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Sineater
     

Sineater

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by Elizabeth Massie
 

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This grim, claustral story is about the consequences of a primitive form of Christianity practiced in the mountains of Virginia, the author's home state. The sineater is a man shunned by all, a man whose face should never be seen. He performs the valuable service of absorbing all the sins of each person who dies, by eating ritual food laid out on their corpses. When

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This grim, claustral story is about the consequences of a primitive form of Christianity practiced in the mountains of Virginia, the author's home state. The sineater is a man shunned by all, a man whose face should never be seen. He performs the valuable service of absorbing all the sins of each person who dies, by eating ritual food laid out on their corpses. When the sineater's son, Joel, is allowed to attend school, a series of violent omens convinces the fanatic locals that God is punishing them and that Judgment Day is nigh. As Joel searches for the real perpetrator of the crimes, along with other adolescents who reluctantly listen to him, the plot (the weakest part of the book) begins to resemble a wandering sort of whodunit. The focus of the novel, though, is on the well-evoked mood of fear and despair. Elizabeth Massie works her horror effects with an intimate approach, closing in on her characters as if she's trapping them. And her descriptions do justice to the rustic setting, where people live in four-room cabins and honeysuckle winds around the knotty rails of the fences.

Sineater won a Bram Stoker Award for First Novel in 1993. Massie also won a Stoker for her novella "Stephen," published in the first Borderlands anthology. As Tom Monteleone writes in Borderlands 3, Massie wields "a subtle power that rips at your emotions with velvet claws." --Fiona Webster

Product Details

BN ID:
2940148913832
Publisher:
Crossroad Press
Publication date:
11/12/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
330
Sales rank:
977,337
File size:
524 KB

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Sineater 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Don't Read Too Many Books At All. Not Many Can Keep My Interest Or Attention, But I Read Sineater In Only A Couple Of Sittings And Read IT Twice Since. I Loved This Book Very Much
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Massie accurately depicts rural Virginia. She makes you believe in the characters, never takes the easy way out. She portrays a complex religious situation with gravity and a keen eye. The plot starts out slow, but by the end is extremely suspensful. I love being surprised by a book and I rarely am these days. This one's a keeper.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had all the scares I look for in a horror novel, but it also had very human characters I really cared about. Joel, the main character, is a boy who has deal with the stigma of being the son of the 'Sineater.' The sineater is a rejected, feared outcast who is considered too full of evil to even look at. But Joel, with the help of Burke, the fiesty new kid to the isolated mountain community, decides to find out for himself who he is, where he comes from, and whether those who hold power over others are always right. A great read that I recommend highly!!! This won a Bram Stoker Award, and I'm not surprised!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised with this book! I had never heard of the author, but figured if she had won the Stoker award, I had to give her a chance. The story started with a good creepy feel, but then slowed a little. Then, about a third of the way in, it picked up. When it did, I was hooked. It proceeded to speed up in all directions, and became as much mystery as horror! What a GREAT read! I will definitely be checking out more from Ms. Massie. Can't wait to see what else she has in that great mind of hers. Thanx Ms. Massie for a night without sleep! -- SPeeD
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