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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: 789 g
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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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HASH(0xa8dad24c) out of 5 stars Excellent Feb. 20 2013
By John B. Traylor - Published on
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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.
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HASH(0xa8aba8a0) out of 5 stars Horror on Stage Aug. 11 2015
By Jerry - Published on
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I've read several of Mr. Williamson's books and this is my favorite one thus far. It's a chilling horror story that takes place in the theater world (of which the author is very familiar with). The book kept me riveted up to the thrilling climax that literally takes place center stage. Highly recommended!
HASH(0xa8abba5c) out of 5 stars A Haunted Theater! How Could You Go Wrong? Nov. 30 2014
By Char's Horror Corner - Published on
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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!
HASH(0xa8abb2c4) out of 5 stars Frightening tale of the theatre Jan. 11 2015
By Lori Safranek - Published on
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Loved this book. Williamson reminds me of the authors from the Golden Age of Mystery writing. The story, set in the world of the theatre, reminded me of Ngaio Marsh's books, but Williamson definitely makes it his own by adding the horror aspects. Nice twist on a story that could have become cliched, but is deftly pulled to greater heights. It is the story of Dennis Hamilton, a respected actor who has built a career playing one role -- the Emperor. Hamilton has retired from the long-running production, then decides to buy his own theater in a smaller town and bring the Emperor back to life for one final performance. I was fascinated by the mechanics of the behind-the-scenes tale of how to create a theater, put on a production and bring a cast and crew together. The horror story was extremely scary and one of those leave-the-lights-on reads that send shivers down our spines but we can not put down. Definitely a book worth buying.
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HASH(0xa8abbfd8) out of 5 stars Five Stars Jan. 2 2015
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One of the best storytellers in the business. He's still got it.