DARKSIDE. New York: Charter Books, . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Charter Books 13819. "The Lost Ones, a death cult that indoctrinates members through near-death experiences, has a relentless hold on the disaffected teenagers of Beverly Hills. Doug Carson investigates their activities after his teenage stepdaughter Erin dies during her initiation … A moving and profoundly disquieting novel whose sympathetic characters help vivify its sense of tragedy and horror. Etchison makes the cult's underground activities seem both eerily unsettling and attractively taboo. The novel's power, however, comes from its devastating portrait of post-Vietnam America … One of the best dark fantasies of the 1980s." - Stefan Dziemianowicz in Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 6-129. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 4-107. A fine copy. (#160641).
"Charter edition / December 1986" on copyright page.