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Pitch Dark

3.11 of 5 stars 3.11  ·  rating details  ·  103 ratings  ·  48 reviews
It’s Christmas Eve, and Vera Coffey is on the run. She doesn't know the men who are after her. She has never seen them before,but she has seen thehorrorsthey visit on peoplewhodon’t give them what they want. Vera has something they want badly. She’d give it up if it weren’t the only thing keeping her alive.

TheLarkins have known the toll violence takes on a family ever sin
Paperback, 305 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published April 15th 2011)
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Jul 08, 2014 Werner rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: "Horror" fans who don't mind gore and bad language
Recommended to Werner by: A St. Martin's Press publicist
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Pitch Dark is a taunt visceral supernatural thriller!
Reminiscent of Clive Barker and Scott Nicholson and probably influenced by work of H.P Lovecraft. This story is a real page-turner that you would want to read in at least two sittings. Written well and plays out in you're mind like scenes from TV series Supernatural.
An Artefact of great importance is in need and those who speak of the most evil desire it!

"It was pitiful.
The dead were totally unaware of their condition.
Horus frowned at their p
This was an ARC received through GoodReads.
I read this book at a gallop, barely coming up for air, and even though I found it flawed, I can't deny that it held my attention. I didn't know anything about Sidor or the book going in, so I was a little surprised to find that it was a horror novel with strong supernatural elements, rather than simply a thriller.
The set-up for this novel is great. Vera Coffey is a young woman who's made some bad decisions in her life, but possibly none so bad as when
Pandora Swift
The publisher sent me this book as an advance uncorrected proof. I like horror, and I liked the premise / promise of an evil thing that evil things want to posess. But the novel has no flow; not even in it's POV-hopping, time-hopping, sequence-hopping choppiness. The book is little more than 300 pages of murky head-hopping, motivation-switching acts intersperced with gore. Most of the second half of the book reminded me of a Night of the Living Dead movie.

That said, I liked the beginning of the
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
In Pitch Dark by Steven Sidor it is Christmas Eve and Vera Coffey is on the run. She has stolen an artifact, an artifact that her boyfriend had stolen for Horus Whitehead and a cult called the Pitch. Now she is being pursued by unknown, murderous cult members. Just outside of a small town in northern Minnesota, Vera picks up Adam, a nineteen year old college student who has run out of gas. Adam is the son of Wyatt and Opal Larkin. The Larkins, survivors of a shooting spree that occurred almost t ...more
This was thrilling in places--reminiscent of King and Koontz with an eerie blend of human and supernatural horror. But the young woman introduced as the original protagnist is not very sympathetic, although later protagonists are. Moreover, there are elements that are not fully explained or fleshed out--in fact, this is the case with the main premise of the book (I don't want to give more detail and make this a "spoiler" review). The book builds up very nicely to a climax...and then just peters ...more
This is a very fast paced and suspenseful novel. It starts with he cast of characters all on the move, either physically or emotionally, each with a varied history, motivation and needs. They all converged on Christmas Eve at the Rendezvous Motel in American Rapids, a small Minnesota town located on the Canadian border. They are isolated with a large winter storm and the "Pitch Dark" has come to town. There is an ominous sense that everything is destined to go wrong. A very intense, but very enj ...more
This is a book I received through Goodreads First Reads. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King and Dean Koontz, this author reminds me very much of them. The story line moves along at a good pace and the characters are people you learn some about but not to much. It is a book that is hard to put down and stop reading once you have started. I know it took me several days to read, but it was hard to put aside. The mystery leaves you hang at th ...more
There's a definite crime-thriller feel to this tale of supernatural suspense. The villain is great and the pace is fast. Some of the protagonists are slightly better drawn than others. Overall I found it an entertaining read.
Enjoyable read with a few very creepy moments.
There's no way around it: this is a very silly book. The characters are half-formed and sloppily developed (if at all). The setting is a complete afterthought - by the end of the book, I still did not have any kind of clear picture in my head of what anything looked like or where anything was. And the villain here, the scare, is like an idea the writer formed from a single photo as he went along, and then ran out of time. It's simply not scary. It's an idea that is explored a thousand times more ...more
I received this novel through the Goodreads First Reads program.

This is a novel described as a thriller and it certainly lives up to that description. An author once told me that the secret to writing a good novel is to tack a cliff hanger onto the end of every chapter and Sidor seems to be very talented at that.

I noticed another review that made the claim that the characters are not well developed but I disagree with that statement. The story is concise, you don't get a lot of background inform
Les Gehman
Pitch Dark by Steven Sidor is the perfect book for Halloween weekend. A petty thief is convinced to steal an artifact from a "coven of witches" by the Pitch, an "organization" seeking to unleash Hell on Earth through the artifact. Then it gets weird. The Pitch are merciless in their pursuit of the artifact as the thief's girlfriend takes to the road with the artifact. It all culminates in a showdown in the small town of American Rapids where the final face-off between good and evil takes on a te ...more
A Book Vacation
I honestly don’t know what I think of this novel. I mean, I’m still trying to figure out what exactly happened. I think the premise for the novel was there, but I got lost somewhere between the multiple characters and the fantastical situations within the story. While I understand both the Larkins’ and Vera’s situation, the connecting force between them, the box, the man staying at the motel, and the Pitch was a bit blurry. There were so many characters and I really had a hard time connecting wi ...more
First off, thank you GoodReads' First Reads/Giveaways for the opportunity to read this book!
I received this book for free from the publisher through the GoodReads' First Reads giveaway. This doesn't change or influence my opinion of the novel in anyway. :)

Pitch Dark was a thrilling read. The descriptions were vivid and the entire story was entertaining, fast-paced and suspenseful. I read it fast, in only a few sittings, wondering what was around the corner after each chapter finished.
My only q
Pitch Dark is a very atmospheric horror/thriller from Steven Sidor. Overall, I found it to be good, but not great.

Pitch Dark gets a lot of things right. The mood is set very well and creates a sense of creeping horror right from the start. It keeps you feeling unsettled. The characters are interesting as well. You meet them in the present, and learn more about them through flashbacks, which were well done and integrated into the story rather than interrupting it. The setting in Northern Minneso
I was really excited when I won this book from Goodreads! Even from the basic description of the plot provided on the contest page, this book had me captivated with glimpses of a mysterious stone with to worshipping the Devil.

However, on peaceful Christmas Eve, the Holidays turn to the dark side with a cult of satanic followers and their leader (Pitch) ransack the town in search of a stone that's regarded as sacred to them. This setting is great, because in small towns like that of American Rapi
Thrilled by Books
A quote on the covers reads, "Pitch Dark is a propulsive, layered, and brutal read... A reader can't hope for more than to discover a writer possessed of both true talent and true passion. Discover Steven Sidor." - Michael Koryta, author of The Cypress House.
Well, I certainly agree with the word brutal, and to be fair, talent and passion too. My first Steven Sidor novel, this was reminiscent of a Dean Koontz novel in the strangeness of the story. I wouldn't quite put him at the level of Dean K
It’s Christmas Eve and Vera Coffey is on the run. What she brings to the little town of American Rapids is certainly not holiday cheer. She has something with her, and the people following her will do anything to get it back.

In Pitch Dark, Steven Sidor sets an extremely creepy stage. A small town in the middle of nowhere, a blizzard, and the eve of a holiday, when no one expects bad things to happen. These are nice people — Vera, Adam, Wyatt, Opal and Max — and they have no idea what’s coming fo
Every time I travel I start more books than I can finish. No idea what that means, but I buy more books than I can read in general, so I guess it carries over from there.

I'm only on chapter three so I'll withhold judgment for now.


Update 1/30/2012: Two chapters of painting a hotel room in a "thriller" disqualifies it as a thriller. In the words of Stan Lee, "'Nuff said." And you might not believe it, but he's still not done painting the dang hotel room.

Move it along, Stephen. Cut the junk
Pitch Dark is the first Steven Sidor novel I have read, but it won’t be the last. The plot is nothing that far out of the ordinary. Bad guy steals item for really Bad Guys, good girl steals item from both. Really Bad Guys really want item back, and violence ensues. But it’s what Sidor does inside the margins of the plot that really make this stand out in my mind. His prose is gritty and human; with a wonderful pace. His protagonists occupy that gray area between good and bad, nobody is a coward ...more
Vera Coffey is fleeing towards Canada with a mysterious stone that she stole from her boyfriend, after he had also stolen it from a coven of witches on a commission to deliver the stone to an organization known as the Pitch. She stops in the small town of American Rapids where the Pitch catches up to her and goes on a violent spree to regain the stone.

This is a mediocre thriller which moves along at a nice pace and seems to have an interesting setup, but doesn't really deliver on it. The stone a
Ronald Roseborough
This is a pretty good thriller that grips you with tingly fingers. It covers some old ground, well trodden in many thrillers, but also unearths some new soil that leaves the reader with the smell and lingering taste of the darkness deep in your throat. You won't be able to sleep without that nightlight for a while after reading this book. If you're looking for a story filled with thrills and action, this should fit the bill. The book is written in a style that easily draws you into it's twisted ...more
It was a real effort to continue reading this book. It really didn't hook you in and keep you. I certainly gave it the college try but it was a relief when it was finally over.
I did like this story but also felt that it was not without its flaws. An odd story of a woman on the run from an odd group of folks searching for an object she has. So that is the basis for the book. At times it felt as if the author was rushing as he wrote portions of this one. And I refuse to write spoilers but I will say the ending sucked hind tit. I was almost upset enough to drop this one to a two star review. Now with that I will say that this is my opinion only. Perhaps the ending will w ...more
For a thriller, it was pretty good. It didn't focus on blood and gore to bring suspense; instead the writing allowed the reader's own imagination to bring the suspense needed. The story line was decent and easy to follow, but the writing did not run very smoothly, and often made it difficult to form a picture.

The characters are not very lovable and by the end of the book you really don't care whether they live or die. I feel that this book would have been much better with deeper character develo
Jean Marie
I won this book from a Good Reads give away. It was a good story, kept me interested. However, it seemed a little choppy at times. I would suggest this book to friends. Truthfully, this book is probably better than I am giving it credit for. After reading so many books in such a short time period, i may just be burnt out a bit. I enjoyed the plot of this story and the adventure ride it took you on. Not so sure of the ending though. Don't want to give anything away, because i do suggest you read ...more
I got this one from Library Thing as an Early Reviewers books, and I found it a big disappointment. From the book description, I was expecting a thriller about a woman on the run, maybe from the mob or something. Instead I got a rather silly supernatural thriller about some nasty cult-like group and their leader who is, I think, the embodiment of an Egyptian god. Or something. I didn't finish. I hate to give up on books I receive for review, but honestly, this was a case of bait-and-switch.
Donald Armfield
When Vera Coffey gets away from her boyfriend she takes an artifact with her. The artifact is an odd shaped triangular box, that hides The Pitch.

The Larkins own a small motel off the highway and have had some tragedies in their past. Now they are about to get worse. When Vera picks up their son after his car breaks down.

A horror tale that just gets spookier all they way to the end. Like Bates Motel meets Clive Barker's Hellraiser.
I won this book from Firstreads...thanks!

I liked the book, I liked the premise...I may have to reread it to fully "get it". This was a truly dark story. I found it hard to read at times, although it may be that I am distracted by personal medical issues. Not a light read! I would like to check out other work by this author. I would recommend it to a few of my friends, not a read for everyone.
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I'm the author of the critically-acclaimed dark thrillers Skin River, Bone Factory, and The Mirror’s Edge. My latest novel of terror, Pitch Dark, is about a young woman on the run from a dangerous apocalyptic cult.
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