Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyGarton has a flair for taking veteran horror themes and twisting them sometimes to evocative or entertaining effect, as in his classic novel Live Girls, about vampirish nude models in Manhattan. This time, though, the twist is simply twisted. A young man, a semi-outcast in his rural town because of his fire-scarred face and his problem with the area's fundamentalist Christian ambience, is picked up one Halloween night by a beautiful woman. She drives him at high speed to a spooky graveyard, where he succumbs to her seductions until he feels her impossibly long tongue roaming his body and something unnatural clutching his genitals. He runs, but she has his car keys and won't return them until after she drives him to her family's brooding mansion. There, the young man, who narrates, encounters an incestuous family of grotesques a pinhead, Siamese twins, a massive man-boy with a tail (who, it transpires, is the serial killer who's been stalking the town) and many other misshapen and "retarded" creatures. The young man learns that he, because of his scars, has been chosen to lead the family into the future. A dash for escape leads to an accident, and a predictable ending. The novel will remind readers of Tod Browning's film Freaks, of course, but the compassion expressed by Browning is sorely missing in Garton's telling. Most readers will be repulsed not only by Garton's imagery but by his exploitation of genetic deformity to horrific effect. Garton has storytelling talent the pacing here is brisk, the word craft expert; too bad he's wasted it on this trash. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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After the fire ravaged his face, Andy Sayers came to live with his grandma in the remote village Pinecrest, isolated even from other towns on Mount Crag. Andy lives apart from the townsfolk not just because he finds their fundamentalist Christian control insidious but also because adults look at his face in horror. Still he has dated though his ex-girlfriend recently became the victim of a serial killer. He earns a scholarship to attend the local Hand of God College, which elates his true believing grandma that he will find Jesus there. --- On Halloween, Amanda Bollinger drives Andy to a nearby graveyard where she seduces him with her incredibly elongated tongue, but as he is in the midst of passion something wrong grips his testicles. He wants to run, but Amanda persuades him to come to the family mansion where he meets her family, a brood of people the result of incest with physical and mental disorders that would make a circus side show seem normal. Because of his scarred visage, he is the Chosen One to lead THE FOLKS of the Bollinger brood. --- Though the graphic details of the FOLKS may turn off some readers, fans of gothic horror will enjoy this tense thriller. The story line of to be or not to be a Bollinger takes a back seat to the sinister suspense laden atmosphere in which the audience expects bad things to happen to Andy. Several key members of the Bollinger minion have distinct personalities including the patriarch who wants to groom Andy as his heir, the sex predator Amanda, and a boy-man with strange ethics. Not a typical read, fans who appreciate something different in their horror tales will want to read this cross between Layton¿s Beast House and Browning¿s Freaks. --- Harriet Klausner
Ray Garton has always touched something deep inside of us that has scared us and entered our dreams or should I say our nightmares. This is exactly what the horror reader wants and gets with The Folks. Just as roller coaster fans seeks out the most gut twisting rides in the country, sometimes traveling thousands of miles to ride the fastest and steepest, the horror fan just plain wants to be scared. I know I do and love it when it works. It works beautifully with this new Ray Garton novel. The Folks grab you and doesn't let go until it is over. It is based on an extreme case of inbreeding in a very rich and powerful family who tries to introduce new blood by luring a young man, who has been severely burned and an outcast himself, into the clan with their one beautiful and seductive but not quite normal daughter. The result is a fast paced, scare me to death, horror novel that we horror fans have long craved. Get it and be afraid, be very afraid. More, More!