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Once Upon A Halloween

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Trick or treat.
Say your prayers
Tonight, all hell breaks loose.

It's Halloween night. The old Witherspoon house stands all alone in the dark, the last house on a dead-end street. Its only neighbors are thick woods and a moonlit graveyard. Not long ago, a grisly murder/suicide took place in the house. Now, it is said to be haunted.

Haunted but no longer abandoned. Three yea
Hardcover, signed limited to 2000 unnumbered copies, 252 pages
Published 2000 by Cemetery Dance Publications
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Cool option to read on Halloween season!


This is a Halloween adventure with almost anything you may think that could happen in just one night...

...when that night happens to be Halloween!

This could be an ideal project to be film by Chris Columbus AND Quentin Tarantino!

Since you have kids meddling into hazzardous situations but also totally inusual characters with dialogues showing that they are not two-dimensional personages whom only are thinking about the stuff at
Once Upon A Halloween follows a Halloween night where cultists kidnap trick-or-treaters for a midnight sacrifice dragging in a bunch of other people into a descent of utter ridiculousness. The characters are thin, and if there are any main characters considering it jumps from various viewpoints, then I guess Laura and Shannon are two twenty-somethings living in a haunted house. While they get ready for a Halloween party, a teenage boy, Hunter claims he's being chased by some cultists. After a bu ...more
I read this book from start to finish while I was supposed to be working. It feels like a large chunk of the story was incomplete, like perhaps some characters were introduced in an earlier book so the back story is missing entirely. Although having double checked this is in fact not a follow up. If I'm wrong please let me know, I'd love to read anything that would make this book a more complete experience. That complaint aside I enjoyed this thoroughly, I like the way Laymon writes, his charact ...more
Alan Overholser
It was not a good book. I have been in the mood for horror novels since it is Halloween time. This one started out intriguing and then proceeded to get increasingly stupid, ridiculous, and disappointing. I kept reading because it was at least somewhat entertaining, and I decided to finish it because it was a really quick read. The plot is completely unbelievable (supernatural elements aside), largely because the main characters do not react to things like normal human beings would. The plot is n ...more
Ian Mackay
Halloween. A large house on a dead end street, near a graveyard. Trick or Treaters. Albeit a cliché, but it’s still a great set up for an exciting read! Right from the start, where a panicked teenage boy forces his way into the house saying “Let me in! They’re gonna get me!” you know you’re in for a real treat! This is one of my favorite Laymon books. It might not be his best work, but the creepy atmosphere Laymon’s created makes you want to keep turning pages to its thrilling conclusion. Defin ...more
Any actual story line was lost in the clumsy misadventures of this book. It was like the "Apple Dumpling Gang does Graveyards."
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Richard Laymon was born in Chicago and grew up in California. He earned a BA in English Literature from Willamette University, Oregon and an MA from Loyola University, Los Angeles. He worked as a schoolteacher, a librarian, and a report writer for a law firm, and was the author of more than thirty acclaimed novels.

He also published more than sixty short stories in magazines such as Ellery Queen,
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