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The Girl on the Glider is Brian Keene's take on the traditional, old-fashioned ghost story. This might be Keene's most personal — and powerful — work to date. This book is a must-have for every Keene fan, along with fans of classic horror tales told with a new twist.
Hardcover, signed limited to 537 numbered copies, 101 pages
Published September 30th 2010 by Cemetery Dance Publications
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Kenneth McKinley
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, own-kindle
An autobiographical short-story that Keene serves up and let's us see a brief snippet of a painful and haunted period of his life. In what he describes as 99.9% true, Keene relives a painful period of his life where a car accident outside his house claims the life of a young girl. At first, the events haunt Brian as they mix with the personal turmoil that he was going through at the time. In the end, he learns a valuable lesson. The tale he recounts will cause the hair to stand up on the back of ...more
Bill
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear new manuscript that I’m typing on my laptop:
My name is Brian Keene and I am either losing my mind or I am being haunted.
Or both.


A four star ghost story with a five star autobiographical insight into Brian Keene’s writing process and his life as a “mid-list horror novelist.”
Jonathan Echevarria
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Brian Keene
The Girl on the Glider reads like part autobiography and part live journal. In the beginning of this novella the author goes on record to state that working on this helped him through some dark times in his life. At the time Brian Keene reveals that he was having problems with his health, his marriage, and his writing career. Like any talented individual who is passionate about a art, we sometimes use those talents as a outlet during difficult times. Sometimes it can pull us through whatever ...more
Glenn Rolfe
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
(It says hardcover edition, but I just finished the eBook)
Brian Keene has been one of my favorite authors since sometime in 2004 when I picked up The Rising. I loved each and every one of his Leisure Books titles and a number of his subsequent releases (Blood on the Page is an fantastic collection).

I've had The Girl on the Glider on my Kindle since the week I purchased my Kindle (way back in 2013). For one reason or another I never started it. Shame on me.

The Girl on the Glider is a fantastic
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Bark
Feb 23, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Price drop today, 8/14/15, Amazon US .99 cents for the Kindle.
Chris
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
This book is a five star for me. It might not be for you, I don't know.

I have been reading Brian Keene for a few years now. I have read about 90% of what is out there, minus any special editions. Certainly all of the main books. Also, even though I am not a fiction writer, I am fascinated by the process and the pain of being one. Through Goodreads I have even gotten to know a few very talented writers. I believe that a writer of fiction doesn't just create stories in his or her head and transfer
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Kaisersoze
An incredibly personal and (if you'll pardon the expression) haunting novella of a writer and his young family who may be experiencing proof of life after death following the tragic loss of a teenager in an accident at the front of their property. Keene has gone on record as stating most of this novella is true experience, and it really shows. There's a sincerity to the writing that I've not seen matched within the horror genre. For a guy who frequently describes himself (in real life and in ...more
Bill
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
This has been acknowledged by reviewers and by the author himself as Keene's best work.

Those of you looking for a horror novel are best suited to look elsewhere, as The Girl on the Glider is mostly an autobiographical tale which is also a ghost story.
There is the odd creepy moment in this, and it is a finely written story, but for the most part there wasn't a whole lot new for me.
Brian Keene started a horror podcast this year, and I listened to about 20 episodes. His podcast is highly personal,
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Shawn Thornton
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brian Keene battles some real demons in this excellent novela. Some times the pen really is mightier than the sword.
Kaddi
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed The Girl on the Glider, and as someone who regularly listens to Brian Keene's podcast it is easy to see that many aspects of this book are autobiographical. Perhaps this is why it carries such depth?
This is also a ghost story...although not a horror story. A very good book!
Angela Crawford
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it

From the Description:

Considered by many critics to be one of Brian Keene’s best works, The Girl on the Glider has been long out of print – until now!

The year is 2009, and the world’s financial and publishing sectors are in chaos. In the midst of this disarray, a burned-out horror writer finds himself haunted by a variety of ghosts, both real and metaphorical. And as the ghosts increase their attacks, his struggle to make a living quickly becomes a fight to hold on to his family – and his very
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Michael
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a personal book for Brian and can be for those of us who've been to that house, slept on his couch, and sat on the glider which was haunted. It's also personal because it's not told as a story. It's the author, Brian Keene, telling you what happened to him, his (now ex) wife, and their child. All the names are the same and from the events I can about guess when it all happened. I even found myself mentioned (and not killed...normally Brian kills his friends in his books).

The book is
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The Behrg
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Blurring the lines of fiction and non-fiction, Keene has created a quiet masterpiece with this short novella. Intellectually provocative and deceptively honest, this is the type of writing that's rarely achieved by an author, where the auteur's soul (almost) literally bleeds onto the page.

Touching upon the horrifying truths of every day life while balancing the scales with a supernatural ghost story, it would have been so easy to cast a character into this novella that would then tackle some of
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Nate
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I loved (and felt relief) when reading the following sentence early on in the narrative..."what I've written so far is nothing more than the incoherent, self-indulgent babblings of a madman."

That's exactly what I was thinking! And then Keene lays out the narrative like a master, bringing the reader along on a journey that is both highly believable and scary as hell. Every time I was afraid there was too much ego, Keene would bring the narrative home in a humbling way that smacks of the way life
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Stephanie Evelyn
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Horror Book Review: The Girl on the Glider by Brian Keene
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The Girl on the Glider is the first book I’ve read by Keene, and I am so glad it was. After reading this book, I honestly feel connected to Keene. That may sound creepy however the reader is literally looking into Keene’s diary and into his life.

The Girl on the Glider is a 99 page short and written in diary form with chapter titles named “Entry 1, Entry 2, etc.” So what’s the story about? Keene is a horror
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Jessica Eck
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Haunting

This is the first time I've read anything of Brian Keene and certainly not the last, although skipping through his other books it seems that the one seems to be an unusual topic for him.

"The Girl on the Glider" is a traditional ghost story in a modern setting and, so it seems, a very personal tale for the author. It has an autobiographic touch which makes it, together with the writing in diary style, very authentic. The author even explains how real events inspire his books.

If you're
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Mike Kazmierczak
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really like Brian Keene. Both the products of his writing and the person he presents to the public. I feel a connection to and affiliation with him. To a degree, I shouldn't really since from what I know of his life, we don't have that much in common from our younger lives. However, it's his ruminations over the last few years that has built my man crush for him. His concerns about life and friends and the world and death have struck a chord within me. They are all things about which I find ...more
Adam Wilson
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
THE GIRL ON THE GLIDER by BRIAN KEENE

Like a good novella is suppose to be, The Girl on the Glider is a short and sweet tale by mid-list horror author Brian Keene. The story is an interesting piece of metafiction presented in an epistolary style. I have found after reading over 20 of Keene's publications that a novella really is the correct dose of this author. His longer works tend to be plagued with terrible dialog and inconsistent writing but this novella is not only well-written but lacks
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Christopher
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brian-keene
This is a 4.5 star read every day of the week!

I love Brian Keene! I've read just about every damn thing he's written, and paid large sums of money for some of his rare hardcovers and limited editions, and yet this whopping $3.00 NOOK book is one of the best things he's written.

Without going into it, if you are looking for crazy zombie kills, giant worms, or shoot-outs against strange creatures in the middle of the woods, then go read some of Brian's other material. You'll find nothing like that
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Robert
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I know something's great when it inspires me to stop procrastinating and write. THE GIRL ON THE GLIDER did that for me. It's a different Brian Keene story than most readers are used to (sorry, no crazy monsters here), which makes me worried that many are going to dismiss this novella. They shouldn't. Not only is it creepy and thoughtful and intelligent (not to mention sweet), it's probably one of the best things Keene has written.
Thomas Cancglin
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Can’t pass by a housing development without laughing at its name anymore.

Absolutely wonderful novella, written in a very personal way that feels truly organic, as if the words just leaked from the author onto the paper because they needed to be there. I very much recommend the version containing the Afterword from the author, Brian Keene.
Joleen Gay
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

This was a great book, as one of Brian Keenes devoted fans, I loved it. I felt like I was able to get closer to knowing him, and parts of who he is. So glad he 're released this for kindle. Thank you again Brian Keene for helping me keep my mind busy yet again!
David
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what this story was going to be about, but picked it up purely because it it had Brian Keene's name on the cover.
It's actually a very solid ghost story, and it is told from a personal level. This is a really touching tale that will chill your soul. It deserves 5 stars.
Nick
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brian Keene's haunting meta-fictional account of his dealings with a ghost. A very creepy and emotional ghost story. Written through a series of journal entries the tension and dread build with each passage. A quick read that packs a serious punch in the end.
Russell Coy
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
A look into the life and psyche of Brian Keene. Short but devastating, as raw and soul-baring as anything Keene has ever written. Loved it.

Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
If you're a fan of Brian Keene then you absolutely must read this book. I loved the autobiographical touch to it but the 'ghost' story part of it is also very chilling!
David Church
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of the best novellas I have ever read. Rarely does a story make you want to reflect on your on life and how you are living it, but this does. Amazing Story!
Sjgomzi
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-list-2020
Wow! This will most assuredly be on my favorites list at the end of this year. I have no idea how many of the autobiographical/supernatural events occurring in this book are real, and how much of it is just Keene writing a great ghost story, but I couldn’t put it down, and it has accomplished what only the best stories can do-it has forced me to take a long hard look at my own life, to see so many of the same types of choices in regards to letting work take over, getting in the way of the things ...more
Daniel Keohane
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's been far too long since I've read a Keene story. He's got a natural, conversational narrative voice that brings you along in his fiction like an old friend, building suspense when needed and, like every great writer, doing so around a cast of fully fleshed out characters whom one grows to love, even the bad ones. Here, though, the cast is laden with actual people, Keene himself, his family and closest friends both in and outside the genre. The Girl on the Glider is a fine weaving of truth ...more
Chasity
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I liked this books alot. It was different from the other books I have read from this author and would make perfect since any one experiencing a "ghost story". He was straight forward another afraid to say "he'll yeah I was scared and you would be too."
If your looking to step into something that questions Your beliefs in whether there is an afterlife you should read this story. I'm forever an atheist but this story makes you think and feel fingers crawling all over your body.
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BRIAN KEENE writes novels, comic books, short fiction, and occasional journalism for money. He is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s current interest in zombies. Keene’s novels have ...more
“In real life, the monsters are the ones abducting and killing children or flying hijacked airplanes into skyscrapers or looting our treasury and sending our kids off to fight a bullshit war just so they can line their own pockets and the pockets of their corporate buddies or eradicating our Bill of Rights in the name of national security. Those are the real monsters.” 1 likes
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