On an island with a prison for the most evil and powerful criminals in the world, a new prisoner is strapped to the electric chair for execution. Read more...
On an island with a prison for the most evil and powerful criminals in the world, a new prisoner is strapped to the electric chair for execution. After multiple surges of electricity and nearly knocking out power to the entire island, the prisoner is finally dead. The staff buries him in the prison graveyard with a simple marker baring three numbers: 489.
After the body is buried, a violent storm rocks the islands and a staff member goes missing. The crew rushes into the storm, searching for their lost comrade. They find that the burial site of prisoner 489 has been unearthed, and the body that was inside has gone missing. With a horrific finding and strange noises around them, a powerful threat is closing in. It's a threat that they thought was impossible, and it will force them into a battle for their lives.
"Veteran horror/thriller author Lansdale (Hot in December) tells a tight, spooky tale about what happens when an executed prisoner doesn't stay dead." - Publishers Weekly
"A storyteller in the great American tradition of Ambrose Bierce and Mark Twain." - Boston Globe
"Joe R. Lansdale has a folklorist's eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur's sense of pace." - The New York Times Book Review
"Joe R. Lansdale's fellow Texans would call Joe a 'straight shooter.' That's what makes his writing so good-no BS involved. Joe's work is alternately scary, funny as hell, disturbing, but always (and most importantly) memorable." - Actor Bruce Campbell
"Reading Joe Lansdale is like listening to a favorite uncle who just happens to be a fabulous storyteller." - Dean Koontz
- ISBN-13: 9781626410732
- ISBN-10: 1626410739
- Publisher: Dark Regions Press
- Publish Date: November 2014
- Page Count: 92
- Dimensions: 9.02 x 5.98 x 0.22 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.32 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-09-08
- Reviewer: Staff
Veteran horror/thriller author Lansdale (Hot in December) tells a tight, spooky tale about what happens when an executed prisoner doesn’t stay dead. When the United Nations builds a prison designed for criminals unworthy of charges or a trial, they need somewhere special to store the bodies of the executed, and somebody to bury the bodies. The place is the potter’s field on a small island, and the man is Bernard, a man so disconnected from normal life he’s contemplating permanent retreat to gravedigger duties. Then the prison sends over a giant coffin that’s reinforced and chained shut. Given rumors that the prisoner spent the previous three years in perfect isolation, eating and drinking nothing, readers won’t be surprised that he rises from the grave during a massive, isolating thunderstorm and goes on a murderous rampage that could end Bernard’s career and his life. Those who can forgive an excess of testicular focus in the finale are in for a thrill. (Nov.)