There were the length and scope and texture that I'd wanted. An expansive alternate style. A new beginning. A quite different ending. And as for the middle . . . well, let's put it this way: the story is twice as long and two-thirds dissimilar. There isn't just more plot-the extra material gives the plot a different twist. So what you're about to read is the intended version of this novel. If you're familiar with The Totem in its previously published form, you're about to enter its alternate universe. I think you'll find some pleasantly scary surprises. – David Morrell
From David Morrell, the best-selling high-action author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose, The Fifth Profession, and Assumed Identity, comes a primal thriller with the thrust of a bullet train.
The Denver Rocky Mountain News called The Totem one of the “10 Scariest Books” of all time.
Horror: 100 Best Stories called it “One hell of a frightening novel.”
But if you think “horror” means ghosts, vampires, and children of the devil, think again!
THE TOTEM plunges you into an all-to-real visceral terror made all the more terrifying because it is timely. When police chief Nathan Slaughter settles in the tiny mountain community of Potter's Field, Wyoming, his most fervent prayer is that he has left behind him forever the nightmare he barely survived as a policeman during a blizzardy night in Detroit. But nothing has prepared him for the greater sanity-threatening nightmare he is about to confront. Beginning with the discovery of mutilated cattle on outlying ranches, Slaughter is drawn deeper and deeper into a vortex of terror as the inexplicable attacks and mutilations quickly multiply, trapping the entire town in a frenzy of violence. As Slaughter and the medical examiner race against time to expose the horrifying secret behind the increasingly savage and uncontrollable attacks, they also struggle to overcome their deepest fears.
The Totem was first published in 1979, but in a drastically edited version that did not have the epic scope Morrell intended. For the first time, it is here presented complete and unaltered. With all the fast action and suspense of Morrell's bestselling novels of international intrigue, this is an elemental descent into the darkness of the human psyche. You will not be disappointed.
The Deluxe Edition is limited to 1,000 numbered copies signed by David Morrell and Thomas Canty. It contains nine full color tiped in plates in addition to nine duotone illustrations. The book size is 7 x 10 and is presented in a stamped traycase similar to the one included with our deluxe editon of Prime Evil several years ago. This lush edition will be sent insured to all customers.
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