• by Shaun Hutson
  • Narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

During an archaeological dig, a hidden chamber filled with the skulls of children is discovered. At first glance they seem to have been there for thousands of years but closer examination reveals a more shocking secret.
The opening of the chamber triggers a series of horrific murders, each victim mutilated and their entrails used to form a different letter of the alphabet. Who is behind this outrage? And how is it linked to a subterranean chamber thousands of years old?
Inspector Stephen Wallace must unmask this crazed killer. Is it the sadistic thug responsible for organising a series of barbaric dog fights? The mysterious recluse who holds Black Mass orgies for drug addicted teenagers? Or is it, in fact, something much worse?
An evil so old, so vile and so powerful that it threatens to engulf everyone who comes near it. For Wallace, and possibly for the whole human race, time is running out fast. Something evil is waiting. Something monstrous is loose...
Shaun Hutson is one of the UK's best known horror writers and author of over 50 books. He made his name with best-sellers such as Spawn and Relics - acquiring the nicknames 'The Godfather of Gore' and 'The Shakespeare of Gore' in the process – and has since written a number of dark urban thrillers as well. He has also written for radio, magazines, television and novelized a couple of Hammer Horror films.


What the Critics Say

"Britain's greatest living horror author" (Dark Side)
"An expert in the art of keeping the reader turning the pages" (Time Out)
"Hutson writes grippingly" (SFX Magazine)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Badly edited

This has the feel of a short story that had gone on a bit longer than expected.
If you've read/listened to other Hutson books then it will come as no surprise that there's lots of sex and even more graphic violence.
It's not the best horror out there, but something like those TV versions of hammer horror, that seemed scary when you were 10.
The narration isn't bad really but let down by poor editing down by poor editing.
;-) (did you see what I did there???)
Well you'll hear lots more like that in the book
Like that in the book (ok sorry I'll stop now)
It's very annoying though isn't it. And when you pay for something that isn't made correctly you would take it back and ask for one that's made correctly.
So sort it out audible.
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- El

A nasty piece of work.

What disappointed you about Relics?

Stock characters, cliched phrases & school-yard intent to shock.

What was most disappointing about Shaun Hutson’s story?

I didn't care enough to finish it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performances?

No. even he didn't sound as though he liked it much.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, thanks to Audible I can get my money back

Any additional comments?


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- susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-12-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios