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Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate — the Savoyard Plantation — and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice.

It comes from the shadowy woods across the river, where the ruins of Savoyard still stand. Where a longstanding debt of blood has never been forgotten.

A debt that has been waiting patiently for Frank Nichols's homecoming...

Review:

"Buehlman packs suspense and secrets into his debut novel, set in the deceptively quiet fictional town of Whitbrow, Ga., just after the Great Depression. When unemployed soldier Frank Nichols inherits a house from his last living relative, he ignores the disjointed note from his deceased aunt warning him away and moves in along with his girlfriend, Dora. At first, everything is idyllic, but as Frank uncovers strange superstitions concerning the woods across the river — the site of his great-grandfather's plantation — the mysterious inhabitants of those woods are starting to take notice of him. The era is vividly rendered, complete with Jim Crow laws, vigilante justice, and racial tensions. The elegant prose and heavy foreshadowing keep readers on their toes right up until the big reveal, but once the monster is out of the bag, the novel clumsily muscles its way to a formulaic finale. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“As much F. Scott Fitzgerald as Dean Koontz” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs), Christopher Buehlman excels in twisting the familiar into newfound dread in his “genre-bending” (California Literary Review) novels. Now the acclaimed author of Those Across the River delivers his most disquieting tale yet...

The secret is, vampires are real and I am one.

The secret is, Im stealing from you what is most truly yours and Im not sorry...

New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live. And die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody—he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the citys sidewalks.

The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting in the Sheep Meadow of Central Park or in the backseats of Checker cabs, or even those in their own apartments who are too hypnotized by sitcoms to notice him opening their windows. Its almost too easy.

Until one night he sees them hunting on his beloved subway. The children with the merry eyes. Vampires, like him…or not like him. Whatever they are, whatever their appearance means, the undead in the tunnels of Manhattan are not as safe as they once were.

And neither are the rest of us.

Synopsis:

Those Across the River, a “beautifully written…exceedingly clever” (Boston Herald) masterpiece of “genuine terror” (New York Times bestselling author F. Paul Wilson), was hailed by #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris as “one of the best first novels Ive ever read.” Now comes Christopher Buehlmans new novel—one of uncommon horrors hiding behind the walls of the house next door…

“You think you got away with something, dont you? But your time has run out. We know where you are. And we are coming.”

The man on the screen says this in Russian.

“Who are you?”

The man smiles, but its not a pleasant smile.

The image freezes.

The celluloid burns exactly where his mouth is, burns in the nearly flat U of his smile. His eyes burn, too.

The man fades, leaving the burning smiley face smoldering on the screen.

“Oh Christ,” Andrew says.

The television catches fire.

Andrew Ranulf Blankenship is a handsome, stylish nonconformist with wry wit, a classic Mustang, and a massive library. He is also a recovering alcoholic and a practicing warlock, able to speak with the dead through film. His house is a maze of sorcerous booby traps and escape tunnels, as yours might be if you were sitting on a treasury of Russian magic stolen from the Soviet Union thirty years ago. Andrew has long known that magic was a brutal game requiring blood sacrifice and a willingness to confront death, but his many years of peace and comfort have left him soft, more concerned with maintaining false youth than with seeing to his own defense. Now a monster straight from the pages of Russian folklore is coming for him, and frost and death are coming with her.

About the Author

Christopher Buehlman is the winner of the 2007 Bridgeport Award for Poetry and the author of several plays. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Ceronomus, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Ceronomus)
If Edgar Allen Poe has written "To Kill a Mockingbird", he might have given us, "Those Across the River." The book harkens back to a nearly forgotten time in America and brings it to dust colored life. A time of sharecroppers, when the masters of the plantations are still remembered by those who knew them. An America of the 19th Century, dropped into the early 20th. This book did not disappoint. With Mr. Buehlman's master of language, there is simply no putting this book down. Be prepared for one long sitting.
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Darin, September 24, 2011 (view all comments by Darin)
A satisfactorily creepy little yarn, drenched in Southern idiosyncracies, Christopher Buehlman's debut mixes depression era racial and socioeconomic tropes with a slightly new take on an old monster movie favorite. Disgraced college professor who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder after serving in France during World War I runs off with the wife of a colleage, eventually landing in rural Georgia and a home he inherits from his aunt. Setting out to write a history of an ancestor who owned a plantation nearby and was notorious for his brutal treatment of his slaves, the professor stumbles across some bizarre and macabre scenes in the backwoods.
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Cindy Wexler, August 5, 2011 (view all comments by Cindy Wexler)
Set in the simpler time post World War 1, this story grabs hold of you and leads down the forest trail - and before you know it, without agreeing to be terrified, there you are, with those across the river - and it is terrifying!

The final hundred pages are don't put it down good, cancel all meetings good, do not disturb good. Hard to believe this is Buehlman's first novel - it is abundantly clear he has been crafting words for quite some time. Order yours today!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780441020676
Author:
Buehlman, Christopher
Publisher:
Berkley
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20141007
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
includes teaser
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Buehlman packs suspense and secrets into his debut novel, set in the deceptively quiet fictional town of Whitbrow, Ga., just after the Great Depression. When unemployed soldier Frank Nichols inherits a house from his last living relative, he ignores the disjointed note from his deceased aunt warning him away and moves in along with his girlfriend, Dora. At first, everything is idyllic, but as Frank uncovers strange superstitions concerning the woods across the river — the site of his great-grandfather's plantation — the mysterious inhabitants of those woods are starting to take notice of him. The era is vividly rendered, complete with Jim Crow laws, vigilante justice, and racial tensions. The elegant prose and heavy foreshadowing keep readers on their toes right up until the big reveal, but once the monster is out of the bag, the novel clumsily muscles its way to a formulaic finale. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
“As much F. Scott Fitzgerald as Dean Koontz” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs), Christopher Buehlman excels in twisting the familiar into newfound dread in his “genre-bending” (California Literary Review) novels. Now the acclaimed author of Those Across the River delivers his most disquieting tale yet...

The secret is, vampires are real and I am one.

The secret is, Im stealing from you what is most truly yours and Im not sorry...

New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live. And die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody—he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the citys sidewalks.

The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting in the Sheep Meadow of Central Park or in the backseats of Checker cabs, or even those in their own apartments who are too hypnotized by sitcoms to notice him opening their windows. Its almost too easy.

Until one night he sees them hunting on his beloved subway. The children with the merry eyes. Vampires, like him…or not like him. Whatever they are, whatever their appearance means, the undead in the tunnels of Manhattan are not as safe as they once were.

And neither are the rest of us.

"Synopsis" by ,
Those Across the River, a “beautifully written…exceedingly clever” (Boston Herald) masterpiece of “genuine terror” (New York Times bestselling author F. Paul Wilson), was hailed by #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris as “one of the best first novels Ive ever read.” Now comes Christopher Buehlmans new novel—one of uncommon horrors hiding behind the walls of the house next door…

“You think you got away with something, dont you? But your time has run out. We know where you are. And we are coming.”

The man on the screen says this in Russian.

“Who are you?”

The man smiles, but its not a pleasant smile.

The image freezes.

The celluloid burns exactly where his mouth is, burns in the nearly flat U of his smile. His eyes burn, too.

The man fades, leaving the burning smiley face smoldering on the screen.

“Oh Christ,” Andrew says.

The television catches fire.

Andrew Ranulf Blankenship is a handsome, stylish nonconformist with wry wit, a classic Mustang, and a massive library. He is also a recovering alcoholic and a practicing warlock, able to speak with the dead through film. His house is a maze of sorcerous booby traps and escape tunnels, as yours might be if you were sitting on a treasury of Russian magic stolen from the Soviet Union thirty years ago. Andrew has long known that magic was a brutal game requiring blood sacrifice and a willingness to confront death, but his many years of peace and comfort have left him soft, more concerned with maintaining false youth than with seeing to his own defense. Now a monster straight from the pages of Russian folklore is coming for him, and frost and death are coming with her.

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