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The Fog

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  122 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A novelization of the 1980 John Carpenter film.

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Tonight the fog that rises off the California coast is different. And deadly. A writhing icy mist pulsing with terror. It is too late to escape. Even now the people of Antonio Bay are cut off, engulfed. Along darkened streets, death searches them out. There is no sanctuary for the living. Those who are do
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 28th 1980 by Bantam Books (first published January 1980)
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Mar 05, 2012 Marvin rated it really liked it
Shelves: autographed, horror
This book was a series of novelizations of 80s horror films written by Dennis Etchison and one of the few that bears his name and not the pseudonym of Jack Martin. That is probably because this is one of his best novelizations. While some of his earlier novelizations, including the Halloween series, are clearly written to pay the rent, this one enhances the film and has some nice Etchison touches...
A veil had descended over the whole coast...It wrapped itself around the sand dunes and braided th
Chris Velazquez
Jul 03, 2016 Chris Velazquez rated it liked it
John Carpenter's The Fog is one of my personal favorite ghost movies. It has a great cast, superb score, and such a humble approach to itself, it's just a really well told story, and when I found out it had a novelization, I wanted to check it out.

The good point of this book is that it does capture that eerie feel from the movie. It can lag a bit but overall flows generally smoothly, and it also showcases character development on Nick, Stevie and her son Andy that we didn't get to see in the mov
Jun 13, 2015 Austin rated it liked it
The Fog, based on a screenplay by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, was penned by Dennis Etchison in 1980 to coincide with the films theatrical release. Following Halloween, I had high expectations from Carpenter and Hill. Expectations that both the movie and novel did not fulfill. Unlike the movie, Etchison’s novelization does not have the benefit of Carpenter’s slow, wide-shots to build dread as he is limited to what can be put on paper. These limitations show throughout.

The result is a so-so no
Benjamin Stahl
Aug 01, 2014 Benjamin Stahl rated it did not like it
When someone writes a novelization of a shitty movie, one begs to question why anyone would want to read it. I couldn't answer that question, because I don't know why I chose to read it. It was there for twenty cents, and so I thought "why not?". Well the book was pretty darned awful: nothing particularly interesting happened, and it felt like Dennis Etchison (whoever the hell he is?) was just told to write exactly what happens in the movie down onto paper. There is no sense of realism with thes ...more
Doctor Edward Diesel
Oct 27, 2014 Doctor Edward Diesel rated it it was ok
I am taking off points for the needlessly unpleasant attitude of Nick Castle, one of the the main characters. He beds the girl and then treats her with seething contempt throughout the rest of the book. It reads almost like the author got dumped by his girlfriend while adapting the screenplay and he added all the nasty inner dialogue to what is basically a likable character. I was very turned off by that aspect of this book.
Jun 08, 2012 Mark rated it it was ok
After viewing his first cut of The Fog, John Carpenter was disappointed with himself.
He claims the movie was boring, uneventful and not scary.
He had to go back and shoot new sequences to spice up the narrative. The result is the movie that fans know and love.

I'm guessing that this novelization was based on the screenplay before Carpenter improved his movie.

Boring, uneventful and not scary pretty much sums up this book.
It's surprising how for a Horror story, there is very little horror in The Fo
Apr 09, 2013 Craig rated it liked it
A good novelization of a weird little cult film that I enjoyed very much. (The original with Barbeau, Curtis, Houseman, Holbrook, and Janet Leigh; the remake wasn't as good.) Etchison was a master of horror literature, and understood how to translate it from screen to page, which is an obvious reversal of the usual process. His novelized version is a quick and entertaining read, with a shiver or three along the way.
May 16, 2012 Ben rated it liked it
A slightly above average adaptation that keeps the basic story elements and characters while enhancing the whole in small ways. Still, Carpenter's classic zombie pirate B-movie is the better entertainment.
El Galan
Nov 14, 2008 El Galan marked it as to-read
A Novel version of the 1980 Horror Movie "The Fog" by John Carpenter, I hear it's really good like the Movie and I cant wait to read it!
Sonya Guidish
Oct 25, 2013 Sonya Guidish rated it it was ok
Read for an online book club, October 2013 book. This book totally sucked. I only gave it two stars because I was being nice!
Jul 28, 2008 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This is a novelization based on the movie by John Carpenter. It's as good as the movie, which is one I really like.
Gina Sandoval
Quick, easy, entertaining read.
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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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