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Eel River brings an original, hippie commune angle to horror, furthering our commitment to offering the best in innovative dark fiction.
Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published December 19th 2013 by Morrigan Books
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Lisa Eckstein
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This book takes place in a northern California hippie community during the early 1970s. The author drew from her own childhood in choosing this setting, but the novel she created is a creepy, disturbing horror tale.

The story comes at us from the perspectives of the ten-year-old Princess, the Mom, and the Dad. The characters are never referred to by any names other than these, which suggests a fairy tale quality that is nicely subverted as events become both more earthy and more unearthly. Someth
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Kenneth Morrison
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Eel River refuses to be easily classified. It is that unique and interesting. I'm struggling to find the words to explain how much I enjoyed this book without giving away any details. As the first published novel of a writer who's been steadily making herself known in the anthology world, Eel River is tasked with the all too crucial job of telling a good story while showcasing the potential of the author. In both regards, it succeeds. I was hooked from the beginning and read the whole book in no ...more
Melani
Dec 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Basic horror subplot of new people coming to untouched land and finding an ancient evil. What makes it different is the setting, a hippy commune in northern CA. Knowing the author grew up in a similar situation it almost reads like a revenge story where she kills the people she grew up with.

I had a hard time liking any of the characters as the adults are so clueless as to be stupid and you can see the problems said cluelessness causes even without the supernatural element. Interesting story, an
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Cliff Winnig
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book in two days. I really connected to the characters and cared about their fates. The plot unfolded beautifully, so I always wanted to know what happened next, right up to the end. The setting is particularly vivid, quite evocative of time, place, and the hippy subculture.
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Shannon Page was born on Halloween night and raised without television on a back-to-the-land commune in California. Her work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Interzone, Fantasy, Black Static, Tor.com, and many anthologies. Books include Eel River; the collection Eastlick and Other Stories; Our Lady of the Islands, co-written with the late Jay Lake and named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 20 ...more

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