The Temple of the Last Days. The brutal cult with a history of murder, sex and occult dealings destroyed itself during one night of ritualistic violence decades ago. Or so they thought…

Kyle Freeman is an indie film-maker with no money and few options, so when he lands a commission to make a documentary about The Temple of the Last Days he jumps at the chance. Little does he know that his investigation into the cult’s bloody history will lead him into the darkest places he’s ever been.

As they travel from the London and France to Arizona tracing the path of the cult, uncanny events, out-of-body experiences, ghastly artefacts and visits from the merciless ‘old friends’ plague Kyle and his one-man crew. They soon discover the power of the cult’s terrible legacy, and that it may be too late for them to escape…

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An Entrée to Last Days

I wanted to create a modern cult, but with the stylings and imagery of the 1500s, not the 1960s. The Temple of the Last Days and its leader, Sister Katherine, are an amalgam of fanatical religious cults from the 16th century and cults from the twentieth century. Subversive religious movements and visionary heretics like the Anabaptists and Waldensian gave me the basis for the Blood Friends, and the Temple of the Last Day’s origins in Europe, but re-imagined as a kind of Pieter Bruegel painting.

From the sixties and seventies period, Sister Katherine and her Temple were also inspired by what I had read about Mary Anne MacLean, the only female leader of the main sixties cults, who led the mysterious and enigmatic Process Church of the Final Judgment until its end. She was a scientologist, as was Charles Manson. But my reading about sixties and seventies hippy cults and fanatical faith movements, came way before I wrote the novel. I’d been fascinated by the counter culture figures of the sixties for some time, and had been reading about Manson and his entourage, and their lives in Los Angeles, for years. Jim Jones was also a ghastly sociopath, who came later, but he too was an inspiration for the Temple of the Last Days. So there are bits of Jones, Manson, The Process, and even the Mormons and scientologists in the cult and in its leader.

Finally, my own first hand experience of sociopaths provided an inspiration I’d have happy to have been without.

His previous novel was the superb The Ritual, but with Last Days he's gone one better. This is riveting, and Nevill is fast becoming Britain's answer to Stephen King.

The Guardian

Taking its cue from real-life cults LAST DAYS is an effectively creepy novel that will leave you sleeping with the lights on.

SFX

There are books that spark the imagination. “Last Days” lit a bonfire. Spooky, eerie delight. This one made me perk up at unfamiliar noises and to examine the shadows a little more closely. Nevill should be ranked up near masters like Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith. This is what a horror book should be.

Suspense Magazine (February 2013)

Horror fans will revel in this appropriately chilling tale of modern-day murder and mayhem that stretches back several centuries … This appropriately ghastly tale definitely lives up to its billing as a Blair Witch Project–style novel.

Margaret Flanagan, Booklist