The Rainy Season [NOOK Book]


It's a gray, wet winter in southern California, and Phil Ainsworth is alone. The sudden death of his young wife has left him shaken, and he gets eerie sensations as he roams around the big, old house he inherited from his mother. He's sure he's seen people snooping around his property, by the old well that, in this wet weather, always seems ready to overflow. How much is real and how much is in his head? That's the question.

A late-night phone...
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The Rainy Season

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It's a gray, wet winter in southern California, and Phil Ainsworth is alone. The sudden death of his young wife has left him shaken, and he gets eerie sensations as he roams around the big, old house he inherited from his mother. He's sure he's seen people snooping around his property, by the old well that, in this wet weather, always seems ready to overflow. How much is real and how much is in his head? That's the question.

A late-night phone call brings more bad news: Phil's sister has died, leaving her ten-year-old daughter Betsy an orphan and naming Phil as guardian. It seems like a bad time to bring a child into this unhappy house, but Phil had always promised he'd take care of Betsy - and now she's all the family he has left.

What he can't know is that Betsy is a very special child. She has the ability to sense the powerful emotions of the past, to hear voices of the dead, and to see the uncanny powers that are closing in around this house...

James P. Blaylock has set the standard for the contemporary ghost story. The Washington Post called him "a master". Dean Koontz has hailed his writing as "first rate". A brilliant blend of psychological insight and unearthly phenomena, THE RAINY SEASON blurs the lines between the past and the present, the living and the dead, fantasy and reality.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The central conceit of this elegant, accomplished contemporary ghost story is that fuentes--springs in which children have been ritually drowned--are portals of inexact time travel. Ambitious plotting and characterization augment Blaylock's (WINTER TIDES) lush language (ripples in a well "cast a hundred shifting shadows... crisscrossing in geometric confusion"). This is one ghostly tale that stands on very solid ground.
Library Journal
The author of WINTER TIDES continues to display an uncanny talent for low-key, off-kilter drama, infusing the modern world with a supernatural tint. Blaylock's evocative prose and studied pacing make him one of the most distinctive contributors to American magical realism. Recommended for most libraries.
Booklist Reviews
Blaylock continues to extend his range, this time with a novel of quiet--but not entirely psychological--horror. Blaylock constructs what might be described as a leisurely page-turner: one wants to find out what comes next but doesn't feel compelled to rush onward to do so. Fans of horror in general--especially those who don't demand a high body count--as well as dedicated Blaylock fans will be well pleased.
Kirkus Reviews
This may be Blaylock's weirdest yet: intriguing, dramatic, atmospheric.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014968621
  • Publisher: Jabberwocky Literary Agency
  • Publication date: 7/18/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,062,733
  • File size: 909 KB

Meet the Author

World Fantasy Award winning author James Blaylock, one of the pioneers of the steampunk genre, has written eighteen novels as well as scores of short stories, essays, and articles. His steampunk novel HOMUNCULUS won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, and his short story “The Ape-box Affair,” published in Unearth magazine, was the first contemporary steampunk story published in the U.S. Recent publications include KNIGHTS OF THE CORNERSTONE, THE EBB TIDE, and THE AFFAIR OF THE CHALK CLIFFS. He has recently finished a new steampunk novel, THE AYLESFORD SKULL, to be published by Titan Books.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2001

    Good book.... sorry ending

    Like all books relying on nothing but twist this is a great book to read once, and once only. The plot was not to shaby, actualy quite orginal. This is a novel I read rapidly, spareing nothing to savor. i mean what choice did I have in the matter. The writer worte it to be a page burner. Unfortunatly all this hussleing to consitantly discover what happens next came to an abrunt hualt at the ending. It was like the writer just did'nt know what to add, but knowing there was something lacking, and simply siad to him self 'oh, forget it, just stop.' If it had a good ending I certaintly would have rated this book with 3 stars. Working with the notion of some description would do Blaylok a world of good, but I duebt that word description is in his vocabulary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2000

    Chillingly eerie! An Awesome Ghost Story!

    Southern California is getting drenched. The rainy season only happens once every thirty years or so--at least the kind of endless downpour that fills all the low areas, rivers, and arroyos to overflowing. To most, it's a damn houses careen down mud-weakened cliffs and homes are rendered unlivable. But to a few, its arrival awakens a long-dormant power. A power once revered by ancient Spaniards and Native Americans. For one man in particular, though, it brings with its torrents a chance to finally find peace with his past and the gruesome death of his only daughter. That's not necessarily a good thing, considering that he's the one that killed her. James P. Blaylock has written a chillingly eerie, and truly awesome 21st century ghost story. As extraordinary events surround and consume seemingly ordinary people, the reader is swept away in a cascade of nearly unbearable suspense. To say more would be to reveal too much. It would be well worth your while to pick up this little gem of a book and devour it as soon as possible...that is, if you truly relish the thought of a great read consuming all of your attention!

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