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Black and Orange (Black & Orange #1)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  255 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
Forget everything you know about Halloween. The stories are distortions. They were created to keep the Church of Midnight hidden from the world. Every October 31st a gateway opens to a hostile land of sacrificial magic and chaos. Since the beginning of civilization the Church of Midnight has attempted to open the gateway and unite with its other half, the Church of Morning ...more
Paperback, 422 pages
Published by Bad Moon Books (first published March 12th 2011)
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Oct 08, 2015 Melki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, halloween
Two worlds, two churches. Midnight and Morning. Black and Orange.

Martin and Theresa are Nomads and have been for almost twenty years. Every Halloween they try to keep the Church of Midnight from sacrificing the Heart of the Harvest. Every time they fail, the gateway to the other world is weakened.

Things slip through.

That premise sounds great and I was really looking forward to this one. Groan! The action alternates between the Nomads - interesting, and the Church - annoying and dull. There was
This is a multi-story narrative that blends fantasy and horror in the tradition of Clive Barker, while at the same time producing a wild mythos of its own. Despite the contradiction, it's a Halloween novel that isn't a Halloween novel.
He has crafted together a very different style of horror novel, which oozes with originality and imagination and he has created an genre of his own here. The pages of this story took my attention as its an intelligent and complex horror novel. The talk of domains a
Benjamin Ethridge
Jan 10, 2011 Benjamin Ethridge rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: halloween
My book, so I guess five stars is to make me feel good about myself. Haha. Please let me know what you think though!
Apr 29, 2012 Lyssa rated it it was ok
I won this book in a giveaway.
I have to admit I was pretty disappointed. I opened Black and Orange, expecting a horror story, and instead found something else. The plot flipped between several sets of characters. Two represented good, and most of the others, evil. The "good" characters were mediocre and boring. I couldn't find it in me to care that they were the only ones capable of stopping the world's inevitable doom. The "evil" characters were even worse. They were all petty and consumed wit
Rick F.
Feb 16, 2011 Rick F. rated it it was amazing
A book to savor for its spine-chilling prose and plot- so original-so unique- I dare you to start reading Black & Orange by Benjamin Kane Ethridge and even try to put it down until the last brilliant page!!
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Oh. My. God.

I will never look at Halloween the same again.
This is a great novel. I order you to read this.
Ginger Nuts
Feb 24, 2011 Ginger Nuts rated it it was amazing
Shelves: halloween
Forget everything you know about Halloween. The stories are distortions. They were created to keep the Church of Midnight hidden from the world. Every October 31st a gateway opens to a hostile land of sacrificial magic and chaos. Since the beginning of civilization the Church of Midnight has attempted to open the gateway and unite with its other half, the Church of Morning. Each year they’ve come closer, waiting for the ideal sacrifice to open the gateway permanently.

Tasked with protecting the
Oct 07, 2011 Gar rated it liked it
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Brian Matthews
Sep 25, 2012 Brian Matthews rated it it was amazing
Benjamin Kane Ethridge's novel, "Black and Orange", won the Bram Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in a First Novel (along with Lisa Morton's excellent novel, "Castle of Los Angeles")in 2010. Not surprisingly, the award was well deserved. "Black and Orange" is beautifully written, vividly imaginative, and stocked with characters you will not soon forget. For me, reading this novel was a true joy.

Halloween is approaching. The time of the Harvest is near. And the gateway--a barrier that pre
Oct 31, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A descriptive horror that will blow you away. Pulling things from such genre books that I can't even begin to descript and explain you will be as shocked as I was with this horror. It was a pleasant twist and turn into the genre that gave me a breath of life that I needed. I love horror writers such as the infamous Stephen King and to say things were like that is a far stretch. I'm pleased to say that Benjamin Kane Etheridge has stepped into the world and made a name all for himself.

All you kno
Feb 08, 2011 Miriam marked it as to-read

The library system (which doesn't actually have the book) describes this as [Subject : Desserts].
Somehow I'm doubtful...
Feb 15, 2011 Brenna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, favorites
I have such a soft spot for horror novels. I tend to devour any I can get my hands on, but there's nothing I like less than one that's all about cramming as many descriptions of disgusting things as possible that has no imagination. Black & Orange is not a cookie cutter novel. In fact, it is one of the most imaginative books I have read in a long, long time.

Ethridge immediately draws you into his vision of Halloween, one that's not about trick-or-treaters and party-goers with too much black
Jun 08, 2011 Willow rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, apocalypse
I enjoyed this. I don’t think I’ve read a good horror novel in a long time. Not only is the book imaginative and dark, it’s very fast paced too. During the last half of the book, I could barely set the dang thing down, and I kept dreaming about vicious pumpkin people with sharp teeth in a dark world.

At first, I was worried I wasn’t going to like most of the characters, but the more I read, the fonder of them I became. In fact, I even became intrigued about the bad guys (which there are tons of
Jamie Wasserman
Jan 24, 2011 Jamie Wasserman rated it it was amazing
Black and Orange is one of the most imaginative books I've ever read. This book chronicles the ultimate conflict of good versus evil and is populated with rich, fully drawn characters. The language is tight and simple which belies the heavy themes this debut novel tackles. There are some genuine laugh out loud moments and some painful ones as well. There are moments of horror, pain, and redemption and plenty of surprises. A few scenes may be too intense for the younger readers but any adult fan ...more
Sep 25, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it
This was a great Halloween time read! Original take on the Halloween mythos and very entertaining. The characters were well developed and the story drew me into its world. I recommend this one for an October novel to get you in the mood for the season. Very good!
Oct 02, 2011 Tanya rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, fantasy, kindle
Pretty slow to start (like the first half). I waffled between 3 and 4 stars. Settled on 4 because this is definitely memorable. The Archbishop was probably my favorite (quirky). I'll have orange and black visions swimming through my head for a while.
Emily Rose
Mar 16, 2011 Emily Rose marked it as to-read
those are my favorite colors!
Scott Harris
Apr 02, 2013 Scott Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, lendable
Slow at first but after the 50% mark it really picked up and was a great read. It was like a scarry Halloween acid trip.
Jim Rattenni
May 16, 2012 Jim Rattenni is currently reading it
im now on chapter 11 and so far its an amazing book i would recommend the book to all my friends still reading but again im really into this book, love it
Gary Ethridge
Jun 27, 2011 Gary Ethridge rated it it was amazing
Shelves: halloween
I would have loved this book even if it wasn't written by my son. Ben has outdone himself with a classic horror story that begs for a sequel.
Apr 02, 2013 Pamela rated it it was amazing
A different kind of Halloween horror novel. Puts me in mind of the Stephen King Gunslinger series.
Kevin Lucia
Solid debut, solid prose.
Jul 13, 2011 Heavensent1 rated it really liked it
Black & Orange is a supernatural thriller.

Martin and Theresa are Nomads, protectors of "The Heart" and members of The Church of Morning. They fight on the side of good against the evil Church of Midnight.

Theresa is a middle-aged woman who has been diagnosed with cancer. She is tough as nails, loves to smoke clove cigarettes and is sometimes companion of Martin.

Martin is in his mid-thirties, impatient, frustrated and often messes things up, as in the case of the last Heart they were sworn t
Leslie (Working for the Mandroid)
This isn't a bad book. It just wasn't for me. Far too graphic and uncomfortable for my taste.

Read the full review at Working for the Mandroid

From the moment Black & Orange opens, the book jumps right into action and rarely slows down. Even the Nomads, who are supposed to wait around in a cheap motel for a few days until the Hearts of the Harvest are delivered to them, manage to make a compelling story while also demonstrating their power and building three dimensional characters out of Teres
Frank Errington
May 16, 2013 Frank Errington rated it really liked it
Benjamin Kane Etheridge has created an amazingly complex mythos for Black & Orange. There's the Church of Midnight, a mysterious organization whose goal is to unite with the Church of Morning located in the Old Domain, a place separate from the real world and filled with horrors.

Each Halloween there is a temporary opening between worlds and there are forces at work to make the opening permanent and another group whose goal it is to keep it closed.

To keep the portal closed is the job of two N
Oct 12, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it
I found this one in one of my Goodreads groups, just in time for Halloween. Black and Orange is Ethridge's first novel, and a very original one at that.

Black and Orange's basic plot is that every Halloween, the world's destruction as we know it and the staving off of the world's destruction are in the hands of two groups of incredibly damaged people. The ones wearing the white hats in the story are the Nomads, people with links to another dimension. Every Halloween, The Church of Morning (The
Apr 21, 2012 Sandie rated it really liked it
It is almost October 31st, the high holy day of the Church Of Morning and The Church Of Midnight. Separated for eons by the gateway between two worlds, this day is the sole chance each year to push the gateway open and reunite the churches into an one entity that can control all universes.

In order to force the gateway open and have it remain so, each year a Heart is chosen. The sacrifice of the Heart makes the gateway easier to open; October 31st is the day of the Hunt. But there are opposing fo
Alan Baxter
This book had heaps of potential, but far too many flaws. It's excellently written, and the central idea surrounding the real reason behind Halloween is really interesting. There's so much good stuff here, it could have been a great novel, but failed on several fronts.

Without giving too much away, there's a huge lack of explanation that's really needed to fully appreciate the story - what's the Old Domain? Why are the Churches of Midnight and Morning always against each other? Why are there only
Nov 10, 2011 MarytheBookLover rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
My Opinion:
I really enjoyed this book. I was captivated by it but, I wouldn’t say that this was a fast page turner. You had to pay attention. It made me enjoy the book. I was completely taken in by Teresa and Martin. They worked great as a team and you felt like you wanted to help them fight. Martin and Teresa are nomads or wanderers that have to prepare for a fight of good vs. evil every Halloween. What’s at stake is humanity. There is a church called the Church of Midnight that wants to open a
I had a hard time getting through this book. I couldn't get my head around the setting and couldn't care about any of the characters. There's even a touch of magic that seemed out of place.

It was modern times but then you have two power structures fighting for control over the Portal. Portal to where? And what is the Old Domain? I'm assuming we're in the New Domain?
The two power structures were the Church of Midnight and the Church of Morning. A bunch of Bishops, Archbishops, Priestesses... I'm
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Benjamin Kane Ethridge is the Bram Stoker Award winning author of the occult fantasy novel BLACK & ORANGE. He also wrote a master's thesis entitled, "CAUSES OF UNEASE: The Rhetoric of Horror Fiction and Film." Available in an ivory tower near you. Ben lives in Southern California. When he isn't writing, reading, videogaming, he's figuring out ways to keep from writing.
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