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A Requiem For Dead Flies

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  99 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
After their mother's miscarriage, Lester and Gordon MacAuley were sent to Battle View Farm to stay with their grandmother for the summer. But the house on Battle View Farm has a haunting secret. As Grandma Vivian slowly slipped into madness, the brothers' lives became entangled in mortal danger. That summer of terror left them scarred and plagued by the family's dark secre ...more
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Published June 26th 2012 by Nightscape Press (first published June 22nd 2012)
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Sheri White
Sep 28, 2012 Sheri White rated it it was amazing
Excellent book - very creepy. Review to come at the end of the month at The Horror Fiction Review.
Sep 20, 2012 Claudia rated it really liked it
My grandmother was a hellcat from Arkansas named Beulah. She didn't read flies but she was bat shit crazy and I can still feel the bruises she inflicting upon me fifty years ago. I understand the fear Lester and Gordon felt for Vivian. You just don't know what she will do next but you know it will be bad. This book gave me nightmares, which I assume was the intention of the writer. It moved so quickly, I was dizzied by the twists and turns. There is no sympathetic character in the story. Even th ...more
Nick Cato
Jun 22, 2012 Nick Cato rated it really liked it
Lester MacAuley decides to take a brief break from his peachy private school teaching position to help his brother Gordon build a distillery at their late grandparents' farm. Gordon has dreams of brewing his own bourbon for a living, and Lester feels it's his duty to help him...but for more reasons than the physical work involved. Despite being in their early 20s, the MacAuley brothers are haunted by a deep, dark past, particularly one summer they had spent at the farm as young boys, where their ...more
Trent Zelazny
Jul 24, 2012 Trent Zelazny rated it it was amazing
This book is gripping, spooky, dramatic, and at times downright frightening. Dudar has very strong literary skills. This is not just a horror book. This is true literary fiction, with brilliant use to past and present, and characters you get to know on a very intimate level. In my opinion, it's Stoker worthy, though I have no say in such matters. I will say that if you like horror fiction, or literary fiction, or literary horror fiction, or just a really good book, check out A Requiem for Dead F ...more
S. Nash
Aug 03, 2015 S. Nash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I picked this book up for a quick read, without knowing anything about it. The title tells me it’s a supernatural ghost story, but I think that blurb is as unreliable as the narrator. It might be a ghost story. It may also be the story of how mental illness lies to a person. The journey of the narrator’s life from a carefree child to a man grappling with his past is told in first person, and it’s clear from the first few pages that he can’t be trusted.

Two brothers, Les and Gordon, inherit the fa
Thomas Padley
May 27, 2014 Thomas Padley rated it really liked it
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ghost stories are really hard for me to enjoy, especially the whole 'person moves into an old house blah blah blah' story-line, I usually find it very tiresome and overused, so I'm not sure what really attracted me to this one, whether it was the disturbing cover, or just a little but of a gut instinct that maybe I would enjoy it? Who know's but I'm pleased to say that 'A requiem for dead flies' was worth the money and was actually a decent ghost story and was actually really creepy in parts.

Daniel Keohane
Jul 10, 2012 Daniel Keohane rated it really liked it
An American Gothic tale - a clever and unique blend of haunted house, ghost story and family drama. A REQUIEM FOR DEAD FLIES (excellent title, by the way) is the story of family secrets that slowly scratch their way to the surface over time. Slowly, but steadily, Dudar builds dread between four primary characters in the book: brothers Les and Gordon, their deceased grandmother Vivian, and the old farmhouse where she lived most of her life and where she'd done some terrible things. What these thi ...more
Veronica Shawcroft
This one adds new gravitas to the old saw about how you can't choose your relatives. Two brothers decide to move into the family farm for the summer after their grandmother dies and make bourbon whiskey. The younger brother Gordon is the most set on this and Les the older brother/narrator goes along to keep him company because they both believe the farm is haunted. A terrible event happened when they were boys on the farm which has scarred both their lives.

The remainder of the novel is the unspo
Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone
Ghosts were always the staple of the Gothic horror tale of yesteryear. From the infamous pair in “Turn of the Screw” by Henry James to the countless “true sightings” in the countless magazines that littered the newsstands of the Victorian Era, ghosts were the popular creature feature of the period. They are making a comeback in in recent years and Peter Dudar gives us an excellent example of why we still love things that go bump in the night.

In A Requiem for Dead Flies: A Supernatural Ghost Thri
T.R. Horne
Nov 03, 2013 T.R. Horne rated it liked it
Peter N. Dudar is a great writer and that is evident in his debut novel, A Requiem for Dead Flies. I found myself surprised that this was a debut novel about half way through the story as it was well-versed, funny and chilling. I only have two items that I didn't care for with this novel but they are miniscule critiques in the big scheme of things. First, the book cover is not at all gripping or fit for the story. It looks almost unreal and comical while the author's tone of writing is clearly f ...more
M.L. Roos
Oct 31, 2012 M.L. Roos rated it it was amazing
Peter N. Dudar has written an intriguing tale; one that captures the nebulous essence of a ghost story, interweaves it with a mystery, and tops it off with a surprising twist ending.
The story opens with Les McCauley reminiscing about Battle View Farm, the family homestead where Grandmother Vivian and Grandpa Clyde lived, and the summer he and his brother Gordon spent a tumultuous s couple of months following their mother's miscarriage. Les is in a mental institution and the story he tells flips
Oct 13, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it
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This book is both macabre and fascinating.

I love good ghost stories and there are so few of them written anymore. This is one of the good ones. It slowly builds a feeling of dread until you're at the point where you want to know, but you don't want to know, both what happened then and what happens next.

The setting was familiar to me, the characters seemed real. And the generator of all the horror is different -- didn't see it coming and yet it makes sense.

I enjoyed the style of writing, except i
Martha Tetrault
Jul 27, 2014 Martha Tetrault rated it it was amazing
This was so much better than expected, Dudar is the nephew of a good friend and I read it because of the setting and the relationship. This is a great bump-in-the-night read told with an excellent voice. It unwinds itself with a pace that keeps the reader riveted to know more. The characters and the plot spin forward until the reader can't wait to find out what is going on. The bits of foreshadowing might have been omitted, but at the same time continued to draw the reader in more. Creepy, dark, ...more
May 07, 2013 Bracken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The problem with most ghost stories is that they often miss the point of being a ghost story in the first place and just end up as scary-monster thrillers or did-you-hear-that snooze-fests. Peter Dudar, on the other hand gets it. He gets it perfect. Ghost stories are about trying to go home again. As Thomas Wolfe wrote, "you can't go home again," because you've changed, your friends have changed and the past is gone. But that's the essence of a good ghost story; the past isn't gone entirely, and ...more
Mary Plunkett
Nov 19, 2012 Mary Plunkett rated it it was amazing
Nice twist on scary…with a great title! Hard to tell this is Dudar’s first novel. Sometimes I like to read a book I know nothing about, aside from the title, which in this case is perfect. This was one of those reads and it was so worth it. The author keeps you glued to the pages trying to figure out what is wrong with grandma, why the flies, etc. Story flows well with believable characters and a mystery that twists and turns as the author effectively moves back and forth from present to past. S ...more
Mar 03, 2013 Peter rated it it was amazing
Lester mom had a miscarriage when he was thirteen years old. That was the year he and his younger brother Gordon were sent to Battle View Farms to spend the summer with their grandma Vivian. That was the year that she tried to kill Gordon and I. Years later the brothers return to Battle View Farms to work on a project together. Living at Battle View Farms made them relive their past. The moment the brothers entered grandma Vivian kitchen both of them stop dead in their tracks. There were flies e ...more
Duane Coffill
Jul 18, 2015 Duane Coffill rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!!
Scott Goudsward
Feb 09, 2013 Scott Goudsward rated it really liked it
I really dug this book, and I never knew what a good writer Pete Dudar was until I read a story of his in the anthology Epitaphs. Requiem is a good read and has some really good story telling and some truly creepy moments.
Sep 15, 2013 Emily rated it it was ok
This was a good guilty pleasure read. The mystery kept me interested up until the very end. The ending was a bit of a let down, though, after all the build up. Still, I recommend it since it's an easy, fun read.
Feb 08, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I thought this book was great. I also thought it was the creepiest book I have ever read, and having been terrified of basements myself as a child, it really hit me in a hard place!
Oct 16, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
I went into it for a ghost story or a haunted house and got so much more. Reality and family secrets are creepy things.
Jul 29, 2012 Stacey rated it really liked it
A disturbing tale with some delightful twists that I never saw coming.
Sep 21, 2012 Jenn rated it really liked it
Spooky, chilling tale. Loved it.
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Peter N. Dudar was born in Albany, NY, and raised in the neighboring town of Latham. After his graduation from the State University of New York at Albany, he moved to Maine where he began his writing career. His fiction has been published in numerous anthologies, including the HWA sponsored BELL, BOOK AND BEYOND, NEW TRADITIONS IN TERROR, and EPITAPHS; The Journal of the New England Horror Writers ...more
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