Ghost Road Blues
From a new master of horror comes an apocalyptic showdown between the residents of a secluded, rural town and the deadly evil that confronts them wherever they turn . . .
Evil Doesn't Die
The cozy little town of Pine Deep buried the horrors of its past a long time ago. Thirty years have gone by since the darkness descen...more
Part of the problem was the narrator. His voice was gravelly and deep and it suited some of the characters but it grated on me. Sorry but it’s true. It’s a personal thing and I know this. You may love his manly voice but it didn’t do it for me. His female voices were nothing short of atrocious and unnatural and I am not apologizing for ...more
And then two sets of bone-white hands arched over the slat rails on the wagon and seized him by the shoulders and the collar and dragged him screaming into the darkness.
These, the opening lines of Ghost Road Blues, more or less set the tone for the rest of the novel. It’s a bit of a doozy, actually. Maberry juggles a number of different horror conventions here, both supernatural and natural. All of these converge on a single ...more
This is a dark atmospheric supernatural thriller. I can see why Maberry was awarded the Bram Stoker award for this, he's a great writer really immerses you in the blood pulsing thrill, a real page-turner. The story plays out like an episode of Supernatural. I am hooked, line and sinker!
He's developed a really good protagonist and characters like The ...more
And I always liked October and Halloween and Friday 13ths. This year there even is a Friday 13th in October which makes me especially happy. I can't tell you exactly why. The day isn't any more special, as an atheist I don't really believe in magic (unless we're talking about the magic of ...more
Given the epilogue, there is no question that this book solved absolutely none of the conflicts presented. It is the first part of a trilogy and cannot stand alone as its own book. So I am forced to purchase the others to read to gain even one iota of closure. This is a pet peeve of mine because a book's gotta be damn good for me to invest my time in its sequels.
Fortunately, this on ...more
Although this novel was very good, and well-written, I have to put in in the 'liked fairly well' as opposed to 'loved or really liked' category.
Let's talk about the stuff that didn't quite work for me:
*I think that this story depends a bit too ...more
Or is it simply the desire to see evil as plain as day, to root for the underdogs, to gather up all the misfits and see all the jerks and the ultraviolent assholes of the world get their comeuppance?
Maybe a bit of both.
Fortunately, there's a lot of bigger-than-life characters in this small town and the good guys are good pretty ...more
The women like to faint and scream, and the men like to either beat the women or be the prince charming protector (Depending on whether they're a good guy or not, and trust me, it's easy to tell--because e ...more
That's a really good thing, because Ghost Road Blues was pretty good.
In fact, through most of this novel, I was very jacked about this guy.
I had been looking over my to-read list in the hopes of finding something to satisfy my October horror cravings. Not only did it deliver, but it was also set around Halloween. Perfect!
For most of this novel, Maberry drives forth with ...more
Thirty years ago, the small town of Pine Deep was victimized by a serial killer in what became known as the Black Harvest. A bunch of redneck cops killed the man they believed responsible, an itinerant black guitar-player known only as "the Bone Man," but in fact the Bone ...more
Jonathan Maberry uses a vibrant cast of characters and a ...more
This was 95% domestic/general violence and suspense with 5% supernatural Boo! That five percent is a promise that if you read the next eleven hundred pages there will be more good Boo!
I'm going to pass.
*Update* If you as well were disappointed in this book I would highly recommend Gilchrist: A Novel instead.
My review of ...more
A Dead Werewolf Serial Killer turning Vampire into an Evil Swamps and his Evil Servants.
Armed Killers arriving in town after shooting their drug dealer rivals.
A nerd kid full of fantasy with a tragic prophecy on his blood beaten and abused by his stepfather.
A former cop with an alcoholist past.
A mayor and the ghost of his killed sister suggesting him to join her.
Spooky pre-halloween atmosphere in a small Pennsylvania town. (hide spoiler)]
Lots of things in this first book ...more
Well, wwell, well... murder in a small town. Kinda cliche' isn't it? I mean everyone writes about it, and it gives a good story. I think Mr. Maberry writing it, makes it a great story. A nice twist on small town murder and mayhem. It is about the darkness. The evil that resides there. The devil down the street that everyone pretends is not there. People willing to live in a cocoon and pretend everything is all right. We will cover it up, ignore it and .... it will go away? No, no; evil ...more
Well I can...sorry folks. If you like this I'm as always happy you found a book or books you like. For me this hit several of my hot buttons for dislike and finally pushed me completely away.
First this is for the majority of the book more a crime story with superna ...more
Maberry writes with pace and the chapters are short enough to keep you turning pages. The characters are well developed and the action is suspenseful. The question is whether this first instalment of a three book series does enough to get the reader to read the second book.
Well, I'm not exactly rushing to th ...more
This book does not have an ending. Not really. I mean, it's not a cliffhanger, per se, but it's not a self contained story, either. This is one of those trilogies which is really just one story broken into three parts. If you read this book, and you want actual closure/cconclusion, you will have to read the entire trilogy.
This pisses me off.
I was, at one point in the book, considering bumping this up to 3 stars, but that was entirely contingent on the ending. It loo ...more
30 years ago, an evil presence was killed, but was not properly disposed of and now it’s coming back…with a vengeance. Every day it is gaining strength and gathering souls and soon it will bring its retribution down on the town of Pine Deep.
There is a lot going on in this one - ancient evil, dark family secrets, betrayal, and murder, just to name a few. I had no clue what I was getting into with this one. (Actually thought it w ...more
Pine Deep is the most haunted town in America. Known for its Haunted Hayrides and Halloween gift shops, it is a town made for October. Yet, every town has a past and buried deep within Pine Deep, there lies a darkness.
Jonathan Mab ...more
The story itself is pretty skittish to start with, and I was not sure what was going on or who ...more
This is my second Maberry novel, Patient Zero being the first that I read. I really enjoyed this one, and felt like I was there bearing witness to the horror and the killings. This is a first rate atmospheric horror.
This is a supernatural thriller that is twisted with a serial killer on the run, a former Police Officer Good Guy, mixed up in a scary backwoods town, and then scored entirely with guitar strumming old time blues music. Put all those things together and then you get the fee ...more
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