Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge

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Dark Harvest is a Halloween novel. Well, it’s technically more of an action novel, masquerading as a Halloween novel. I went in expecting horror, and instead got a straightforward, but enjoyable, slice of small-town Americana mixed with the supernatural. It’s also very short, at 197 pages.

The basic story is that five days before every Halloween all of the young males are locked way and starved. When they are released, they are supplied with a weapon and are sent off to hunt the October Boy, a supernatural creature made from vines and a carved pumpkin, armed with a butcher’s knife. Continue reading

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Halloween! Books! Reading! Neil Gaiman!

Neil Gaiman, being the industrious author and promoter of reading that he is, has come up with the idea for a new Halloween tradition. He calls it “All Hallow’s Read,” and I have to say, I for one think that it is an awesome idea. You can read more about it here: http://www.allhallowsread.com/ 

To quote Gaiman,

It’s simply that in the week of Hallowe’en, or on the night itself, you give someone a scary book.

Straightforward. And he even has a few lists of suggested reading. In honour of this more-than-worthy up-and-coming tradition, for the remaining days in October, I will be posting reviews of a more Halloween and horror-friendly variety, while still staying well within the bounds of fantasy literature. That means no slasher/thrillers. Just some good/bad/mediocre supernatural books. Time to get posting! Many books to read, many reviews to write, and only two days to do it in.