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When a rifle range accident leaves Dean Howell disfigured and in a vegetative state, his wife Sarah finds her dreary life in Pine Cone, Alabama made even worse. After long and tedious days on the assembly line, she returns home to care for her corpse-like husband while enduring her loathsome and hateful mother-in-law, Jo. Jo blames the entire town for her son's mishap, and when she gives a strange piece of jewelry to the man she believes most responsible, a series of gruesome deaths is set in motion. Sarah believes the amulet has something to do with the rising body count, but no one will believe her. As the inexplicable murders continue, Sarah and her friend Becca Blair have no choice but to track down the amulet themselves, before it's too late...

Michael McDowell (1950-1999) is best known for his screenplays to the films Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, but he was also the author of several excellent and underrated Southern Gothic horror novels, of which The Amulet (1979) was the first. Originally published as a pulp paperback, now scarce and long out-of-print, McDowell's grimly humorous and delightfully horrific novel returns in this edition, which features a new introduction by Poppy Z. Brite.

©1979, 2016 Michael McDowell (P)2017 Valancourt Books

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Gripping Thriller.

Michael McDowell is probably the best horror writer ever. This is the 3rd book of his I have read, and once again, I was spellbound. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1999 - far too young. I couldn't put the Audio Book down.

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Great!

Deliciously disturbing story. Great narration. Recommended to every horror enthusiast. Would purchase this audio book again.

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  • Jon Weimer
  • KANSAS CITY, MO, United States
  • 12-11-17

Just as good 38 years later.

You probably have never heard of Michael McDowell, he died at a really young age. But if you're a fan of the film Beetlejuice, then you know his work. Out of print for nearly 30 years, his first novel is a masterwork of a field he created: Southern Gothic horror. without him, they'd be no Suki Stackhouse.