Dark Harvest

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Macmillan, Sep 4, 2007 - Fiction - 176 pages

Winner of the Bram Stoker Award and named one of the 100 Best Novels of 2006 by Publishers Weekly, Dark Harvest by Norman Patridge is a powerhouse thrill-ride with all the resonance of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery."

Halloween, 1963. They call him the October Boy, or Ol' Hacksaw Face, or Sawtooth Jack. Whatever the name, everybody in this small Midwestern town knows who he is. How he rises from the cornfields every Halloween, a butcher knife in his hand, and makes his way toward town, where gangs of teenage boys eagerly await their chance to confront the legendary nightmare. Both the hunter and the hunted, the October Boy is the prize in an annual rite of life and death.

Pete McCormick knows that killing the October Boy is his one chance to escape a dead-end future in this one-horse town. He's willing to risk everything, including his life, to be a winner for once. But before the night is over, Pete will look into the saw-toothed face of horror--and discover the terrifying true secret of the October Boy . . .

"This is contemporary American writing at its finest."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Dark Harvest




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User Review  - allyofthedawn - LibraryThing

This book was great. It was a interesting story, and well-paced. The only issue that I had with it was the author's occasional use of the 2nd person. Read full review

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User Review  - sprainedbrain - LibraryThing

This is the Halloween book I didn't know I needed. I probably wouldn't have read it if not for the Popsugar challenge (book set at Halloween prompt). The writing style took some getting used to, but the story was awesome. Atmospheric, creepy, and sad. A very quick read, and I loved it. Read full review

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Lies
67
Fire
119
Blood
171
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About the author (2007)

A two-time Stoker Award-winner, NORMAN PARTRIDGE has published three short story collections, several comics, and five novels. Partridge lives in California.

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