twist of Fate (1997)
  3. Ashes to Ashes (1997)
  4. In the Shadow of Evil (1997)
  5. Day of Reckoning (1997)
  6. Asylum (1997)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Suffer the Children (1977)
  2. Punish the Sinners (1978)
  3. Cry for the Strangers (1979)
  4. Comes the Blind Fury (1980)
  5. When the Wind Blows (1981)
  6. The God Project / All Fall Down (1982)
  7. Nathaniel (1984)
  8. Brain Child (1985)
  9. Hellfire (1986)
  10. The Unwanted (1987)
  11. The Unloved (1988)
  12. Creature (1989)
  13. Second Child (1990)
  14. Sleepwalk (1990)
  15. Darkness (1991)
  16. Shadows (1992)
  17. Guardian (1993)
  18. The Homing (1994)
  19. Black Lightning (1995)
  20. The Presence (1997)
  21. The Right Hand of Evil (1999)
  22. Nightshade (2000)
  23. Black Creek Crossing (2001)
  24. The Manhattan Hunt Club (2001)
  25. Midnight Voices (2002)
  26. Perfect Nightmare (2005)
  27. In the Dark of the Night (2006)
  28. The Devil’s Labyrinth (2007)
  29. Faces of Fear (2008)
  30. House of Reckoning (2009)

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John Saul Books Overview

An Eye for an Eye

When the demolition of Blackstone Asylum is postponed due to financial problems, worried contractor Bill McGuire receives the mysterious gift of an antique doll, which is snatched up by his small daughter and contains a terrible evil.

Twist of Fate

His career as president of the First National Bank threatened by a troubling audit, Jules Hartwick is further disturbed when he receives a mysterious silver locket that, once opened, sets off a terrifying chain of events, in the second of a six part serial saga.

Ashes to Ashes

In the third of a six part serial horror saga, Rebecca Morrison purchases the perfect ”welcome home” gift for her cousin Andrea, an exotic cigarette lighter in the form of a dragon, a gift that inflames the darkest passions of the human heart.

In the Shadow of Evil

While digging through his attic, Oliver Metcalf discovers a handkerchief with a beautifully embroidered ”R” in one corner and gives it to Rebecca, but this handkerchief has a terrifying history and is about to take part in another nightmare, in the fourth of six part serial.

Day of Reckoning

John Saul, author of nineteen bestselling novels of chilling suspense, now gives us a serial thriller set in the small New England town of Blackstone, where the inhabitants are caught in the grip of unrelenting evil. Strange gifts are appearing in the most unlikely places: on doorsteps, in cars, glittering on a flea market table. Each object bears an unspeakable history. Each brings an ominous power to harm. Each reveals another thread in the tightly woven web of…
THE BLACKSTONE CHRONICLES, PART 5When attorney Ed Becker spots the carved antique dresser in a dusty attic, he takes it to restore. Then his young daughter, Amy, makes a curious discovery: Inside one of the drawers she finds a set of old pictures and a stereoscope, an old fashioned device that allows you to see images in three dimensions. Oddly, one of the photos resembles their house, where Eds grandmother lived long ago. But the scenes inside the stereoscope also bring to vivid life some terrifying memories, eerie images that seem all too real…


John Saul, master of psychological and supernatural suspense, has created a terrifying serial thriller set in the New England town of Blackstone. From the old Asylum, an insidious evil has descended upon unsuspecting souls who fall within its looming shadow. Seemingly harmless gifts have been appearing for months at the homes of Blackstone’s residents. Each object has a dark, horrifying past. Each marks the recipient with inescapable doom. Each carries a shameful, secret history returning with a vengeance…
THE BLACKSTONE CHRONICLES PART 6 Editor Oliver Metcalf has written a provocative article on the Asylum that implies there may be a curse on the town. The community is outraged, charging him with inflaming hysteria. More urgent is the mysterious disappearance of Rebecca Morrison. As Blackstone rallies to find the missing woman, a mysterious package arrives on Harvey Connally’s front porch. The contents hold the ultimate, grisly key to the horrors of the Asylum. Now, at last, Oliver must confront the gruesome truth of the past one that threatens to crush all the inhabitants of Blackstone in one final grip of terror…

Suffer the Children

One hundred years ago in Port Arbello a pretty little girl began to scream. And struggle. And die. No one heard. No one saw. Just one man whose guilty heart burst in pain as he dashed himself to death in the sea. Now something peculiar is happening in Port Arbello. The children are disappearing, one by one. An evil history is repeating itself. And one strange, terrified child has ended her silence with a scream that began a hundred years ago.

Punish the Sinners

Italy, 1252 Inquisition. Accusation. Fear. Torture. The guilty and the innocent dying for sins real and imagined, in the flames of the burning stake…
Neilsville, 1978 Peter Balsam has come to this sleepy desert town to teach its youth, and finds a mystery of mounting horror. Something is happening to the young girls of St. Francis Xavier High School – something evil. In bloodlet and terror a suicide contagion has swept the town…
while a dark order of its holy men enacts a secret medieval ritual. Is hysteria manipulating these innocent children into violent self-destruction? Or has a supernatural force, a thirteenth-century madness, returned to…
Punish the Sinners?

Cry for the Strangers

Clark’s Harbor was the perfect coastal haven, jealously guarded against outsiders. But now strangers have come to settle there. And a small boy is suddenly free of a frenzy that had gripped him since birth…
His sister is haunted by fearful visions…
And one by one, in violent, mysterious ways the strangers are dying. Never the townspeople. Only the strangers. Has a dark bargain been struck between the people of Clark’s Harbor and some supernatural force? Or is it the sea itself calling out for a human sacrifice? A howling, deadly…
Cry for the Strangers.

Comes the Blind Fury

Amanda: A century ago, a gentle blind girl walked the cliffs of Paradise Point. Then the children came taunting, teasing until she lost her footing and fell, shrieking her rage to the drowning sea…
Michelle: Now Michelle has come from Boston to live in the big house on Paradise Point. She is excited about her new life, ready to make new friends…
until a hand reaches out of the swirling mists the hand of a blind child. She is asking for friendship…
seeking revenge…
whispering her name…

When the Wind Blows

The children were waiting. Waiting for centuries. Waiting for someone to hear their cries. Now nine year old Christie Lyons has come to live in the house on the hill the house where no children have lived for fifty years. Now little Christie will sleep in the old fashioned nursery on the third floor. Now Christie’s terror will begin…
When the Wind Blows the children must die!

The God Project / All Fall Down

Something is happening to the children of Eastbury, Massachusetts…
Something that causes healthy babies to turn cold in their cribs. Something that strikes at the heart of every parent’s darkest fears. Something unexplained that is taking the children, one by one. Sally Montgomery has just lost her beautiful little baby girl. Lucy and Jim Corliss, bitterly divorced, have been reunited by the sudden disappearance of their son. An entire town waits on the edge of panic for the next child to be taken. They all know there must be a reason for the terror. But no one ever expected…
The God Project.


From the blood of the past, evil rises to seek undying vengeance…
Prairie Bend. Brilliant summers amid golden fields. Killing winters of razorlike cold. A peaceful, neighborly village, darkened by legends of death? Who is Nathaniel? For a hundred years, the people of Prairie Bend have whispered the name in wonder and fear. Some say he is simply a folk tale – a legend created to frighten children on cold winter nights. Some swear he is a terrifying spirit returned to avenge the past. And soon…
very soon…
some will come to believe that Nathaniel lives still – darkly, horrifyingly real. Nathaniel. For young Michael Hall, newly arrived in isolated Prairie Bend after having lost his father to a sudden tragic accident, Nathaniel is the voice that calls him across the prairie night…
the voice that draws him into the shadowy depths of the old, crumbling barn where he has been forbidden to go…
the voice – chanting, compelling – he will follow faithfully beyond the edge of terror…

Brain Child

Alex Lonsdale was one of the most popular kids in La Paloma, California. Until the horrifying car accident. Until a brilliant doctor’s medical miracle brought him back from the brink of death. Now, Alex seems the same. but in his eyes there is a blankness. In his hear there is coldness. If his parents, his friends, his girlfriend could see inside his brain, inside his dreams, they would be terrified. One hundred years ago in La Paloma, a terrible deed was done. A cry for vengeance pierced the night. That evil still lives. That vengeance still waits. Waits for Alex Lonsdale. Waits for the…


The old mill has been silent for a hundred years, its dread secrets locked from view. Still, the people of Westover, Massachusetts, remember…
and whisper of that terrible day when horrifying flames claimed eleven innocent young lives. The day the mill’s doors slammed shut forever. But now, the last of the once powerful Sturgess family is about to unlock those doors again…
and unleash an elemental fury. For behind the padlocks, deep within the dark, abandoned building, a terrible vengeance waits. A vengeance conceived in Hellfire.

The Unwanted

Cassie Winslow is sixteen. She has just lost her mother in a terrible accident. Now, lonely and frightened, she has come to live with the father she barely knows and his new family in tiny False Harbor on Cape Cod. For Cassie, the strange, unsettling dreams that come to her suddenly in the dead of night are merely the beginning. Very soon, Cassie Winslow will come to know the terrifying powers that are her gift. And in the village of False Harbor, nothing will ever be the same.

The Unloved

The House: Lush and deceptively tranquil, with its pristine beaches and blossoming vegetation, the island basks in splendid isolation off the South Carolina coast. Here, where sudden storms unleash the murderous rage of wind and sea, stands the Devereaux mansion, a once great plantation house now crumbling amid ancient oaks dripping with Spanish moss. Here, Marguerite Devereaux, fifty and childless, has cast off her dreams to care for her aged, demanding mother. The Family: Now, for the first time in twenty years, Kevin Devereaux has returned home to this secluded place with his wife and two children. They have come to visit Kevin’s mother hated, frightening Mother, with her slash of red lipstick, mask of bone white powder, and a tongue that has always cut to Kevin’s heart…
and into his darkest nightmares. She said she was ill but is that the real reason the old woman summoned the son she has not seen in so many years? The Horror: Suddenly, horribly, Mother dies inside the locked nursery. And now there will be no escape. For now, all the secrets of this once proud southern family emerge like tortured spirits from the sinister past to wrap their evil around the unsuspecting children. Until, in the shadowed corridors and dust covered rooms of this decaying old house, they learn the true terror of The Unloved.


A powerful high tech company. A postcard pretty company town. Families. Children. Sunshine. Happiness. A high school football team that never ever loses. And something else. Something horrible…
Now, there is a new family in town. A shy, nature loving teenager. A new hometown. A new set of bullies. Maybe the team’s sports clinic can help him. Rebuild him. They won’t hurt him again. They won’t dare. From the Paperback edition.

Second Child

One hundred years ago, in the beautiful village of Secret Cove, Maine, on the night of the annual August Moon Ball, a shy and lovely servant girl committed an act so unspeakably violent that its legacy still lives. Now, the blood drenched past of this small town is about to come to life once more just in time for this year’s August Moon Ball. HC: Bantam.


A peaceful desert town is taken over by a madman with terrifying powers.


Villejeune, Florida. A secluded little town at the edge of a vast, eerie swamp. Far from prying eyes. Far from the laws of civilization. Here folks live by their own rules dark rites of altars and infants, candles and blood. Years ago the Andersons left town with a dream. Now they are back. To live out a nightmare. Something has been waiting for them. Something unspeakably evil. It feeds on the young and the innocent. And soon it will draw their teenage daughter into its unholy embrace…
. From the Paperback edition.


They call it the Academy. A secluded, cliff top mansion overlooking the rugged Pacific coast. A school for children gifted or cursed with extraordinary minds. Children soon to come under the influence of an intelligence even more brilliant than their own and unspeakably evil. For within this mind a dark plan is taking form. A plan so horrifying, no one will believe it. No one but the children. And for them it is already too late. Too late, unless one young student can resist the seductive invitation that will lead…
into the Shadows. From the Paperback edition.


‘All the right scares in all the right places.’ The Seattle TimesA telephone rings in the dead of night with shocking news for single mother MaryAnne Carpenter: her friends the Wilkensons are suddenly, inexplicably dead, their only child, Joey, a sad and silent adolescent and MaryAnne’s godchild, abruptly orphaned. But as MaryAnne rushes with her family to the Wilkenson’s ranch to embrace her young charge, disturbing questions mount. Was it an accident that killed her friends? Or murder?Now, as winter transforms the ranch into a place of blinding, dangerous storms, a series of horrific murders, killings that suggest a raging animal and defy solution by the local police, draw ever closer to MaryAnne and her young family.

The Homing

From the bestselling author of ‘Guardian,’ ‘Creature,’ and ‘Black Lightning,’ a spine tingling tale of all consuming evil as riveting and chilling as any he has ever produced. It will be a sweet homecoming for Karen Spellman. After years of living in Los Angeles, the pretty, young widow and her two daughters are returning to the lush countryside of Pleasant Valley, where Karen grew up. In this verdant, fertile place, Karen hopes to find not only a refuge from urban chaos, but love, for she is going home to marry her high school sweetheart. But something sinister awaits her. Something as primal as nature, as demonic as hell itself. For long ago, a shadowy menace stalked Pleasant Valley. A menace forgotten, thought dead. But only sleeping. Now Karen’s homecoming will become a confrontation with terror as she battles to protect her daughters from a malign, preternatural force that must satisfy its gruesome thirst for innocent prey…

Black Lightning

John Saul knows how to make the blood run cold and the heart race wild with fear. Now the author of the New York Times bestsellers Creature and The Homing delivers his most chilling novel yet, a gripping story of a convicted serial killer sentenced to death and hell bent on revenge. For five years Seattle has been seized in the terrifying grip of a monster as black as evil itself: a sad*istic serial killer who methodically lures his victims to grisly deaths in order to satisfy a twisted passion. For five years journalist Anne Jeffers has pursued this horrifying story like a woman obsessed following the killer’s capture, trial and appeal crusading to keep the wheels of justice churning toward the electric chair, never believing the prisoner’s steadfast denials of guilt. Now the day of execution has come. A convicted killer will meet his end. Anne believes her five year nightmare is over. Until, within days, a similar murder stuns the city, forcing Anne to face some disturbing questions: Was the wrong man put to death? And is she to blame? Or did he have an accomplice who longs to continue a bloody legacy? Is a copycat killer at work? But how could any imitator so uncannily re create all the gruesome hallmarks of a murderer’s modus operandi, details kept completely secret from all but the police? As the murderer stalks his next victims, creeping ever closer to her, Anne cannot help but feel an icy unease, a haunting sense of connection to these unspeakable crimes. And, relentlessly, she hears the eerie echo of the dead man’s last words to her: ‘Today won’t end it. How will you feel, Anne? When I’m dead, and it all starts again, how will you feel?’In Black Lightning, John Saul strikes with a novel as electrifying as a jagged bolt from a pitch dark sky, proving once again his inimitable genius for suspense.

The Presence

Beyond the sparkling Hawaiian beaches, masked by the deceptive beauty of the rainforest, evil awaits sixteen year old Michael Sundquist and his mother, Katharine, an anthropologist who has come to the Islands to study the unusual skeletal remains unearthed on the volcanic flanks of Haleakala, Maui. Yet far below the black depths of the Pacific a mysterious substance snakes through undiscovered fissures in the ocean floor, as nature itself seems to portend the terror to come. Then, with the sudden, unexplained death of Michael’s friend, a disturbing truth dawns: the corporation that is funding Katharine s dig has a far greater investment than she ever imagined an investment in medical terror. And her son may be part of their hideous plan

The Right Hand of Evil

In a career spanning more than twenty years, New York Times bestselling author John Saul has terrified us with his chilling, psychologically charged novels. Now, in The Right Hand of Evil, Saul plumbs the icy depths of darkness and gives us his most frightening, compelling novel yet. Don’t turn out the light…
. Just as their troubled marriage is reaching the breaking point, Ted and Janet Conway receive tragic news that unexpectedly gives them a chance to start again. After the lingering death of his estranged aunt, Ted inherits the Conway home in the small Louisiana town of St. Albans, an imposing structure that has been in the family for more than a century. With nothing to hold them in Shreveport, the Conways move with their teenage twins, Jared and Kim, and eighteen month old daughter, Molly, to the promise of a new beginning. But the house has a life of its own. Abandoned for the last forty years, surrounded by thick trees and a stifling sense of melancholy, the sprawling three story Victorian house seems to swallow up the sunlight, along with people’s lives. For deep within the cold cellar and etched into the very walls is a long, dark history of the Conway name a grim bloodline poisoned by suicide, strange disappearances, voodoo rituals, and rumors of murder. But the Conways know nothing of the soul shattering secrets that snake through generations of their family’s past. They do not know that terror awaits them. All that will change.A child’s haunting cries do not seem to be coming from Molly. The twins, who have always shared a special sympatico connection, now find that mental link abruptly severed. Now, Kim awakens with nightmare visions she prays are only imaginary. Now, as Ted throws his energies into renovating the house, Janet notices a difference in Jared the once outgoing teenager has become cold and hostile, full of rage and resentment. Is this a symptom of adolescence or something far more sinister? The answer lies in a horrifying truth that, once revealed, will threaten to consume every living soul in its fiery wake. For with each generation of the Conway name comes a hellish day of reckoning.A master of supernatural suspense, John Saul knows what transpires in the black folds of night and who will be touched by The Right Hand of Evil.


A master of horror and psychological suspense, John Saul taps into our darkest, most deeply guarded fears. Now the New York Times bestselling author of The Blackstone Chronicles and The Right Hand of Evil has created his most gripping novel yet, the terrifying story of an innocent teenager who must confront the sins of the past and a corrupting evil that threatens to consume his entire world…
. Fifteen year old Matthew Moore seems to have it all: a loving mother, Joan; a caring stepfather, Bill, who treats Matt like his own son; residence at a sprawling estate in Connecticut; and a growing relationship with the most beautiful girl at school. All signs point to a bright future. Until fate intervenes.A sudden fire leaves Matt’s ailing grandmother homeless. After moving in with the family, the caustic Emily insists on recreating the bedroom of her deceased daughter, the favored child who died tragically more than a decade ago. Joan and her older sister had always shared an uneasy bond and a shameful secret that would forever join them…
even from beyond the grave. Then Matt’s life insidiously begins to change. He starts to smell his aunt?s pungent perfume, so strong and immediate that it is as if she has returned from the dead. At night, he finds himself haunted by nightmares of unimaginable terror. While his grandmother drives a wedge between his once devoted parents, Matt transforms from a gregarious teenager to a hostile loner, tortured by chilling memories and prone to fits of rage. Then a shocking tragedy shatters the family beyond repair, propelling Joan and Emily into a final, explosive confrontation…
a showdown in which old wounds will be viciously torn open?and a horrific shadow from the past will spring an implacable life of its own, clawing toward Matt with the ferocious inevitability of death itself. From the Hardcover edition.

Black Creek Crossing

The dark history and dire secrets of a peaceful small town are summoned from the shadows of the past. Unholy forces are stirred from long slumber to monstrous new life. And two young misfits discover the chilling art of turning persecution into retribution. With these eerie ingredients, bestselling master John Saul once again works his unique brand of sinister magic to conjure an unforgettable tale of unspeakable terror. For most of her young life, thirteen year old Angel Sullivan has been on the outside looking in, enduring the taunts of cruel schoolmates and the angry abuse of a bitter father. Then Angel’s family moves to the quaint town of Roundtree, Massachusetts where a charming home is available, a promising job awaits Angel s unemployed father, and most of all, the chance to make a new start beckons to the shy, hopeful teenager. But when she is shunned by her new classmates, Angel falls deeper into despair. Until she meets Seth Baker, a fellow outcast and a fateful kinship is forged. It s Seth who tells Angel the unspoken truth about the legacy of murder that hangs over her family s home and the whispered rumors that something supernatural still dwells there. Uncertain whether the stories are true, and desperate to escape the torment of their daily lives, Angel and Seth devote themselves to contacting whatever restless soul haunts the dark recesses of Black Creek Crossing. But once they have begun, there is no turning back. Guided by an anguished and vengeful spirit, they uncover the shocking events and centuries old horrors that lay buried beneath the placid veneer of Roundtree. And along with the ghastly revelations comes a terrifying power one that feeds upon the rage of the victimized, turning the basest impulses and most dangerous desires into devastating weapons. Now, the closer Angel and Seth are pushed toward the edge by their tormentors, the deeper they descend into the maelstrom of dark forces they ve unleashed…
and the more unspeakable the hour of reckoning will be. From the Hardcover edition.

The Manhattan Hunt Club

1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz brings his fertile imagination and unparalleled storytelling abilities to one of the most timeless and terrifying creations in all of fiction: the legend of Frankenstein. In Lost Souls, Koontz puts a singular twist on this classic tale of ambition and science gone wrong, and forges a new legend uniquely suited to our times a story of revenge, redemption, and the razor thin line that separates humanity from inhumanity as we consider a new invitation to apocalypse. The work of creation has begun again. Only now things will be different. Victor Leben, once Frankenstein, has not only seen the future he’s ready to populate it. Using stem cells, organic silicon circuitry, and nanotechnology, he will engender a race of superhumans the perfect melding of flesh and machine. With a powerful, enigmatic backer eager to see his dream come to fruition and a secret location where the enemies of progress can t find him, Victor is certain that this time nothing and no one can stop him. It is up to five people to prove him wrong. In their hands rests nothing less than the survival of humanity itself. They are drawn together in different ways, by omens sinister and wondrous, to the same shattering conclusion: Two years after they saw him die, the man they knew as Victor Helios lives on. Detectives Carson O Connor and Michael Maddison, Victor s engineered wife, Erika 5 and her companion Jocko, and the original Victor s first creation, the tormented Deucalion, have all arrived at a small Montana town where their old alliance will be renewed, as well as tested, by forces from within and without, and where the dangers they face will eclipse any they have yet encountered. Yet in the midst of their peril, love will blossom, and joy, and they will discover sources of strength and perseverance they have not imagined. They will need all these resources, and more. For a monumental battle is about to commence that will require all their ingenuity and courage, as it defines what we are to be…
and if we are to be at all.

Midnight Voices

Read by Lee Meriweather3 Cassettes, 5 hours 15 minutesWhat if insidious evil flourished in the one place where you feel most safe: your very own home? The chilling answer comes from New York Times bestselling master of suspense John Saul in a new novel that makes terror a household word. The sudden, tragic death of her husband leaves Carolyn Evans alone in New York City to raise an eleven year old son and a twelve year old daughter on little money and even less hope. But then she meets and marries handsome, successful Anthony Fleming, who wins her heart and embraces her children. When Carolyn settles her family into Anthony’s spacious apartment on Manhattan s Central Park West, her fears of an uncertain future give way to a sense of abundant happiness. But soon, new terrors will come home to roost in the luxurious, exclusive building named The Rockwell. Midnight Voices whisper of a cruel and hungry presence that also calls The Rockwell home. First, Carolyn s daughter begins to suffer from recurring nightmares of strangers in her room at night. Then her son insists that a neighbor s recently deceased child isn t dead at all but being held captive somewhere in The Rockwell. And when Carolyn discovers a startling secret about Anthony s past, it seems she, too, is falling victim to the creeping paranoia infecting her family. Should she doubt her perfect husband, their kindly fellow tenants, or her own sanity? Does someone or something in her new home have sinister designs on Carolyn and her children? Is her new life charmed or cursed?Step across the threshold of The Rockwell and into the dark realm of John Saul…
in a spine tingling novel that will haunt you wherever you live.

Perfect Nightmare

If you open your house to strangers, who knows who might come in. And what they might be after. Or whom. Now, ponder the unthinkable and surrender to your darkest dread, as sinister storyteller extraordinaire John Saul weaves a heart stopping tale of lurking terror and twisted intent.

Every parent’s nightmare becomes reality for Kara Marshall when her daughter, Lindsay, vanishes from her bedroom during the night. The police suspect that the girl is just another moody teenage runaway, angry over leaving behind her school and friends because her family is moving. But Lindsay s recent eerie claim that someone invaded her room when the house was opened to prospective buyers drives Kara to fear the worst: a nameless, faceless stalker has walked the halls of her home in search of more than a place to live.

Patrick Shields recognizes Kara s pain and carries plenty of his own since he lost his wife and two children in a devastating house fire. But more than grief draws Patrick and Kara together. He, too, senses the hand of a malevolent stranger in this tragedy. And as more people go missing from houses up for sale, Patrick s suspicion, like Kara s, blooms into horrified certainty.

Someone is trolling this peaceful community undetected and undeterred harvesting victims for a purpose no sane mind can fathom. Someone Kara and Patrick, alone and desperate, are determined to unmask. Someone who is even now watching, plotting, keeping a demented diary of unspeakable deeds…
and waiting until the time is ripe for another fateful visit.

In the Dark of the Night

Summer vacation becomes a season in hell for an ordinary family who unwittingly stir something invisible, insidious, and insatiable from its secret slumber unleashing a wave of horror only the darkest evil could create, that only a master of spine tingling terror like John Saul could orchestrate. For deep in the shadows In the Dark of the Night lurks something as big as life…
and as real as death. It has waited seven years for someone to come back to the rambling lakeside house called Pinecrest, which has stood empty since its last owner went missing. For upscale Chicago couple Dan and Merrill Brewster, the old midwestern manse is an ideal retreat, and for their kids, Eric and Marci, it’s the perfect place to spend a lazy summer exploring. Which is how Eric and his teenage friends discover the curious cache of discarded objects stowed in a hidden room of Pinecrest s carriage house. The bladeless hacksaws, shadeless lamps, tables with missing legs, headless axe handle, and other unremarkable items add up to a pile of junk. Yet someone took the trouble to inventory each worthless relic in a cryptic ledger. It has all the makings of a great mystery whispering, coaxing, demanding to be solved. But the more the boys devote themselves to restoring the forgotten possessions and piecing together the puzzle behind them, the more their fascination deepens into obsession. Soon their days are consumed with tending the strange, secret collection while their nights become plagued by ever more ghastly dreams, nightmares that soon seep into reality. And when a horrifying discovery surfaces, so does the chilling truth about the terrifying events that rocked the town seven years before, the mysterious disappearance of Pinecrest s last resident, and a twisted legacy with a malevolent life of its own…
and a bottomless hunger for new victims. From the Hardcover edition.

The Devil’s Labyrinth

For more than three decades, bestselling novelist John Saul has been summoning macabre masterpieces from the darkest realms of his imagination. With each new book, his instinct for playing upon our deepest dread has grown only stronger and more sinister. He’s never been afraid to push the boundaries of suspense and confront us with what frightens us most.

After his father s untimely death sends fifteen year old Ryan McIntyre into an emotional tailspin, his mother enrolls him in St. Isaac s Catholic boarding school, hoping the venerable institution with a reputation for transforming wayward teens can work its magic on her son. But troubles are not unknown even at St. Isaac, where Ryan arrives to find the school awash in news of one student s violent death, another s mysterious disappearance, and growing incidents of disturbing behavior within the hallowed halls.

Things begin to change when Father Sebastian joins the faculty. Armed with unprecedented knowledge and uncanny skills acquired through years of secret study, the young priest has been dispatched on an extraordinary and controversial mission: to prove the power of one of the Church s most arcane sacred rituals, exorcism. Willing or not, St. Isaac s most troubled students will be pawns in Father Sebastian s one man war against evil a war so surprisingly effective that the pope himself takes notice of the seemingly miraculous events unfolding an ocean away.

But Ryan, drawn ever more deeply into Father Sebastian s ministrations, sees and knows otherwise. As he witnesses with mounting dread the transformations of his fellow pupils, his certainty grows that forces of darkness, not divinity, are at work. Evil is not being cast out…
something else is being called forth. Something that hasn t stirred since the Inquisition s reign of terror. Something nurtured through the ages to do its vengeful masters unholy bidding. Something whose hour has finally come to bring hell unto earth.

From the Hardcover edition.

Faces of Fear

New York Times bestselling author John Saul is a master at writing novels that chill the bones, curdle the blood, and tap into our darkest fears. He creates characters so real that you ll feel as if they re friends or family, and throws them into situations so terrifying that you won t be able to look away until you turn the final page. Now, in Faces of Fear, Saul proves that there’s a fine line between perfection and madness. Fifteen year old Alison Shaw may not be beautiful, but she doesn t really care: She d much rather read a good book than primp in front of a mirror anyway. But Alison s gorgeous mother, Risa, knows that beauty can be a key to success and wishes only the best for her daughter, especially when Risa marries a widowed plastic surgeon and moves Alison from Santa Monica to Bel Air. Beauty may be only skin deep, but to the denizens of Bel Air it means the world. Everywhere mother and daughter look, they are surrounded by beautiful people, many of whom have benefited from the skills of Alison s new stepfather, the charismatic Peter Dunn. Peter is certain he can turn Alison into a vision of loveliness, and Risa drawn in by his cool confidence is delighted. Reluctantly, Alison agrees to undergo the first procedure, and her transformation begins. But soon Alison discovers a picture of Peter s first wife. To Alison s horror, she notices a resemblance between the image in the photo and the work her stepfather is doing on her. Though Risa refuses to acknowledge the strange similarity, Alison becomes increasingly frightened. Digging further into her stepfather s murky past, Alison uncovers dark secrets and even darker motives and realizes that her worst fears are fast becoming her reality.

House of Reckoning

For more than three decades John Saul has haunted the New York Times bestseller list and listeners imaginations with his chilling tales of psychological suspense and supernatural horror. His instinct for striking the deepest chords of fear in our hearts and minds is unerring, and his gift for steering a tale from the light of day into the darkest depths of nightmare is at its harrowing best in House of Reckoning.

After the untimely death of her mother, fourteen year old Sarah Crane is forced to grow up quickly in order to help tend her family’s Vermont farm and look after her grieving father, who s drowning his sorrow in alcohol. But their quiet life together is shattered when her father is jailed for killing another man in a barroom brawl and injuring Sarah in a drunken car crash. Left in the cold care of a loveless foster family and alienated at school, Sarah finds a kindred spirit in classmate Nick Dunnigan, a former mental patient still plagued by voices and visions. And in eccentric art instructor Bettina Phillips, Sarah finds a mentor eager to nurture her talent for painting.

But within the walls of Bettina s ancestral home, the mansion called Shutters, Sarah finds something altogether different and disturbing. Monstrous images from the house s dark history seem to flow unbidden from Sarah s paintbrush images echoed by Nick s chilling hallucinations. Trapped for ages in the shadowy rooms of Shutters, the violence and fury of long dead generations have finally found a gateway from the grave into the world of the living. And Sarah and Nick have found a power they never had: to take control, and take revenge.

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