Summer of Night

Summer of Night

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by Dan Simmons
     
 

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This masterfully crafted horror classic, featuring a brand-new introduction by Dan Simmons, will bring you to the edge of your seat, hair standing on end and blood freezing in your veins

It's the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break.

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This masterfully crafted horror classic, featuring a brand-new introduction by Dan Simmons, will bring you to the edge of your seat, hair standing on end and blood freezing in your veins

It's the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys' days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic middle-childhood. But amid the sundrenched cornfields their loyalty will be pitilessly tested. When a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the townsfolk know it marks the end of their carefree days. From the depths of the Old Central School, a hulking fortress tinged with the mahogany scent of coffins, an invisible evil is rising. Strange and horrifying events begin to overtake everyday life, spreading terror through the once idyllic town. Determined to exorcize this ancient plague, Mike, Duane, Dale, Harlen, and Kevin must wage a war of blood--against an arcane abomination who owns the night...

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Editorial Reviews

Stephen King

Simmons writes like a hot-rodding angel, loading his American nightmare with scares, suspense, and a sweet, surprising nostalgia. One of those rare must-read books, I am in awe of Dan Simmons.
Seattle Post Intelligencer

It stands with the best of King and Straub in the traditional modern horror genre.
Denver Post

Impressive...combines beautiful writing and suspense into a book for which Dan Simmons deserves the bestseller status of King and Koontz.
Dallas Times-Herald

An outstandingly eerie and truly horrifying tale, a page-turner of the first order.
Philadelphia Inquirer

One can only wonder what Simmons will do next, now that he's shown us he can do everything the best writers in horror and science fiction can do.
Rocky Mountain News

If you like Stephen King's It and The Body, you will be enthralled by Summer of Night.
Los Angeles Daily News

Blood-freezing scenarios… the true source of Simmons' terrifying vision lies in his uncanny ability to tap into that primal dread that every child knows and every adult denies; the monster under the bed, the darkness in the closet, the not-quite-human face at the window… If you are easily frightened, don't buy this book.
Locus

Skilled writer par excellence Dan Simmons takes a subject straight from Stephen King land and runs with it… Simmons keeps the tension high.
Flint Journal

One of the best supernatural chillers in years… Summer of Night promises to mark the dawn of a great horror novelist.
Ocala Star-Banner

Lots of frights in the 'Night'… The kind of story that has readers locking doors and checking under their own beds even as the characters in the book go through their own nightly ritual.
Harlan Ellison

For those of us to whom good writing is everything, the name Dan Simmons bears great weight.
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

Simmons is not only good, he's versatile.
author of The Keep F. Paul Wilson

A compelling writer.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hugo Award-winning novelist Simmons pens an outstandingly eerie horror story about a group of Midwestern boys stalked by an ancient evil. (Mar.)
Library Journal
A monstrous, timeless entity is devouring children. Adults either refuse to understand what is happening, or are themselves agents for the monster. A group of young boys, in uneasy partnership with an outcast girl, realize they must kill the creature before it devours them all. Simmons ( The Fall of Hyperion, LJ 3/15/90), winner of several prestigious awards for science fiction and horror (most recently a Hugo Award for Hyperion , Doubleday, 1989) ranks with the best the genre has to offer. In outline, this novel resembles Stephen King's It ( LJ 8/86). The children are well drawn and affecting in their bravery. This book should be in most horror fiction collections. BOMC alternate.-- Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ. Lib., Davenport, Ia.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312550677
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
07/05/2011
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
179,862
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.38(d)

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