Moon by James Herbert

By James Herbert

The nightmare starts prior to you sleep

He had fled from the terrors of his prior, discovering safe haven within the quietness of the island. And for a time he lived in peace. till the "sightings" all started, visions of horror seeping into his brain like toxic tendrils, violent acts that have been hideously macabre, the options changing into excessive. He witnessed the ugly acts of one other factor, something that glorified in homicide and mutilation, a monster that quickly grew to become conscious of the observer inside its personal brain —and relished touch. A creature that will ultimately come to the island to hunt him out.

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The sight of the instrument always seemed to stir in him the same series of feelings. At first there was satisfaction at what he had wrought, a sense of awe even, but this unfortunately was short-lived and followed quickly by a certain restlessness in which he realized that the instrument's sound was not yet, precisely, the sound he was after. The restlessness was often followed by a kind of panic. Rex swallowed more beer. He was hoping, in light of the evening's achievement, to prolong the stool, satisfaction culiar —possibly avoiding the panic altogether—when a pe- wind rose up out of nowhere and came rushing through the empty freight across the desert floor.

Rex noticed, something beneath the shades which might have been a smile. It wasn't the sort of thing you wanted to look at for long. " the man asked. " It was the big man who spoke. " "Maybe he means the Thing does like niggers," the Indian said. " The black men seemed to find this amusing. It sounded to Rex something he ought to leave alone. "Snakes," he said. It to be the best he could do on short notice. " the big man asked. "Rattlers," Rex said. "The place isn't used. " The big man seemed impressed.

But the woman here says the road is bad and that we should wait until morning. " He paused for a moment. "She says we're welcome to it. She says that this place is pretty well known but that most people don't drive in. They fly. " Nefl stopped talking and, in the silence that followed, the drone of a distant engine grew out of the night. Neil seemed to find some small satisfaction in the sound. " listened as the sound of the engine did, in fact, set after down somewhere on grew and a small plane the other side of the traflers, which they could hear the laughter of men.

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