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Bed of Nails (2003) [Novel]
by Michael Slade Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Series: Special X
Part: 10

Summary :

Isolated in Ashworth House, and asylum for the criminally insane, is the Ripper. He believes he's the notorious butcher who terrorized Whitechapel more than a century ago. He talks of time travel, infinity, and the occult. In the black hole of his imagination, he reenacts the crimes. In the darkness of his heart, he still craves the thrill of the kill. Thank God he can't escape. But with such an ingenious mind for murder, the Ripper doesn't have to—and the ghastly crimes he can manipulate form his padded cell are taking Zinc Chandler and the Special X investigators on a trail of unspeakable carnage that leads to the idyllic Cook Islands, where human sacrifice and cannibalism is more than a dark and perverted chapter in history. It's tradition.

Original title: Bed of Nails
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHorrorPsychological Horror
FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesPrivate Detective


  • Dedication: "For the World Horror Conventioneers—Seattle, Chicago, Kansas City"

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Bed of Nails (2003)
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Language: English

  • "Revoltingly clever." Booklist
  • "Bloody, violent, and extreme." The Vancouver Sun
  • "Scandalous and gory." Publishers Weekly
  • "There are more than a few reasons to take the stand and scream the glories of Canada's own literary demon Michael Slade.... Fellow Sladists will tell you, the man deserves every accolade thrown at him and then some... there just isn't a precedent for the barbaric brilliance of a Slade novel. With his well researched, candid ventures into not only the most deranged of sick psyches but the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as well... Slade's current offering, the Lovecraft-laced paen to South Seas cannibalism Bed of Nails... sports some inspiringly twisted set pieces right off the bat.... In typical 'Slade of hand,' you're never quite sure who the killer is until the 'final reel' when all the sickening stops are pulled out." Rue Morgue
  • "[Slade's] method... is to reach down deep into his soul and find something that scares the hell out of him, and spin it into a story that will resonate." The Vancouver Sun
  • "Bed of Nails is another nerve-wracking entry in Slade's unique series, which blends cunning whodunits with creepy psychos derived form his criminal defense history." Bev Vincent, Cemetary Dance
  • "Rife with fabulously gruesome historical cannibalism details, more than a hint of Tarot- and Goth-lore, a hefty dash of Lovecraft's Mythos, as well as subtle World Horror Convention in-jokes and insider name-drops, the newest Slade RCMP thriller manages to straddle both the big blockbuster thriller and small, quirky novel-of-terror camps." Williams D. Gagliani, The Chiaroscuro
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Bed of Nails (November 2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Onyx Books
ISBN: 0451411153
Dimensions: 6.82 x 4.24 x 1.24
Pages: 448

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