Adam L. G. Nevill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. A graduate of the University of St Andrews Masters programme, he is also the author of Banquet for the Damned, an original novel of supernatural horror inspired by M. R. James and the great tradition of the British weird tale. More recently, he has written Apartment 16 and The Ritual.
Nevill (The Ritual) pulls out all the stops in this audacious literary take on metafictional horror films like The Blair Witch Project. British filmmaker Kyle Freeman is on his last financial legs when he's offered a deal that sounds too good to be true: L 100,000 to help Max Solomon, publisher of the hot self-help book of the moment, make a documentary about a cult. In 1975, nine people were found dead at the headquarters of the Temple of the Last Days in an abandoned mine in Arizona. Among the corpses was Sister Katherine, the founder of the temple, beheaded at her own request. Freeman, who's given a tight schedule to complete the project, soon gets the feeling that supernatural forces are at work-and that his producer has been less than forthcoming. Fans of films about haunted places, otherworldly beings, and rituals gone terribly wrong will find this homage deliciously chilling. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Nevill's (The Ritual) latest horror masterpiece follows two guerilla documentary filmmakers in their quest to create a groundbreaking piece of cinema. The Temple of the Last Days cult will forever live in infamy. Led by the disturbed and powerful Sister Katherine, the cult flourished in Europe and the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1975 Sister Katherine was found decapitated among the bodies of her followers in a heinous mass suicide. But is Sister Katherine really gone from this earth? Kyle and Dan are determined to expose the cult's cabalistic side on film, but as they talk to those involved in the case and their documentary footage unfolds, the filmmakers encounter supernatural phenomena that endanger their lives. VERDICT This exceptional macabre tale stuns in its ability to inspire abject, primal terror. Readers will lose all hope of undisturbed, peaceful sleep. Highly recommended.-Amy M. Davis, Parmley Billings Lib., MT (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.