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The Night Class
     

The Night Class

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by Tom Piccirilli
 

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The college winter break is over, and Cal Prentiss faces yet another semester of boring classes. But Cal's boredom is shattered when he discovers evidence of an unspeakable murder that occurred in his dorm room over the break. Obsessed with finding the truth about this gruesome crime, Cal travels further and further down the twisting halls of a university suddenly

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The college winter break is over, and Cal Prentiss faces yet another semester of boring classes. But Cal's boredom is shattered when he discovers evidence of an unspeakable murder that occurred in his dorm room over the break. Obsessed with finding the truth about this gruesome crime, Cal travels further and further down the twisting halls of a university suddenly gone mad. As he gets closer to the heart of the mystery, Cal is surrounded by the supernatural and the grotesque – like the blood that appears on his hands whenever someone close to him dies.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013413580
Publisher:
Crossroad Press
Publication date:
09/24/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
833,819
File size:
537 KB

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Night Class 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A satirical, brooding novel about the crushing weight of the real world that invades the safe santum of a college campus. When Cal Prentiss returns from his winter vacation to find a woman's been murdered in his dorm room, he sets out on an obsessive quest to discover who she was and why she died. The mysterious woman seems to have had created every aspect of her identity. Cal is beleaguered on every side as he does his best to finish up his last semester at the university. The ghost of his sister (a nun who committed suicide) haunts his every step; his straight-A girlfriend is driven to succeed no matter what the cost, and Cal knows he can only hold her back in the world; and his professors seem to be part of some unnamed sinister cabal. Or is it all in Cal's head? Since the day Cal's sister killed herself, he suffers from stigmata whenever someone close to him dies. In a single night he races across campus in an attempt to save those he loves as his hands constantly bleed. Who is dying? And why? This book is thick with atmosphere, dread, and mystery. This isn't a novel where killers leap out from behind trees (booga booga!) but instead a slow and entrancing series of stranger and more unsettling scenes of betrayal and death. Highly recommended. Winner of the 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the strangest book I've read so far. It took one twist and turn after another. By the time you start predicting what's going to happen next, something completly different happens. You have to read it carefully to fully understand the whole story line. It's an interesting but strange book. I recommend it to the reader who likes books about the supernatural.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying that I love stories that take place in 'real time.' This book unfolds over a single day and night. Caleb Prentiss comes back to school after his long winter break to discover that his dorm room has been the site of a horrible killing. Part mystery, part ghost story, and never, NEVER boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Night Class by Tom Piccirilli just won the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in ('Best') novel, and I wholeheartedly agree with their choice. This book is haunting, daring, evocative, and full of the complexities of the human condition. A dark tale that's part mystery, part ghost story, part existential exercise, and part supernatural horror. Piccirilli knows how to capture the atmosphere of a haunted University's winter setting and use it to the fullest capacity. This one will keep you talking for quite a while after you've finished the last page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A deeply affecting novel that takes the college life and spins it on its ear. Here is the story of a man who returns to campus after the winter break to find that a murder has been committed in his dorm room. He grows more and more obsessed with not only finding the killer, but discovering the true identity of the victim. Slowly our protagonist, Caleb Prentiss, comes to fear that he's haunted not only by the dead girl, but also by his own sister--a former nun who committed suicide in his arms. Ever since that time, Cal has suffered from stigmata whenever someone close to him dies. Despite the backstory, the book itself takes place in a 24 hour period. Cal learns more in this day than in his four years of higher education. He discovers secrets about his university, his teachers, his best friends, and even himself. A gripping, thrilling, suspenseful read, I urge you all to sign up for this night class immediately!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There have been many mystery/crime thrillers that have crossed over into horror territory through use of graphic violence and viscera. But few have approached that gray area between genres with such subtle supernatural currents as in Piccirrilli's Night Class. This is a story told in the course of a single day and night as a young man, weeks away from graduating from his university, finally discovers what kind of evil forces are at work on campus. From his own darkest heart he journeys through betrayal, fear, and other revelations that will draw the reader in until he's on the edge of his seat. I read this one in two long sittings because I loathed to put it down. I bet you feel the same way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Few writers are as talented as Tom Piccirilli when creating an all-consuming atmosphere of dread. Even the most innocent details can have touches of evil. Here he turns campus life on its head and topples it over, giving us one night in the life of a student who finds that nothing in his academic world has been what it seems. Cal Prentiss returns from the winter break to find that a girl has been murdered in his dorm room. Half-heartedly, he decides to write about his fantasies of her as his senior thesis. Is her ghost, and the spirit of his dead sister, actually haunting Cal or is he simply coming apart as he prepares to enter "the real world"? Another bit of weirdness is tossed in: Cal suffers from stigmata whenever someone on campus dies. And from that single plot element Piccirilli takes us on a frenzied investigation into the heart of university malevolence and student activities of the most bizarre kind. This edition is also signed by the author and artist, which makes it that much more worthwhile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Few writers know how to create such an unsettling atmosphere as Piccirilli. Here he uses his talents to show just how bizarre, frightening, and dark the college experience can be. Cal Prentiss returns from the winter intercession to find that a girl has been murdered in his dorm room. Although the police and campus security say they're trying to solve the case, Cal begins his own investigation. He suffers from stigmata whenever someone on campus is murdered...and his hands begin bleeding a lot. Little by little he's drawn into a secret "night class" where the students and teachers are both experiencing the truth of how the world really works. By turns humorous, enlightening, twisted and macabre, THE NIGHT CLASS is a novel you won't be able to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
night : medium black she wolf with blue swirls and blue eyes and wings : rank : alpha female : mate:crystal: pup(s) thunder : personality : is loyal and wise also kind hearted but mess with her pack and she will make you regret the day you were born : history: was born a spirit wolf and grew up with a pack of spirit wolves untill a wolf by the name of shadownight took overh er pack and killed her mother and father the curent alphas and was forced by the grand alpha to become his mate she then excaped and fled to a forest were she hid her wings and past and built the pack of the riseing moon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He said something wrong
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beautiful she wolf stares sadly at the mate she cannot have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was visiting another alpha and found you in his pack care to explain
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No thats not it
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a fairly intelligent individual, I love horror/fantasy/sci-fi...but I'm amazed by the unanimous 5-star reviews of this book! It's not scary and the mystery/suspense is gone with the wind by the halfway mark...and, contrary to the author's bombastic attempt at trying to convince us by the last page that his main character has learned something spectacular from 'the night class,' he learns one thing: (SPOILER)... his school is populated by sex-crazed dingbats (oooohhh scary!...NOT!). And where does the phenomenon of the 'stigmata' fall into place here?? The same place this book takes its reader: NOWHERE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: silver Species: grey wolf Color: white with grey-stripes and eletric blue eyes Gender: male Parents: N/A Past: i dunno Mate: none Pups: none Personality: light hearted and fun to be with... respective Quote: heros will be remembered but legends never die