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The Burning Time

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  43 reviews
An ancient evil has come to Hastings Mills, and only one man can stop it.

Wherever The Stranger goes, evil follows. Wild dogs roam the fields. Townspeople turn on each other in murderous fury. Innocent women throw themselves off bridges. Swimmers disappear, victims of a deadly beast that haunts their waters. And the worst is still yet to come. The Stranger plans to open a g
Paperback, 274 pages
Published January 18th 2013 by JournalStone
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Carl Alves
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Burning Time is a supernatural thriller set in a small town in New York. In an otherwise normal, ho-hum kind of town a preacher of sorts comes to town, and when he does all hell breaks loose. People start to die in horrific fashion. Otherwise normal folk lose their mind. The town is on the verge of complete chaos until a travelling mage comes to counteract the stranger. He and his ancestors have battled the stranger before. After befriending a woman and her younger brother, he must do everyt ...more
Frank Errington
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Exceptional storytelling from J G. Faherty.

There's an unbearable heat wave embracing Hastings Mills in upstate New York. As if the heat wasn't enough stress on this small town of 15,000 there seems to be a spat of strange suicides, as well. All young women, all jumping from a bridge into the Allegheny below.

Faherty has filled this tale with a number of memorable characters. The new preacher in town, Reverend Cyrus Christian. Billy Ray Capshaw who returns to the town of his youth looki
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of horror, Lovecraft, Cthulhuian mythos
Recommended to Katy by: J.G. Faherty
Book Info: Genre: Horror; Lovecraftian Fiction; Cthulhuian mythos
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Lovecraft, horror, Cthulhu
Book Available: January 19, 2013
Trigger Warnings: Really? Lovecraftian fiction; do I really need to say any more? Okay, details: rape, murder, defilement of all that is right, dawning of the darkness, demons, creatures of the Elder Gods... Need I really go on? Not for the faint of heart.
Animal abuse: implied goat sacrifice, two single-sentence cat injuries with
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Won this from the Library Thing Early Reviewers and I was not disappointed. A great start to finish supernatural horror story with such life like characters. It was difficult to put the book down.
Robert Krone
NOTE: This review is from the paperback ARC of this title won through LibraryThing.

I haven't read anything from Lovecraft yet, but I am familiar with some of the basics, such as Cthulhu and the Elder Gods (though not the names), so I suspected the links with the first mention of Gods, which was then confirmed with the mention of Elder Gods and Cthulhu. Since I am not very familiar with them I cannot attest to how faithful he was with these things, so that will not play into how I rate this title
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Rant:

Excitingly twisted. I was horrified, mortified and completely surprised by The Burning Time. I really did not expect this book to be as good as it was. The Burning Time kept me at the edge of my seat the whole way through. The plot was amazingly written. The Author took the time to draw out the vivid details of the story, which kept me, the reader constantly wanting to read more knowing that I would be up all night doing so and would have to go to work so tired I could barely keep my ey
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, arc
Not really what I expected, but still very entertaining. The only issue I had was why Billy Capshaw was immune to the Stranger's influence while so many others were not. Considering all that could have gone wrong with this book, that's really nothing to hold a grudge for.

I was entertained from beginning to end, with only slight confusion when all characters were being introduced. After you got to know who everyone was, the story started moving. I think what I really liked was all the gore. At fi
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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Heather Faville
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I greatly enjoyed J.G. Faherty's Cemetery Club, so when the author approached me to read his latest I was rather excited and I was not let down.

The Burning Time starts out as somewhat of a mystery as the reader is introduced to several characters as they enter the town of Hastings Mills. The town's new priest Cyrus Christian, a young man known for causing a bit of mischief who once lived in Hastings Mills, Billy Ray Capshaw and the silver haired newcomer John Root. We also meet and get to know v
Feb 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
Disclosure: I was given this book for free as part of the ARC giveaway program.

I liked the concept behind this book. The problem though, is in the execution. This was not a well-written book. The good versus evil and Cthulhu mythos was a great concept. It's interesting to see how good battles against evil time and again.

There were many problems with pacing, time gaps, and other unbelievable aspects in the story though. Continuity is a continued problem throughout. For example, there is no real
Trixy Lemell
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Chapter by chapter the book became annoying and cliche. I just had to do a big eye roll at one chapter in which the officers get a call that a new comer into town was seen taking a boy to his hotel room and coming out 20 mins later. What is their first thought of this? "Do you think he's the one who has been killing all those young ladies?" (not an actual quote). WTF? He wasn't even in town when the first murder happened! AND, why would you suspect him of killing girls (teens and older it seems) ...more
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book made me think of Stephen King or Dean Koontz. In fact, Stephen King is mentioned once in the story, so I'm thinking the author must be a fan! This is a fairly short, intense, strange, and thrilling read! The book starts right off the bat with strange things happening and people dying, and it drew me right in!

I was a little confused at the beginning, but I was up to speed pretty quickly. I really enjoyed the MC, John Root, and also his eventual love interest, Danni, and her little broth
Elizabeth Biasotti
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read-wins
I got this book for free from LibraryThings Early Reviewer Program

This book is sorta similar to a modern day version of summoning Cthulhu, and only one man can stop it, but honestly I think that description makes the book sound way more awesome than the book actually is. The plot line was interesting, but extremely confusing, I didn't even understand what was the plot till almost half way through the book. For the fist have of the book, the writing is confusing because it switches POV to multipl
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
A story of good versus evil set against a small town backdrop, The Burning Time flows well with characters that you can root for and those you can despise with equal measure. For me the only negative was the spattering of Cthulhu mythos as there wasn’t enough of it to actually justify its inclusion. That aside, this is a fast paced read and Faherty excels at bringing his characters to life (in the case of Cyrus you’ll find yourself thankful he’s only make believe because he’s not someone you wou ...more
Lyle Hansen
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of horror the Burning Time didn't disappoint. I loved the main character Billy Capshaw and how he wanders into town to save the day. The book was a quick read of just a few days and it was filled with plenty of plot twists and non stop horror action. The author does a good job with vivid descriptions and the horror scenes are very graphic! This author reminded me of some of my favorite authors including Brian Keene and the great late Richard Laymon. I love darker books that keep ...more
Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've not read a huge amount from this specific genre. But after reading this, I want to read more. This book is fun and exciting. JG does a great job of keeping you wondering what's going to happen. You want to know what will, but you don't. It's a great read.

I love the characters. JG does a great job of creating an awesome character arc and storyline that surround them. You get really invested in them and what to see what JG is going to throw at them next.

The mixing of the myths in, add another
Brett Talley
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who has ever read Faherty's work knows that he is a real talent. I was delighted to receive an early copy of this novel, and I liked it so much I gave it the following endorsement.

"JG Faherty has delivered a fantastic novel that will delight fans of dark fiction. Horror drips from every page, and his mastery of folklore and the Cthulhu mythos adds an air of reality to THE BURNING TIME that’s impossible to ignore. I highly recommend it."

Great book, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did
Georgiann Hennelly
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A supernatural thriller - Good vs Evil set in a small town in New York. When a new preacher comes to town all Hell breaks loose. People begin to die.Normal people loose their minds. The town is on the edge of complete chaos until a traveling mage comes to town To confront the Evil He and his ancestors have battled the stranger before. If you like horror stories than i highly recommend you read this book
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
J.G. Faherty pens "The Burning Time" in an well written, exciting plot, with extremely well developed and interesting characters. This is one book that will hook you right from the start and won't let go until your finished. I loved how the author was able to keep me guessing throughout the book, which is a rare thing to do. Highly recommended for all adult readers.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Pj Jones
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a good book. I am a huge Stephen King fan, and this book had so many aspects of a King novel as to make me think that's what I was reading at times. The genre is a lot alike, except for the religious references. I was a bit confused at times because the storyline jumps so much from one POV to another, with no break in chapters.
Overall it was a good read, I did this in just a few hours. I enjoyed the concept.
Victoria Lee
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
As a fan of H. P. Lovecraft, I enjoyed the Cthulhu mythos in the book. The Burning Time was well paced, the main characters were interesting, and the story kept me engaged.
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
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David Watson
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Things aren't going well in Hastings Mills. The weather is unbearably hot, a man chased his wife through a street and beat her to death, women keep jumping off a bridge to their deaths and a husband who says he won't go to church is killed by his wife. Things started to change when two strangers arrived in town. One man, Reverend Cyrus Christian is collecting blood sacrifices to offer the Old Ones in his attempt to release Hell on Earth. Whatever town he goes to, evil reigns supreme and Hastings ...more
This review is part of JG Faherty's blog tour for The Burning Time.

My Rating: 3.5/5

When the Stranger comes to town, you should probably take off for parts unknown to him. When he comes to town, all the dark and chaotic energies in the universe come out to play. Wild dogs, tempers flaring to the extreme, sinister and senseless deaths. With the body count rising, and hell coming to fruition in Hastings Mill, it looks like there will be a burning time. Only one man has a chance at stopping it. Wit
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, ebook, horror
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Two strangers enter a small town, one is Evil disguised as a raving preacher, the other a drifter set on saving the town from the Evil. Both enter a battle of wills and magic to try to defeat the other while murder, rape and destruction are committed by people in town under the preacher's influence.

This is the third book I've read by the author and the first one that I didn't really like but hey, I didn't like
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it
The Burning Time presents the classic tale of good versus evil, as played out in small town America. Two strangers arrive around the same time that a string of young women from the town start committing suicide by jumping off a local bridge. One stranger is on the side of good, the other on the side of evil. Although ambiguous at first, it becomes clear pretty quickly in the book who is who. The violence in the town begins to escalate at a rapid pace, and is quite graphic at times. One could arg ...more
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it
“Fear the Stranger, people. He brings the fire that will burn your town to ashes.”

Two strangers have arrived in the town of Hastings Mills: the Reverend Cyrus Christian and John Root, itinerant collector of stories. One sows evil and the other seeks to oppose him. As hatreds seethe and passions erupt into violence, it seems the forces for good must surely be overmatched. Yet evil never understands the power of love and good may yet triumph in the end.

J.G. Faherty does a marvelous job describing
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was asked to read his latest work I was excited since paranormal thrillers are a favorite genre of mine. This one was particularly terrifying in it's descriptions of a person's capacity for evil and destruction. That being said it was also a great depiction of a good versus evil, one of the best I've read.

The "good" characters were strong in their depictions of humanity and the willingness to fight evil, and the "evil" character was just blessedly evil. I loved it! Probably my favorite aspec
Pam K.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received The Burning Time from Librarything for free, In return for an honest review.

Reverend Cyrus Christian is the vessel of evil. When he comes to the town of Hasting Mills, he rings an incredible heat wave which causes the citizen's to be easily aggravated and short tempered. His evil presence emanates through town causing normally good, kind people to do outrageous things in fits of rage.
John Root is on the side of good. He has been searching for the being inside the Reverend for many yea
I won "The Burning Time" through Library Thing early reviewers. "The Burning Time" by J.G. Faherty is a frightening read that is full of suspense. This book is about how two strangers come to the small town of Hastings Mills. One wants to destroy it and one wants to save it. The man who wants to destroy it is Cyrus Christian. He comes to town disguised as the new preacher. What this man preachers is not about God,it is about the old Gods. He wants to take over the town to cause chaos and destruc ...more
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JG Faherty is a Bram Stoker Award® and ITW Thriller Award nominee and the author of six novels, nine novellas, and more than 50 short stories. He writes adult and YA horror/sci-fi/fantasy, and his works range from quiet, dark suspense to over-the-top comic gruesomeness.

His novels and novellas, all of which are listed on Goodreads, include THE CURE, CARNIVAL OF FEAR, GHOSTS OF CORONADO BAY, CEMETE

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