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3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  5,947 Ratings  ·  787 Reviews
Fans of Stephen King, Jack Kilborn, and Blake Crouch… prepare to meet the Devil.

In the vine-twisted swamps of Louisiana, the shadows have teeth.

Jack Winter has spent his entire life running from something no one else can see. His childhood is his darkest secret, but after a near fatal accident along a deserted road, the darkness he was sure he’d escaped rears its ugly head
ebook, 460 pages
Published June 1st 2011 (first published May 28th 2011)
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Jun 24, 2011 Gatorman rated it it was amazing
This is, without question, one of the best books I have read in a long time. I absolutely loved it. It is very well-written with a lot of emotional impact, something not often found in a horror story such as this. The charecterizations were strong and the plot was well-paced and gripping. The ending was right on and fit perfectly in with the rest of the story. A creepy, frightening story in the vein of The Omen. If you like that kind of thing, this book is for you. Highly recommended.
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Aug 26, 2013 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bark's Book Nonsense by: Gatorman
Shelves: audiobook, horror
Driving home from a family outing, Jack sees glowing eyes in his path. He swerves to avoid whatever it is that might be in the road and flips his car. Everyone is okay; at first . . . Soon after the accident? Well let’s just say things are very far from ok. Jack’s youngest daughter develops a high fever and begins acting very strangely. It’s later revealed that she also “saw the eyes” and things spiral out of control from thereafter.

It turns out Jack has been suppressing memories of those damn
Oct 17, 2016 Tressa rated it it was amazing
Jack Winter grew up in a trailer off an isolated road in Rosewood, Georgia. As a child he explored the land around his home, and one day he sat down to rest in a cemetery, where he spied a shadow with two black eyes and it followed him home--for years crouching at the end of his bed; keeping him up at night; smiling its crooked, razor-toothed smile; making him do things to animals and his parents.

One night he ran away from home and kept running, and his memory was suppressed long enough for him
Aug 18, 2011 Tammy rated it really liked it
Book Summary: In the vine-twisted swamps of Louisiana, the shadows have teeth.

Jack Winter has spent his entire life running from something no one else can see. His childhood is his darkest secret, but after a near fatal accident along a deserted road, the darkness he was sure he’d escaped rears its ugly head… and smiles.

But this time, he isn’t the only one who sees the soulless eyes of his past. This time, his six-year-old daughter Charlie leans into his ear and whispers: Daddy, I saw it too.

Aug 19, 2014 Jennifer° rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I have had Seed sitting on my Kindle for over a year now begging me to read it. I am so glad I didn't wait any longer. Seed is a great scary novel to read this October (or any time!).

I don't get the creeps very often. I wish I did, but it's pretty hard to freak me out. Seed gave me the creeps. I actually wrote "aaaaaahh" and "don't go!" in my notes. (Yes, notes, whatever.) I don't want to spoil anything so I won't go into specifics - like why I really, really wanted my dog to stop scratching on
Sep 09, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
What a gem this turned out to be! Whilst looking on Amazon for kindle reads I discovered Seed by Ania Ahlborn and with a bunch of really good reviews and a price tag of $0.99 I decided to give it a whirl and I must say I am really glad I did.

Demonic possession in fiction and cinema is well trodden ground, but for some reason I am always drawn to these types of stories (Don’t ask me why as they scare the shit out of me!) and Anina Ahlborn does not disappoint. The prose is wonderful and the use o
Oct 06, 2011 Cina rated it it was ok

Where do I begin? I was gifted this book and the first few chapters seemed really interesting. However, after the accident and Charlie started becoming "sick" the book for me rapidly went down hill. I felt a sense of anger towards Jack as he sat quietly and watched Charlie unravel knowing what was going on with her. He never at any point told his wife, said something, or acted in some form to protect her. Even when there was no shadow of a doubt what was plaguing his daughter
Dec 04, 2013 Cecilia rated it it was amazing
If you are afraid of what is hiding in the night as you drive down a lonely stretch of road, in the dark recesses of your closet or at the foot of your bed when you go to sleep...then back away, go to a different page, find a different do not want to read this book! However, if (like me) you enjoy a scary, dark tale of what happens to a seemingly normal family of four living a simple life in the deep South, you will want to read "Seed" by Ania Ahlborn. In fact, you won't be able to s ...more
May 07, 2014 Char rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I didn't know what to expect from this book. It was recommended by several other readers I trust, so I thought I would give it a shot.

It was very different from anything else I've read recently. The story was told through alternate chapters/sections going from the past to the present. I won't get into the story line as plenty of others already have. I will say that the ending of this book absolutely ROCKED!

I originally thought that perhaps "Seed" was the first of a series because by approximat
Nov 24, 2011 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
It must be really difficult to write a horror story. After all, we are battered to the point of death with it in so many ways - movies, television, and books- that it’s easy to become a little immune and even a little cynical about the genre as a whole. A book must be so much more difficult – you don’t have any special effects, ghosties jumping out of the shadows in full surround sound in a dark movie theatre, or bimbos to shout ‘don’t go into the basement!’ at (and they are my favourite part!)

Mari Stroud
Dec 10, 2011 Mari Stroud rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book, probably the best piece of horror that I've read this year. Ahlborn takes several well-known elements such as creepy children, evil passed from generation to generation, and the particular aura of the Deep South, and puts them together again in novel and terrifying ways. Charlotte is one of the most terrifying characters I've ever met, and most of her creepiness comes about in subtle inversions of normalcy well before she actually becomes violent. (Many reviewers cite t ...more
Dec 24, 2011 Daniel rated it liked it
In my experience, the horror genre is largely populated by books that fall in one of two extremes: really good, or really crapulous. Less common are those books that fall somewhere in the middle, offering up those qualities that are intrinsic to the genre amidst a decent yarn. "Seed" is one of these books, and I enjoyed reading it. The tale is straightforward, the thrills conventional. What kept me reading most of all was Ahlborn's writing, which is smooth and easy on the literary palette. She h ...more
11811 (Eleven)
Apr 22, 2015 11811 (Eleven) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Finally, a demonic possession novel other than The Exorcist that is not only worth reading but is outstanding in its own right.

Read 2012 and 2015.
Sep 26, 2012 Kasia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seed is the perfect name for this novella, a kernel of evil that attaches itself to Jack Winter, a seeming innocent kid who likes to hang out at the old cemetery during the warm Georgia summer days. Something comes back with him from those trips, an essence of darkness that takes hold and manages to embed in him, change him forever and change his future. Fast-forward into the adulthood and Jack is a married guy with two daughters. Cozy weekend mornings over family breakfast, waffles with powder ...more
mark monday
Mar 26, 2014 mark monday rated it it was ok
Shelves: horrortime
Seed is a story about a cute little girl and her somewhat feckless father and a bad case of possible demonic possession. it is less about a Bad Apple and more about Does a Bad Apple Fall from a Bad Tree? it features a possible supernatural presence known as Mr. Scratch. it includes a great little scene that simply has a mom tying her child's shoes. i was really creeped out by that one. good scene!

i have an open mind when i read horror. it is one of my favorite genres so i like a lot of different
Oct 30, 2012 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, demons
I am hugely critical when it comes to horror stories. I don't typically find a lot of them scary. That goes for this book as well. I realize there are many 4 and 5 star ratings, but it didn't get me there. It had all the perfect elements, demons, possessions, gothic south, scary children, mystery but fell just a bit flat.

For me Jack was the most frustrating character in the book. Once his daughter was changing, he knew what was happening yet he kept not doing anything about it. They all just ke
Sep 28, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, 2012
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

Here's the thing.

I've been busy lately. I haven't had a lot of free time to write my reviews because I was recently promoted at my job and unfortunately that means I have to actually work at my job instead of killing a few hours a day on goodreads with my fellow book junkies. Now I have to read and then try to hammer out my reviews when I can.

Normally this wouldn't be a problem.

But normally I don't forget that I read a book.

In fact- I don't even remember the last time I forgot that I read a bo
Jan 04, 2013 Bandit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've heard so much about this book from my fellow horror aficianados that my expectations were pretty high. Ania Ahlborn has met those expectations and exceeded them, by far. This book is just that good. When you read a lot (as I do), you can become a bit jaded with how much mediocre and unoriginal writing is out there...and then a book like this comes along, so moving, so compelling, so genuinely scary, with such strong characters, so packs a strong emotional punch one minute and ...more
Adam Light
Apr 22, 2013 Adam Light rated it it was amazing
A solid 5 star read.

I love cerebral horror stories. Seed definitely falls into this category.
It is the story of Jack Winter, husband, father and rocker. The Winter's are hanging on by a slender thread financially, their immediate goal is a modest one: buy a new car before their old Saturn gives up the ghost and leaves them stranded.
Shortly into the story, things go from bad to worse when a freakish car accident sends the car to an early grave and the cause of the accident forces Jack to face a
Aug 21, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2013
5 Stars

“It was you, it was me, it was us, it was we.”

Seed has everything that makes a great horror novel and more. It has a great story that moves along quickly. It is filled with tension and dread, which makes for an awesome atmosphere. The story about a young girl and her father and a grim past. Like all great horror reads there are jumps and scares. This book holds no punches and can be quite brutal at times. The icing on the cake is the fantastic ending.

This was the first time that I have
Paul Nelson
Dec 07, 2015 Paul Nelson rated it really liked it
Seed by Ania Ahlborn has been patiently sitting on my kindle waiting to be remembered until recently I came across the audiobook and at just over 6 hours immediately thought, yep that’s easily doable in a day, perfect.

Seed is an almost perfect slow building horror, it plans and executes a clinical attack on your emotions as the screw gradually turns and the tension ratchets to unbearable levels. It all starts with a car crash, as the protagonist and driver of the car Jack, sees something at the
Jun 19, 2014 Shandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initial thoughts: Well fuck me sideways...that was a scary ass book!!!! Review to come...

Actual rating: 4.5 stars. No spoilers!


I started this book all smiles and happy, like this lil guy...

Scared photo: tumblr_luh8e5y6Jk1r0qcn6.gif

Then BAM!!! The craziness kicked in and I was scuuuurrrrred!!!!

So everyone who knows me knows how much I love scary anything, and horror books. I have been reading more and more of them lately. I often do pay a little attention to the average star rating when choosing a book, so I was hesitant with thi
Ruth Turner
Aug 24, 2014 Ruth Turner rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
There are some genuinely creepy scenes in this book. Well written, fast paced, great characters.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Upgraded from three to four stars because I can't get it out of my head.
Jan 03, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, read-2015
Seed is a creepy, scary story with a monster from hell.....literally. (no spoiler here)

Imagine driving along on a pitch black road when suddenly your headlights go out, and the last thing you remember is a pair of soulless, empty eyes reflecting bright silver.....yikes! After miraculously surviving the violent car crash, Jack's memory of his terrifying childhood slowly begins to return along with an evil presence that endangers his family and threatens his world.

Not Stephen King quality, but spi

May 18, 2015 Cyna rated it did not like it
Even two hundred pages are too much for this shallow story that offers nothing but tropey horror movie shenanigans that probably wouldn't even be scary in the environment that they're shamelessly cribbed from, and are even less impressive when just described. Seed is an incredibly generic haunted house/possession movie copy+pasted into book form, except without any of the depth of character, plot, or atmosphere that that change in medium might allow for. No unique or interesting mythology to get ...more
Well paced horror

The author develops the characters effectively throughout the story adding to the element of tension that helps make this a compelling read. This is a story of possession with a unique view and deftly wrought revelations and character shifts that make the story believable. The author has a good sense of when to ratchet up tension and when to back off a bit, allowing her characters to speak for themselves.
Too often, I find new authors in this genre writing a non stop pace of eve
Nov 03, 2015 Daphne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-audio, quest
I totally dug this book. This is my first Ania Ahlborn books I've read, and I think I'm in for a treat because I have so many left to discover. Great atmosphere throughout. Good character development. Contrary to many of the reviews, I actually really liked the ending. It made sense to me.

I listened to the audio version of this also, and the narration was done very well.
 Simply Sam ツ
What the crap was that?

I think Brit Brit's face says it best.

I have no idea how I feel about this one. No, scratch that, I do.

See me? I'm a bee, doing my part to keep the world pollinated.

Hey....what's that I see over there? Something shining just beyond the grass...

Maybe I should go check it out....


That's how I feel.

Let me just say this: the book title is brilliant. There's so many layers in that one word. This book also had some genuinely creepy moments, and a few "Oh my God, no!" pa
Blake Crouch
Mar 14, 2016 Blake Crouch rated it it was amazing
The second greatest pleasure in reading is opening a favorite author's new book. But the greatest, for me at least, is discovering a new voice. It's deciding to give that sample a shot, getting through those first few pages, and becoming awestruck with the mounting feeling that you're reading something different and new and masterfully created.

It doesn't happen often. There's so much to read, and life is simply too short to slog through bad, or even mediocre books.

Such was my attitude as I began
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Born in Ciechanow Poland, Ania has always been drawn to the darker, mysterious, and sometimes morbid sides of life. Her earliest childhood memory is of crawling through a hole in the chain link fence that separated her family home from the large wooded cemetery next door. She’d spend hours among the headstones, breaking up bouquets of silk flowers so that everyone had their equal share.

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