A Winter Haunting (Seasons of Horror #3)
oh my god thank you dan simmons!
oh, dan simmons, i wish you had dedicated the terror to me instead of this one. spooky month is not going as well as i had hoped...
this is fine. it is a very straightforward, classic-feeling horror novel,like an early stephen king or something, and i still think simmons is a good writer, but this one just didn't thrill me the way the terror did.
it is at once a psychological horror novel and a t ...more
I wish I didn't, as it's not a direct sequel, only uses certain events and characters from the first novel. It's an excellent tale in its own right: Dale Stewart, one of the characters from SON, returns to the town where he grew up. After a failed marriage and a sucicide attempt, he decides to finish writing his novel. He fee ...more
When the haunted 52 year old Professor Dale Stewart decides to return to his childhood stomping ground to revisit the inner demons of his past (by writing a novel) and expunge the errors of his ways, he encounters more than he bargained for with spirits from beyond as well as some pretty nasty humanoid beings.
While satisfyingly creepy, I did not find this novel truly scary like The Terror, but did like the way it was present...more
Simmons also takes the standard genre elements and turns them on their collective head, all the while telling a good story that keeps you reading. "A Wint ...more
Also, one really should not be reading this book before Summer of Night. Also, pretty much any genre fan should read Summer of Night. This novel is not a must read for everyone, but any fan of Summer of Night would enjoy it, if only just to revisit the beloved characters of the first book. A ...more
It's a ghost story and a story about a man who has become self-destructive; an easy and entertaining read. It doesn't have the ambition of many Simmons novels, but it does have a few red herrings to keep you guessing about what is going on, as the past literally comes back to haunt the protagonist when he returns to his home-town and spends ...more
It started out gang-busters -- unusual narrative perspective, spooky, portentous backstory. Then we meet Clare Two Hearts, and I'm pissed as hell to be spending time on her. And Duane's voice keeps shouldering in on the narrative -- clever in the beginning, disruptive by the middle. I get that device, in the end it makes a kind of sense, but Clare can go hang. If she's a red herring, too many words a ...more
(Note- This isn't a proper review, just a word about reading order.)
I've heard A Winter Haunting described several ways: as a direct sequel to Summer of Night, as a loose sequel, and as a stand-alone novel whose characters overlap with SoN and Children of the Night. Since I particularly love haunted house tales and AWH was the only one available for Kindle*, I was tempted to skip SoN and read this one first. I'm so glad I didn't.
I finished SoN a few days ago ...more
Even though i feel it isn't as good as the first it still deserves 5stars. Dale is staying at Duane s olds farm house and soon starts to see people from 40 years ago. It's a very creepy book and at one point it looked like it was following the horror film route of big dinner, too much booze, it's dark out, so it's a good idea to open up the ...more
This is my third book that I've read by Dan Simmons and each one has been so different. I think he's moving up there as on ...more
This review originally appeared in the BOULDER WEEKLY
A good story
Dan Simmons weaves words into worlds
by Vince Darcangelo
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The length isn't very long, and the pacing is pure Simmons. That is to say, slow and methodical with excellent character moments. He loves to pressure his characters w ...more
I first read Summer of Night which was a very entertaining book. It reminded me of the movie The San ...more
Simmons has written other fine horror novels, like Carrion Comfort and Children of the Night, but then he went into science fiction and I lost interest in him. I'm glad he's returned to the horror genre.
This book picks up with ...more
Dale, one of the survivors of the events in the first book, has returned to his hometown as an adult, divorced, disgraced (by an affair with a student) and depressed, to write the Great American No ...more
A Winter Haunting is the second horror novel in a row that I've read that goes beyond just tipping its hat to He ...more
It was nothing that stood out too much, but I did enjoy it. The premise was an interesting one but I felt like I could have been a lot more scared reading it than I actually was (not very). The scenes with Clare bored me, and whenever I got to one I mysteriously decided that it was time to go start studying again rather than keep reading, because it would probably be mo ...more
Dan received his Master ...more