Friday Fiction #9

With Halloween just around the corner Jade’s Friday offering certainly reflects the season…

The Fog
James Herbert

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Fiction Collection

Happy Halloween! It is that time of year again when Samhain is upon us, the time for monsters & mystery, ghouls, ghosts & all things blood-curdling to crawl out into the open. Our Friday Fiction this week will not disappoint your thirst for the terrifying as we have a horror classic from the master of British terror, James Herbert, ready to send shivers down your spine.

The Fog begins with an earthquake which in itself is devastating enough, however, when a mysterious fog unlike anything anyone has ever seen before seeps out of a crack in the ground near Wiltshire… things take a much more sinister turn. Not long after this event, people start to act strangely, even psychotically.

As the fog descends towards the Capital, it’s power gathers momentum & the bouts of insanity in the population grow greater & greater until it seems that all hope is lost. How can you fight fog? Or insanity? The sane people who remain face an insurmountable challenge in the growing wave of psychotic crimes. Grisly murders, rabid animals & mass suicide is left in the wake of this horrible fog, increasing as more people are caught in its sickly, yellow tendrils.

Herbert has crafted a terrifying & original story that will have you gripped all the way to the dizzying heights of the finale. It is well-paced, absorbing & above all, very frightening! So if you are hungry (or even ravenous) for some home grown, chilling horror this Halloween then don’t be afraid to delve into the depths of the library fiction collection and borrow this terrifying read.

Jade Hunter
Library & Digital Assistant

Publisher’s blurb:

“…The peaceful life of a village in Wiltshire is suddenly shattered by a disaster which strikes without reason or explanation, leaving behind it a trail of misery and horror. A yawning, bottomless crack spreads through the earth, out of which creeps a fog that resembles no other. Whatever it is, it must be controlled; for wherever it goes it leaves behind a trail of disaster as hideous as the tragedy that marked its entry into the world. The fog, quite simple, drives people insane…”.

Source: http://www.panmacmillan.com/book/jamesherbert/thefog

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