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Incubus (Novel III)

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Incubus Book Cover, written by Ray Russell
Incubus Book Cover, written by Ray Russell
Author(s) Ray Russell
Publisher Dell
Publication date January 1, 1977
Media type Paperback
Length 240 Pages
ISBN 978-0440141297

For other uses of the word Incubus, see Incubus (disambiguation).

Incubus is a novel written by Ray Russell. In this work one of the main characters is an Incubus who terrorizes a small town in California.


  • Title: Incubus
  • Author: Ray Russell
  • Published By: Dell & Sphere
  • Length: 240 Pages
  • Format: Paperback & Hardcover
  • ISBN-10: 044014129X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440141297
  • Publishing Date: January 1, 1977

Plot Summary

Hell Incarnate...

Tim tried to get her to move. He kept talking to her. 'Come on, we've got to get you out of here. What's wrong?'

He touched her. Melanie's face split in two as her mouth stretched wide in a scream that never stopped...

Galen is an ordinary, peaceful small town - until horrendous terror strikes ... and strikes again and again, each time claiming a female victim in a manner too hideous to imagine.

Julian Trask, student of the occult, is used to thinking the unthinkable. As he works toward the solution of the soul-searing mystery, Galen trembles in mortal dread. For no woman is safe from the lethal lust of the Incubus.

Book Review

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good
  • Reviewed On: July 26, 2003
  • Reviewed By: mellion108

Galen, California is a small coastal town mostly known for its remarkable resemblance to any small New England town. Most of the women in Galen are beautiful (or at least striking), and the residents just go on about their normal lives. Then tragedy strikes, and a young woman is brutally raped and murdered. When this tragedy begins to repeat itself over and over, even the most outlandish explanation seems plausible. Throw in the handsome anthropologist turned supernatural investigator, his love interest (the beautiful local newspaper editor), a dedicated but baffled sheriff, a gruff but loveable town doctor, and a rich but mysterious family with a secret history and a big house on the hill, and you have all the makings for a perfect 70s horror novel. Oh, and mix liberally with sexual innuendo, masculine protectiveness of female virtue, and loads of dreams, hallucinations, and flashbacks to ancient torture practices.

I was lucky enough to stumble across this paperback. I really love these 70s and 80s horror paperbacks and tend to hoard them. This one looked especially cheesy, but it turned out to be surprisingly good. The writing is solid, and the characters are interesting. I enjoyed the story overall, and I finished this little gem in just a few hours. As the other reviewer points out, this was made into a 1981 movie starring John Cassavetes and John Ireland. They merely moved Galen from California to New England, but most of the plot remained intact. If you like old horror novels, this one is a must. It's pretty darn good, stands the test of time, and is well worth a trip to your used bookstore to find it.

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