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A once-respected college professor and novelist, Dale Stewart has sabotaged his career and his marriage — and now darkness is closing in on him. In the last hours of Halloween he has returned to the dying town of Elm Haven, his boyhood home, where he hopes to find peace in isolation. But moving into a long-deserted farmhouse on the far outskirts of town — the one-time residence of a strange and brilliant friend who lost his young life in a grisly "accident" back in the terrible summer of 1960 — is only the latest in his long succession of recent mistakes. Because Dale is not alone here. He has been followed to this house of shadows by private demons who are now twisting his reality into horrifying new forms. And a thick, blanketing early snow is starting to fall...

Review:

"I am in awe of Dan Simmons....[He] writes like a hot-rodding angel." Stephen King

Review:

"Dan Simmons is brilliant." Dean Koontz

Review:

"Sequel at half the length to...Summer of Night....[Simmons] works toward a seriously well-written nonhorror novel, until we grow suspicious that we are into a deceptive tale much like the flicks The Sixth Sense and The Others, with a Jamesian ghost story overlay....Dale (not Dan Simmons, of course) complains about the 'jackal piss' his reviewers squirt on him....A rich read most jackals will take kindly to." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Though it features its share of palpable things that go bump in the night, this novel is most unsettling in its portrait of personal demons of despair that imperceptibly empower them." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"It's good spooky fun that teens will love-but may not want to read when alone, at night..." School Library Journal

Review:

"Simmons' writing is tight and delirious, spinning an engrossing spiral of madness and fear, and the titular haunting is a beauty, supported by an exquisite selection of classical references." Booklist

Synopsis:

Dale Stewart's life has become a shadow of what it once was. A respected college professor and successful novelist, he sabotaged his career and his marriage with an obsessive love affair that ended badly.

With darkness closing in on him, Dale decides to return to his boyhood home in Illinois. Drawn by a recurring nightmare that has plagued him since his youth — and a troubling certainty that something is waiting for him there — he hopes to exorcise his demons.

In the last hours of Halloween, he reaches the outskirts of the dying town of Elm Haven. There, he moves into the abandoned farmhouse that was once the home of his closest boyhood friend, the strange and brilliant Duane McBride, who lost his young life in a grisly "accident" back in the terrible summer of 1960. Hoping to find peace in isolation, he settles in for the long, harsh winter.

But Dale is not alone. Soon after he arrives, cryptic messages begin appearing mysteriously on his computer screen while he struggles to work on his novel. He sees black dogs roaming the grounds. And an old enemy has reemerged, a bully who seems as determined to persecute Dale as he was in childhood.

About the Author

Dan Simmons is the Hugo Award-winning author of Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion and their sequels, Endymion and The Rise of Endymion. He has written the critically acclaimed suspense novels Darwin's Blade and The Crook Factory, as well as other highly respected works including Summer of Night, its sequel A Winter Haunting, and Song of Kali, Carrion Comfort, and Worlds Enough & Time. Simmons makes his home in Colorado.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780380817160
Author:
Simmons, Dan
Publisher:
HarperTorch
Author:
by Dan Simmons
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Haunted houses
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Ghost stories
Subject:
Illinois
Subject:
Novelists
Subject:
Divorced fathers
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Series Volume:
Reihe B, Bd. 6, T. l
Publication Date:
January 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.80x4.28x1.03 in. .41 lbs.

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Product details 384 pages Harpertorch - English 9780380817160 Reviews:
"Review" by , "I am in awe of Dan Simmons....[He] writes like a hot-rodding angel."
"Review" by , "Dan Simmons is brilliant."
"Review" by , "Sequel at half the length to...Summer of Night....[Simmons] works toward a seriously well-written nonhorror novel, until we grow suspicious that we are into a deceptive tale much like the flicks The Sixth Sense and The Others, with a Jamesian ghost story overlay....Dale (not Dan Simmons, of course) complains about the 'jackal piss' his reviewers squirt on him....A rich read most jackals will take kindly to."
"Review" by , "Though it features its share of palpable things that go bump in the night, this novel is most unsettling in its portrait of personal demons of despair that imperceptibly empower them."
"Review" by , "It's good spooky fun that teens will love-but may not want to read when alone, at night..."
"Review" by , "Simmons' writing is tight and delirious, spinning an engrossing spiral of madness and fear, and the titular haunting is a beauty, supported by an exquisite selection of classical references."
"Synopsis" by ,

Dale Stewart's life has become a shadow of what it once was. A respected college professor and successful novelist, he sabotaged his career and his marriage with an obsessive love affair that ended badly.

With darkness closing in on him, Dale decides to return to his boyhood home in Illinois. Drawn by a recurring nightmare that has plagued him since his youth — and a troubling certainty that something is waiting for him there — he hopes to exorcise his demons.

In the last hours of Halloween, he reaches the outskirts of the dying town of Elm Haven. There, he moves into the abandoned farmhouse that was once the home of his closest boyhood friend, the strange and brilliant Duane McBride, who lost his young life in a grisly "accident" back in the terrible summer of 1960. Hoping to find peace in isolation, he settles in for the long, harsh winter.

But Dale is not alone. Soon after he arrives, cryptic messages begin appearing mysteriously on his computer screen while he struggles to work on his novel. He sees black dogs roaming the grounds. And an old enemy has reemerged, a bully who seems as determined to persecute Dale as he was in childhood.

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