The Blackstone Chronicles: The Serial Thriller Complete in One Volume
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The Blackstone Chronicles: The Serial Thriller Complete in One Volume (Blackstone Chronicles #1-6)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  2,893 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Now, for the first time, the New York Times bestselling serial thriller is complete in one terrifying volume. John Saul, the master of supernatural suspense, John Saul, brings to chilling life the small New England town of Blackstone--and the secrets and sins that lay buried there. . . .

From atop Blackstone's highest hill, the old Asylum casts its shadow over the village....more
ebook, Nook, 439 pages
Published October 20th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1997)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
A place of unspeakable sadness and pain.

A small town.
An abandoned asylum for the ‘insane’.
A past mystery.
A present mystery.

The Blackstone Chronicles consists of six distinct sequences that were originally released in serial format, much in the same fashion as Dickens's work, and more recently, The Green Mile. Each sequence is roughly the length of a novella, and added together they form the complete novel. The good news is that it’s completely cohesive and flawlessly executed, which has to be co...more
Bandit
John Saul was one of the first horror authors I have ever read, for which he has earned a sentimental value and a whole shelf of my bookcase. I've stopped reading him long ago, but nevertheless collected most of his books. I picked up Blackstone Chronicles just to see how I'd enjoy his work now all these years later and I found out that it just doesn't rate that high anymore (much to my disappointment), although it is very interesting to see how my tastes have changed and matured. After a decade...more
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
My mother actually suggested I read "The Blackstone Chronicles," but her and I differ in our book tastes so I was hesitant. I tend to agree with her when she told me this book was good, and I enjoyed the story overall! I liked the horror factor, the idea that every story section was based around the Asylum and Blackstone, and I liked the idea of evil presented throughout the story. There were, however, some aspects of the book that just didn't work for me as a reader.

I don't want to give any sp...more
Amber
Hey guys! I was looking for a new read to check out while I waited to go back to my local library. While I was browsing the TN reads (Regional Ebook audiobook download system) online library system, this book caught my eye. It is a serial novel called The BlackStone Chronicles by John Saul. This was the first book I have ever read by John Saul in E-book form from the Tennessee Reads (regional e-book and download system) online library system. The Blackstone Chronicles was actually a pretty good...more
Nora Nix
Incredible book series - incredible game!

I bought each one of these small novellas when they first came out. I was a preteen then, and the horror genre was my favorite to indulge in. John Saul never disappointed, and certainly kept that trend with this series.

The little-known video game by the same name is also amazing. It's perfectly immersive and atmospheric. One of the most frightening, and fun, games I've ever played!

On a personal note, I once sent this author an e-mail to tell him how much...more
Michelle
This book was originally written in 6 parts (ala Stephen King with the Green Mile), unfortunately, I was not aware of its existence then so I read it all in one book. Fortunately for me, the book works either way. I am taking this from a 5 star rating down to a 4 because of not loving parts 4 and 5 of the story as well as being fairly unsatisfied with the ending. I feel like maybe I'm dumb, but I didn't get it. Regardless of that, most of the parts of the book were just plain creepy and set a gr...more
Monika
Väikeses Blackstone'i linnakeses on vana vaimuhaigla. Kohalikud inimesed tunnevad maja ees hirmu ja hoiavad sealt eemale, kuid nüüd plaanitakse aastaid tühjana seisnud hoone ümberehitust. Tööga polegi veel õieti pihtagi hakatud kui vaimuhaiglaga seotud perekondadele hakatakse saatma väikesi kingitusi (nukk, välgumihkel, medaljon, taskurätik ja stetoskoop). Igaüks neist esemeist kuulus haiglas väärkoheldud ja surnud inimesele. Asjadel on saaja üle tohutu võim, need muudavad inimesed kurjaks või p...more
Cathrine Bonham
I don't usually read this type of story but somthing about it intregied me so I read it. And I loved it. first of all this is really more of a psycological thriller rather than a supernatural one. This a suspenseful mystery that will keep you guessing right up to the last chapter. With all of the hidden connetions and flashbacks this is a story that will easily hook any fan of LOST. Though the conclusion is sold it will still leave you longing to return to the town of Blackstone.
Lacie Walters
I love the creepy atmosphere of asylums and John Saul is a master of suspense. Put these two together and sprinkle in some spine-chilling WTF-ness and you get Blackstone Chronicles. I would BEG for more of this from Saul. It's been years since I've read this and it still stays with me.
Chris
This is everything you could ever want from great serial horror. I remember my sister-in-law reading 10 pages every night before she went to bed, and having to watch a Disney movie just so she could sleep. This book rules!
Alondra
3 Stars

Meh... it was okay. Nothing to scream about or get creeped out by. It was entertaining in the cookie-cutter, horror type of way; but nothing frightful or delightful.
Jaime
I loved this serial novel. I enjoyed spending time in Blackstone. The pages felt as if they turned themselves and it was hard to put the book down.
Dana
i've read lots of his books. The serial concept totally messed him up. Take my advice...read Stephen Kings instead.
Morrigan
The Blackstone Chronicles is a serial novel in 6 parts. The story has a lot of potential that is never developed. This may be a method that is too constricting on the author and which does not allow him the space he needs to develop the characters and the story.

Each of the six parts deals with a different family: the Hartwicks, Beckers, Wagners, McGuires, Wards and Metcalf/Connally. Each of these families has strong ties in Blackstone as they have lived there several generations. Also in Blackst...more
Marie
I was digging through my library looking for a book when I came across this one. I thought I'd add it to my list of "reads" though it has been years. I purchased this book when I doing lots of travel with my contracting job. I was attracted to the title because the story takes place in the small New England town of Blackstone. Saul, says this is NH but there is no Blackstone, NH, however the town next to my hometown was Blackstone, MA...the closest Blackstone to the border of NH. Some of the app...more
Sarina
An evil is being unleashed in Blackstone and the townspeople are buzzing about it... but the editor of the Blackstone Chronicle is refusing to write about the so-called curse that has begun to spread it's icy cloak over the town. Everyone is connected to one another and to the Asylum on top of North Hill.

Items begin to show up around town and each one has a history linked to the asylum. The history carried with each item causes destruction to the town one person at a time. A mysterious person r...more
Robb Bridson
This is the third John Saul book I've read. I keep reading John Saul in part because his books are often found in thrift stores for 50 cents, but also because sometimes his books are fun even if they are not good by any normal criteria.
Saul's prose is in some ways a welcome change from that of King or Koontz. It's not nearly as polished and sometimes seems like it was not edited at all. He'll use a really long, even more awkward sentence to paint a scene and the actions of the story don't incite...more
Carla Maria
Apr 10, 2012 Carla Maria rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: thrill seekers?
This one was recommended to me by a co-worker because I mentioned I liked stories revolving around insane asylums. I definitely liked the ideas behind this book; the separate but intertwined stories revolving around various townsfolk, a mystery connecting all of them, the shadow of the asylum looming over the town of Blackstone, even the original serialised publication of the five segments. But all in all, it was a predictable read. Maybe I'm just too familiar with the tropes of these asylum sto...more
Trisha
John Saul heeft met De kronieken van Blackstone weer een spannend boek geschreven.
Op de hoogste heuvel van Blackstone staat het oude gesticht van de stad. Het is al jaren verlaten en wordt nu gesloopt. Maar dan verschijnen op de stoepen van verschillende huizen rare cadeautjes. Het verhaal achter elk cadeau is mysterieus en in staat om de ontvanger verschrikkelijke dingen te laten gebeuren. De enige manier om van deze verschrikking af te komen is te aanvaarden wat er is gebeurt in het verleden.
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Sridhar Babu
Jan 14, 2010 Sridhar Babu rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Sridhar by: read by e-book
though the first 2 parts are scary, and full of horrorifying events, other three are very boring and dull. John saul not only in this book, but in his other books, begins very well by mysteries and scary events, and in the end he confuses not only himself also the readers.
In this fiction...there is no climax at all...al the murders happening in this novel ends in a half boiled stage, without proper ending...the author never describes the deaths and mysterious events appening to each character...more
K.J. Pafford
My favorite work by John Saul. It has so much interesting pieces in play that you weren't sure what had just happened. True suspense at its finest.
Caroline
"The Blackstone Chronicles" was first published as a series. This versions brings the series together in one volume.
It is an enjoyable read. The Blackstonem Asylum is the focal point of the tale which sees the present mirror the past as evil rears it's ugly head.
Sandy
I truly enjoy John Saul's style and imagination. I was / am an avid Clive Barker fan and his mystery/thrillers are a hard act to follow - I was given a Joh Saul book; since then I've purchased several more.
This particular book was really neat – it was originally released as six separate publications; one a continuation of another but able to stand alone as well. The 6 stories back to back provide a very interesting tale about a small town, treatment of mental patients back when we weren’t so adv...more
Baldurian
Lessi per la prima volta questo libro circa 18 anni fa, in piena fase onnivora da narrativa horror (che belle notti!) e, stranamente, il giudizio su I misteri di Blackstone e John Saul è rimasto immutato. Saul è un onesto mestierante e i suoi romanzi hanno il pregio di farsi leggere facilmente. Tutto qui? Beh, con quello che ci ritroviamo in Italia e con certe ciofeche che arrivano dagli States non è certo un risultato da poco. Possiamo dire che Saul sta a King come Clark Ashton Smith sta a Love...more
Stacy Zelle
This came in a series of eight books.
Ashley M.
You know a book's bad when you start skimming words and whole pages just to get to the end. This was "inspired" by Stephen King's The Green Mile, at least the serial format was, but that's where the similarities end. John Saul has nothing in comparison to Stephen King. Trust me, if you want a book written in a serial format, read The Green Mile, King had greater control of his characters and gave a great depth to the plot, while Saul came up shallow and 1 dimensional. Not a book I'm going to pic...more
Chris
WHOA!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely incredible book! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad I wasn't reading this way back when, when you had to wait for the next story to be released!!!!!! I did that with the Green Mile and it was pure (delightful) torture! I would love to see more authors do these types of books. HIGHLY recommend you reading this, especially if you love horror and suspense!
Barbara ★
As serial novels go, I guess this was ok. But to me it was just a bunch of short stories (which I hate) that were connected because all the people lived in the same own. There isn't much of a story you can tell in 65 pages so the plot was thin, the characters not developed and the suspense forced. All in all, not his best work.
Kristin
Just read the book again and loved it. I really like the format of the book, it's basically 6 short stories which makes it a really quick read. I like the suspense and though the ending is a little predictable, it is interesting to read how each story intertwines with the others. Not my favorite by Saul, but still very good.
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John Saul was born in Pasadena, California on February 25, 1942, and grew up in Whittier where he graduated from Whittier High School in 1959. He attended several colleges—Antioch, in Ohio, Cerritos, in Norwalk, California, Montana State University and San Francisco State College, variously majoring in anthropology, liberal arts, and theater, but never obtaining a degree.
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