John Saul is an American author born February 25, 1942. He specializes in suspense and horror novels akin to Dean Koontz
and Stephen King
A lot of Saul's books tend to be a little...repetitive
, especially in his earlier works. Therefore many tropes apply to all
his novels, frequently in the same context every time.
The man has an official website, which can be reached here
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- Suffer the Children - 1977.
- Punish the Sinners - 1978.
- Cry for the Strangers - 1979.
- Comes The Blind Fury - 1980.
- When the Wind Blows - 1981.
- The God Project - 1982.
- Nathaniel - 1984.
- Brainchild - 1985.
- Hellfire - 1986.
- The Unwanted - 1987.
- The Unloved - 1988.
- Creature - 1989.
- Second Child - 1990.
- Sleepwalk - 1991.
- Darkness - 1991.
- Shadows - 1992.
- Guardian - 1993.
- The Homing - 1994.
- Black Lightning - 1995.
- Blackstone Chronicles
- An Eye for an Eye: The Doll - 1996.
- Twist of Fate: The Locket - 1997.
- Ashes to Ashes: The Dragon's Flame - 1997.
- In the Shadow of Evil: The Handkerchief - 1997.
- Day of Reckoning: The Stereoscope - 1997.
- Asylum - 1997.
- The Presence - 1998.
- The Right Hand of Evil - 1999.
- Nightshade - 2000.
- The Manhattan Hunt Club - 2001.
- Midnight Voices - 2002.
- Black Creek Crossing - 2003.
- Perfect Nightmare - 2005.
- In the Dark of the Night - 2006.
- The Devil's Labyrinth - 2007.
- Faces of Fear - 2008.
- House of Reckoning - 2009.
Tropes commonly found in his works:
- Academy of Evil: Punish The Sinners
- Abandoned Hospital: The Blackstone Chronicles
- Adult Fear: You better believe that when the protagonist is an adult in Saul's books, s/he will have kids and will be afraid for their health and well-being.
- Boarding School of Horrors: The Devil's Labrynith
- Creepy Child: That Other Wiki quotes Saul as saying "I always find ... that when you have a scary scene, it broadens the scope of possibilities if you have children involved."
- Evilutionary Biologist: The God Project, Creature, and Brainchild.
- Follow the Leader: The Blackstone Chronicles, a Serial Novel, was published less than a year after Stephen King's Serial Novel The Green Mile became a runaway success.
- Genre Blindness: Most of the main characters, with a healthy dose of It's Probably Nothing and Arbitrary Skepticism thrown in.
- Hereditary Curse: Again, lots of 'em.
- Here We Go Again: Most of his works end this way, especially the earlier ones.
- Heroic BSOD: Sarah in Suffer the Children. Twice. And they last for years.
- Hollywood Autism: Sarah in Suffer the Children is said to have schizophrenia, but behaves more like this trope in practice.
- Indian Burial Ground: With a small twist in When The Wind Blows.
- Living Doll Collector: Elizabeth in Suffer the Children tries to collect the full set.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Stepdaughter: Alison in Faces of Fear. At least, she's going to be beautiful after the Mad Scientist surgically alters her to be his Replacement Goldfish.
- Magical Native American: The entire non-white cast of When The Wind Blows. No one can say they didn't try to warn the townsfolk...
- Milky White Eyes: Comes the Blind Fury.
- Replacement Goldfish: Attempted in When the Wind Blows and Faces of Fear.
- Science Is Bad: This is used in The God Project, and Brainchild.
- Town with a Dark Secret: Saul uses this trope so frequently, it would be easier to list the books that don't use this!