Those Across the River
At 3 o'clock this morning, I had a terrible nightmare in which someone was eating my feet, and I woke up and tucked my feet firmly under the sheet and was certain that I couldn't fall back to sleep, but I was too scared to stay awake.
I slept horribly, just as Mr. Buehlman intended, the lousy bastard.
When they question the apparently illogical practice of farmers sending pigs, as offerings, across the river; while times are so tough that the meat of those pigs could sustain several families in t ...more
Oh, we fell in love! And Eudora looks like a Sphinx. She is Sphinx-like. Like a Sphinx, she is. And we sweat! It is so hot that we sweat, and we make love a lot. Like, A LOT. LOTS. And we get sweaty. Like the sweaty Negroes. There are Negroes about and sometimes I suck up to the Negroes, and sometimes the Negroes make me feel awkward. And sometimes, kinda racist. While I sweat with my sexy sphinx-like Eudora. And The Great War messed me up, and The States War messed everybody up, and there is a ...more
By and by I slept.
And, alas, I dreamed.
A singularly lyrical and beautifully written debut novel that creeps right up on you.
It will be dark soon.
The story burns slowly for the first half of the book, but it manages to create an almost unbearable amount of tension. Those Across The River just drips with atmosphere. The author works with a standard horror convention here, but by cleverly introducing elements of the Southern Gothic and setting his story in the 1930s, when memories of both the Amer ...more
I recently got a new phone that came with some fancy earbuds, so I decided to head over to Overdrive and check out an audio from my library, so I could try them out. I saw this book available and remembered that my friend Tressa had just recommended me a book by this author a few days previous. I downloaded Those Across the River knowing nothing about it, and I think that ...more
Haunted by a scandalous past Frank Nichols and his beloved wife Eudora have arrived in Whitford, Georgia, where Frank is hoping to revive his nearly decimated academic career by writing a book about his ancestors who once owned a large plantation in the town. Whitford has a great many secrets a ...more
It follows a couple, Frank and Eudora, moving to a small town in the Depression-era South. Frank has inherited a house and land that stretches back generations and he travels there to write what he hopes to be a bestseller about the violent history of his great grandfather's slave plantation that lies in the mysterious woods across the river. Soon, after arriving, the town is terrorized by...dunh dunh dunh! Those Acr ...more
If you’re looking for the werewolf equivalent of ‘Salem’s Lot, brothers and sisters, look no goddamn further. Christopher Buelhman’s got you covered, fam!
Every good monster story has one thing in common: the monster is not the point of the story. Christopher Buehlman, thankfully, understands this. The strength of this amazing debut novel is the cast of characters, as well as ...more
Creepy, unexpectedly funny, and all around a great read.
Look. The woods are fucking scary.
And what's deep in the woods, across the river? Well. That's even scarier.
Christopher Buehlman does a great job of atmosphere. The dread, the southern heat, the creeping badness is all super present. He takes a caring an ...more
"WHEN NIGHT CAME DOWN on Whitbrow it came down hard. It came down like an army that had been waiting for the chance to sack and plunder the roost of its ancient foe."
I think I'm going to have to read everything Christopher Buehlman writes. This is horror the way I like it: old monsters in new worlds, well constructed plots, and a shocking lack of pity for his characters or even his readers.
Frank and Eudora are disgraced Yankee educators who made the questionable choice to move down to small ...more
Something insidious is gathering attention from across the river. One by one people go missing and turn up dead. This story is a good old chiller of an intriguing tale of something ...more
This book is about a man who is haunted by dreams of the war and his wife move down to Georgia where the small town of Witblow stops a long running tradition of "Chacing the Pigs." As soon as this happens, all hell breaks loose. There are scarey things which live in the rhelm between belief and disbelief.
I would recommend this to a mature audience.
Strong language and explisit descriptions of sex
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
I see a lot of 5 star ratings here. okay I'm happy for you if you liked the book that much. I wasn't all that "chuffed" with it. For me it seems just another (view spoiler)[ werewolf (hide spoiler)] book.
We start out with a somewhat slow build up in a "kind of" typical horror story opening. Our protagonist inherits a house and is warned not to live there...but does ...more
wow! i still love this book so much! the story is so good and Mark Bramhall is phenomenal!! he does so, so, so good reading and with all the accents. this is still my #1 favorite audio book 2 years later.
this is my favorite audiobook ever. I'm not saying what its about. read the description but do no read any reviews. This book surprised me so much and I loved it.
Those Across the River is the kind of book that seems to sneak up on you. At first, you are reading about a small depression era town in the south. Everything has a slow motion kind of feel about it, on account of the oppressive heat. At times, the narrative gets bogged down with a lot of the small town stuff. While it does slow the story down, it captures the essence of a small town, the poverty, the racism, and the lack of anything to do.
John Michael Decker
The year is 1935. Frank Nichols, a former history professor from Chicago, has moved to the quaint little town of Whitbrow, Georgia with his paramour Eudora. Frank’s intention is to write a book chronicling the history of his ancestor, an infamous Civil War general. But Whitbrow is a town with many dark secrets. Secrets which threaten to erode not only Frank and Eudora’s newfound happiness, but their belief in a rational world as well. There is so ...more
Buehlman's narrative voice is particularly strong for the vast majority of the work. Southern Gothic elements are painstakingly woven into the narrative in Faulkner-come-O'Connor fashion. The narrator's jibes concerning Southern culture and religion are well played, a bit snarky without becoming preachy, and his casual racism is spot-on for the era -- especially with its attendant, subsumed guilt. Once ...more
"Those woods aren't friendly . . . "
The historically set story started out promising, and had enough history given to get my attention immediately. I really enjoyed the "local legends", but felt that overall the story was just progressing too slowly for the first 3/4. I love some suspense, but I think ...more
I did not get more of the same with "Those Across The River", I got better!
The story, set in the post-WWI, Depression-era South has all the elements of a hypnotic Gothic thriller. There is a small southern town with a creepy plantation and an evil entity of unknown ori ...more
I loved this book! But if I describe too much of what the book was about, gentle reader, I might spoil it! Although I do see lots of reviews which explain how the plot falls out, I strongly urge you to not read too many reviews, including mine! The most pertinent issue for readers is the genre of the book - horror. The horror begins late in the book, but when it starts, sensitive readers will probably recoil. The ...more
My Synopsis: Frank Nichols had carried on an affair with Eudora Lehman for two years before her husband discovered them. Disgraced and blacklisted, Frank has been unable to find another job in a University, but, in what appears to be a great stroke of luck, he inherits a house from his late mother’s sister. She warns him to just sell the house – to not move down to Georgia – but he d ...more
I am agog. This book knocked me sideways, and not so much with the plot— which is awesome, by the way— as with the words, and the way he told this story, and the characters in its pages. Just when I thought the southern lit I’ve read lately was disappearing up its own ass, here is how to do a distinct voice that is clear and sharp and so thoroughly FUN while thoroughly creeping me out. Nothing creeps me out. This book creeped me out. I’m tickled pink.
Buehlman is a serious, serious talent. I wan...more
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