Title: The Tulpa
Author: J. N. Williamson
Genre: Horror, Paranormal
THE PRESENCE — He was an old man, burdened by the weight of years and approaching senility, struggling to control the workings of his confused and wandering mind, He had "spells" -- strange dreams and visions which he could not comprehend, but which he knew were generating an evil force. It rose from within, assuming bodily form, shuffling through the shadows, learning of violence, stalking its prey with a special hunger. And then it struck, again and again, never quenching its thirst for blood and terror. It seemed no power on earth could destroy....
In another brilliant horror book, the author JN Williamson steps out of his comfort zone (vampires/ghosts) to a darker area of horror. This book is creative in it's exploration of a not often used genre of horror.
The creation of a 'physical' monster out of the mind of the stroke-addled senior is shocking in how common sense this appears to be.
A chilling and thought-provoking horror book that will give the reader pause when thinking about how powerful a human mind can be.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Gerald Neal Williamson (April 17, 1932 - December 8, 2005) wrote and edited horror stories under the name J. N. Williamson. He also writes under the name Julian Shock.
Born in Indianapolis, IN he graduated from Shortridge High School. He studied journalism at Butler University. He published his first novel in 1979 and went on to publish more than 40 novels and 150 short stories. In 2003 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Horror Writers of America. He edited the critically acclaimed How to Write Tales of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction (1987) which covered the themes of such writing and cited the writings of such writers as Robert Bloch, Lee Prosser, Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, H. P. Lovecraft, August Derleth, William F. Nolan, and Stephen King. Many important writers in the genre contributed to the book. Williamson edited the popular anthology series, Masques. Some of his novels include The Ritual (1979), Playmates (1982), Noonspell (1991), The Haunt (1999), among others.
He was also a well-known Sherlockian and received his investiture (The Illustrious Client) in the Baker Street Irregulars in 1950.
Reviewed by: Mr. N