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Gardens of Night

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  76 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
GARDENS OF NIGHT is the extraordinary new novel by Greg F. Gifune.

Recovering from a violent trauma, Marcus Banyon comes to perceive a different reality. Has he suffered a psychotic break as his doctors suggest? Or have his eyes been opened to forces long hidden from the rest of humanity? As he and his wife retreat to an isolated cabin, Marc's visions lead them to an ancie
Paperback, 196 pages
Published October 31st 2010 by Uninvited Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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May 30, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
Greg Gifune has long been one of my favorites simply because his stuff is uniquely his own. Intelligently written horror, blending psychological with the supernatural.

In GARDENS OF NIGHT, Gifune presents his most personal story, about Marc Banyon, who, after suffering a horrible event with his young wife, Brooke, decides a getaway with an old friend is just the thing to settle his shattered psyche.

But he would be wrong. Marc begins to see and experience things that cannot be, and soon begins to
May 20, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it
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Dec 24, 2010 Arne rated it it was amazing
Probably the only book that almost brought tears to my eyes that I can remember reading in the past 5 years.
This slowly brooding and terrifying tale of a man deeper descending into psychosis is at once scary, horrifying ( with a couple of disturbing scenes of hardcore horror thrown in - although don't expect this author to delve as far into the gross-outs as a Lee, Jacob or Curran) , surrealistic and sublimely beautiful.
All of the characters in this book become people of flesh and blood. The ha
Disappointing tale from Gifune. Starts out with much promise but ends up meandering off into a confusing, often incomprehensible direction. Gifune explores the same themes as he has in the past, primarily good and evil and lost souls trying to find their way, but it just seems overworked and tired here. Too much imagery chokes the life out of the story and keeps it from ever gaining enough momentum to carry it to a satisfying ending. It's certainly well-written and has style, but in the end it j ...more
Tim Niland
May 21, 2011 Tim Niland rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Gardens of the Night is a haunting and melancholy work of psychological horror that strikes a deep nerve in the reader's psyche. Marc and Brooke, a married couple are survivors of a brutal home invasion and sexual assault that has left Marc particularly damaged. Drifting out of hospitals and mental institutions, he hears sounds and voices that haunt his dreams and lead him to believe that the world is far more complex and dangerous than we imagine. At the urging of his wife and friend, the three ...more
William M.
Jun 29, 2011 William M. rated it liked it
Shelves: horror

I was a big fan of Greg F. Gifune's "Children Of Chaos", but this new book had me underwhelmed. I thought the characters were complex and engaging, but after the first 70 or so pages, things began to deteriorate. The thoughtful and poetic writing soon bordered on the pretentious. Author Gifune began to throw in abstract images, dreams, and random, repetitive voices to the extent that I was not the least bit scared and stopped caring about the characters he so finely crafted in the f
Shedrick Pittman-Hassett
Oct 09, 2012 Shedrick Pittman-Hassett rated it really liked it
From my blog:

Still recovering traumatic incident of seemingly random violence, Marc Banyon, along with his wife and best friend, travel to a secluded cabin in the New England woods to relax and forget their troubles for a time. But while there, Marc experiences violent and perverse visions of three women who hold his destiny in their hands and call to him to complete the cycle that he began in his home on that fateful day. What is real and unreal, vision and reality
Randolph Carter
Apr 18, 2014 Randolph Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fiction, owned
Gifune is just so damn good. This reminded me of some of the best of Ramsey Campbell and also Stephen King's The Dead Zone. A real page turner I read it in two sittings. The melancholy ending really left me sort of down.

Highly recommended.
aPriL does feral sometimes
Wishful thinking by a mad Literature reader who discovers a world of powerful darkness within himself. Is it a head injury? Is it complete insanity, caused by unbearable losses? Or is it he has stepped into the veiled portal invisible to most of us until tragedy rips the veils aside? Strong atmospheric language laced with the poison of horror and despair, this is not the book for depressives. However, it will expose the mythmaking process of a human mind in distress and provide a window into the ...more
Gary Taylor
Feb 18, 2015 Gary Taylor rated it it was amazing
Quite a philosophical musing on horror and god,creation and destruction.It doesn't read as a religious horror novel,although the power of belief is certainly below the surface.
I suppose the final act of this novel is open to differing interpretations.I am satisfied with my interpretation.
Martin Rose
Apr 05, 2011 Martin Rose rated it liked it
Well written. Spare language used to maximum effect. Symbolism and mythos are richly explored. I reviewed this for Shroud Blog.
Mar 22, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing
This is one that sticks with you as do most of Gifunes novels . Great atmosphere,very dark,psychological,and very human. Only Gifune can do this. A must read.
Dustin Pendleton
Jun 21, 2016 Dustin Pendleton rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Greg Gifune is a fine writer, and I've yet to read anything of his that hasn't left a lasting impression on me. Sadly, Gardens of Night didn't quite work for me. Marcus and Brooke Banyon are a couple attempting to overcome a devastating 'event.' What happened has left them both traumatized, though Marc more so. Following the incident, Marc suffered a complete mental collapse. His will be the longest road to recovery. Maybe due to his medications, or maybe due to the trauma having allowe
Rebecca McNutt
Feb 15, 2016 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing
Gardens of Night is an incredible roller-coaster ride through a horrific scenario. Is the main character mentally ill, or has he become a contact between ordinary humans and the paranormal?
Marianne Reid
Jan 30, 2016 Marianne Reid rated it it was amazing
This book was riveting. It really disturbed me (in a good way). After I finished it, I read the last few pages again, stared off into space for a few minutes, and immediately went online to find out how other readers processed this work. More people need to read it!! Just devastating.
Paul Jr.
Oct 29, 2011 Paul Jr. rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
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Uninvited Books
Mar 24, 2015 Uninvited Books rated it it was amazing
We're VERY pleased with the critical response to this book.

“This is dark fiction as it is meant to be written.”
~ Literary Mayhem

“An eerie, disturbing tale of violence and redemption.”
~ Shroud Magazine

“Suspense builds and builds until you’ll practically be climbing the wall.”
~ Nights & Weekends

“Works on so many levels and Gifune succeeds brilliantly on all of them.”
~ Horror World

~ Tomb of Dark Delights
A good work of horror with hypnotic prose and engaging characters. Still, I couldn't help but think I was reading a short story that was artificially lengthened into a novella. There's no reason this story couldn't be told in 20 pages.
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Called "One of the best writers of his generation" by both the Roswell Literary Review and author Brian Keene, Greg F. Gifune is the author of numerous short stories, several novels and two short story collections. His work has been published in a wide range of magazines and anthologies all over the world, and has recently garnered interest from Hollywood. His novels include The Bleeding Season, D ...more
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