- Author: Ray Garton
- Artist: Jill Bauman
- Page Count: 144
- Pub. Date: April 2008
- ISBN: 1-58767-144-1
- Status: Out of Print
by Ray Garton
About the Book:
Steven Benedetti's work has him driving the lonely highways at night, as it so often does. But tonight he passes a carnival and decides to stop for a break. At the carnival, Benedetti meets the Serpent Girl, a woman who stirs him like no other woman has, a woman who, like Benedetti, has a secret. They hit the night roads together and begin a journey that will change Benedetti forever.
Reviews & Praise:
"This intense tale of real-life horror may remind some readers of Dostroyevski's Crime and Punishment... Garton speeds the violent, X-rated action to its bleak, foreordained climax."
— Publishers Weekly
"Garton aims to disturb, and hits his target squarely. That kind of thing
takes skill in misdirection — or at least distraction — and Garton
is up to the challenge."
"Serpent Girl, his latest in a long line of books from Cemetery Dance, seems to display the influence of the hardboiled crime novels and films of the 1940s and '50s: to wit, the beautiful woman whom trouble seems to follow and the world-weary man who is so attracted to her, he doesn't realize what he's gotten into until very late in the game. Steven and Elise fit their roles well, but each has a little secret in store for the other. This blend of sex, horror, and crime fiction (I like to call it "erotic noirror," but your mileage may vary) plays to Garton's strengths: creative plots and the rare ability to know when to paint with broad strokes and when to be more detailed... Garton's longtime fans will definitely be satisfied by Serpent Girl..."
— Craig Clarke, GreenManReview.com
Ray Garton is the author of over forty books, including the classic vampire novel Live Girls, the thriller Sex and Violence in Hollywood, the horror novel Scissors, and three short story collections, with two more to come. He also has written a number of young adult novels under the name Joseph Locke.
He lives in far northern California with his wife Dawn and their eight cats, where he is currently at work on his next book, Dismissed from the Front and Center, a comedy about his two years at a Seventh-day Adventist boarding academy.
In 2006, Ray received the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award at the World Horror Convention in San Francisco.
Published in two states:
• Limited Edition of 750 signed copies ($40)
• Traycased Lettered Edition of 26 signed and lettered copies bound in leather with a satin ribbon page marker and extra full-color artwork ($175)