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Winter Wake
     

Winter Wake

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by Rick Hautala, Gary Braunbeck (Introduction)
 

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An average American family: father John, mother Julia, and thirteen year-old daughter Bri journey back to Glooscap Island, Maine, the place of John's birth and early childhood, to care for his father Frank, who's suffered a stroke. John is less than thrilled with this move. They soon find they are being stalked by a kind of wraith that seems to be related to a

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An average American family: father John, mother Julia, and thirteen year-old daughter Bri journey back to Glooscap Island, Maine, the place of John's birth and early childhood, to care for his father Frank, who's suffered a stroke. John is less than thrilled with this move. They soon find they are being stalked by a kind of wraith that seems to be related to a dark secret from someone's past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781463792459
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
09/09/2011
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

Meet the Author

Rick Hautala is best known as a speculative fiction and horror writer. He graduated from the University of Maine in 1974 where he received a Master of Art in English Literature. Rick arrived on the horror scene in 1980 with many of his early novels published by Zebra books. He has written and published over 90 novels and short stories since the early 1980s. Many of his books have been translated to other languages and sold internationally. Cold Whisper, published in October, 1991 by Zebra Books, Inc. was also published in Finnish as Haamu by Werner Soderstrom Oy, Helsinki, Finland, in August, 1994. Recently he has published many of his works with specialty press and small press publishers like Cemetery Dance Publications and Dark Harvest. His novel The Wildman (2008), was chosen to be Full Moon Press' debut limited edition title.

Rick Hautala's third novel, 1986's Night Stone, was one of the first books to feature a holographic cover and it became an international best-seller, selling well over one million copies. "Knocking" was a part of the Bram Stoker Award winning anthology 999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense ("Best Anthology of 1999"). His short story collection, Bedbugs (1999) was selected by Barnes & Noble as one of the most distinguished horror publications of the year 2000.

Hautala also writes screenplays. His recent adaptation of award winning author Kealan Patrick Burke's "Peekers" is currently on the film festival circuit. He also wrote the screenplay for the 2007 short film Dead@17 based on Josh Howard's graphic novel series of the same name, and The Ugly File, directed by Mark Steensland, based on the short story by Ed Gorman.

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Winter Wake 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
d_spell More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Mr. Hautala.  This book has a great ghost story feel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love hurts in Rick Hautala's page-turner WINTER WAKE, the story of a man and his family returning to his homestead on a small Maine island to face his estranged wheelchair-confined father--and the ghost from his past. You know you're in for a treat when any character in a novel could be bumped off, and WINTER WAKE does just that. No one is safe in this first-rate piece of horror literature, where the fun isn't only in enjoying its stylish plot, but also in understanding the psychological action of its characters. WINTER is more than a story of revenge beyond the grave it also a tale of forgiveness, strength and acceptance. John Carlson, the central hero, is the tortured soul, the one to who everything happens. He is a devoted husband and father. He can also be jealous, arrogant and quick-tempered. His inability to forgive and forget is slowly eating him alive, and while he tries his best to hide it, adversity has the upper hand. Hautala is an ace in creating multi-dimensional characters. Their inner struggles are shown throughout rich, vivid, and yes, sometimes scary prose. The good-against-evil theme may not be new, but never is it as profoundly drawn as it is in this novel. True to his style, Hautala chooses a dark and eerie atmosphere, holding out on the gross outs in favor of the tension-built scenes. Thumbs up also for the clever way in which he masks the true identity of his villain. You'll scratch your head wondering who it really is, as the action develops to a satisfying, edge-of-your-seat conclusion. This is Hautala at his best. Don't miss it.-----Martin Boucher