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Reign Hardcover – Sep 1990


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Harvest Books (September 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913165565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913165560
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g

Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

One question raised by any horror story is: Why, if its supernatural monsters exist, haven't they been encountered before? Williamson ( Ash Wednesday ) resolves this problem in a believable, elegant manner, grounding his thoroughly enjoyable novel in our "normal" world. The story centers around a renovated theater in Pennsylvania and is arranged in three acts, plus overture and curtain call. The tension in Act I heightens as the reader must decide if this is a murder mystery, psychodrama, horror or fantasy, with Williamson offering clues to support each possibility. Theaters have a history of ghosts and accidents, but as the number of deaths at the Venetian mounts, the police become less inclined to accept verdicts of "accident." Owner/actor Dennis Hamilton has nothing obvious to gain from the killings, nor could he have caused them, but his strange behavior makes others wonder if he might not have a double or another personality--or something else entirely--that does want the deaths. Williamson's inventive resolution is sure to satisfy.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Excellent Feb. 20 2013
By John B. Traylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have read all of Chet Williamson's books over the years and I must say that this is one of my favorites.
The theater background of Reign obviously must come from the authors years of experience in the theater. A wonderful book that I am happy to own.
Just writing about it makes me want to read it again.
A Haunted Theater! How Could You Go Wrong? Nov. 30 2014
By Char's Horror Corner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A story with a haunted theater as the premise! How could a horror lover go wrong?

I received this book as part of a Humble Bundle that I won from Brian Hodge. (Thanks, Brian!) A fellow horror reader in one of my horror groups chose it for a group read and I was excited about it, because the premise sounded so great. I was not disappointed.

There are some cliched themes here, but I loved the way Mr. Williamson made them his own. Not only were there the expected spirits, but there was an entirely new entity and a dangerous one he proved to be. A new type of doppelganger, once realized, nearly unstoppable. And no one was safe. Of course the denouement, would have to take place at the theater-what will happen during the performance? Will the main character win the role-the role of his life, so to speak? You will have to read this to find out.

This book was well written and the story well told. I think it could have been trimmed a bit as sometimes the main character's inner monologue was redundant. Even though a couple of the characters were cliches, I thought most of them came through as real people, capable of all the feelings and changes that go along with that.

This book definitely made me a fan of Chet Williamson and I'm looking forward to seeing if he has more work for me to discover. For now, I will say goodbye to the Venetian Theatre and all of its scary, wonderful history.

Highly recommended for fans of haunting stories!


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