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* AbusiveParents : Several, but Saxon's mother and stepfather are particularly vile.
* AllBikersAreHellsAngels : The Headhunters, although with a twist: they're all [[ManlyGay gay]].
* AuthorTract : While more mild than some, the conversation between Zinc and Caradon during their stakeout. They discuss the psychology of horror fans and the possibility that someone with violent tendencies might take the fantasy too far. Also a form of {{Foreshadowing}}.
* BaitAndSwitch : Since it's a twisty-mystery-thriller, the book does this frequently.
* BigBad : Played with. For most of the story, it seems to be Raymond Hengler, mob boss and backer of a mysterious SnuffFilm. Then the game changes.
* BoomHeadshot : Frequently, particularly Mohawk
* BuriedAlive : Saxon

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* AbusiveParents : AbusiveParents: Several, but Saxon's mother and stepfather are particularly vile.
* AllBikersAreHellsAngels : AllBikersAreHellsAngels: The Headhunters, although with a twist: they're all [[ManlyGay gay]].
* AuthorTract : AuthorTract: While more mild than some, the conversation between Zinc and Caradon during their stakeout. They discuss the psychology of horror fans and the possibility that someone with violent tendencies might take the fantasy too far. Also a form of {{Foreshadowing}}.
* BaitAndSwitch : BaitAndSwitch: Since it's a twisty-mystery-thriller, the book does this frequently.
* BigBad : BigBad: Played with. For most of the story, it seems to be Raymond Hengler, mob boss and backer of a mysterious SnuffFilm. Then the game changes.
* BoomHeadshot : BoomHeadshot: Frequently, particularly Mohawk
Mohawk.
* BuriedAlive : SaxonBuriedAlive: Saxon.



* ChekhovsGun : [[DistractedByTheSexy Cleavage]], of all things.
* DarkAndTroubledPast : Most of the characters, but particularly Deborah and Zinc.
* DrivenToSuicide : [[spoiler: Roland Fletcher]]. Elena, although she had good reason.

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* ChekhovsGun : ChekhovsGun: [[DistractedByTheSexy Cleavage]], of all things.
* DarkAndTroubledPast : DarkAndTroubledPast: Most of the characters, but particularly Deborah and Zinc.
* DrivenToSuicide : DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Roland Fletcher]]. Elena, although she had good reason.



* FreudianExcuse : Saxon. And how. Also Deborah and, to an extent, Zinc.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent : Elaine Teeze. [[spoiler: She's one of Saxon's personalities, representing [[ItMakesSenseInContext the disease]] he thinks he has.]]
* PoliceProcedural : A mix of this and SerialKiller mystery/thriller.
* PrisonRape : Happens to Hengler.
* SerialKiller : Several. Subverted, however in that [[spoiler: all of the killers are the same person, suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder]].
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll : Lots of each.
* ShoutOut : To Music/AliceCooper, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, Creator/HPLovecraft, ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', and many horror films and books.
* StageName : Erika Zann (Rika) and Axel Crypt (Saxon).
* SunglassesAtNight : Sid Jinks, at the club.
* TheInformant : Jennie Copp. It ends badly.
* TheVamp : Rika Hyde, Rosanna Keate, and Deborah's romance-author alter-ego, Corinne Grey.

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* FreudianExcuse : FreudianExcuse: Saxon. And how. Also Deborah and, to an extent, Zinc.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent : OurVampiresAreDifferent: Elaine Teeze. [[spoiler: She's one of Saxon's personalities, representing [[ItMakesSenseInContext the disease]] he thinks he has.]]
* PoliceProcedural : PoliceProcedural: A mix of this and SerialKiller mystery/thriller.
* PrisonRape : PrisonRape: Happens to Hengler.
* SerialKiller : SerialKiller: Several. Subverted, however in that [[spoiler: all of the killers are the same person, suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder]].
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll : SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Lots of each.
* ShoutOut : ShoutOut: To Music/AliceCooper, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, Creator/HPLovecraft, ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', and many horror films and books.
* StageName : StageName: Erika Zann (Rika) and Axel Crypt (Saxon).
* SunglassesAtNight : SunglassesAtNight: Sid Jinks, at the club.
* TheInformant : TheInformant: Jennie Copp. It ends badly.
* TheVamp : TheVamp: Rika Hyde, Rosanna Keate, and Deborah's romance-author alter-ego, Corinne Grey.


''Ghoul'' is a horror-crime novel by ''Creator/MichaelSlade'', released in 1987. Inspector Zinc Chandler of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is closing in on a serial killer; across the pond, Hilary Rand of Scotland Yard is working on a similar case. A fast-paced horror classic.

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''Ghoul'' is a horror-crime novel by ''Creator/MichaelSlade'', Creator/MichaelSlade, released in 1987. Inspector Zinc Chandler of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is closing in on a serial killer; across the pond, Hilary Rand of Scotland Yard is working on a similar case. A fast-paced horror classic.



Some tropes appearing in the novel include

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tropes appearing in the novel include
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* ShoutOut : Lots. To Alice Cooper, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, Creator/HPLovecraft, Literature/AliceInWonderland , and many horror films and books.

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* ShoutOut : Lots. To Alice Cooper, Music/AliceCooper, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, Creator/HPLovecraft, Literature/AliceInWonderland , ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', and many horror films and books.



* TheVamp : Rika Hyde, Rosanna Keate, and Deborah's romance-author alter-ego, Corinne Grey.

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* TheVamp : Rika Hyde, Rosanna Keate, and Deborah's romance-author alter-ego, Corinne Grey.Grey.
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* AuthorTract : While more mild than some, the conversation between Zinc and Caradon during their stakeout. They discuss the psychology of horror fans and the possibility that someone with violent tendencies might take the fantasy too far. Also a form of {{Foreshadowing}}.



* BigBad : Played with. For most of the story, it seems to be Raymond Hengler, mob boss and backer of a mysterious SnuffFilm. Then the game changes.



* PrisonRape : Happens to Hengler.



* StageName : Erika Zann (Rika) and Axel Crypt (Saxon).

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* ShoutOut : Lots. To Alice Cooper, Creator/AlfredHitchcock, Creator/HPLovecraft, Literature/AliceInWonderland , and many horror films and books.
* StageName : Erika Zann (Rika) and Axel Crypt (Saxon).(Saxon).
* SunglassesAtNight : Sid Jinks, at the club.
* TheInformant : Jennie Copp. It ends badly.


* DrivenToSuicide : [[spoiler: Roland Fletcher]]

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* DrivenToSuicide : [[spoiler: Roland Fletcher]] Fletcher]]. Elena, although she had good reason.


* AllBikersAreHellsAngels : The Headhunters, although with a twist: they're all [[ManlyGay gay]].

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* AllBikersAreHellsAngels : The Headhunters, although with a twist: they're all [[ManlyGay gay]].gay]].
* BaitAndSwitch : Since it's a twisty-mystery-thriller, the book does this frequently.



* EldritchAbomination: Both The Ghoul and the creatures that are trying to "break through."



* RoomfulOfCrazy : Both Saxon's basement room and the room he moves to later in the text.


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* StageName : Erika Zann (Rika) and Axel Crypt (Saxon).


* BuriedAlive : Saxon



* DarkAndTroubledPast : Most of the characters, but particularly Deborah and Zinc.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast : Most of the characters, but particularly Deborah and Zinc. Zinc.
* DrivenToSuicide : [[spoiler: Roland Fletcher]]


Added DiffLines:

* RoomfulOfCrazy : Both Saxon's basement room and the room he moves to later in the text.

Added DiffLines:

* OurVampiresAreDifferent : Elaine Teeze. [[spoiler: She's one of Saxon's personalities, representing [[ItMakesSenseInContext the disease]] he thinks he has.]]


* AllBikersAreHellsAngels : The Headhunters, although with a twist: they're all gay.

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* AbusiveParents : Several, but Saxon's mother and stepfather are particularly vile.
* AllBikersAreHellsAngels : The Headhunters, although with a twist: they're all gay.[[ManlyGay gay]].


Added DiffLines:

* BuryYourGays : Jack Ohm's MO, stemming from extreme homophobia. He bombs an HIV support group and a gay bath house.

Added DiffLines:

''Ghoul'' is a horror-crime novel by ''Creator/MichaelSlade'', released in 1987. Inspector Zinc Chandler of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is closing in on a serial killer; across the pond, Hilary Rand of Scotland Yard is working on a similar case. A fast-paced horror classic.

Some tropes appearing in the novel include

* AllBikersAreHellsAngels : The Headhunters, although with a twist: they're all gay.
* BoomHeadshot : Frequently, particularly Mohawk
* BrotherSisterIncest : Rika and Saxon Hyde. Also, allegedly, [[spoiler: Elena and Enoch, Saxon and Rika's mentally ill parents.]]
* ChekhovsGun : [[DistractedByTheSexy Cleavage]], of all things.
* DarkAndTroubledPast : Most of the characters, but particularly Deborah and Zinc.
* FreudianExcuse : Saxon. And how. Also Deborah and, to an extent, Zinc.
* PoliceProcedural : A mix of this and SerialKiller mystery/thriller.
* SerialKiller : Several. Subverted, however in that [[spoiler: all of the killers are the same person, suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder]].
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll : Lots of each.
* TheVamp : Rika Hyde, Rosanna Keate, and Deborah's romance-author alter-ego, Corinne Grey.

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