Hauling Like A Brooligan

Stephen Gallagher

Valley of Lights – 1987

The classic fusion of crime and horror. When Phoenix Police Sergeant Alex Volchak discovers the true nature of a predator that has survived among us unnoticed for generations, he places himself and those around him in mortal danger. It’s older than the desert, a thing without a name, but as vicious, jealous and self-preserving a creature as ever walked the earth. And it hides in plain sight.

Gripping, suspenseful, and tight—I enjoyed it immensely

Neil Gaiman

An excellent thriller… a cracking pace… large helpings of deadpan gallows humour and a genuine ability to create a sense of evil

Glasgow Evening Times

Some fine grisly scenes, utterly necessary to the story, and the pacing is spot on

Charles de Lint, Mystery Scene

I wasn’t the only one blown away by Valley of Lights… his work has that kind of beat and boogie that only writers of character and style have. He plots well. But his strength is in the purity of his storytelling and in the development of his characters

Joe R Lansdale

A fast, fun read, with good jokes and a well thought-out modus operandi for its villain

City Limits

A finely crafted, absorbing novel

Stephen Laws
Paperback cover for Valley of Lights, shows a baleful stare from a leopard in the shadows, symbolising the novel's ageless preedator