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Shadow Man

3.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  53 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In her work with disturbed children, Lissa begins to notice that more and more children have reported a tale of a man with no face--a man that all the adults insist is merely a childish fantasy.
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 2nd 1993 by Dell (first published 1993)
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Jul 30, 2011 Roxann rated it liked it
This novel read a great deal like Etchison's short stories, except the stories were grouped together to make a book. It was an easy read. The story is about a coastal community in which many children have disappeared and been killed over the years. Bodies or partial bodies wash up after lots of rain. The killing stopped for years for no reason and now has started again. At times a little difficult to follow.
Catrina Bradley
Dec 04, 2011 Catrina Bradley rated it really liked it
Shelves: beach-reads, fiction
I picked up "Shadow Man" on a used book table, and it was worth the few dollars I spent -- and then some. The author's voice is unique and personal. His main characters begin shrouded in mystery and history, and Mr. Etchison slowly peels their layers away, their personalities taking on meaning and growing deeper as the story line unfolds around them and their back-stories are revealed. Some creative twists and a (sometimes uncomfortably close) connection to the hero set this book apart. (I waver ...more
Matt Garcia
Dec 11, 2014 Matt Garcia rated it liked it
Decent little horror novel. Etchison is a very good writer and he uses great descriptive language. The novel was a bit hard to follow, especially near the end, and felt convoluted at times. Above average horror novel with some genuinely creepy and sometimes funny, dialogue and depictions. 3.5 stars.
Michael Brampton
Mar 04, 2015 Michael Brampton rated it it was amazing
A truly exceptional work of psychological horror. Along with Darkside, this ranks as one of the best horror novels I have ever read. This is even stronger than Etchinson’s first novel and vividly displays the author’s ability to evoke a deep sense of unease from everyday situations while plundering the minds of his characters to reveal disturbing universal fears ….the town of Shadow Bay is beautifully rendered with it constant shroud of mist, abandoned drive-in theatre, Main St haunted by desert ...more
Stephen King recommended author per Forenote to Paperback Edition from King's Berkley's 1983 paperback. (revised from original 1981 edition).

Stephen King endorsed the entire Dell Abyss Horror line. Here is his blurb:

"Thank you for introducing me to the remarkable line of novels currently being issued under Dell's Abyss imprint. I have given a great many blurbs over the last twelve years or so, but this one marks two firsts: first unsolicited blurb (I called you) and the first time I have blurb
Feb 19, 2013 Sadie rated it did not like it
Well, this book sure has words. And they're printed in legible type. And that's about the nicest things I can say about it. I found it to be aggressively bad from start to finish. The only reason I bothered to read it all the way through was pure spite. The action was like out of a bad movie, unbelievable and confusingly rendered. So much of it seemed rushed, the worst offender being the ending. A lot of people happen to like 'Shadow Man', but I'm glad I'm done with it.
Mar 02, 2015 Chad rated it really liked it
Chilling and cinematic. Moves at a brisk pace without feeling rushed. This guy is massively underrated.
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aka Jack Martin.

Dennis Etchison's short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies since 1961, and in his collections The Dark Country, Red Dreams, The Blood Kiss and The Death Artist. He is also an editor (Cutting Edge, MetaHorror, Masters of Darkness, The Museum of Horrors), novelist (Darkside, California Gothic, Double Edge), screenwriter and the winner of five British Fantasy
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