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Horrorween (Orangefield #1)

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  106 ratings  ·  13 reviews
For untold ages a dark presence has shrouded the small town of Orangefield. In addition to the plentiful pumpkins that gave the town its name. Orangefield is home to the dreaded Lord of Death himself, Samhain. Despite the rumors of his existence,and rare, brief sightings Samhain has long been content to leave the local inhabitants alone. But that is about to change.... Whe...more
Mass Market, 324 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Leisure Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Barks & Bites
I snatched this book out of my tbr pile thinking it was going to be a spooky tale about a town plagued by the "Lord of Death" and creepy pumpkins. Who can pass up creepy pumpkins? What it really was, however, was a hastily slapped together book containing three loosely related novellas that had previously been printed elsewhere. This would've been lovely if I were looking to read a collection of ho-hum poorly researched novellas. But the blurb led me to believe this was a complete novel and it w...more
Carmen K
Feb 17, 2008 Carmen K rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carmen by: gothamgirl
This is part of a series. Isn't every book anymore? It centers around a town that really goes overboard with the Halloween stuff. It's a quick a read and in the horror genre. I did not find it particularly scary, although it is entertaining enough that I'm reading another in the series. If you are looking for a quick horror read with a Halloween theme, you might want to check this book out.
Randolph Carter
Not a bad book overall. Obviously partially a hack job of trying to connect three independent stories, "Hornets," "Pumpkin Boy," and "Orangefield" into a coherent novel. Hornets and Orangefield are pretty good but Pumpkin Boy is pretty bad.
Melissa Helwig
I actually started reading this book last Halloween but never finished it. I guess that shows you what I thought of this novel. Actually, the first two parts of Horrorween are interesting, but the last part is pretty dull.

Al Sarrantonio wrote a series of books about Halloween, Samhain and a fictional town called Orangefield. The first was Halloweenland and the second was Hallows Eve. This is the third and is comprised of three novellas instead of being a full-length novel like the first two. The...more
I read the back cover... and found that this book was replete of my all-time-favorite themes and images. Suburbia... curses... harvest-time... homecomings... killer children. I got hooked. Well, Halloween IS my favorite movie; my favorite holiday.

Samhain here is an actual personification who makes a cameo but whose presence is definitely felt. There is a Psycho moment: a protagonist gets killed very early off... Bees and wasps declare something is coming... there is not one obvious killer or mon...more
Sean McBride
I didn't have crazy high expectations for this one and I didn't get let down. I was looking for a nice halloween story to get me in the mood and it seemed like the perfect book, however I'm starting to get really annoyed at te jacket sleeves of books. This book was cut into two vignettes and then a longer cohesive story line, the dust jacket covered one of the vignettes, using characters and plot lines which weren't pertinent to the book. Seriously why lie? It was still a good, quick read for wh...more
once again, a leisure horror book of the month club book is merely cobbled together from several shorter stories/novellas, none of which really have anything to do with the others, other than a rather poor attempt at tying them all together with references to a character or two.

perhaps the book was not done any favors by me having watched the terrific, pulp-fiction-storytelling-styled trick r treat last night, which was loaded with all of the orange and black glee that this book only strives for...more
3 1/2 stars I ripped through this novel and really enjoyed it up until the end. However, the end was anticlimatic and left every question unanswered. I would certainly try another novel by him, but I would want a stronger ending.
This book was pretty good. I had it my archive since halloween in 2012 and figured lets read it. It was a quick read for me that was easy to get into the characters, the town and way of life. It was spooky especially if you let your mind run with it. Makes you wonder who is in control if you are mentally getting challenged by something that brings your subconscious real and you battle with good and bad. It doesn't have to be halloween for that. Anyway , if you over look the spelling errors and g...more
3 1/2 stars. Consisting of 3 stories about the town of Orangefield, this is a fairly good Halloween book. The last and longest story is the best although the first one about Hornets kept me very interested. The stories are sort of linked together by references to each other and a police detective named Grant. The writing style draws you in and I would have rather just had the last story in a longer version. They do have an old time horror feel, which I like. It does not rely on just grossing you...more
Rating: 4.5 stars

So, I've had this book since Halloween of 2011, but I never really got around to reading it until now. I really wish I had read it sooner. It was a bit slow to begin with, sure, and it did have a few problems, but overall I found myself really getting caught up in it and blazed through it within a few days, once I got going. I just really thought it was an interesting concept, and a well-written one to boot, and I'd really recommend it.
S.D. Hintz
Pretty good horror novel and an even better read for Halloween.
My only criticism is that it ends for a sequel, which seemed to be a bit of a cop out ending.
Of course I'm sure I'll end up buying the sequel. :)
despite other reviews I really enjoyed this book. apparently, it is a collection of short stories put together to make a novel but I thought each story weaved into the next section really well.
Kurt Criscione
Very entertaining and a quick read, did it in a single day.
fun book - different stories that meld together
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Al Sarrantonio (born May 25, 1952, in New York City) is an American horror and science fiction author who has published, over the past thirty years, more than forty books and sixty short stories. He has also edited numerous anthologies and has been called “a master anthologist” by Booklist.

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