Dark Harvest

Dark Harvest

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by Norman Partridge
     
 

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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

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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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Probably the most exciting and original voice in horror literature to have appeared in the last decade.” —Peter Straub

“A major new talent.” —Stephen King

“This is contemporary American writing at its finest.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Dark Harvest

“Already [Dark Harvest] has the aura of a classic. Required reading for Halloween.” —Booklist

“If you're looking for a scary Halloween tale, with lots of blood and gore--and candy--you've come to the right place.” —Rocky Mountain News on Dark Harvest

“Using a quick, lean prose reminiscent of the finest Gold Medal-era fiction and, at the same time, as fresh as a Quentin Tarantino film, Partridge packs more into this slim volume than most authors do in a bloated 600-page epic.” —The Austin Chronicle on Dark Harvest

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429984478
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
09/04/2007
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
240,942
File size:
141 KB

Meet the Author

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


A two-time Stoker Award-winner, Norman Partridge has published three short story collections, several comics, and five novels. He is the author of Dark Harvest. Partridge lives in California.

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4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this story. Has a lot of halloween flavor to it. The characters were interesting and you could feel for them. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because it left alot of questions unanswered. It is basically one story, happening on one night, Halloween. Why is this happening? Who is behind this? Is never really fully explored or explained. Leaves you wanting to know more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those special fans of Halloween style stories; Dark Harvest delivers a great seasonal adventure with all the gifts of horror. Every October this book and the movie trick r treat are on my to-do list.
Melissa Lowe More than 1 year ago
This book was well written, creppy, and perfect for a dark and spooky night. Great value. Highly recommended.
Book_Zombie More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Not only is the story great, it is some of the best writing I have had the pleasure of reading in a very long time. I recommend this book for the author's writing, alone. Thank you, Mr. Partridge for not adding a hundred pages of filler to make the book longer. I wish more authors would realize that sometimes less is more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Partridge must have some imagination! I have never read anything like it before. The book was an enjoyable read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say, this is one of the most lyrical and poetic horror stories I've ever read. It is breathtaking in its scope and vision. It combines sadness and fear, anger, all the other primal feelings of man, with a poetic and lyrical language that moves beyond dark and into the light. At times uplifting and humorous, sometimes nightmarish and gruesome, this book has quickly risen to the top of my 'favorites' list.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful! Worth every penny and every second reading!I read book after book and trust me when I can give advise that this is a good freaking book!He's the next Stephen King of the new generation and I can't wait to read other books by him. He knows amazing horrifying details that get into ur thoughts, in u head and stay there. Please get this book! Perfect for Halloween but still great anytime of the year!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars. Got a little slow in the middle, but overall a great book.
Torgan More than 1 year ago
Not sure how to catergorize this book. When I saw this was a Bram Stoker award winning book I picked it up. I'm now a little surprised that it won the award. The author's use of the "You know how the town is, you grew up here", type speak is, I suppose, meant to involve the reader in the story, but to me it actually did quite the opposite and broke me out of the story. The author is very alliterative. I get it, the "black licorice road", is meant to describe the blacktop asphalt of the road. Seriously use it once for affect, use it twice to make your point (if you have to), but don't keep using it over and over, it looks dumb, and is just annoying. The book starts out kind of creepy, and slowly starts building the suspense, but then it just kind of crashes to a mess of an ending. All in all it's an interesting story, if a little bizarre. Some may like it. I thought it was just okay.
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