Summer of Night
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This masterfully crafted horror classic, featuring a brand-new introduction by Dan Simmons, will bring you to the edge of your seat, hair standing on end and blood freezing in your veins
It's the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys' days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic middle-childhood. But amid the sundrenched cornfields their loyalty will be pitilessly tested. When a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the townsfolk know it marks the end of their carefree days. From the depths of the Old Central School, a hulking fortress tinged with the mahogany scent of coffins, an invisible evil is rising. Strange and horrifying events begin to overtake everyday life, spreading terror through the once idyllic town. Determined to exorcize this ancient plague, Mike, Duane, Dale, Harlen, and Kevin must wage a war of blood—against an arcane abomination who owns the night...
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Summer of Night
"Summer of Night" was a book that I hated to see end. It compares with "A Boy's Life" by Robert R. McCammon, "It" by Stephen King, even "Dandelion Wine" by Ray Bradbury. This was the first book by Simmons I have read but it won't be the last.
Good,but a little longwinded
Great story, but the author takes forever describing the scene. 1960's small town. Think stand by me in a horror show. Still worth the price.
I love the horror genre of books. Other than The Shining and Pet Semetary I haven't found one that has been able to strike terror in my bones.
Summer of Night truly surprised me. There were parts that raised my hair and made me shudder during the day. I found most of it hard to read at night and I'm 26!
The book is fast paced and I found it more terrifying than King's IT. I could relate to the boys and found myself enjoying the simple, yet horrifying style and description of writing Simmons used throughout the book.
Bottom line: if you're looking for a quality horror novel, this is a must read!