Saturday, November 28, 2015

After Alice by Margaret Bingley

After Alice aka After Alice Died
by Margaret Bingley
1986 Piatkus Publishers Limited

File this under "creepy domestic drama with unnecessary supernatural angle".

On the night of his bachelor party, a guy is visited by a horny ghost.  Nothing spectral or spooky, just kind of there like Topper or Jennifer Slept Here.  He gets married and the ghost pushes over his pregnant wife, killing the baby.

They have a couple more kids while the husband keeps banging the ghost.  One kid is spooky, the other intellectually disabled.

The ghost is kind of possessing the first child, where her ghostly form pops out of the kid's deflated body.  Doesn't really make a lot of sense.  The ghost has some plan for revenge on the wife and her brother, which also doesn't make a lot of sense.

The ghost angle kind of detracts from the domestic drama, where every few pages some creepy pedophilia or incest angle is introduced.  Like Seed of Evil it would have worked better without the supernatural trappings, but strangely having an otherworldly menace makes child molesting a more palatable subject for a horror novel.

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