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Noches fantasma/ Phantom Nights (Spanish Edition)

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  111 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The year is 1952. Fourteen-year-old Alex Gambier is rebellious by nature and scarred by childhood tragedy in the southern community of Evening Shade. An outcast in his own family, mute from a bout with diptheria at an early age, Alex expresses himself by writing imaginative stories and by conceiving daredevil stunts that test all of his physical rescources while putting hi ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published September 30th 2007 by LA Factoria De Ideas (first published February 1st 2005)
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This was my first book by veteran horror/thriller writer John Farris, a ghost story of sorts that could function almost as well without the supernatural element. Alex, a mute troubled adolescent, witnesses the rape and events that lead to a later murder of a woman who has become his most trusted friend. Alex's will causes the woman's spirit to stay behind and help bring justice. There are great themes here: that revenge has a cost that may be too high to bear, that we help nobody by hanging on t ...more
With the combination of a thriller/ghost story, and Alex a rebellious 14 year old mute, that's befriended by Mally, a young black woman in 1952 Tennesee. Farris writes a tale with dread and also tender moments. The description of that era and wonderful writing make this a recommended read, by a long time thriller/horror writer.
Jason Goodman
Phantom Nights is an interesting blend of the natural and super natural under the sub title as a rape and murder case. Set in the antebellum South, which I estimated to be the 1950's, by its tone and usage of terminology, especially in addressing race relations. The story has all of the standard making's of a drunken rape, then subsequent murder which takes the reader into a number of different directions from there.
One of the only reasons I became interested in this book had to do with the prom
In the vein of iconic ghost stories, this takes a leisurely pace and slowly amps up the tension and menace surrounding its very likable young hero. If we had the option of half-stars I might have given it a 3 1/2 because, while very good and an excellent armchair or beach read, it would be helpful to be able to save the four- and five-star designations for those phenomenal linger-in-your-brain stories. Faced with the three versus four choice, though, I readily give this four because the issues o ...more
Debby Dimeglio
this book was somewhat confusing and slow at first, it took me a while to understand the story. Once you are a little past the middle it starts to come together. This story is very sweet in alot of ways. A misunderstood handicapped teenager, a black woman who is looked down on and treated second class but who is kind and forgiving. Murder, rape and guilt seem to rule this story and of course all is made right in the end in an unexpected way
Jess Hanna
This one falls between 2 and 3 stars due to the fact that if felt like two stories forced together. One was a gritty, depressing thriller filled with vulgarity and lewd sexual content. The other was a ghost story with sketchy theology. The author could have left out some of the more graphic descriptions and had an engaging story. Instead, he resorted to cheap tactics to keep the reader shocked. I almost stopped after reading the first 30 pages, but kept going because I felt there was something r ...more
One of my All Time Favorites! I can't wait for the movie!
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American writer and screenwriter of both adaptations of his own books (e.g. 'The Fury'), of the works of others (such as Alfred Bester's 'The Demolished Man') and original scripts. In 1973 he wrote and directed the film 'Dear Dead Delilah'. He has had several plays produced off-Broadway, and also paints and writes poetry. At various times he has made his home in New York, Southern California and P ...more
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