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Hallows Eve (Orangefield #2)

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  156 ratings  ·  20 reviews
A cemetery with ghosts rising like screaming tendrils of smoke from their graves...
• Trick or Treaters whose goblin features are real, not costumes...
• An army of Pumpkin Men...
• They're all here and more, waiting for Corrie Phaeder to come home...

Corrie Phaeder has spent the last twelve years in Los Angeles — at the age of thirty he's a successful photographer of famous p
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Hardcover, signed limited to 750 unnumbered copies, 240 pages
Published October 30th 2005 by Cemetery Dance Publications (first published October 1st 2004)
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Jeff O'Brien
A decent sequel to be read like a b-movie is to be watched. If you try to take talking pumpkinmen seriously, you might be disappointed. Nothing groundbreaking here, just a quick and fun read. Things got a bit whacky toward the end, but I found I liked the balls the author had to go places small-town horror stories aren't expected to go.

I liked the first book better, and am now about to embark on book three.
Kirstin
I have absolutely no interest in finishing this one.
John Bruni
To be honest, I went into this one a bit negatively. I'm kind of tired of the small-town-during-Halloween stories. They're so ubiquitous that they run together. They're almost always the same. They use the same formula. It's a bit of a bore. However, I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. While it does use the same formula (up until the end), there is enough different about it to keep my interest. There was one thing in particular that I enjoyed, because it runs so contrary to any kind ...more
Randolph Carter
Worse than mediocre "Halloween" novel about the end of the world. The characters are so two dimensional and the dialog so wooden we never end up caring about anyone and consequently never invested in their outcome. The action however is totally berserk from the first page with monsters, murderous possessed persons, venomous insect swarms, and poltergeists making appearances at regular and frequent intervals. Somehow Sarrantonio manages the brilliant feat of making none of it the least bit creepy ...more
Jarrod Scarbrough
I find it hard to pin down just how I feel about this one. It wasn't a bad story, and I can say that it kept me going all the way through, but it wasn't outstanding in plot or characters either. If you want a fun, slightly spooky Halloween read, this might be just what you need!
Kelly
**Although it is a sequel in what appears to be developing into a series, you will have no trouble should you decide to start with this book first.

So, [eyeing the scarecrow cover] we meet again. Do you ever get the feeling you’ve been here before and done this? ‘Cause we have you know. Too many times to count and really, why bother? The point is that although we’ve already seen the sights at Bitch Lane and Moan Avenue, we must revisit. Why? Simply to help out all the authors out there who are i
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Kevin Fitzsimmons
This is a very uneven novel. I have read in other sources that this is the second book in a series. Having said that, I wish I had read the prior novel first because as a stand alone Hallows Eve is problematic.

The biggest issue I had with the novel is the set-up. Fairly quickly into the novel we are introduced to supernatural elements of a major order. No creaking doors here, but major supernatural events and personages. The problem is that there is no set up to allow the reader to suspend disb
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Rick
This was a really fun book that bordered more on dark fantasy than true
horror. There were plenty of scenes that made you afraid for the characters, but not as many that made you genuinely afraid for yourself or just plain creeped out. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading the author's other works. It was a great concept, and I really loved how the author built the history of the town, making it feel like a real place. My only complaints are minor quibbles -- constantly re
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D. Martin
The only real issue I had with Hallows Eve was the ending. Not the event of the ending or the resolution to the horrific events of the novel, but the rushed feeling of the ending. Honestly, I felt like I was only half way through the story when the final act started, and I thought this story would've been better served as a longer tale that expanded on ... well, I don't want to give anything away.

I did throroughly enjoy the read, and I'm going to give Mr. Sarrantonio the benefit of the doubt and
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Chris
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Jan
This book was just not my thing. The good was the development of the atmosphere and Detective Grant. I feel that the plot was fairly uninspired and the characters were only saved from obscurity by the artistic talents of Narrator Jack.
Personally glad that this was a gift and not a wasted credit for me.
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
All Hallow's Eve isn't anything new -- it's a twist on an old theme, concentrating too much on the practices of Halloween (which has been beaten to death already), while showing all it's cards up front. The villians are introduced way too fast, there's not enough mystery remaining, the characters aren't really latched on to, and the ending wasn't anything overly powerful. Still, All Hallow's Eve isn't too bad...it kept me reading, and that's saying something. If a novel is genuinely bad, I usual ...more
Lindsey
strange book...

but i needed a story set in Texas, for my Book Crawl Challenge and just couldn't make myself read a sexy cowboy book ...it felt too obvious

next quarter, i 'll need a Wyoming book and there's always Brokeback Mountain, if just have tip my hat at cowboys

to be completely honest, Hallow's Eve was set in the town of Orangefield - no state ever listed for sure. but thanks to google, i found a city with that name in Texas and i just plugged it in there, where i needed it to be.

(even if
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Rockdash
It wasn't intensely boring, just really poorly written. One dimensional characters, stilted dialog, big jumps in the plot without explaination.

I'm keeping it because it has a cool cover.
Dan C.
I usually like a good trashy horror novel, but this book was not scary. Sarrantonio did a good job of setting the scene - his descriptions of Orangefield and the autumn days and evenings were superb, but the narrative was not convincing and the characters were pretty much cardboard cutouts without a lot of development. I know that you shouldn't expect fine art from books like this, but I still think that there needs to be a story, not a bunch of plot points cobbled together into a novel.
carolyn
Nothing at all what I anticipated. This book was pretty much a let down for me. Nothing creepy or chilling about it. It was more on the basis of the authors own mythology. I mean really how can cardboard cutouts really be scary to anyone? This is the type of things that are supposed to be chilling and scarey? I don't think so. Besides, a lot of the (what I think is important) information was left out and not even explained; like why was Corrie in a wheelchair when he was young?
Kilgallen
This started out as a horror but ended as something closer to fantasy. Being a fan of both these genres made it an intresting read for me but I can see where horror fans could be disappointed. Likewise, because the book is presented as horror there are some fantasy fans who are missing out on a decent read. A strange little read but worth the time.
Angie crosby
Good Fast Paced Book. The Desciptive Parts Though Not Prevalant Were Enough. Suspenseful And Hard To Put Down. Definatly Horror Genre, Not For Anyone Who Scares Easily. I Would Read It Again And Recommend It. It Was About A Town That At Halloween Time Experiences Strange Things, Specifically It Is About The Events Surrounding One Specific Halloween.
Jenn
There were always strange happenings in the small town of Orangefield. Corrie and Reggie(young girl) have been chosen by Samhain to enter the wegh station between our world and the next. Corrie sacrificed himself to save Reggie and the world and finally joined his mother.
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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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