By Adam Nevill
(St. Martin's Griffin, Paperback, 9781250018182, 544pp.)
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Categories: Horror - General
Last Days by Adam Nevill is a Blair Witch style novel in which a documentary film-maker undertakes the investigation of a dangerous cult—with creepy consequences
When guerrilla documentary maker, Kyle Freeman, is asked to shoot a film on the notorious cult known as the Temple of the Last Days, it appears his prayers have been answered. The cult became a worldwide phenomenon in 1975 when there was a massacre including the death of its infamous leader, Sister Katherine. Kyle’s brief is to explore the paranormal myths surrounding an organization that became a testament to paranoia, murderous rage, and occult rituals. The shoot’s locations take him to the cult’s first temple in London, an abandoned farm in France, and a derelict copper mine in the Arizonan desert where The Temple of the Last Days met its bloody end. But when he interviews those involved in the case, those who haven’t broken silence in decades, a series of uncanny events plague the shoots. Troubling out-of-body experiences, nocturnal visitations, the sudden demise of their interviewees and the discovery of ghastly artifacts in their room make Kyle question what exactly it is the cult managed to awaken – and what is its interest in him?
ADAM L. G. NEVILL was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. A graduate of the University of St. Andrews Masters program, he is also the author of Banquet for the Damned, an original novel of supernatural horror inspired by M. R. James and the great tradition of the British weird tale. In his working life he has endured a variety of occupations, including both nightwatchman and day porter in the exclusive apartment buildings of west London.
"Fans of films about haunted places, otherworldly beings, and rituals gone terribly wrong will find this homage deliciously chilling." —Publishers Weekly
"Obsession and megalomania, sex and power make for a sophisticated, literate and well-crafted paranormal horror." —Kirkus Reviews
“This exceptional macabre tale stuns in its ability to inspire abject, primal terror. Readers will lose all hope of undisturbed, peaceful sleep. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal (starred review)