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The Ward
by S. L. Grey


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The second thought-provoking, stunningly written tale of horror from S. L. Grey

Lisa is a plastic surgery addict with severe self-esteem issues. The only hospital that will let her go under the knife is New Hope: a grimy, grey-walled facility dubbed "No Hope" by its patients.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The second thought-provoking, stunningly written tale of horror from S. L. Grey

Lisa is a plastic surgery addict with severe self-esteem issues. The only hospital that will let her go under the knife is New Hope: a grimy, grey-walled facility dubbed "No Hope" by its patients. Farrell is a celebrity photographer. His last memory is a fight with his fashion-model girlfriend and now he's woken up in No Hope, alone. Needle marks criss-cross his arms, a sinister nurse keeps tampering with his drip, and he's woken up blind. Panicked and disorientated, Farrell persuades Lisa to help him escape, but the hospital's dimly lit corridors only take them deeper underground, into a twisted mirror world staffed by dead-eyed nurses and doped-up orderlies. Down in the Modification Ward, Lisa can finally have the face she wants--but at a price that will haunt them both forever.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780857895868
  • ISBN-10: 0857895869
  • Publisher: Corvus
  • Publish Date: June 2014
  • Page Count: 294
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.45 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Horror - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-06-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

Pseudonymous South African author Grey (Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg) practically reinvents the body horror genre with this standalone sequel to The Mall, which veers from creepy through disgusting to gonzo while constantly subverting and reinventing familiar tropes. Fashion photographer Farrell has just woken up in run-down New Hope hospital, blind and unable to remember how he got there. Fellow patient Lisa, who has body dysmorphic disorder, is in the hospital because it’s the only place she can get the plastic surgery she desperately wants. The two overhear suspicious conversations, encounter mysterious nurses, and gradually realize that they’re unable to leave the hospital or contact the outside world. They also begin to unravel Farrell’s recent past, in which a fight with his girlfriend takes on extremely ominous implications—especially once his sight is restored and he reads his medical file. Grey mixes elements of conspiracy thrillers and social satire with truly horrific imagery, and while a few elements are clichéd (do we really need another creepy, silent character with eyes sewn shut?), the story is gripping and worthwhile for anyone capable of handling the gruesomeness. (Aug.)

 
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