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Halloween III: Season of the Witch

(Halloween #3)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  224 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Do you know where your kids are tonight?

The streets are quiet. Dead quiet as the shadows lengthen and night falls. It's Halloween.

Blood-chilling screams pierce the air. Grinning skulls and grotesque shapes lurk in the gathering darkness. It's Halloween.

The streets are filling with small cloaked figures. They're just kids, right? The doorbell rings and your flesh creeps.
Paperback, 228 pages
Published 1983 by Star Books (first published October 1st 1982)
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{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y }

I've always loved this movie and now, I can love the book.
Neither feature Michael Myers, but they are part of The Halloween Franchise made famous by John Carpenter.

Thank you so much, Mr. Carpenter. You are truly one of the greats.

Like the movie, this book does not disappoint. They capture that Halloween/Fall spirit that is inside you.

If you love the movie or the holiday, you'll LOVE this book.

Happy Halloween!

Steve Banes
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jack Martin does a better job here than with his book adaptation of John Carpenter's The Fog, (writing as Dennis Etchison), which lacks the spooky descriptive atmosphere that wonderfully saturates H3, example: "...Challis divided the curtains and saw a jury of black crows disarranging the yellow-green creepers of a pumpkin bed that had been neglected in the harvesting, the largest of the melons were cracked open like fiery skulls with shriveled features pecked into their faces to reveal decay ...more
David Veith
1st of all, this is not a "Halloween" book. Michael Myers is not in it! Overall it was ok. Writer seemed a bit pompous (which is pompous of me to say I guess). Story was fast paced and good, just sort of felt it was lacking though. No real meat and potatoes.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Better written than most film adaptations, and Etchison seems keen to dig into the background of the protagonist more than the film does, though he remains a bitter and self-pitying drunk, even as he resolves to solve the central mystery presented to him. There isn't a great deal of depth in Wallace's script, and Etchison fails to add much of his own to improve it; I would love to have seen the author work with Nigel Kneale's original treatment. (He also plays down the awkward ...more
Greg Kerestan
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Though I have little to no memory of the movie that inspired it (I'm not sure I even saw it), I have an unapologetic love of the pulpy, melodramatic horror novels that associate with the Halloween season. This one did not fail to satisfy, with its bizarre plot twists, sex, violence, horror and the catchiest jingle of all time.
Joaquin Romero
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can't believe the novelization is better than the movie, I'm a fan of the Halloween franchise but always hated Season of the witch, I just don't get it, so I gave this book a try anticipating failure to amaze me but it didn't I loved how well written it is, and I totally recommend it.
Andreas Schriefer
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As good as the movie with some more details about the marriage of Dr. Chalies
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Early teens trashy horror phase, was good at the time
Loved the movie. Loved the book.
Ianc Ehs
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
oh my god this book... THIS BOOK! its like a dog that just peed on the rug you say no... NO! how could they do this to the halloween series? i get that they wanted to renew the whole series, getting a fresh start but HOW could you think that changing this entire setup and all of the characters is good? this actually would have worked way better as a stand alone movie just titled the season of the witch. throughout my entire read through i was waiting for michael myers to apear until i realized ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Another case of the movie being better than the book. I know the movie came first. The first part of this deals with the lead character, Dr. Challis. After reading for abit all I could say was "O.K. he drinks already." When we get to Santa Mira it dose get better. But in the end it just did not work for me. It does not deviate to much from the movie.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actually an enjoyable read, it's a great Halloween story it makes me wish they'd remake the movie with decent acting and budget.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kim by: ECCC, Inc.
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was pretty good. I didn't know there was a book to this movie. I got it for free at the Christian center this morning
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