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Horrorween by Al Sarrantonio
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Sep 21, 2009

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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 ever; & my favorite holiday.

Samhain here is an actual personification who makes solely a cameo but whose presence is definitely felt. There is a Psycho moment: a protagonist gets killed off very early... The bees and wasps declare that something is coming... there is not one obvious killer or monster...

I loved where this was going. Alas, something, perhaps publishing firms or the author himself, made this a less-than-stellar project. (It ends in anticlimax... it promises much but delivers only what the reader ultimately consoles himself with). Where much MUCH potential existed! Children hear voices (voices!!!!), and do some dark shape's bidding. A girl's philosophy on the Andromeda Galaxy, and its collision with ours, is SO ORIGINAL and poetic, like the Samhain constellation and its inherent effect on suburban serial killers like Michael Myers, and I myself ponder about it... constantly.

So this is a rare find: very readable and Hollywoodesque. But I declare: I have read way too many books with rotten endings lately.
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Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V. I would definitely steer clear of Stephen King for a while then. The man is the "master" of craptastic endings. Especially in his newer work.

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