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Black light
Hand, Elizabeth.
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New York : HarperPrism, [1999]

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ix, 276 pages ; 25 cm
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When notorious Alex Kern returns home to quiet Kamensic Village and embarks on a series of frenzied parties and gala revels, teenager Lit Golding becomes caught in the middle of Kern's plans to be reborn as Dionysus, the ancient god of ecstasy and madness.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Hand does for upstate New York what Stephen King has done for rural Maine in this well-written but decidedly creepy dark fantasy about a Bohemian bedroom community and artists' colony located about an hour from Manhattan by train. Seventeen-year-old Charlotte "Lit" Moylan, the daughter of two successful but second-rate TV actors, has never thought much about the oddities of her home town of KamensicÄthe strangely decorated Congregational Church, for example, or the community's unusual Halloween tradition, or the high number of suicides among the area's younger citizens. Although she looks forward to going away to college next year, she's basically content with her life. Then Kamensic's most notorious citizen returns to his roots. Alex Kern, the successful avant-garde film director, brings with him a reputation for scandalous, extravagant and decadent parties, replete with perverse sexuality and heavy drug use. His mazelike mansion, Bolerium, sits on the hill overlooking Kamensic like some dangerous predatory beast. Eventually Lit and, indeed, everyone in town receives an invitation to a party, a gala event that, Hand hints, may be nothing less than a prelude to the Apocalypse. Something of a latter-day Aubrey Beardsley in prose, Hand has a talent for portraying forbidding millennial settings brimming with perverse antiheroes, suffering innocents and sadistic demigods. This book, although not quite the equal of her last two novels, Waking the Moon and Glimmering, should strongly appeal to aficionados of sophisticated horror. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

When film director Alex Kern returns to his mansion in the small New York town of Kamensic, his goddaughter, Charlotte Moylan, discovers that he is at the center of a sinister conspiracy. As dark forces gather to summon a god of chaos back into the world, others arrive to combat the shattering of the world. Hands lucid style captures the perceptions of a young womans coming of age in the midst of a confrontation with unearthly dangers. The latest dark fantasy novel by the award-winning author of Glimmering (LJ 3/15/97) belongs in most fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.