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Sineater
     

Sineater

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by Elizabeth Massie
 

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Winner of the Bram Stoker Award. The sineater is a dark figure in the night, condemned to live alone in the woods. He devours food from the dead to absorb their sins into his own soul. To look upon the face of the sineater is to see the face of evil. But in a small town, the sineater has a family of his own. With the violated taboo comes a rash of horrifying events.

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Winner of the Bram Stoker Award. The sineater is a dark figure in the night, condemned to live alone in the woods. He devours food from the dead to absorb their sins into his own soul. To look upon the face of the sineater is to see the face of evil. But in a small town, the sineater has a family of his own. With the violated taboo comes a rash of horrifying events. But does the evil emanate from the sineater or from an even darker force?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Winner of England's Bram Stoker Award, Massie's first novel works better as a convincing and original story about the potential horrors of backwoods religious fervor than as a traditional supernatural thriller. Young Joel Barker lives with a special stigma: his father, Avery, is the ``sineater,'' chosen by their Blue Ridge Mountain religious sect to live alone in the woods and bear the sins of the community's dead. Though Joel is universally ostracized, Burke Campbell, the nephew of the sect's leader, Missy Campbell, befriends him in defiance of his aunt, whose mumbo jumbo he despises. When death and mutilation begin to be visited on anyone who has dealings with Joel's family, Missy blames the sineater and mounts a crusade against him and his kin. The two boys set out to stop the sineater and to end the religious madness that is sweeping the town, only to discover that they may be seeking the wrong enemy. Massie's sharp observations and eye for detail bring her characters to life and lend credence to the unfamiliar setting and bizarre plot. But so much is invested in setting the stage that the story line fails to gain momentum; though it's well-organized and the pivotal scenes are gripping, it never takes off in the same way as some other horror novels about rural religious terror, such as Thomas Tryon's Harvest Home or Robert R. McCammon's Mystery Walk . Massie's evident talent puts this well ahead of many other would-be literary debuts but, ironically, horror fans may find that it packs less terror than the average thriller. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937530563
Publisher:
Crossroad Press
Publication date:
09/22/2013
Pages:
330
Sales rank:
1,047,824
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

What People are Saying About This

Yvonne Navarro
Elizabeth Massie's writing is riveting and full of emotion.
--Yvonne Navarro
Brian Hodge
[Massie's] abundant talent, but moreover, her sensitivity and humanity and her passion...is more than a gift, it is her essence.
--Brian Hodge

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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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