Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Attraction by Douglas Clegg

First sentence:

"Out on an empty highway, it called."


"The signs all along the desert highway read Come See the Mystery! But some mysteries should remain buried forever. Charlie Goodrow, owner of the Brake Down Palace Gas and Sundries, tells anyone who stops for a fill-up about the mysterious attraction in back. It’s the mummified remains of an ancient legendary flesh-scraper, whose job had been to scrape the flesh off the bones of human sacrifices…

When a car filled with teenagers gets a flat tire out in the middle of the Arizona heat, the kids figure they have time to check out the Mystery. Behind curtains, in a glass case, lies a small, withered corpse with very long fingernails. Above it, tacked on the wall, is a sign: Do Not Touch. Do Not Feed. But it has to be a hoax, right? How could the kids know that feeding the Mystery will be the worst mistake of their lives? How could they know that the flesh-scraper is hungry for flesh?" -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

Although some of the scenes and dialogue in "The Attraction" were clich├ęd, I liked the overall story of teenagers lost in the desert confronting an ancient monster. I also liked the second story, "Necromancer," especially how the narrator discovers the truth about his twin's death.

Date read: 4/22/2008
Book #: 24
Challenge: Celebrate the Author Challenge
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Horror

ISBN-10: 0843954116
ISBN-13: 9780843954111
Publisher: Leisure Books
Year: 2006
# of Pages: 321
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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