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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews

A small community in northern Arizona was once the richest boomtown in the West. But, during one horrendous night, it died...and for a hundred years it has been nearly empty. A ghost town waiting to live again.
Now that's about to happen...

Fourteen-year-old Bryce Willems, whose family has just arrived from New York, is beginning to appreciate the unfamiliar charm
Paperback, 440 pages
Published 1995 by Headline Book Publishing (first published December 15th 1994)
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Jul 07, 2012 Kyle rated it it was amazing
Let me put it to you this way. I read this book years ago. Literally years. At least over six. Since I had been trying to find it. At one point, I saw it being sold on ebay for ninety-nine dollars. I ended up getting it back for free on paperbackswap and am currently rereading it. This is a very good book.
Dec 17, 2013 Gina rated it it was amazing
Great book - I started it on Friday afternoon and was finished by Saturday. It was a real page turner; I couldn't put it down! A very engaging read that had me guessing until the very end. This can be placed in your bookshelf next to the best Stephen King novels!
Dec 15, 2013 Aislinn rated it really liked it
I was so scared I almost peed my pants. More than once! Zell is an excellent writer, it was like reading an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Such intensity!!
Mar 11, 2010 Dave rated it really liked it
I picked this up years ago but reread it recently. All I have to say is I wish i could find more from this author - great read
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Aug 03, 2007 Jeanne rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Bit of a horror story placed in the Southwest. Every so often a town booms then busts, in a big way, with a bunch of deaths and a lot of destruction. An evil force comes back to strength and gives people what they most desire, which then leads to their own (self) destruction.
May 13, 2015 Bryan rated it it was amazing
In a word, frightening. I mean toes tucked under the blanket, the night light stays on a while, and don't investigate that rattle at the window frightening.

I read this several years ago while snowed in at a hotel in a corner of the Appalachian foothills, a bad winter. A GREAT read. It offers horror in a way that stings you to bone and then never really lets up until the final pages. The investment in the characters, the familiarity of the setting, the horror that haunts like few before or sense.
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wizrd 1 3 Jan 24, 2009 12:24PM  
A kid who spent many days exploring abandoned hotels and stores in then ghost town, Jerome, Arizona, Steve Zell always loved to tell stories, draw scary pictures, and sing. Later, he became an animator and digital animation tools instructor for the LA area animation and FX studios and, as a singer, became the "Voice of Doom" for Baywatch. Steve was the first interdisciplinary studies graduate from ...more
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