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Riverside Blues

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  16 reviews
"In RIVERSIDE BLUES, Erik Tomblin attempts something highly audacious and succeeds, telling a chilling and bittersweet story of lost love regained." - Chet Williamson, author of SECOND CHANCE

"Fifty years ago, Gordon's wife disappeared without a trace. He still mourns her. In an attempt to keep himself occupied, Gordon decides to clean up their special place along the river
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 2005 by Earthling Publications (first published 2005)
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Jun 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Kindle. Quick read, pretty good ghost story.

"the air rolled into his lungs like cool riverbed silt". I swear I *smelled* that sentence. There were moments of absolute brilliance in this book. I want to read more of this author's work.
Some of the best horror stories are those that center on the fear that we create ourselves; those that start not from without, but from within. Tomblin not only created such a tale, but he mastered it. Not quite a ghost story, but dipped lavishly in the supernatural, this book may just have trumped, nay surpassed, my favorite book of all time. I've been looking for this book since I first discovered horror and I wouldn't part with it for all the tea in china!

The plot is refreshing and original
Jun 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Good story, quite unexpected. This is not a long book but well paced. Reminded me of some of Stephen King's type of stories.
Connie Bell
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book really surprised me! I couldn't put it down- read it in just one sitting. Great read with an intriguing end that leaves you thinking about it long after you finish the story.
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It's been ages since I've had the pleasure of reading a good, old-fashioned ghost story. Set in the American South, Riverside Blues unfurls its dark secrets languidly, leading the reader down a strange and unpredictable path. Superbly written and rich in metaphor, it's the kind of novel you should read on a hot summer night, out on the back porch, to the accompaniment of strange things rustling around in the underbrush.
This was so good and I was so excited to write a review along with a summary but I'm afraid I'll say too much, so I'll just write about how brilliant it is. The story is well written and amazing, and the characters are believable and sympathetic. This is a fantastic thriller that's well paced and I recommend it to anyone looking to read a quick well told story!
M. Sprouse
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This is a nice tale with elements or horror, romance and suspense. I liked it but didn't love it like many reviewers. The twist near the end was interesting and maybe the best part, but seemed rushed. I felt like I was reading a short story, that could have been so much more developed. To me, "Riverside Blues" seemed slow in the beginning, as though the author didn't want to reveal too much, but we all knew where the "Lily" part was going. Then Mr. Tomblin seemed to be in a hurry to end this qua ...more
Bhagya Shree
Mystery and Supernatural !

I was bit disappointed at the end. The build up was good. I was awaiting something better towards the end. It is a short book which can be typically finished in one or two sittings
Nikki Nielsen
Apr 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
What an intense book! I read it in one sitting, my eyes racing to the next line. I realized after finishing, I had been digging my fingernails into the palm of my hand. I absolutely love Erik's descriptive writing. I could smell the earth, feel the wet heat and hear thunder. Excellently written, great character development.
Stephanie Landers
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The scorching simplicty and lyrical beauty of this narrative make it a must read for anyone who appreciates honest writing here it is raw, naked and alive . Tomblin's debut marks him out as one of the coolest writers on the block! Be inspired ...........
Apr 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing

I had to continue reading it.

Couldn't put it down until I finished.
Jonn Blane
Jun 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding - this guy knows how to roll .
Jan 29, 2008 rated it liked it
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This is a well written tale. There is friendship, loss, hope, and second chances. The moral seems to be true love never ends.
Shell Roush
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-books
The ending was not quite satisfactory to me. I wanted more of why the killer did what he did not just what he did. But overall, an engaging and creep story.
Glen Krisch
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this is good so far. Erik is a talented writer, that's for sure.
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Though I enjoyed writing stories at an early age, I spent a good deal of the 90s earning a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Information Technology. My creative outlet came in the form of penning song lyrics instead of prose. After finally having a bit of life under my belt, I turned my attention back to fiction, writing several short stories th

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