Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Blackbone by George Simpson & Neal R. Burger

by George Simpson & Neal R. Burger
1985 Dell

Set during WWII, a German sailor aboard a sinking U-boat finds refuge in a floating crate of relics.  He drinks from a vial that contained an ancient djinn, which possesses him as he's taken into custody to a POW camp in the mountains of Montana.  The ancient demon feeds on the despair on paranoia of both the imprisoned Nazi officers and their guards.

An archaeologist who holds herself responsible for the djinn getting loose bluffs her way into the camp to trap it again.  There are a few scenes of the djinn causing hallucinations among the prisoners and guards, but by the end it's just folks throwing salt at black smoke for like fifty pages.

Well written enough, but too upfront for a horror novel, with the whole djinn thing being spelled out pretty early.  And easily twice as long as it needed to be.

Available on Kindle from Amazon.

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