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After killing his abusive father in self-defense and spending seven years in an institution, a man tries to rebuild his life. But it looks like his father has come back for revenge.

Sometimes the dead come back to haunt you. In Eddie Farris's case, the dead are coming back with a vengeance.

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Overview

After killing his abusive father in self-defense and spending seven years in an institution, a man tries to rebuild his life. But it looks like his father has come back for revenge.

Sometimes the dead come back to haunt you. In Eddie Farris's case, the dead are coming back with a vengeance.

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In his highly readable horror debut, Kidman employs several narrative tactics (including flashbacks, dreams and journal entries) to tell the moving story of Eddie Farris, a 20-something writer with an overactive imagination who killed his father, Michael, seven years earlier in self defense and is still suffering severe psychological consequences. Making matters worse is the fact that Eddie still lives in tiny Black Hills, Pa., where the town residents treat him like a freak. When Eddie's high school sweetheart returns, claiming to be stalked by a resurrected Michael, Eddie's life spirals even further out of control. The brutal murder act, referred to as "The Showdown" by Eddie, isn't actually depicted until the book's end. Instead, Kidman refers to the incident throughout, slowly foreshadowing and building tension as the reader becomes emotionally invested in the characters. Readers journey with Eddie through an adolescence made miserable by his abusive father, and they share in his blossoming romance and brutal breakup with his former girlfriend. Unfortunately, a contrived conclusion cheapens the plot and may leave readers feeling duped. (May) FYI: Cemetery Dance will release a limited-edition hardcover of Black Fire in May ($40 1-58767-106-9). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781587671067
  • Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Product dimensions: 62.50 (w) x 90.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific tale

    In Black Hills, Pennsylvania, seven years ago, eighteen-year-old high school student Eddie Farris killed his abusive father, a prison guard in what the teen later called The Showdown. Eddie has since become a macabre caricature of a boogeyman everybody talks about him in a ghoulish way. The isolation started with his girlfriend Rachel fleeing Black Hills right after the lethal Showdown. Still over the next seven years the lonely Eddie tries to overcome the Showdown mental aftermath by following his psychiatrist¿s advice to write it down though that has not proven a total catharsis, it helps. Eddie constantly wonders if things would have been different if his younger sister Mary did not die when she was four in an accident, but also believes his dad accidentally killed her during one of his abuser moments. --- After seven years away, Rachel returns home accompanied by her son, Eddie¿s child no one bothered to tell him about. She claims that his father is harassing her with increasingly threatening phone calls, but Eddie killed his sire in the Showdown or did he? He notices someone in the shadows stalking him, taunting him, threatening him. --- BLACK FIRE is a terrific tale that keeps the audience guessing whether Eddie finally lost his tenuous grip on sanity, is being set up by others to lose his mind, or his dead dad dancing from the cemetery. Thus, readers will consistently consider between psychological suspense and horror as James Kidman slowly delivers clues then and now by rotating between the present and the Showdown. Strong thriller starring an intriguing individual who at best has crossed the line between rational thinking and insanity as his past catches up to him now perhaps with something evil from beyond. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2004

    AMAZING

    I picked this up thinking it wouldnt be that great, but boy was I wrong. This book was truly amazing! I got hooked straight from the beginning and was really into the characters. I recommend this book to any horror book fan.

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