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3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  520 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
Welcome to Parr's Landing, Population 1,528... and shrinking. The year is 1972. Widowed Christina Parr, her daughter Morgan, and her brother-in-law Jeremy have returned to the remote northern Ontario mining town of Parr's Landing, the place from which Christina fled before Morgan was born, seeking refuge. Dr. Billy Lightning has also returned in search of answers to the my ...more
Paperback, 407 pages
Published October 15th 2011 by ChiZine Publications (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jan 22, 2014 Char rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

A friend of mine in the Amazon Horror Forum recommended that I read this book. It took me a while, but I finally did. It was amazing!

Parr's Landing. The recently widowed Christina is headed there, with her daughter Morgan and brother-in-law Jeremy. The town from which Christina and her husband Jack fled when Christina realized she was pregnant, 15 some odd years ago. I loved the characters of Christina, Jeremy and Morgan. I loved this passage:

"Christina had been dreaming of Jack almo
Paul Jr.
Jul 04, 2011 Paul Jr. rated it really liked it
Vampire fiction. Just whisper the words and they’re likely to evoke groans from horror readers, writers and editors across the globe. Let’s face it, the vampire is a character which—pardon the expression—has been done to death. Of course, every once in a while, a King or a Rice or a Brite comes along and unexpectedly re-invents the old vamp, giving him back his teeth and his terror, but then hundreds of sub-par copycats inevitably follow, flooding the market with sparkly, erotic or just plain po ...more
David Nickle
Aug 26, 2011 David Nickle rated it it was amazing
From my blog, The Devil's Exercise Yard:

I remember when I first read Salem's Lot. I suspect that most of you do - at least those of you in your 40s, who grew up in the 1970s and 80s and were immune to the not-so-subtle charms of disco, citizens band radios and pet rocks.

I picked up the paperback of Stephen King's early vampire novel in the lineup of a supermarket -- drawn in by its gloriously monochrome, sparkle-free, embossed cover depicting a little girl with a single red drop of blood leaking
Mar 02, 2014 Gerhard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This is an ambitious homage to Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, with some effectively gruesome setpieces. Michael Rowe does a Game of Thrones on his large, varied cast. The fact that so many of the main characters’ fates conclude in the wings of the story was very frustrating, as it negates the reader’s emotional investment.

I was also quite alarmed at the particularly diabolical treatment of the two lonely gay characters in the novel, which read uncomfortably like some kind of infernal judgement of t
Kate O'Hanlon
Jan 09, 2012 Kate O'Hanlon rated it it was amazing
Now this is how you write a book about vampires!

For the first 50 pages or so I thought I wouldn't like this book. Especially after chapter 4 when *spoilers*

(view spoiler) But then suddenly I was hooked by this gripping terrifying story.
Maybe it's because I such a city girl, or maybe it was too many dreadful holidays in remote parts of Ireland, but small rural towns utterly horrify me. Even before anything started to go wrong I was screami
Hal Bodner
Apr 28, 2012 Hal Bodner rated it really liked it
Wonderful first novel.

Michael Rowe's freshman novel, Enter Night, hearkens back to the modern Golden Age of horror literature of the eighties and early nineties. Though essentially an intimate story, Rowe has managed to impart a much broader scope to the book, creating an epic ambiance reminiscent of King and McCammon in their early years.

Though it opens like a serial killer novel, it soon becomes clear that Enter Night is a vampire piece. Writing in that genre in a post-Twilight world takes bot
Dec 26, 2012 Bibliophile rated it it was ok
I like horror, I really do. I'm not a literary snob. I don't frown upon vampires or zombies or ghouls. That said, there is a lot of awful stuff being published in the genre, and I don't get it. Genre fiction can be well-written and original, it doesn't have to be clichéd and formulaic, so why is it? Finding quality horror - or supernaturalistic fiction, or speculative fiction or whatever you want to call it - is hard. When I do find it, I'm excessively excited and grateful and keep chirping abou ...more
Oct 19, 2016 WendyB rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, fall-fear-2016
Really, really good and when the action kicked in it was great, but... I still have two problems with this story.
One, the opening scene went into way too much detail about a character that had nothing to do with the rest of the novel. Strange and a waste of time.
Two, there are so many unanswered questions at the end. I need a sequel, please! I need to know more of what happens to this town.... now!
Michael Kelly
Nov 17, 2011 Michael Kelly rated it really liked it
This one is a rollicking, old-fashioned, kick-ass vampire novel. The best pure vampire novel since George R. R. Martin's Fevre Dream.
Jan 16, 2012 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Barry King
Apr 21, 2012 Barry King rated it really liked it
Enter, Night is a remarkable book. Initially, it is a classic vampire tale. It has many of the required tropes, being on the surface a tale of the distant castle at the end of a desperate journey where an ancient and patient evil waits to crush our heroes' spirits for no other reason than its insatiable lust for power. On another level, it is a Canadian story, of a single-industry town dominated by a powerful family, a kind of North American fiefdom where the cruelty and greed of its nobility ex ...more
Oct 11, 2011 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of horror, speculative fiction, vampires (REAL vampires)
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Shelves: ebook, net-galley
Christina Parr (née Monroe) fled Parr’s Landing with her fiancé Jack Parr 16 years ago in order to escape Jack’s dominating mother and allow the two lovers to get married and have their baby in peace. Five years later, Jack’s brother Jeremy joined them after the boys’ mother sent Jeremy to an asylum where he was basically tortured for six months in an attempt to “cure” his homosexuality. Now, in 1972, with Jack having been killed in an accident, Christina, Morgan (her daughter) and Jeremy have n ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Feb 15, 2016 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing
Enter, Night was spooky, thrilling and detailed, avoiding common horror novel tropes with its plot, characters and scenarios that make it stand out from any other book.
Tobin Elliott
Jun 09, 2015 Tobin Elliott rated it liked it
Shelves: hard-copy, horror, fiction
I've seen several reviews that state some sort of variation of "this is a rollicking vampire novel" and, sorry, I have to say no. I'm not saying it's bad, because it's not. But there's a protracted opening that ultimately pays off, then there's very little in the way of vampires until the last quarter of the book. That section from about 10% of the way in until about the 75% mark is a whole lotta characters talking.

All right, let me back up a bit and first indicate what I didn't like. There were
Jan 15, 2012 Maxine rated it it was amazing
After the death of her husband, Christine Parr is forced to return to Parr's landing, the small town she grew up in, with her daughter, Morgan. Her brother-in-law, Jeremy, has chosen to return with them in hopes of protecting them from Adeline, his domineering mother and matriarch of the town.

Unfortunately, they are not the only ones returning to Parr's Landing. Three hundred years ago, something terrible happened there. The Church believed that the native population had killed priests sent to c
Dec 08, 2011 Shawn rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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Nov 29, 2011 Elke rated it it was amazing
What a great novel! I had to add this one immediately to my favorites shelf.

Enter, Night is not only a story about vampires, but also a thriller and a family drama, a story about outsiders and loners, not to forget the appended historical tale. I immediately fell in love with the well-drawn characters, especially Finn and Sadie, who's fate made me swallow real hard. Parr's landing, where the story takes place, reminded me of places like Castle Rock and the early stories of Stephen King.

This nove
Derryl Murphy
Mar 28, 2012 Derryl Murphy rated it liked it
The only thing about this book that disappointed me was the ending, notes from another time that told us Who and Why and How. For me, it would have been better to leave questions unanswered, except for the answers supplied by my fevered imagination. And the rest of the novel, everything leading up to that, did much to supply that fever. Enter, Night reads like Stephen King of old, and I find myself jealous of some younger person reading his or her first (non-sparkly) vampire book and choosing th ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Matthew rated it did not like it
Just a horrible novel. We get it man, you hate Catholics. I could've saved myself the time and money instead of being bludgeoned to death by the author's rhetoric.
Dec 07, 2011 Andrew rated it really liked it
The pain when he bit down was incredible, but it vanished almost before it had even registered. As he felt the blood drain from his body, Richard Weal felt himself pulled up into a swirling vortex of crimson and gold light. For the briefest possible moment, Weal caught a glimpse of a glittering necropolis of souls, a dimension of pure love and endless wisdom. Its inhabitants reached out, their arms outstretched to embrace him, to join him to them, to forgive him and to guide him and beckoning hi ...more
Lorina Stephens
Apr 23, 2012 Lorina Stephens rated it liked it
There is much to be said for Michael Rowe’s novel, Enter, Night. It is a refreshingly traditional vampire story. No eco-friendly, glittering, James Dean vampires here. Rowe harks back to Bram Stoker’s original vampire incarnation, which in turn borrowed heavily from ancient legends.

Overall, the novel clips along with aggressively spare and gritty prose. No poetic metaphors here. Every word, every scene, every character is crafted to make you take notice.

And therein, for me, lies part of the pro
Nov 29, 2011 Janny rated it really liked it
I received this book as part of NetGalley in exchange for a review. Quite different from the kind of books I usually read. But that's all right, reading a book that makes you step out of your comfortzone. Enter, Night by Michael Rowe is that kind of a book to me. Not entirely true, because I've read Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll as one of the books in the Transworld Book Challenge. Yet, this is a completely different, much more creepy novel. A horror-novel with vampire-type creatures. And, be ...more
Sara Thompson
Jan 24, 2012 Sara Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is a hard review to write. I loved the story. I do have an ARC which means there were some technical errors that I hope are resolved before publishing. With that in mind, I want to focus on the story.
The story was amazing. The language a little tough for me because the author is Canadian and I am not. Michael Rowe is a native English speaker but there was some language that left me puzzled but may not be difficult for a Canadian. However, I loved the story.
This is an ensemble cast making i
Remittance Girl
May 13, 2012 Remittance Girl rated it liked it
I enjoyed a lot of this book. I found many of the characters compelling and interesting. Rowe has created a lot of complexity in his main characters, which allowed me to engage with them emotionally. For the most part, he bypasses the often stereotypical characterization so common in a lot of horror novels. And it really IS good to come across a novel involving vampires that don't sparkle.

That being said, I had some real difficulties with both the structure and antagonist characterization. The
Mar 16, 2013 Raven rated it really liked it
With shades of the masters of horror, Stephen King and Dean Koontz, `Enter, Night' is a spine-tingling tale of terror wreaking havoc in Parr's Landing, a small town in Canada. From its bloody outset, this is a chilling tale that draws heavily on the infamous Wendigo legends where men, and in this case women as well, are dehumanised and seek to drain the blood of their hapless victims spurred on by an all controlling demonic figure. Not only is this a truly terrifying read, but there is also a ve ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Tina rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a part of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book. It reminds me of 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King. I am a big fan of vampire books in general, but this book qualifies as so much more. The story is so lifelike that I almost believe that something like this can happen. The book supports the idea that this is a real legend with actual supporting documents at the end.

It's the story of a woman who loses her husband and is forced to move in with her mother
Dec 31, 2012 Meghan rated it did not like it
The story is good but the writing style and the characterization lack subtlety to the point of frustration. The denouement occurs quite abruptly for the amount of time spent leading up to it. By the end, I didn't care about any of the characters or who survived. I just felt like the whole book could have been so much better, but instead felt so rushed.

Strangely, the strongest and most compelling part of the novel is the last, historical fiction, section. The writing is stronger and the pacing be
Aug 04, 2014 Zunaid rated it did not like it
Enter, Night is a very very slow story with a somewhat interesting, albeit misleading, start. But as the story progresses, it feels more like a boring family drama instead of a vampire novel. Nothing really happens except for the pace slowing down with every subsequent chapter and the constant self-pitying of the protagonists.

There is a chapter at the end of the book which tells the history the vampire's arrival to the town during colonial era, and it is the only part which is a proper vampire
Sep 07, 2014 Majanka rated it really liked it
Book Review originally published here:

A great debut. If you thought vampires couldn’t be scary anymore, then think again, because Michael Rowe shows vampires are definitely terrifying. The small town setting causes an almost claustrophic feeling. The terror creeps up slowly at the start, and then turns into full-on horror.
K.D. McQuain
Dec 29, 2014 K.D. McQuain rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, vampire
This took a long time for me to get into, I was close to abandoning it several times. But it did come into its own around 100 pages in. It has a classic horror feel which I like, but the ending sort of petered out and left me wanting... not more, but something else. And what's with all the fifty cent words? Someone's making good use of their thesaurus.
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Michael Rowe is an independent international journalist who has lived in Beirut, Havana, Geneva, and Paris.

His work has appeared in the National Post, The Globe & Mail, The United Church Observer and numerous other publications. He has been a finalist for both the Canadian National Magazine Award and the Associated Church Press Award in the United States. The author of several books, includin
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