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Long Black Coffin

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
The Long Black Coffin is a '67 GTO. A street-eater and a life-taker. Like an open grave, it's hungry for death.

Vic Tamberlyn committed suicide in it. His son Kurt asphyxiated in it. Maybe there's no connection, but Kurt's best friend, Johnny Breede, doesn't believe it. He begins seeing dark connections, convinced that beneath the skin of the Coffin there beats a black, ter
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Paperback, 390 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by DarkFuse (first published January 1st 2012)
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Ken McKinley
Dec 18, 2015 Ken McKinley rated it it was amazing
Damn, damn, damn. Now THAT was how you do horror. Tim Curran's Long Black Coffin actually gave me shivers - yes, shivers - and that's something that hasn't happened in a very long time.

Long Black Coffin is a working class ghost story set in a small town in Wisconsin. Johnny Breede is your typical mid-twenties guy trying to figure out what he wants out of life while he puts in his time down at the lumber yard. He lives with his sister in their parents old house. His mom ran off, long ago, with
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Megan
Nov 19, 2012 Megan rated it liked it
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

After Kurt dies of asphyxiation in an old '67 GTO, also known as The Coffin, the same car his father shot himself in his best friend Johnny is left wondering, realizing all of this seems too coincidental. While cleaning out his friends room because his mother has completely given up he starts coming upon things that could only be said to be paranormal occurrences. As Johnny starts looking into the history of the car and his best
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Ms. Nikki
3.5 Stars
A story of a dysfunctional family that has lost 2 of its members while being in a black GTO that sits in the garage. The story starts out slow, real slow, and builds to a somewhat intense conclusion with a family friend trying to put a stop to the madness that seems to be linked to this family. The why's and what-for are given to us at very strategic moments making this a one-sitting read for me. Great descriptions and creepiness from Curran as usual. Not really horrific. Recommended~
11811 (Eleven)
Apr 26, 2015 11811 (Eleven) rated it it was amazing
Recommended to 11811 (Eleven) by: Justin
Shelves: favorites
I never reviewed this one. You should all read it. My work here is done.

I got a three way tie for my favorite Curran novel locked with this one, Fear Me and Dead Sea. This one's still haunting me after two years so I may line in up for a reread. Hell, I may reread all three.
Bandit
Oct 27, 2013 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Up till now I've only read Curran's novellas and I was happy to discover that in long form he certainly doesn't disappoint. Killer cars everywhere now have a competition. This is exactly what horror ought to be, well written, fun, scary. Riveting read, I couldn't put it down, got through the whole book in one evening and that's nearly 400 pages. Curran doesn't cut corners, he creates a backstory, he fleshes out characters, he really develops the plot, it's a pleasure to read. Thanks, Nikki. Ther ...more
Pamellia
Mar 31, 2014 Pamellia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
What a book!

I greatly enjoyed it.

I gave it 5 stars, because I really liked it and thought it was amazing.

The story moved along without ever leaving the reader behind. I like the short chapters. The writing, superb! The best I've read from Curran and I've read a lot of his work.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes horror or just wants to take a wild and crazy ride with a black GTO!! Whoa, whoa!!
Maxine Marsh
Mar 05, 2014 Maxine Marsh rated it really liked it
"I don't think there was a kid in town who wasn't scared, who didn't lay awake in their bed at night watching the shadows moving against the walls and wondering when a grinning moon-pallid face would peer through their window and lay its claws against the glass."
Sean
Dec 02, 2012 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently I stumbled on a horror bookclub subscription service put on by this book's publisher, Darkfuse. This was the first novel I have received from the club.

Tim Curran - I've never read anything by him. I have however marked a few of his books on various sites 'to read' and 'wish lists'. I just hadn't gotten around to actually reading him. This novel was the perfect opportunity to remedy that.

Going into this novel I didn't read any kind of summaries, synapses, etc. so I had no clue what type
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Majanka
Oct 23, 2012 Majanka rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, horror, read-2012
Long Black Coffin is a disturbing, twisted, dark fiction novel that managed to keep me up until the wee hours of the morning. Unfortunately, that was more due to curiosity than to actual fear, but nevertheless, I enjoyed this gem. Mr. Curran has a terrific way with words and seems to have a magical wand for lyrical prose. The story itself ranks high in originality, and the characters were fun and enjoyable, at least up to some degree. There were some tidbits here and there that annoyed me endles ...more
Todd Russell
This was a different read from the other other two Curran novels I've read (the awesome Dead Sea and very good Biohazard). The other two were more action-oriented and offered more thrills, chills and gore. I can enjoy a slow and subtle horror atmosphere building, but this one is a bit off-pace, like shifting abruptly from first gear to fourth about a third of the way in. It starts with several character introductions (that are mostly partying scenes with little story or character value) and we d ...more
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is the story of Johnny Breede. A young man whose life isn't really going anywhere, content to goof around and get drunk and high with his best friend Kurt. That is until Kurt winds up dead, asphyxiated in his father's GTO. That same car that his father killed himself in some years previously. Now an evil has been unleashed and Johnny must piece together the mystery before anyone else dies. A mystery that will involve Kurt's family, the woods, Johnny's boss, some missing children and a malev ...more
Paul
Jan 09, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
A disturbing read. Who knew ghosts had such a strong libido?
So basically, a nutty woman has sex with the American/Indian version of the Swamp Thing and that baby grows up evil, gets killed, haunts the couple that killed her from their car (a classic GTO, but still, wtf?), kills a few kids, has the husband commit suicide, kills the couple's son by asphyxiation, then the son best friend sets out for revenge... inhalling long breath....
Oh, and the best friend is basically a going-nowhere, chain-smo
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Angela Crawford
Apr 29, 2014 Angela Crawford rated it really liked it
The Long Black Coffin is a '67 GTO. A street-eater and a life-taker. Like an open grave, it's hungry for death. Vic Tamberlyn committed suicide in it. His son Kurt asphyxiated in it. Johnny Breede, Kurt's best friend finds out there is much more to the car than meets the eye. Haunted by the ghost of a sadistic girl who may not have been wholly human, can he find answers before it's to late?

I bought this book for two reasons. First I love Tim Curran, his books are usually wonderfully weird and c
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Justin
Dec 06, 2012 Justin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Well, you can officially add ghost stories to the types of novels that Tim curran is a master of. This one was my first official title since joining the darkfuse kindle club late last month and I hate to say that the subscription is going to Be all downhill from here but it is really going to be hard to top this one, At least until sow is released anyway. This wasn't nearly as gory as some of his novels but for a ghost story it was preaty dark and violent, it was a great story with alot of great ...more
Ann Sloan
Dec 31, 2012 Ann Sloan rated it liked it
When I started reading this book, I was, for some reason, under the impression that it was a YA horror novel. I got over that very quickly. Maybe it is “new adult,” the new term for readers 18-to-25-year-olds, the age group right above young adult. The New York Times said that some in publishing as describe this genre as Harry Potter meets 50 Shades of Grey.

I haven’t read, nor do I plan to read 50 Shades of Grey. Don’t misunderstand me; I read The Story of O a few years ago and even dabbled in A
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Dec 29, 2012 The Haunted Reading Room 2017 - Year of Lovecraft rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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5 stars

Writing a first-person narrative, and making it work properly and flow smoothly, is not an easy task. Not every writer can do it. Tim Curran does, immensely well. There wasn’t a dropped stitch in this complex, multiply-motivated novel, which is completely viewed through the perspective of twenty-three-year-old Johnny (or as some friends call him, “Johnny Breed”). Johnny is a young man with a sad past, a sorry present, and not much concern about the
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Grimgirl
Dec 07, 2012 Grimgirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A complex "ghost" story that unravels like a twisting dark ride where you will be shocked, confused, and disturbed by what you see through the eyes of Johnny Breede. Troubled with guilt and sadness over his best friends suicide and overpowered by desire for a woman that holds the key to understanding it all - Johnny begins to unlock the truth of what secrets are held by his friend before his death, perverse secrets buried deep in the cellar, horrific memories of sin and murder, and the mystery c ...more
Penni
Nov 16, 2012 Penni rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A complex "ghost" story that unravels like a twisting dark ride where you will be shocked, confused, and disturbed by what you see through the eyes of Johnny Breede. Troubled with guilt and sadness over his best friends suicide and overpowered by desire for a woman that holds the key to understanding it all - Johnny begins to unlock the truth of what secrets are held by his friend before his death, perverse secrets buried deep in the cellar, horrific memories of sin and murder, and the mystery c ...more
Stacy
Jun 08, 2014 Stacy rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
This book was not quite what I expected. The story was pretty good, it did genuinely creep me out at one point, which is a difficult feat. But... the writing was HORRIBLE!! I read some reviews and kept waiting to see the same opinion from someone else, but everyone seems to love it, including the writing style. I hate to be so critical, but it seemed like it was written by a 14 year old. I don't know if it was just my copy, but there were also a ton of typos?! I really felt like I was reading a ...more
Lavonne Elliott
Dec 04, 2012 Lavonne Elliott rated it really liked it
This book is a ghost story on steriods. The characters are raw and down to earth, there is some language and sex in the book but all fits well in the fabric of the story, as yfeelou become familair with the characters you can feel that this how they would speak so it fits. The sex caught me a bit off guard after the first time the situation came up but as the writer moves you through the story you understand why it is a reocurring theme. I love the fact that the story is told by the main charact ...more
Andrew Reeder
Jan 12, 2013 Andrew Reeder rated it really liked it
A well written, real page turner filled with graphic horror prose steeped in both the supernatural and the true crime realities of modern monsters. Certainly one of the perks of belonging to the Dark Fuse Book Club is owning these fine quality signed first edition hardcovers at such an economical price. This is the second novel I have purchased and read written by Tim Curran-- a writer who can reach out and grab you and pull you into his truly twisted world. Great stuff.
Lisa L
Oct 16, 2012 Lisa L rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a great atmosphere, it was quite chilling. The book was well written, the characters were well rounded and developed well. Reminded me of The classic The Outsiders. the reader gets a feel for the characters and what they are all about. The sex scenes were quite graphic for a novel targeted to a YA audience. It was not my particular cup of tea, but it is well worth a read.
Tammy
Jun 07, 2013 Tammy rated it liked it
I found the dialogue to be a bit simplistic at times. The story was fast-paced but also at times a little silly. Enjoyable but only a 3-star for me.
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Tim Curran lives in Michigan and is the author of the novels Skin Medicine, Hive, Dead Sea, Resurrection, The Devil Next Door, and Biohazard, as well as the novella The Corpse King. His short stories have appeared in such magazines as City Slab, Flesh&Blood, Book of Dark Wisdom, and Inhuman, and anthologies such as Shivers IV, High Seas Cthulhu, and Vile Things.

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