Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone

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A village on the Devil's Moor: a place untouched by time and shrouded in superstition. There is the grand manor house whose occupants despise the villagers, the small pub whose regulars talk of revenants, the old mill no one dares to mention. This is where four young friends come of age—in an atmosphere thick with fear and suspicion. Their innocent games soon bring them face-to-face with the village's darkest secrets in this eerily dispassionate, astonishingly assured novel, infused with the spirit of the ...
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Overview

A village on the Devil's Moor: a place untouched by time and shrouded in superstition. There is the grand manor house whose occupants despise the villagers, the small pub whose regulars talk of revenants, the old mill no one dares to mention. This is where four young friends come of age—in an atmosphere thick with fear and suspicion. Their innocent games soon bring them face-to-face with the village's darkest secrets in this eerily dispassionate, astonishingly assured novel, infused with the spirit of the Brothers Grimm and evocative of Stephen King's classic short story "Children of the Corn" and the films The White Ribbon by Michael Haneke and Village of the Damned by Wolf Rilla.
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"Too subtle to be lurid yet too spooky for comfort, this book should appeal to [fans] of psychological fiction and literary tales of the supernatural." —-Publishers Weekly
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I've been promised that this is a really spooky novel—right down to the title, taken from the dark nursery rhyme; it's billed as Shirley Jackson meets The X-Files. The setting is Hemmersmoor, where fear creeps around every corner; four village children are about to find out what's going on. From the author of There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried To Kill Her Neighbor's Baby—clearly, Kiesbye has a macabre turn of mind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452660707
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/26/2012
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefan Kiesbye's stories and poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and his first book, Next Door Lived a Girl, won the Low Fidelity Press Novella Award.

An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, Alison Larkin is a classically trained actress who has appeared on Broadway with the Royal National Theatre and Off-Broadway with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her bestselling novel The English American made the top ten list of best author audiobook narrations of all time.

Actor and musician James Langton, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro and The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan.

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    Strange Stories, Strange Town and a Plot That Kept Me Guessing

    It's so rare to come across a horror story that does something new. Kiesbye does just that. My husband found a two line review of this book in an entertainment magazine while waiting in a doctor's office and pass the book's title on to me because he thought the title alone was worth a mention at the dinner table.. I'm glad he did. Written from the different perspectives of four people who grew up in the same small German town, each chapter weaves into the next with strange plot twists and shocking town news that is reported with about as much excitement as a weather forecast. That's what makes each chapter so eerie in my mind. The characters stuck with me long after I finished the book and the setting took me to a place and a culture that is rarely written about. I recommend this one to friends who like a good, morbid scare AND a quick read. Well done, Kiesbye.

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  • Posted October 13, 2012

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    the accounts seem eerily real

    The tale is told from the points of view of four children who grew up in this remote village. They are Christian, Anke, Martin and Linde. While the book reads like a collection of short stories the author ties them beautifully together from Christian's POV. Christen has returned home after a death in the family. While there he revisits his youth. I wasn’t so much scared by the tales as totally freaked out and fearful of the unknown. Told in a matter-of-fact tone each tale made me shiver. The stories overlap in time frame and that added to the tale. Kiesbye makes the accounts seem eerily real and I had to remind myself this is fiction. From the ominous Kamphoff manor, to the family that mysteriously disappears and the child who murders; these tales will definitely give you the chills. The author cleverly revealed bits and pieces and set bait to keep you on edge. Is this town cursed? Are the people possessed? Is something in the water? The thrill in these tales lie in how close they come to reality and the way in which the author shares them with you. The synopsis refers to the Brothers Grim and this town definitely gives off similar vibes. (shivers) I want to thank Penguin books for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    So so

    It was interesting to see children deal with such adult issues and dark deeds. It was a nice october read but not the greatest thing I've ever read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    What I love about this book are some of the sentences. They are

    What I love about this book are some of the sentences. They are so precise and beautifully written and made everything very visual.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Spooky

    Spooky.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Well done

    This was a wonderful well written book and i look forwarf to more if the authors work.

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