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Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate-the Savoyard Plantation- and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk hav
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Hardcover, 357 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Ace Books (first published 2011)
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Noëlibrarian
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I began this book yesterday when I was supposed to be weeding, continued it when I was supposed to be making dinner, and finished it when I was supposed to be sleeping.

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.
Megan
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was ok

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
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Dirk Grobbelaar

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
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Sara
If Tennessee Williams wrote horror fiction this is what it would read like. "Those Across the River" is old school horror written by a poet. This is what I want every horror novel to be when I pick it up.

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
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Char
Those Across the River is my first Buehlman, but will not be my last. In fact, I downloaded another of his books just now.

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
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Sarah
May 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Richard
*Sigh* . This book had such great potential and loads of missed opportunities.

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
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Panagiotis
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Όταν τέλειωσα το Between two fires του Buehlman, είχα πει πως σίγουρα θα διαβάσω όλα του τα βιβλία. Τέτοιος ήταν ο ενθουσιασμός μου και τέτοια η βεβαιότητα πως είχα βρει έναν συγγραφέα που θα αγαπήσω. Που θα τον τοποθετήσω δίπλα στους άλλους δυο που έχω μέσα στην καρδιά μου. Είναι κρίσιμος ο αριθμός των αγαπημένων συγγραφέων: πρέπει να είναι αρκούντως μικρός για να δικαιολογεί τον τίτλο αυτής της ιεράρχησης. Πρέπει όμως να επιτρέπει στον αναγνώστη μια ασφάλεια πως σε μια εύλογη χρονική συχνότητα ...more
Ellen Gail
“But when I make a good [taxidermy] mount I feel like I beat God in a small way. As though the Almighty said, Let such critter be dead, and I said, 'Fuck You, he can still play the banjo.”

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
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jv poore
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ignorance is bliss. Sometimes, "because we've always done it" is the best answer. Some things are better left alone, even when they appear to defy logic. So, when a well-meaning couple move into a odd little town, to embark on a simpler life their efforts to be helpful have quite the opposite effect.

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
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Lou
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, july-read
Francis Nichols inherits a house and its possessions from his departed Aunt in Whitbrow. But this comes with a stark warning from her to sell the property and keep the money and not to live there. She warned him that bad blood lies in that dwelling and the place will smell out what's in you and claim you for it's own.
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
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Steven Walle
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent read. I recommend you do not read it at night, however.

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.
Diamo
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José
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-read, kindle
Podés encontrar esta y otras reseñas en mi blog.

Uno de los mejores libros que leí el año pasado fue el excelente Between Two Fires , escrito por Christopher Buehlman. Por eso este año me propuse leer sus demás trabajos siguiendo el orden de publicación, lo cual me llevó a leer este libro que fue su primera novela.

A primera vista parece ser la típica novela acerca de un pueblito siniestro con una leyenda oscura en el que ocurren cosas extrañas; sin embargo, la originalidad de este libro está
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Mike (the Paladin)
Now, read this carefully. When I put something under a spoiler tag it is a spoiler so if you don't want to know don't read it...okay?

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) 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
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Lena
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


"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
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John
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Those Across the River Review

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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
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AH
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow. The second half of this book was incredible.

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.

Then,
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Morgannah
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I first became interested in reading Christopher Buehlman's "Those Across The River" while reading "The Necromancer's House", also by Buehlman. I had such a great time with "The Necromancer's House" that I wanted more of the same.
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
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Jennifer
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this because I thoroughly enjoyed The Lesser Dead . I wasn't sure what was in store for me, I can say that I was very pleased. I loved the era the author took us to. It was this between place and time. A place I am unfamiliar with. I loved the history of it. It took to almost the end for me to realize what was happening, thinking back I can remember the subtle hints, but I was too caught up at the time to quite grasp them. I am not sure what this novel would be classified as, but I can sa ...more
Latasha
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, library-books
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.
Lastik
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lecturas-2018
un libro que recomiendo si os gustan las obras de terror clásico con toques actuales. Con un misterio y ambientación muy claustrofóbica que te atrapará desde el principio. Y esos continuos giros de tramas que no intuyes en ningún momento como acabará la obra hasta la misma última página hará que devores el libro. Y todo con algo tan sencillo como un misterio del bosque clásico^^

Más sobre mi opinión en la reseña del blog
https://almalectora.blogspot.com/2018...
aPriL does feral sometimes
‘Those Across the River’ has earned author Christopher Buehlman another excited fan!

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
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Katy
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy horror
Recommended to Katy by: netGalley
Shelves: ebook, net-galley
Please note: Read and reviewed in October 2011 from a copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
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Christian
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found it difficult to put this one down, owing largely to the strength of Buehlman's writing.

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
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Kelly Cochran Davis
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Oh, that was fun! I was lucky enough to have an advanced copy of this debut novel loaned to me. I am so glad it was, what a ride! I am a fast reader and I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything. So I took my time with the beginning half. I moved from North to South, I sweated, I loved, I laughed, and was disgusted by reminders of a time that is thankfully gone,but not always finished. Then things started getting really weird. Not just the "languid backwoods redneck" weird, but the "deeply di ...more
Melissa
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yikes
I've been meaning to get into more Buehlman ever since he rocked my socks off with Between Two Fires & I'm now going to kick myself for waiting so long to get on it at the same time as I hide under the covers with all the lights in the house blazing; my oh my, this book scared me silly! There are several criteria that must be met before a book that's read at night can graduate into the Yikes! category. First, I must be compelled while reading to check that the doors are locked. Second, I mus ...more
Chris Berko
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I almost gave up on this book. In the beginning I just wasn't feeling it. But then, oh my god, but then it began to pick up. After spending time making sure you get to know and care for the characters Mr Buehlman throws them into a maelstrom of depravity, violence and suffering. I was thoroughly impressed with the originality and subtlety in which the antagonists are presented; never cheesy, never clichéd, but while not new they are definitely freshly rendered. There were times I set the book as ...more
Anna Walls
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This creepy, atmospheric tale made perfect reading for rainy, late October nights. For some reason, I had thought I might be turned off by the post World War I time setting...you know, that it might seem old-fashioned and affected. But the author's skill with language and dialogue (which, owing to the time period and location does not match today's, and my own, standards of political correctness) really drew me in. There were at least two...no, make that three...scenes that really gave me the he ...more
John
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall - 4 stars
Story - 4 stars
Narration - 4.5 stars

This is new take on an old horror genre. It was a very good first novel and I enjoyed it very much.

The narration was very good, also. But the editing could have been better because, several times, half a word was cut off at the end of clips.
Richard Gazala
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
The roots of Christopher Buehlman's novel, "Those Across the River," are tangled inextricably in the classic Southern Gothic literary tradition. Emblematic of the best of the genre, Buehlman's writing is as elegant as it is powerful. Through deft choices of language, idiom, place and pace, he conveys well the cadence of life in the American South at a time the country teetered between the first and second World Wars, the Great Depression raged with seeming immortality, and the American Civil War ...more
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“But when I make a good [taxidermy] mount I feel like I beat God in a small way. As though the Almighty said, Let such critter be dead, and I said, 'Fuck You, he can still play the banjo.” 29 likes
“That was a mean thought, and not funny at all. I let it turn to sand and blow out of my head.” 4 likes
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