|Beast Within, the (1981) [Novel]|
by Edward Levy
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A man, chained and held captive in a root cellar for 20 years by a jealous husband, eventually escapes and sires a child. A little boy with the soul of a werewolf.
A lonely wife cheats. A brutal husband gets revenge.
A not-so-innocent stranger hears the root cellar door bang shut--and thus begins 20 years of indescribable horror, chained in total darkness, feeding on live rats and human flesh, becoming, himself, the nightmare creature that lurks within us all.
He escapes the root cellar and rapes a young wife, siring a child.
The boy seemed a perfectly normal child. But, unknown to his parents, something monstrous and unnatural is growing inside him--something he cannot control or understand---a dark secret which transforms him from a happy, contented young boy into a maddened beast, scouring the woodland in search of living prey. For inside the boy is a wild animal, clawing and clamoring to get out.
Original title: The Beast Within
Genre: Fiction→ Horror→ Psychological Horror