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“Galen is an ordinary, peaceful small town. Until horrendous terror strikes … and strikes again and again, each time claiming a female victim in a fashion too hideous to contemplate. Julian Trask, student of the occult, is used to thinking the unthinkable. As he works towards the solution of the soul-searing mystery, Galen trembles in mortal dread. For no woman is safe fro“Galen is an ordinary, peaceful small town. Until horrendous terror strikes … and strikes again and again, each time claiming a female victim in a fashion too hideous to contemplate. Julian Trask, student of the occult, is used to thinking the unthinkable. As he works towards the solution of the soul-searing mystery, Galen trembles in mortal dread. For no woman is safe from the lethal lust of THE INCUBUS.”...

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ISBN : 9780440141297
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 250 Pages
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Incubus Reviews

  • Addy
    2018-12-17 10:56

    Wow! Thanks to the good reviews I couldn't pass up this book when I found it. Now, that I've read it, I consider this book a little treasure that I stumbled upon. It's basically about an incubus who is reining terror on the women of Galen as it only has one thing on its mind....to procreate. So of course you can imagine the horrible death these women have suffered. The men of Galen are running around trying to figure out who it could be. The ending will surprise you as it did me. A lot of great lore as well was found in this book....books made out of human skin, daggers dipped in, well, I'll let u discover that on your own. 5 stars! I plan on getting Ray's Haunted Castles this Christmas.

  • David Brian
    2018-11-26 13:12

    Having originally read this many, many years ago, I was recently fortunate enough to acquire a second hand copy for £1. A bargain.I remembered it as being a truly creepy and horrific read, which is full of sizable monsters (check the title, you'll work it out!). I was not wrong!Strangely, most of Ray Russell's books now appear to be out of print, which is A:a travesty for horror fans everywhere. and B:a serious error on the part of whichever body retains the copyright.Some of his work may now seem tame when compared to the more modern trend of schlock horror. But take it from me, Ray Russell was a ground-breaker for his time.With such an outstanding back-catalog - which includes Incubus, The Case Against Satan, Unholy Trinity, Haunted Castles, Sardonicus, - this is a writer who is up there with Matheson, Bloch, Campbell and the best of them.I was going to end by suggesting that you might want to do yourselves a favor, and go hunting around for some old copies of Russell's works.Instead, I have a modicum of good news!Penguin Horror have just released a new and updated edition of Haunted Castles, which is the first in a six-volume series of classic horror stories, edited by Guillermo del Toro.Haunted Castles(1) is dedicated to the works of Ray Russell. So do yourselves a favor and trust me, this is one for the Christmas wish-list!

  • Bandit
    2018-11-23 13:56

    This was actually a surprisingly good book, despite its ridiculously cheesy cover. It wasn't all that dated for having been written in 1976 and it held the suspense throughout. Pretty well written, a very quick read and much of it reads like an old fashioned "who done it", I more or less figured out who it was, but I don't think it was because they book made it obvious (it's probably just because I'm such a genius :) ). Fairly raunchy, but Russell keeps it surprisingly classy. Overall, I'd definitely recommend this one.

  • Red Haircrow
    2018-11-22 10:58

    One of the few books I've read which truly presented a creepy mood which made me look up from reading and actually think about myself being placed in the story. I realize a lot of people rated this book as "ok" only, but obviously their expectations were different than my own. I don't mind graphic content when it fits the story, and what was written (certainly is no longer "over the top" with the graphic details writers include these days even in simple romance novels)...increased your horror if you didn't immediately reject it because you didn't like the image placed before you. Incubus is a true horror tale. The suspense and anticipation is carefully built and the characters defined. The end was expected but I found myself breathing a sigh of relief because the whole had been brought to a satisfying end.

  • Mark
    2018-11-25 16:06

    2014 review - Galen is an ordinary, peaceful small town. Until horrendous terror strikes … and strikes again and again, each time claiming a female victim in a fashion too hideous to contemplate. Julian Trask, student of the occult, is used to thinking the unthinkable. As he works towards the solution of the soul-searing mystery, Galen trembles in mortal dread. For no woman is safe from the lethal lust of THE INCUBUS. This is unashamedly pulp and all the more fun for it. Ray Russell is a genre writer with a great pedigree (amongst many other things, he wrote the screenplay for “X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes”) and this novel (first published in 1976) works a treat so long as you enjoy it for what it is, a quick and cheesy novel (though curiously coy when dealing with sex, which is ironic considering the subject matter). Characterisation is brisk - Trask, English, handsome and Porsche driving, is drawn back to the town where he once taught briefly; Laura Kincaid was a student he fancied back then, now she edits the paper he subscribes to, which is where he found out about the killings; Dr ‘Doc’ Jenkins is the town physician (I couldn’t tell how old he was supposed to be) who’s well respected and good at his job, even if his alcohol intake is prodigious (and he & Trask make for a fun double-act) and Hank Walden is the town Sheriff, a man at his wits end trying to figure out what’s going on. There’s a big supporting cast too, with plenty of “it could be him” characters and the attack set pieces are well enough constructed that it could be anyone who turns into the monster - and what a monster the Incubus is, never really seen clearly but identifiable from his extremely large penis (which is what kills his victims - he wants to mate and rapes them to death). With a decent small-town atmosphere, a great MacGuffin (The Artes Perditae spell book, covered in human skin so that the “i” is dotted by a navel), some great set pieces (though the section in the dormitories could have been better realised I think and the writer missed a big chance for a stalking sequence) and nicely used gore (making up for the coy sexual references), this does exactly as it’s supposed to. As ever, your enjoyment will depend on your tolerance for (relatively well constructed) pulp, but I enjoyed it a lot and would recommend it for fans of the same.original review (from the 80s) - Great fun, a proper "shocker" of a horror novel that grips from start to finish. If you love the sleazier end of the horror spectrum, with plenty of scares (like I do), this is a must-read!

  • Shane
    2018-11-27 11:18

    Wonderful novel. This is the story of an incubus, a creature that basically rapes women to death, and he does a very good job of it too when all's said and done. It all takes place in a small town called Galen, and the whole tale revolves around the search for the rapist who at first is thought to be nothing more than a very well endowed man. It soon becomes clear though that they're dealing with a much more dangerous creature than that, and so the search is on. The sex, as you'd imagine is quite frequent but not too graphic surprisingly, given the subject matter. It begins to take up more and more of the novel towards the end but is never gratuitous(if you're the type to be bothered by such things) and is well written, as are the characters.I took too long in reading this, and read it along with a few other books. I'd like to go back at some stage and re-read it over a much shorter time period and while reading nothing else at the same time since by the time I reached the end, I needed to flick back through the first half to remind myself of various details.Oh well. A re-read certainly isn't going to be a chore with this one.

  • June
    2018-11-19 09:04

    Galen seems to be typical of small town America, with a population who are familiar to each other and also aware of each other's generational history. However, when a mysterious spate of rapes and murders begins, everyone starts to doubt those they thought they knew.The brutality of the crimes is staggering, but Julian Trask, who is a former lecturer at Galen University, and also a student of the occult, strongly suspects the perpetrator to be something other than human.Ray Russell's Incubus is a story straight out of the 70/80's pulp fiction cabinet, but with a strong dose of good prose. Genuinely creepy. This was a good read.

  • Brian Francis
    2018-12-13 08:52

    I read this book because I remember it from when I was a kid. Someone in our house had a copy, but no one’s fessed up to owning it. In a nutshell, this is the story of a small town terrorized by a sex demon equipped with an extremely large, uh, appendage.Is it a work of high literary art? Nope. It includes lines like “Her nightgown had crept up around her waist and her curl-crowned cleft returned his stare.” But I wasn’t picking this up for a deep analysis of the human condition. Sometimes, it’s fun to go back and read the books that captivated you in your youth, if only to try and understand not what the book said, but what the book said about you at that point in your life.

  • Andrea Gurtler
    2018-12-02 09:53

    I was told about this book by my mother when I was around 13 or so. I hadn't thought much of it, then I found a copy online for $0.01. So what's thhe risk...=) I read it and thought that if it was to be "updated" it would be a best seller...in my opinion. It was very surprising to say the least.

  • Jimbo Pantas
    2018-11-26 15:03

    I don't understand why Incubus does not share a bit of fame with the critically acclaimed books in the horror genre. I can set down a lot of good points in the novel, but (as I don't have much time and energy) I'll only mention two of them. Besides, these two good points in Incubus are probably the most important ones, for they both echo of Stephen King. First, the small American town and its interesting inhabitants. Ray Russell took his time introducing the characters in the first few chapters, refusing to incorporate the horror elements until he has estalished his characters' identities. Think of 'Salem's Lot; but instead of an ancient vampire, we have an ancient evil spirit plaguing the townfolks of Galen. I enjoyed the little narratives allotted for some of the people in the town even though they played no bigger roles than the victims. They're fun to read about. Doc Jenkins, my favorite, is hilarious as hell. Second good point: the enjambments that many readers complain about in Stephen King's prose style. Yes, they are present in Incubus, but not as much as they are in IT and The Shining. Ray Russell employed those line breaks in only one scene, and I think it was a smart call. Apposite instead of the random way Stephen King does it, which is kind of uncomfortable most of the time. Ray Russell's Incubus should definitely be read and discussed more by readers of horror and suspense. Sure, it's old and probably out of print, but its charm is still as alive as other old horror novels.

  • Robert A.
    2018-11-28 11:18

    This book was a bit meh. It was basically just about a rapist demon-thing with a horse length of schlong with which it killed women. There was also a ancient grimoire of spells which didn't play a roll really at all in the story other than revealing that magic is real but really didn't need to be there. I came to the book after catching the mess of a movie based on it, the ending of the movie is unsatisfying and disturbingly gruesome however the ending of the book was a typical b-movie type ending and disappointingly less gruesome. As a mystery it kind of gives a way the game even if I hadn't of seen the movie beforehand as it drops a hint that just about gives the game away and a second clue which removes all doubt for the reader but not for the dense characters. The hero really doesn't do anything and the "real hero" has a fuzzy connection to the goings on which is never explained making the dream-sequence interspersion just weird and not really connected to the main story at all save it ends with a racked witch being saved by her incubus demon-lover. Basically this book never really comes together its elements just kind of float together. I really can't recommend this book or the movie for that matter. They're both just exploitative curiosities from another time.

  • James Castle
    2018-12-06 13:20

    I like this author's neo-Victorian stories quite a bit, so I looked forward to this novel. Unfortunately, after I found a copy (it's out of print and copies of it are rather expensive), it turned out to be something of a disappointment. Whereas Russell's earlier works (e.g. "The Case Against Satan") were models of irony and understatement, this novel goes for the opposite approach: Russell seems to revel in the new allowances the 1970s afforded, lingering over descriptions of explicit and largely gratuitous sex and violence. I detect a note of cynicism in this, as if Russell (who was long a fiction editor at "Playboy") was saying, "OK, you idiots, here you go." Rather than being scary, however, this explicitness borders on the ludicrous; indeed, the final surprise is so grotesque it's actually quite ridiculous. Stick with his work from the '60s instead.

  • Mark Hodder
    2018-11-29 11:06

    I have a penchant for trashy horror novels and they don’t come much trashier than this. It’s sexually graphic, thoroughly misogynistic, and (of course) very silly. For all that, it’s pretty well told, undemanding, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, tearing through it in just two sittings. Sometimes it feels good to be so easily pleased.

  • Mike
    2018-12-19 08:58

    I did read this, can't say I enjoyed it, as mutant murderers with huge (coughs) manhood brutally raping and murdering young women interwoven with the history of the Rack Master isn't my kind of book, but however the writing and the pace is incredable a page turner to coin a phrase.still makes me shiver even after fifteen years.

  • Grace
    2018-12-13 08:54

    This was one of my many random reads when I was a pre-teen when I was reading everything my classmates would let me borrow. I don't remember everything (it was more than ten years ago)but it was wickedly graphic and terrifying that I couldn't sleep properly for a month.

  • David
    2018-12-17 10:12

    predictable, sexist, and trashy

  • Buddy
    2018-12-04 15:13

    A very well written monster sex novel.

  • Nazirule
    2018-11-30 10:15

    thrilling story-line yet full of suspense..but the ending was predictable,still an awesome book

  • Denise
    2018-11-27 09:18

    i read this when i was in high school....very shocking at bits....well it was then.