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

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  4,107 Ratings  ·  166 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.
Kindle Edition, 542 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1997)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Feb 01, 2013 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, wife-books
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
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In the small town of Blackstone, there sits a hill.
On this hill, an abandoned building rests.

Blackstone Asylum has sit dormant for decades.
Having closed down, It sits almost like an eyesore.

Plans are sit into motion to tear the old building down.
The replacement building will be a brand new and modern shopping center. Pretty spiffy.

Plans are delayed when a problem occurs with the funding for the project.

That's when the gifts begin to arrive.

Like the old asylum, these gif
Nov 12, 2010 Bandit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nora Nix
Sep 13, 2013 Nora Nix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 19, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dec 19, 2007 Dana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i've read lots of his books. The serial concept totally messed him up. Take my Stephen Kings instead.
An abandoned asylum. A mysterious person. Cursed objects. Mayhem ensues.

6 short thrillers that are very well written
Aug 14, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-library
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
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
Sep 13, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cathrine Bonham
Oct 05, 2009 Cathrine Bonham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 15, 2015 Anthony rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The first story "An eye for an eye: the doll" was very well written and my thought was its only going to get better as I read deeper into the story but that was not the case. It just seemed to fall off with bad writing, was very repetitive and easily predictable. I was pondering if I would have read the originally published serial format maybe I would have a different opinion.
Lacie Walters
Oct 24, 2012 Lacie Walters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 17, 2012 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 02, 2016 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this. That's all I can say.
Jul 05, 2012 Alondra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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.
Mar 09, 2017 Casciato rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So there I am, looking at what's available for download from the library. "Huh, John Saul ... sounds vaguely familiar? Besteller, I see. Premise sounds okay." I'm in! Ten minutes after downloading it, I remember why the name sounds familiar. Some fifteen years before, in an airport bookstore, I had the same Saul experience! A different book, but the same basic premise -- vague name recognition, note he's a best seller, basic premise sounds fine. I bought it. I read it. And, while I didn't hate i ...more
Feb 28, 2017 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
For me to make a run through 500-something pages in 3 days is pretty unusual, and while a lengthy power outage, and a cold that kept me up nights, had something to do with that - I want my pace to represent how this was a fun read for me.

I've wondered about some of the short-format printing options trending, and while this serial was planned to mirror the publication of Green Mile (Stephen King) - and the two of them reflected a much older approach to publishing (that Dickens used, among others)
Jan 11, 2013 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
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.
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
Robb Bridson
Jul 28, 2013 Robb Bridson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brian Schwartz
Sep 16, 2012 Brian Schwartz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Saul did much better than King at serializing because each of Saul's books stood alone as a story where The Green Mile was a continuous story told in installments. Saul -- unlike King -- seldom writes postscripts to his novels. At the end of Blackstone, he describes how he developed the idea of serialization after King's success and the assistance King provided him in publishing over a six month period. Writing serialized books is a challenge because the first part of the story is already in the ...more
Feb 23, 2016 Hailey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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May 06, 2010 Sarina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 22, 2008 Marie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 27, 2014 Monika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carla Maria
Apr 10, 2012 Carla Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Steve Chaput
Dec 03, 2014 Steve Chaput rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saul never disappoints and this serialized story has all the elements you expect from him. Dark deeds, likable characters and bits of humor. It's easy to tell that Saul was having a good time with this story and not just going through the motions.

The town of Blackstone has long been literally in the shadow of the abandoned asylum that stands atop the hill. A strange evil seems to have awakened and the events that took place long ago are beginning to effect the current inhabitants. Someone must d
Sridhar Babu
Jan 14, 2010 Sridhar Babu rated it it was ok  ·  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 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
Oct 21, 2015 Magnús rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ég las þessar bækur veturinn '96/'97 þegar ég var á heimavist FSu á Selfossi. Sagan kom út í 6 minni heftum, líkt og The Green Mile serían eftir Stephen King. Bækurnar komu út á mánaðar fresti, sú síðasta kom ekki fyrr en í júní '97 (eftir óþreyjufulla bið). Skemmtilegt format á útgáfu, sem ég hefði viljað sjá meira notað.
Sagan er ágæt og afar spennandi. John Saul hefur gott hald á hryllingnum. Líklega myndi ég samt gefa henni 3 stjörnur í dag, en 18 ára ég myndi ekki fyrirgefa það.
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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.
After leaving college, he
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Other Books in the Series

Blackstone Chronicles (6 books)
  • An Eye for an Eye: The Doll (Blackstone Chronicles, #1)
  • Twist of Fate: The Locket (The Blackstone Chronicles, #2)
  • Ashes to Ashes:  The Dragon's Flame (Blackstone Chronicles, #3)
  • In the Shadow of Evil: The Handkerchief (Blackstone Chronicles, #4)
  • Day of Reckoning: The Stereoscope (Blackstone Chronicles, #5)
  • Asylum (Blackstone Chronicles, #6)

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