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The last thing Jesse Coaglan ever wanted to do was return to his hometown of Thrall, New Jersey. Tucked away in the wilds of the northwestern corner of the state, Thrall has always been a very strange place to live. The town was a poison that affected people's minds, their souls, their bodies, and their perspectives. So Jesse abandoned his friends and the one woman he love...more
Hardcover, Limited Edition, 282 pages
Published April 2011 by Thunderstorm Books
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Jesse left the town of Thrall and his girlfriend, Mia, years ago. Strange things happen in Thrall and he got out while he could. He comes home one day to a message on his answering machine from Mia, begging him to come back to Thrall and save her and the daughter he never knew he had. Jesse has never quite opened himself up to anyone, but a girl named Nadia. She is the closest he's come to a real relationship and asks her to go to Thrall with him with only a little bit of an explanation. Nadia h...more
October is here and it is time for as much horror fiction as I can pack into 31 days!

I kicked off my horror-fest with Mary Sangiovanni, about whom I have read some good things on the interwebs. This book caught my eye because it promised monsters. I love monsters, and I love a good monster story. Unfortunately, this was an ok monster story for me. The monsters were great; the characters--and there histories, and their inner thoughts, and their conflicts, and, most especially, their decisions in...more
Thrall by Mary SanGiovanni is a very good and original monster romp with plenty of interesting characters and back-story. There are things in the Raw that want to rip and tear…to mutilate and devour. The town itself is alive and being protected by monsters. Each of them holds a different key to keeping the town from dying. They must be destroyed one by one in order for a small group of survivors to escape its boundaries…or else be trapped in Thrall…forever.
Hunter Shea
I love monster books, and Thrall gave me enough monsters and action to keep my appetite satisfied for a long, long time. I can't remember the last book that did that for me.
Kevin Lucia
Absolutely fabulous. Very original. Not the same old thing. Well-written, atmospheric - get it while copies last!
Frank Errington
I'm having a very difficult time writing this review. Overall, I liked the story. I found it original and compelling, but I also found it to be a bit wordy at times, and it seemed the characters kept finding themselves in the same situation in slightly different locations. With that being said...

Thrall, is a small town in New Jersey. A town that Jesse Coaglan was lucky to get away from. In the author's words, "With time and distance, he thought he'd gained a good handle on what was real and what...more
This is the first book that I've read from Sangiovanni. I picked it up honestly because she is dating Brian Keene, who is a respected horror novelist that I have conversed with several times. Not really a ringing endorsement, but having not read a horror novel in some times I decided to give it a try and was really surprised.

The story is really perfect for this type of book, if a little derivative. Jesse Coaglin gets a call from an ex girlfriend who is from the same mysterious small town as Jess...more
Christopher Roman
Thought it was a good book.

Good read if you want something a bit different from the stereotypical horror out there. Worth the read
Peter Schwotzer amazing book by Mary!!!! Full review to come.
Heidi Miller
Glowing review to come!
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Mary SanGiovanni is the author of the novels THE HOLLOWER (nominated for the Bram Stoker Award), FOUND YOU, THE TRIUMVIRATE, THRALL, and CHAOS, and the novellas FOR EMMY and POSSESSING AMY, as well as the collections UNDER COVER OF NIGHT and A DARKLING PLAIN. Her fiction has appeared in periodicals and anthologies for the last decade. She has a Masters degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton...more
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