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Hovern Bog. People live in terror of it - especially the residents of Fenchurch St. Jude, the little village located at its edge. They think of it as a living being. They've seen it reach out with sinewy tentacles... to take, entangle, and digest.
When 2,000-year-old bodies are recovered from the bog, perfectly preserved, it is the discovery of a lifetime for archaeologist David Macauley. But close examination of the corpses reveals a curious fact: all were cruelly, mysteriously murdered, gnawed to death by some unimaginable creature. Soon it becomes apparent that whatever tortured and killed the bodies from ancient times still roams the bog, and no one in Fenchurch St. Jude - especially David and his family - is safe.
In The Bog (1986), Michael Talbot (1953-1992), author of the vampire classic The Delicate Dependency and the chilling haunted house novel Night Things, delivers an exciting mix of science and the supernatural that will keep listeners guessing until the horrific climax.
"One of the better horror novels.... odd and risky mingling of pure science with fairy lore and gnashed bodies.... terrific." - Kirkus Reviews
"Exciting!" - Publishers Weekly
"Convincingly original!" - Ocala Star-Banner
©1986, 2017 Michael Talbot (P)2017 Valancourt Books, LLC
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By David Stewart on 12-21-17

Magic and Monsters

A pretty good tale about a Leviathan sort of monster that roams a bog where an archaeologist found a well-preserved body from Roman times. It has some creative plot twists, but is, for my taste, a little saccharine in its character development and family relationships. Entertaining, and well presented.

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By Travis Aaron Peach on 01-17-18


This story builds on its self in an eerie way. The villagers are unsettling enough to add enough complexity to them even though they are not featured prominently. It goes into magic a little more then I would have preferred but it’s still very worth the money. As someone who is always on the prowl for a good horror book this one defiantly satisfied by cravings....for now.

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