A Winter Haunting

A Winter Haunting

by Dan Simmons
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A Winter Haunting by Dan Simmons

Dale Stewart's life has become a shadow of what it once was. A respected college professor and successful novelist, he sabotaged his career and his marriage with an obsessive love affair that ended badly. With darkness closing in on him, Dale decides to return to his boyhood home in Illinois. Drawn by a recurring nightmare that has plagued him since his youth — and a troubling certainty that something is waiting for him there — he hopes to exorcise his demons.

In the last hours of Halloween, he reaches the outskirts of the dying town of Elm Haven. There, he moves into the abandoned farmhouse that was once the home of his closest boyhood friend, the strange and brilliant Duane McBride, who lost his young life in a grisly "accident" back in the terrible summer of 1960. Hoping to find peace in isolation, he settles in for the long, harsh winter.

But Dale is not alone. Soon after he arrives, cryptic messages begin appearing mysteriously on his computer screen while he struggles to work on his novel. He sees black dogs roaming the grounds. And an old enemy has reemerged, a bully who seems as determined to persecute Dale as he was in childhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380817160
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 147,104
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Dan Simmons is the Hugo Award-winning author of Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, and their sequels, Endymion and The Rise of Endymion. He has written the critically acclaimed suspense novels Darwin's Blade and The Crook Factory, as well as other highly respected works, including Summer of Night and its sequel A Winter Haunting, Song of Kali, Carrion Comfort, and Worlds Enough & Time. Simmons makes his home in Colorado.

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Winter Haunting 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
JLGATSBY79 More than 1 year ago
Overall, this book was just good, not great, not amazing, not anything I will really bring up with friends to discuss. Simmons is one of mt favorite writers, he has a way with words and knows how to fuse sarcasm, comedy, horror, and wit in his stories. A Winter Haunting, however, wasn't one of his best books. It started out great and by mid way through I was beginning to see exactly where the story was headed, not that that's necessarily such a bad thing but when you're reading a ghost story you expect to be shocked, scared, and overall blown away at the end when the story unravels, I was not any of those things when I finished the book last night. Still a decent read though!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fairly good read but not as good as the first book with these characters in it " Summer Night", which I gave 5 stars. In this novel u find out what happened to those kids as they moved into adulthood but thebook is basically about one characters fight with his own demons and goes back to his childhood town and dead friends old farnhouse to battle then and to jog his memory of that long ago summer of 1960. I recommend reading " Summer Night"first, it makes this book more fun since u will know the characters when they where kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a sequel, Dan Simmons did an awesome job. This book will keep you so into it that you cant put it down. And in the immortal words of the public...you should buy this book.
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This is my first Dan Simmons novel, but it won't be my last. This novel about facing the all-too-real ghosts of one's past is full of richly developed characters and a very spooky haunted house. I highly recommend it.
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I really enjoyed this book. Although I figured out most of it before the end of the book, I really enjoyed how the author 'painted the picture' and kept me hooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I did enjoy A Winter Haunting, I liked Summer better. I think this did tie up a few of loose ends for me and it gave me a greater understanding of what happened in Summer of Night. Great read if you are a fan of Simmons, but if you are a first-time reader of his work, I recommend you start with Hyperion or Carrion Comfort to get a sense of his style.
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A very well done ghost story, vague and disconcerting, as a ghost story should be.
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I was amazed and pleased to see a sequel to Summer of Night that includes Duane McBride. Like many readers, I missed him and would like to see him in future Dan Simmons novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Riddled with contradictions, reading like an english lit project, following the usual drugstore horror novel formula, this is hardly worth my time. Frequent sidetracks and even more frequent returns to various go-nowhere subplots don't help. The author name drops Stephen King references so much, it's no wonder King endorses it on the cover - but, did he even read it?
JohnPopa More than 1 year ago
"A Winter's Haunting" is a slight book that never seems to become a particularly involving ghost story, nor is the protagonist's human drama engaging enough to maintain itself. It's not a bad book but for a writer as accomplished as Simmons, it feels undercooked.
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