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Stranger Still
Your sins are Legion… … and now you belong to him. *** Legion is a teacher. An avenging angel. A murderer. A madman. -- "This is the kind of story that once you start it will not release you until it is ready." - The Genre Minx -- Born in the blood of a dying mother, raised in the underground lair of an insane father, he travels the world looking for those who keep secrets and sins. He finds those who have fallen short, and teaches them the lessons they need to leave their mistakes behind. Even if he has to kill them to do it. Because sometimes murder is the only way to teach a proper lesson. -- "I see [Collings'] name and I grab the book... now that I have met Legion, I have to know more about him." - Fundinmental Book Reviews -- So when he sees a man kidnap two people on the side of the road, Legion knows it is time to teach again. Soon he finds himself caught in the crossfire of a coup in a Russian crime syndicate. He is captured, beaten, bleeding, in chains; cut off and alone. It’s just the way he likes it. Legion has found his students. And for them, life is about to become frightening and so much... stranger.
Collings delivers a gripping, visceral horror novel in this standalone sequel to 2013’s Stranger. The ambiguously psychologically disturbed man known as Legion coexists within his body with two of his former selves, Fire and Water, who help him to identify sinners on whom he can mete out justice. Legion finds his next target when he witnesses torturer-for-hire Sheldon kidnap a married couple, Danielle and Alex, on behalf of the Russian mob. What follows is an eerie descent into madness as Sheldon races toward an unknown destination with his victims, Legion pursues them, and Danielle and Alex reveal painful secrets to each other. Collings has a talent for characterization: both Sheldon and Legion are uncomfortably unhinged, and, even amid all the chaos, Danielle is a resourceful victim readers will root for. Replete with gore, terror, and violence that at times feels gratuitous, Collings’s work is not for the faint of heart. Hardy readers will be rewarded with a taut, spine-tingling story that puts a chilling new spin on the concepts of justice and redemption. Those who like their horror tightly plotted and intense will be pleased. (Self-published)