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Mystery Walk

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,499 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
One talks to the dead. The other heals the living. Both must make the ... "Mystery Walk" From deep within the empty house of a murdered family, Billy Creekmore hears his name whispered... and is drawn inside. At a revival meeting in Alabama, Wayne Falconer demonstrates his miraculous healing powers... while demons feast and grow in his soul. On separate journeys through th ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Pocket Books (first published 1982)
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Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
“SATAN’S GOT YOU!” Falconer roared, the veins of his neck bulging. “That cloven-hoofed, horned, fork-tongued Devil has got you right in his clawwwwws”— he lifted his right hand into the air, contorting it into a claw and twisting as if ripping flesh from the bone—“ and he’s gonna squeeze you and mold you and make you like he isssss! … And if you’re a guest in Satan’s house and you like the dark, evil place, then you don’t belong here tonight!”

Evangelicalism is a major theme in this book.

In the
Horace Derwent
Early McCammon's are really insidious and macabre, so loving them!!
Paul O'Neill
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book by a fantastic author. I need to read more of his books and you do to :)

The closest you'll get to Stephen King. He even does some things better than the mighty one...

Each scream was seemingly louder than the one before, each one freezing his spine a little harder.
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review edited 10.14.13.

I am a HUGE Robert McCammon fan. Since his older works are all becoming available as e-books now, I'm trying to re-read everything of McCammon's that I read as a teenager. Lucky for me, these stories stand the test of time.

Mystery Walk is the story of two boys. One of Choctaw blood that can see and speak to the dead. The other, the son of a famous evangelist, can heal the sick. The stories of these boys on their way to manhood is fascinating. How they discover the gifts wh
Adam Light
What can I say about Robert McCammon? The man can write like just about no one else in the business. Boy's Life, Swan Song, Stinger? All certified classics in my opinion. Now Mystery Walk. Wow! This book sat on my shelf for years, just not calling to me at all. Probably something to do with the horrid cover art. It never asked me to read it. Not once. Then, I wanted to read one of his that I haven't gotten to yet, and this one won. I'm glad it did. This book is non-stop from the first chapter al ...more
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
McCammon's name drew me to this title far more than what I knew about the plot. I am wary of "supernatural" fiction i.e. anything that focuses on ghosts and spirits and what-not. If I'm going to read some horror fiction, I'd rather that the fantastic elements have teeth, claws, or at least the rotten flesh of the undead. Monsters are my thing, all the way.

Here, McCammon does offer up a monster of sorts, but he takes his time doing it while spinning a longish tale of a family that is touched by t
Miss Kim
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars

I do think if you are a big Stephen King fan, that you will enjoy McCammon as . McCammon writes... simpler? King has admitted him self that he has verbal diarrhea.

Do you love a great Good Vs. Evil story? This is a good one. I couldn't put it down for hours on the first day I picked it up, but then I lost my momentum for skipping reading for a week... I do not advise that!

This is a great read with a twist that I didn't see hit me in the forehead... awesome.

Tobin Elliott
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, horror, fiction
As I make my way through McCammon's novels, his growth as a writer is obvious. This is hands down his best book of the first five he's written.

Yes, it still has some irritants: The title for one thing. "Your mystery walk is not yet over." "He was not yet finished with his own mystery walk." Meh. The term sounds like some BS term a carnival barker...say, someone named Dr. Miracle, for example...would come up with.

There's also the fact that Dr. Miracle searched all over the state to find Billy, a
Nandakishore Varma
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I don't remember anything about this book, except that I enjoyed it tremendously at the time I read it. The story was no doubt good - but the main reason for my enjoyment was that I read it on the day I finished my engineering finals. I was no longer a student, but a professional! No more exams or practicals!! I stayed up to half-past four in the morning, reading it.
Tamora Pierce
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, horror
There are two boys/young men born with paranormal gifts. One is the son of a woman who puts down restless ghosts and demons at a cost to herself. She has Native American blood and the gift has come to her through her family line, along with the monster that hunts the people of her family, trying to get them to destroy themselves once they've begun their careers. The other boy is the grandson of a revival preacher, a healer who is terrified of the people he heals and of his power to heal them. He ...more
Jennifer ☼
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Mystery Walk has everything I love in a story: coming of age characters, good vs. evil, ghosts, suspense, scares... Like all of McCammon's works, Mystery Walk is a huge story I was able to lose myself in.
Brian Schwartz
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
In another step in his maturity as a writer, McCammon takes on theology, modern religion and prejudice and a character with grey motives and ideas.

McCammon does an excellent job in developing his protagonist and antagonist early. We learn that Billy Creekmore is a good person with nothing more than a desire to do what his right with the gift he’s been provided. Wayne Falconer is confused about his self-discovery because he feels ill-used and is unsure of himself. McCammon sets these two characte
Kevin Lucia
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely awesome. I can't say it enough, I love Robert McCammon's work - it beats with a heart and soul so much work is missing today....
Paul Nash
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Great story, fast paced and highly enjoyable. 4 stars.
Well then.

I have a feeling that this probably wasn't the best of McCammon's books to start with... or, at least I hope that's the case. I was less than impressed with this one for much of the time it took to get through it, and while I guess it was interesting enough (as in I was interested enough to continue on and see what happened), I didn't really ever feel invested in the story or the characters.

Perhaps it was the fact that I listened to this as an audiobook, a recording from tape circa 1
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This book has been around for ages, I know because I've glanced over the cover probably a thousand times. Always the same cover, a dark sky with a strange feline-esque face shrieking out of it. Having never heard of McCammon until recently I'd glance at the cover and shake my head assuming the book was more over-hyped badly written horror. Magically this book, whose cover had turned me off for so many years, appeared on my shelf, so out of morbid curiosity I began to read. By the following eveni ...more
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The only other McCammon story I have read other than this one was Swan Song. I thought it was amazing. I should have read this one first. It was really good but I kept comparing it to Swan Song and it fell a little short.

It was a standard issue good vs evil story with a slight twist. Nothing really new here but the writing draws you in. In my limited experience with his writing, I've found he's able to keep you reading 'just one more chapter' better than most authors I've read. The story reminds
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I love the way McCammon builds layers to his characters. I thought it was interesting how Billy received the gift of truth from his parents, especially his mother...and the other twin was not ever necessarily told the truth. The lack of truth seemed to greatly effect their lives, especially at the end. Billy wanted nothing more than to be truthful and compassionate, I'm not so sure about his brother. I think all the lies and misguided truths left him so confused. I wa ...more
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Boy -- I really WANTED to like this book...

To me, Robert McCammon is a hidden treasure -- a less known, less formulaic, and more lyrical version of Dean Koontz. Given the relative quality of these two writers, I always wondered why their relative fame wasn't reversed.

But this one just didn't deliver for me. As in a number of his previous books, MYSTERY WALK takes place in the deep south, in an era -- the 50's and 60's -- that McCammon clearly knows and cherishes. But this book just didn't gener
Benjamin Thomas
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
After reading Speaks the Nightbird, an historical novel, I had decided to take the plunge and try a McCammon horror novel. This one isn't usually mentioned in his top tier horror novels but I had it on my shelf so I dived in. As expected, this one is a darn good novel (for any genre, with great multi-dimensional characters, nice settings, and well-thought out plot. I'm now greatly looking forward to more of his work.
Kelly Truelove
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, paranormal
This book was phenomenal! It chronicles a boy, Billy, who inherits his mother's ability to lay souls to rest and tendency for premonition. Their journey, steeped in Native American tradition, is called a "mystery walk." A second character, Wayne, whose relationship is revealed later in the story, has a similar ability but uses this ability to increase offerings to his father's church. Both suffer from recurring nightmares and question both their purpose and place in the world. Wayne doesn't know ...more
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Robert McCammon is a master storyteller. It doesn't seem to matter that his books are ginormous ... they're always so engaging that the length is inconsequential. At least, that's been my experience with his books so far. The characters he creates are SO real that they just come alive on the page. Mystery Walk tells the story of two boys who are inexplicably drawn to each other by an unknown (preternatural) force. The novel details their lives and their encounters with each other along the way. ...more
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
I usually enjoy McCammon, but not this time. Could be because it's dated. Could be because I had a Pentecostal upbringing and Wayne's Bible-thumping, healing preacher character gave me unpleasant flashbacks to 1980s revival tent meetings. I did actually slog through nearly to the end, before I decided to stop wasting my precious reading time. So, there it sits, under my bedside table. Only one or two more chapters left to go. And I think I'm okay with that.
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's been awhile since I read a good horror story, so I was pleased to find myself immersed in this one. The characters were fairly well-developed and the premise was good. No surprises, but still a well-told tale.
Dhen Dhen
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This is not the horror story I was looking for. XD
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Billy Creekmore has inherited an unexpected trait from his mother: the ability to communicate with revenants. This special gift causes fear and misunderstandings in his small rural hometown. To complicate matters, his mother and he have drawn the ire of a famous evangelist whose own son purportedly possesses the power to cure the sick and disabled. Thus begins a fight between the powers of good and evil, powers that reside in each and every one of us.
Liam Green
Like all other McCammon books I've read thus far, MYSTERY WALK uses a genre convention - the medium facing off with ghosts and demons - to approach a sociocultural issue - in this case racism and the corruption of megachurches. It also reads fast as hell, because he has a rare gift for combining pace with poetry.

Not the best McCammon novel, and the ending is almost a bit too neatly resolved, but I can see why those choices were made. So, don't make Mystery Walk the first book you check out by t
Tom Morse
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had a blast reading this one. It was ridiculous and absurd, but it really flew and was exceptionally fun. It's easy to discount the fun factor, there was so much to like here. Damn good light read.
C. Lorion
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baal (1978), Bethany's Sin (1980), Night Boat (1980), They Thirst (1981). Those are the first four published novels of Robert R McCammon. Of them, I've read only They Thirst, and that was way back during my junior high school days. I don't remember where I bought the paperback (probably at the local Book Corner store), but I do remember seeing the incredible, embossed book cover They Thirst by Robert McCammon and thinking, "Man, I have got to read this." I did. Let's just say that it's not today's vampire novel. As far as i ...more
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cartaceo
“La via oscura” è un romanzone horror scritto dall’autore americano Robert McCammon. E’ disponibile in Italia, insieme a tante altre opere dello stesso scrittore, grazie alla casa editrice Gargoyle, che nel 2008 ne ha realizzato una nuova edizione; in realtà il romanzo risale agli anni ’80, e credo che la cosa si noti abbastanza durante la lettura.
Molti considerano il suo lavoro una sorta di via di mezzo fra le tematiche e lo stile di Stephen King, e le atmosfere e i personaggi cari ai romanzi d
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Robert Rick McCammon was a full-time horror writer for many years. After taking a hiatus for his family, he returned to writing with an interest in historical fiction.

The sixth book in his Matthew Corbett historical fiction series, Freedom of the Mask, was published in May 2016.

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