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Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge
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Oct 30, 2011

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bookshelves: halloween, horror
Read from October 29 to 30, 2011

Every Hallowe'en eve, a great pumpkin emerges from a less than sincere pumpkin patch. He is called "The October Boy", and you'd better drop your security blanket and RUN!
His empty, grinning head and vine-twisted body are stuffed full of candy, like a freaky, malevolent, PURE EVIL pinata. His goal is to make it to the town church by midnight, and you'd better not get in his way.

Like the denizens of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, the townsfolk do not understand why they willingly send their teenaged sons to battle this fearsome creature. It's just always been done.

This fun, fast-paced story unfolds almost in real time as the waning hours of All Hallow's Eve tick by, the mystery deepens and the body count grows.

A perfect read for the last day of October.
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