My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was my introduction to Stephen Laws way back when, and led me to seek out everything he has written.
It’s based on a great premise… that the main East Coast rail line from London to the North of England is on a ley line that can channel power to the London End, with a view to waking an ancient demon.
Strange deaths abound on the line. Our protagonist, himself a survivor of a strange experience on a train, has to try to stop the energy building up.
The climax is a tour-de-force as the train hurtles to London, the demon grows ever more powerful, and the deaths pile up.
Laws has a wild imagination, and he likes to kill people in very gruesome fashions, but if, like me, you like your horror fast and action packed, then he’s the man for you.