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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.
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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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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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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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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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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Sarah
May 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Edward Lorn
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.95 out of 5 stars. I deducted .05 points for some awkward phrasing throughout, but other than that, this book is perfect.

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
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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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Lena
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"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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Lou
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: july-read, arc
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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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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Latasha
2nd listen- 6/2019
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.
Tom Mathews
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of good horror
Whitbrow is a forgotten backwater Georgia town in a forgotten backwater time. The time is 1935, back when Huey Long was assassinated on the statehouse steps in Baton Rouge. But few people remember such things anymore. None of the houses and precious few of the businesses in Whitbrow have power, and the hardware store owner moonlights as the Sheriff. None of the local residents ventures over the river to where the ruins of an old plantation are said to lie, a plantation whose owner was so evil th ...more
Shaina
Well, there wasn’t much actual werewolf. The mystery was interesting. I had it figured out thanks to the clues. The end was odd and I just felt kinda meh.
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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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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Marie
Bad news - this book is doing nothing for me so laying it down as I just cannot seem to get into it right now. It drags in spots. I want something with a little more action and that keeps my attention. I literally keep falling asleep while reading it, so what does that tell you? Also I am not leaving any stars on it as if I don't finish a book it is not getting starred. Maybe somewhere down the road I will give it another try, but for now it is going on my dnf shelf.
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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Kimberly
THOSE ACROSS THE RIVER is the first book I have read by author Christopher Buehlman. The year is 1935, and veteran Frank Nichols and his "wife", Eudora, move to the small Georgia town of Witbrow.

"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
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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
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
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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Cujo
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Depression Era couple moves to an inherited property in the south for a fresh start following a series of unfortunate events. The family member who wills the property doesn't seem to keen on her kin living there, but they move there anyway and hilarity ensues.... Actually, no it doesn't. The town seems off. And not just back woods, Deliverance off, but "Strange Things are afoot at the Circle K" off. The town has weird beliefs, and a weird tradition that is anything but kosher. Failure to abide ...more
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
Jamie

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

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