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The 7th Guest: A Novel [Hardcover]

Matthew J. Costello , Craig Shaw Gardner
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July 19 1995
Every child in town wanted one of Henry Stauf’s handcrafted toys—so intricate, detailed, almost magically lifelike. After a terrible illness claimed the life of each child who cherished one of the toys, Stauf retired to the seclusion of his mansion on the hill—perhaps unspeakably saddened by the puzzling deaths. Perhaps not.

Years pass, and the Stauf mansion, slowly deteriorating, stands as a macabre reminder of the horror that swept through the town. Within its walls, Henry Stauf plans his final outrage against an unsuspecting world. What evil will the madman unleash? What fearful secrets does his mansion hold?

Six guests venture to the Stauf Mansion one desperate night, each with a private hell to escape, each certain Henry Stauf will be the instrument of salvation. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Only the seventh guest stands between their greed and the world's damnation!

MATTHEW J. COSTELLO wrote the game script for The 7th Guest and its sequel, The 11th Hour, and is currently collaborating with a popular horror novelist on another multimedia game. Costello has written many novels, including The Time Warrior novels, Time of the Fox and Hour of the Scorpion; the Seaquest DSV novelization, Fire Below; and the novels Home and Darkborn. He lives in Ossining, New York.

CRAIG SHAW GARDNER has written numerous novels, including The Other Sinbad, The Ebenezum Trilogy, and The Cineverse Cycle. He also wrote the movie novelizations of Batman and Batman Returns, the former a New York Times bestseller. He lives just outside Boston, Massachusetts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is wonderful!!! July 10 1999
By A Customer
I hate reading, especially if it's a book with no meaning. One day I went shopping with my dad and I saw this book on a shelf picked it up and started reading it inside the store cause it loked so interesting. I started reading it and right from the beggining it was spectacular. I of course begged my dad to get it and I still haven't finished reading it. I'm telling you it is a great book!!
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By A Customer
This is freaky. My friend hates to read. Suddenly, she reads this book, and she can't stop reding! It's amazing! Books can't get any better than that! As far as what I've read, I think it's bizarre. There is a lot of killings. But the money you would spend would be worth it! If my friend can't stop reading, this HAS to be a great book! I hope I can find it somewhere!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth it for true fans of the game March 9 1998
By A Customer
Well, after a lot of searching, I finally got a hold of this book, and it was certainly worth all of the $15 I paid. The novel explains many things that were never made clear in the game: Stauf's past, the motives of the guests, and the fates of Temple and Knox. Not Newberry prize quality, but if you liked the game, this novel is definitely worth a look.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The 7th guest is it worth it April 9 1997
By A Customer
I found the 7th guest novel at an disclosed location for three dollers. I loved the game and thought I might as well read the book. I was depressed. If you have the hint book read the novel out of there. It is much better and does not cost as much. In short It is not worth the money
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great game, A great book. March 16 2002
The ending is the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. It was a bit choppy and through me for a loop. But it was a fun read. If you got into the video game, you will really like this book too.
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