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Melvin Dobbs is the local misfit and town nutcase and always being bullied. But sometimes not without good reason! For his Science Fair project at High School, Melvin attempts to publically bring back to life a recently dead cheerleader using jumper cables and a car battery. Quite understandably, nothing happens and Dobbs ends up getting put away into Secure Psychiatric Care for several long years.....
Vikki Chandler is returning to her home town to pratice Medicine alongside the local Doctor who funded her education when she stops off at the nearby Service Station and gets a little shock when she realises Dobbs has since been released and is running his late father's Garage. Dobbs was always a bit obsessed with Vikki when they were younger because she once stood up for him! The years may have passed.....but Melvin still has the hots. And his lust for Vikki is not the only thing he has not given up......
Melvin is still obsessed with death and after suffocating random strangers who pass through his Gas station, attempts to bring them back to life using a variety of methods. Up until now, every attempt has failed.....but suddenly, Melvin achieves success ~ with a young, attractive nurse called Patricia who then becomes desperately attached to Melvin and has a tendency to bite whenever the pair get physical!
Melvin decides to use Patricia to make all Vikki's dreams come true but quickly realises the pair cannot do it alone. So Melvin brings someone else back from the brink..........and then someone else......
This is classic chilling Laymon and one of his best ever novels! Certainly it remains one of my personal favourites decades after the first time I read it!
There is lots of black and nasty humour and a fair smattering of blood and gore to keep most Laymon fans happy but more thanthat, the book is very cleverly written with some nice twists and turns before the book's conclusion!
If you have never read a Laymon novel before, then this is one of those you need to pick up! The characters, as in all his books, could be criticised for being a little one-dimensional but still manage to be far more believable than those in say.....something by Shaun Hutson whose over-reliance on gore has long lost my interest over the intervening years!
Laymon is one of those authors who never goes out of style and whose work is timeless! His fiction may be a bit b-movie at times and more than a little sensationalist but what he does, he does very well. He is a little like the Big Mac to Stephen King's Sirloin Steak and Chips! One is slightly more refined but both are equally good in their own way!
Vicki was the only one to stand up for Melvin, but even she had to admit he'd gone to far when he dug up a body and then tried to bring it back to life with the aid of a car battery. Years later, and now released from a mental institution, Melvin is back and after Vicki - or rather her body.