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Firefly Rain

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  343 ratings  ·  86 reviews
A riveting supernatural mystery like you've never read before.

The prodigal son leaves the big city to return to his dearly departed parent's house in North Carolina only to find, now that he's home, that something is trying to make damn sure he stays there--even if it means burying him out back.

In a small town with dark secrets, one man struggles to find a way out before t
Paperback, 375 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Wizards of the Coast Discoveries (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jan 16, 2008 rated it did not like it
Maybe it's me... but this book did nothing for me. It seemed like it was trying to be a lot like Stephen King, but never quite got up to speed; I ended up as confused as the hero, who never quite got what was going on until the very, very end (and even then I'm not sure either of us understood). This seems more like "homage to" derivative writing than anyone with a really new, creative idea.
William Bentrim
Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firefly Rain by Richard Dansky

I was a bit annoyed to discover that I was second guessed on the cover of the book. I thought that Dansky had a style reminiscent of Pat Conroy and sure enough there was a note on the cover comparing him to Conroy and Stephen King. I think that is an accurate comparison.

The story is of a homecoming that has a decidedly twisted turn. Jacob returns home after some business reverses. He finds that he doesn’t quite fit in the small town lifestyle as well as he once did
May 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody on earth
Shelves: 2010, horror
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Laura de Leon
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy, fiction
Firefly Rain was the creepiest book I've read in a while, and I mean that in a good way!

A quote on the back cover refers to this book as horror, but this isn't what I think of when I see that label.

The novel has a very gothic feel, with mysterious happenings, a spooky house, a young protagonist at a crossroads in his life (although I tend to think of gothic novels as featuring women), and even a little romance (key to the plot, although not to the storytelling).

The book examines what it mean to
Nicholas Kaufmann
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Dansky's first non-tie-in novel is ostensibly the tale of a young man who returns from the big city of Boston to find his rural, isolated childhood home haunted, the real stars of FIREFLY RAIN are the setting and the voice. Maryfield, North Carolina comes alive in these pages. I could feel the humidity, see the storm-laden sky, smell the must of the old town library, and practically hear the fresh mud squelch under Jacob Logan's boots. The sense of place in this novel is effortlessly an ...more
Paul Weiss
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, horror
Not your average haunted house!

Jacob Logan is drawing a deep mental breath and trying to use a change of pace to gather his thoughts and restore some peace, calm and order to his life. Five years after his mother died and with a business venture in Boston having just failed, Logan returns to small town Mayfield, North Carolina to take up residence in his childhood home. But a series of inexplicable events overtake him and it's clear that nobody is happy about Logan's return to a town and a lifes
Lissa Notreallywolf
The book has been shelved as ya because I thought it was written at an accessible level. It's hard to like a book when you don't really like the main character much, but the author doesn't want you to like Joshua Logan much. And the family home he returns to seems to be a well rendered symphony of discordance. Unfortunately the marital situation seeped into the relationship or lack thereof with the boy who grew up to a man not much connected to anything. There is also the occult notion that our ...more
Gino Alfonso
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book, a new voice in horror. I found this book a bit late, published in 2008 but this is what horror needs, the originality. The imagery was haunting and reminded me of The Twilight Zone and the tension of The Omen and The Exorcist. Well done Mr. Dansky. Can't wait for another one.
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After a business bust in Boston, the protagonist Jacob Logan reluctantly returns home to North Carolina. He stays at the house he grew up and his parents’ grave is at the back. Although it should feel like home, it’s far from that. It’s spooky and doesn’t make a lot of sense.
First, upon Jacob’s arrival, his belongings go missing in a highway accident. Then his car is stolen from his driveway, without making a sound. The townspeople seem suspicious and the caretake
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Right off the bat I will tell you that I read FIREFLY RAIN by Richard Dansky in one sitting. I never meant to, but once I turned the first page, the rest followed rather quickly. Not only was the writing style easy to follow and pleasant, the story was compelling; always developing new twists and turns to keep the reader hooked.

Jacob Logan is a failed businessman, having lost heart in the business that kept him away from home. Having first left for college, Jacob felt drawn away from home and s
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
I'm not usually a reader of this sort of book, sci-fi being my main genre of reading, but I picked this up while browsing one of my local shops. I couldn't tell you what drew me to it - maybe the title, maybe the cover, maybe even the synopsis - but I just wanted to read it once I saw it. It's nice to have a change every now and then, and Firefly Rain hit that craving I needed for something a little different, and made Richard Dansky an author I'll be reading again.

Jacob Logan returns to Marylan
Kathy Jackson
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: ghosts

When Jacob left home for a new life, he pretty much forgot all about Maryfield, North Carolina. But Maryfield never forgot him. Or forgave him.

After a failed business venture in Boston, Jacob Logan comes back to the small Southern town of his childhood and takes up residence in the isolated house he grew up in. Here, the air is still. The nights are black. And his parents are buried close by. It should feel like home—but something is terribly wrong.

Jacob loses all his belongings in a h
Sandy Benitez
When I bought this book, I hadn't realized it was published back in 2008, oh well. It actually took me about 8 days rather than the usual 3-4 days to finish reading this book, maybe because I forced myself to continue reading it after losing interest within the first few chapters. The story was slow going and seemed to just drag along; the conversation was dull and dry. It took me a while to get a hang of the southern slang but the author definitely ensured you could hear the long drawl of Jacob ...more
Cindy Huffman
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Molly Amory
Apr 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody on earth
Shelves: and, 2010, horror
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Christine (booktumbling)
acob Logan is at a crossroads with his life in Boston. Hoping to find a sense of direction, he returns to his small, rural hometown in North Carolina to take up residence in his childhood home years after his parents deaths. He is alone in an isolated house but this is exactly what he needs...

You know this cannot turn out well. There is the odd discovery that fireflies avoid the property - landing on the Logan land is equal to death. Jacob's car is stolen and the strange Officer Hanratty is one
Shalor T.
Nov 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Like another reviewer stated, it is easy to see that the author wrote for games. From the beginning of the book I couldn't help but think of other video games out there that this reminded me a little bit of. This isn't a bad thing, but I will caution readers to not expect perfection out of this book. If you do, you'll be disappointed.

The book's plot follows the character of Jacob Logan, a failed businessman who travels back home after years of being away. With all of his family now dead & burie
J.L. Hilton
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Dansky makes the ghosts of the past, those ghosts inside all of us, into real things. It's terrifying, and masterfully done. But don't go into this looking for an action-packed plot. It's a character study, wrapped in an homage to North Carolina. The author did an excellent job of depicting the contrasts between rural and urban, Southern and Northern, and the protagonist Jacob caught in the middle. Jacob did seem a bit of the bumbling idiot, but I think that was by design. He was out of place, o ...more
Wendy Hines
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it
When Jacob Logan left home for college, he promised his mother repeatedly he'd come home. He never did to stay, and now sixteen years later, with both parents deceased, Jacob decides to go home to his small hometown of Maryfield, North Carolina.

When he had come home years earlier for his mom's funeral, he hired a local man and friend of his parents to be caretaker of the home. His name is Carl and Jacob doesn't trust him, but he seems to have done a good job on the house.

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Aug 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Not to be confused with Firefly Lane, Richard Dansky’s debut novel Firefly Rain is about the prodigal son coming back to his childhood home in some back woods town in North Carolina – although he just calls it ‘Carolina.’ His business in Boston has failed, his parents are dead, but the old homestead is just waiting for him.

So, yeah, Jacob Logan goes home to Maryfield. His childhood isn’t quite as he remembered it. For one thing, the fireflies he used to catch on his property now don’t seem to w
Jun 29, 2008 added it
Firefly Rain tells the story of Jacob Logan. After going away to college in Boston, and subsequently failing with his own business, Jacob returns to his hometown of Maryfield, North Carolina. Since the death of his parents the mysterious Carl has been caretaker of the Logan family home. Jacob assumes control of the household from Carl only to find out that he's not alone. [return][return]This is the debut novel from Richard Dansky, a video game writer and designer living in North Carolina. The b ...more
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads, horror
Firefly Rain tells the story of a small town boy who grew up and left that small town, never returning until after both his parents have passed away, and the life he's built for himself starts to crumble. Jacob Logan moves back to his hometown five years after his mother's death, to try and collect himself so that he can start out again. He figures that it would be a nice change of pace, and being home would provide an environment for him to regain his footing.

However, once there, it seems as if
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Jacob Logan's business has failed and he decides to pack up and take a break back at his childhood home in North Carolina, a place he has not been in many years, a place he has tried to forget. Thus begins Firefly Rain by Richard Dansky, a novel were things do more than go bump in the night. One fond memory Jacob holds is of catching fireflies, yet none appear to cross onto his property line. His car refuses to start, then is stolen without a trace while he sleeps, a set of toy so
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up at the supermarket, looking for something in the supernatural/paranormal genre. I've had a run of bad luck lately with fiction. Everything is always so predictable and stale. I thought the title of this book was rather iffy...reminded me too much of that annoying "ten million fireflies" song I hate so much. But WOW was I pleasantly surprised! This is a fresh, original, entertaining, fun-to-read page-turner and is exactly what I was looking for! Reminds me of my early days w ...more
From my blog...[return]Jacob Logan's business has failed and he decides to pack up and take a break back at his childhood home in North Carolina, a place he has not been in many years, a place he has tried to forget. Thus begins Firefly Rain by Richard Dansky, a novel were things do more than go bump in the night. One fond memory Jacob holds is of catching fireflies, yet none appear to cross onto his property line. His car refuses to start, then is stolen without a trace while he sleeps, a set o ...more
Mar 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Horror is not a genre I'm usually all that much into, but I really enjoyed this book. One of the main factors of my enjoyment is that this was a supernatural/haunted house kind of horror story, which is the kind I prefer. It is about Jacob Logan, who returns to his rural North Carolina hometown and the house he grew up in to gather himself together after a failed business venture in Boston. However, instead of a peaceful regrouping in comforting familiarity, Jacob finds himself in the midst of s ...more
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jacob Logan left his home town of Maryfield, North Carolina as soon as he could and never looked back. Now, Jacob is all grown up. Jacob has returned home. Both his parents have passed away. It isn’t long that Jacob has been back before he starts experiencing weird and unexplainable things. There is an evil force in the house and surrounding the property. Jacob can remember chasing after the fireflies that were around his home, when he was a little boy. It appears that the fireflies have somethi ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book piqued my interest one day when I saw it in a Barnes & Noble. The reason? The front cover said it reads like Pat Conroy and Stephen King, two of my favorite authors. And to top it off, it looked to deal with a haunted house, which seems to be overdone, but I have always been a sucker for that kind of story. So how could I resist! I immediately ordered from faithful Amazon and dove in. To my surprise, this is a book where nothing happens much, nothing is creepy, and the characters are b ...more
May 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
After the failure of his business in Boston, Jacob Logan planned a short stay at his childhood home while he thought about his options. But after returning to his family's land, he was caught up in a series of disturbing events that he couldn't understand until learning more about the town and about his family's past.

This was a surprisingly interesting ghost story with a few good twists. The build-up was excellent and I thought it was paced really well. There were some nicely creepy scenes.

The m
Jan 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, horror, ghost
I had high hopes for this novel, particularly as it started out well and demonstrated that Richard Dansky has some writing talent. In the end, my less than enthusiastic review comes down to two main factors, one of which is entirely my fault: namely that the "paranoia" theme - particularly in a small town where everyone seems to be in on "the secret" and is vaguely hostile to the newcomer - is one of my least favorite plot types.

Leaving my own preferences aside however, I can see that Richard Da
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By day, Richard Dansky works as a professional video game designer and writer for Red Storm/Ubisoft, with credits on games like Splinter Cell: Blacklist. By night, he writes fiction, with his most recent book being the short fiction collection SNOWBIRD GOTHIC. Richard lives in North Carolina with his wife and their inevitable cats, books, and collection of single malt whiskys.

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