Synopses & Reviews
The cozy little town of Pine Deep buried the horrors of its past a long time ago. Thirty years have gone by since the darkness descended and the Black Harvest began, a time when a serial killer sheared a bloody swath through the quiet Pennyslvania village. The evil that once coursed through Pine Deep has been replaced by cheerful tourists getting ready to enjoy the country's largest Halloween celebration in what is now called "The Spookiest Town in America."
But then a month before Halloween it begins. Unspeakably desecrated bodies. Inexplicable insanity. And an ancient evil walking the streets, drawing in those who would fall to their own demons and seeking to shred the very soul of this rapidly fracturing community. Yes, the residents of Pine Deep have drawn together and faced a killer before. But this time, evil has many faces and the lust and will to rule the earth. This struggle will be epic.
"Maberry supplies plenty of chills, both Earth-bound and otherworldly, in this atmospheric horror novel, the first of a trilogy. Thirty years after the citizens of Pine Deep, Pa., killed the serial killer known as the Reaper, the town enjoys a quiet idyll and a tourist-friendly reputation as 'the most haunted town in America.' But gearing up for its annual Halloween celebration, the town is unprepared for the real haunts stirring in their corn fields, seeking to finish what the Reaper started. Switching among a large cast of characters, Maberry builds suspense by degrees, in the process exploring the community of Pine Deep. Showing his smalltown Americans at their worst through domestic abuse, religious fanaticism and cowardice Maberry proves how everyday, evening news grade sadism can dovetail neatly with capital-E Evil and the supernatural big guns that carry it out. This is horror on a grand scale, reminiscent of Stephen King's heftier works (The Stand, Needful Things) and just as dense with detail; though it simmers a bit too long, and the payoff doesn't quite measure up, Maberry can be forgiven as long as he fulfills his grisly promises in the sequel. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Serves up scares like pancakes at a church social." Gregory Frost
"If I were asked to select only one new voice in horror fiction to read today, it would be Jonathan Maberry." Katherine Ramsland
"If you think small town horror has nothing new to offer, you have a surprise in store. Ghost Road Blues demonstrates that even the most haunted town in America is unprepared for the full depth of evil, either human or inhuman." Don D'Ammassa
From a new master of horror comes the first book in a new trilogy that chronicles an apocalyptic showdown between the residents of a secluded, rural farm and the deadly evil that confronts them wherever they turn. Original.
About the Author
Jonathan Maberry is the author of eleven nonfiction books and over nine hundred articles, short stories, and poems. He is the Executive Director of the Bucks County Center for Writers, a Board Member of the Philadelphia Writers Conference, Executive Editor for the Bucks County Review Online Magazines, and a writing mentor for the Horror Writers Association. He lives in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, with his wife and son. Please visit his website, www.jonathanmaberry.com.