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The Wicker Man by Anthony Shaffer .. EPUB

First published in 1978, five years after the release of the classic horror film from which it is adapted, The Wicker Man is a gripping horror classic. It is the tale of Highlands policeman, Police Sergeant Neil Howie, on the trail of a missing girl being lured to the remote Scottish island of Summerisle. As May Day approaches, strange, shamanistic and erotic events erupt around him. Initially he is convinced that the girl has been abducted for human sacrifice - only to find that he may be the revellers' quarry...

THIS BOOK, THE NOVEL OF THE WICKER MAN, the script for which was written by Anthony Shaffer, is a curious artefact. Many films produce literary spin-offs, but more often than not these are hack jobs, souvenirs, vestigial remnants of the days before videotape allowed enthusiasts to possess their own personal copies of films. Rarely, if ever, do film novelizations add to or augment our appreciation of the film in question. Which is why this book is so unusual. In many ways it extends and amplifies the issues on which the film meditates, fills in the gaps. In the process it creates something that is often more compendious, more nuanced, than the film which inspired it