Last Days

Last Days

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Last Days (winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel of the Year) by Adam Nevill is a Blair Witch style novel in which a documentary film-maker undertakes the investigation of a dangerous cult--with creepy consequences When guerrilla documentary maker, Kyle Freeman, is asked to shoot a film on the notorious cult known as the Temple of the Last Days, it appears his prayers have been answered. The cult became a worldwide phenomenon in 1975 when there was a massacre including the death of its infamous leader, Sister Katherine. Kyle's brief is to explore the paranormal myths surrounding an organization that became a testament to paranoia, murderous rage, and occult rituals. The shoot's locations take him to the cult's first temple in London, an abandoned farm in France, and a derelict copper mine in the Arizonan desert where The Temple of the Last Days met its bloody end. But when he interviews those involved in the case, those who haven't broken silence in decades, a series of uncanny events plague the shoots. Troubling out-of-body experiences, nocturnal visitations, the sudden demise of their interviewees and the discovery of ghastly artifacts in their room make Kyle question what exactly it is the cult managed to awaken - and what is its interest in him?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 530 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 38.1mm | 453.59g
  • New York
  • English
  • 1250018188
  • 9781250018182
  • 1,555,651

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-Fans of films about haunted places, otherworldly beings, and rituals gone terribly wrong will find this homage deliciously chilling.- --Publishers Weekly -Obsession and megalomania, sex and power make for a sophisticated, literate and well-crafted paranormal horror.- --Kirkus Reviews -This exceptional macabre tale stuns in its ability to inspire abject, primal terror. Readers will lose all hope of undisturbed, peaceful sleep. Highly recommended.- --Library Journal (starred review)show more

About Adam Nevill

ADAM L. G. NEVILL was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. He is the author of Last Days (Winner of the British Fantasy Award) and The Ritual. He lives in more

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2,145 ratings
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4 40% (850)
3 25% (535)
2 8% (178)
1 2% (52)

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I have a real aversion to "found footage" films, and as this novel begins I worried it might devolve into that kind of storytelling. Thankfully, Adam Nevill spares us that pastiche and keeps things keenly focused on one character's viewpoint without delving too much into after-the-fact storytelling. Kyle Freeman is a desperate and damn near destitute filmmaker until he's hired to make a documentary about a famed cult of the 70s. The Temple of the Last Days, led by a woman then known as Sister Katherine, kept to themselves mostly and seemed ultimately harmless until the whole thing ended in bloodshed and death somewhere in an Arizona desert. The producer funding the documentary, Max Solomon, wants Kyle to retrace the cult's existence from beginning to gory end, interviewing the few surviving ex-pats, and learning all he can about the gruesome demise of Sister Katherine and her followers. The hitch is that it's a rush job, with a very tight shooting schedule, and only days to prepare before they must meet the first cult member. Last Days feels like a bit of a throwback actually, with a slow build approach in tension and intrigue surrounding the occult. Kyle and his cameraman extraordinaire, Dan, visit storied sites that the cult called home, as well as interview the surviving members. And while the whole thing feels a bit sketchy, Kyle is racked with desperation and debt with a waning career as a filmmaker. The Last Days project is his turnaround point he feels, but it doesn't take long before strange phenomena send him and those around him to wonder just what Sister Katherine was trying to achieve with her cult, and what remains in the cult's absence for Kyle to find. Adam Nevill's research and imagination are remarkable in crafting this story, with the cult's history and the manner with which Kyle documents it, but there were times when the jargon and procedure of the documentary bogged down the scenes. Still, aside from a healthy dose of film-making lingo and mundane drama therein, the on-site scenes were palpable with dread. From the moment shooting begins within the derelict house in England and strange occurrences turn from curious to cringe-inducing, I was hooked. As a guy who enjoys a good haunted house story, this book provides more than its fair share. Some of the scenes feel tedious during the downtime moments, and Kyle's motivations late in the book feel a bit strained, but the dread escalates to such levels through the course of the novel that my few misgivings evaporated by the midway point. Last Days will not be my last Nevill novel, not by a long more
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