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The Saturday Night Ghost Club

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  6,473 ratings  ·  1,117 reviews
A short, irresistible, and bittersweet coming-of-age story in the vein of "Stranger Things" and "Stand by Me" about a group of misfit kids who spend an unforgettable summer investigating local ghost stories and urban legends.

Growing up in 1980s Niagara Falls--a seedy but magical, slightly haunted place--Jake Baker spends most of his time with his uncle Calvin, a kind but
Hardcover, First Canadian Edition, 253 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Knopf Canada
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“This town’s full of sorrows, isn’t it?”

it sure is. this return to cataract city is nothing but heartpunches, one after another. it’s only about 250 pages, so it won’t take you long to read, but it will stick to you for longer than many thicker books, if you’ve ever been a human with human-feelings. it is lovely and sad and perfect, full of the growing pains of smalltown coming-of-age, where danger isn’t always easy to identify, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there, and with the
The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson is a 2019 Penguin Books publication.

A stirring and bittersweet coming of age story!

Jake is a bit different from other kids his age. But, he’s nowhere near as eccentric as his lovable Uncle Calvin. Calvin owns an occult shop and has a hotline for UFO sightings or other paranormal occurrences. Naturally, he knows all about the local ghostly legends. So, when Jake makes a couple of new friends, Calvin invites them to join his ‘Saturday Night Ghost C
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Ruta at PRH Canada for sending me an early copy of this book per Craig's request.
Five stars? Why just five??
This book.
I honestly don't know how to review books I love this much because I don't want to spoil all the reader discovery for other people, so let me just calmly and collectively *try* to explain to you why this book is one you must have (I know a few of my friends have already ordered it from Amazon/Canada and they're the smart ones--they know) as soon as possible.
First, yo
Chelsea Humphrey
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Penguin Books
Shelves: from-publisher
"But a secret can be hidden from everyone save its holder, and the brain is not only a storyteller, it is a truth-seeking organ."

Craig Davidson, or perhaps you know him by his pseudonym, Nick Cutter, has proven that a bloated page count does not always indicate a more meaningful story. The Saturday Night Ghost Club barely surpasses the limit for a novella's page count, and yet, I'm certain I'll be pondering the lessons in this story for months to come. Knowing that Cutter typically writes gory,
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hauntingly beautiful, wistful, & magical!

I do love me a good ghost story and pretty much anything in relation to things that go bump in the night then you can most definitely count me in.

THE SATURDAY NIGHT GHOST CLUB by CRAIG DAVIDSON was such a fabulous, short, memorable and bittersweet coming-of-age story that packed quite the punch in such a short amount of time. The book comes in at a whopping 246 pages which is brimming with so many wonderful attributes that definitely stirred up this read
Take a trip back in time with me. Let's stroll down memory lane to summertime in the 80s! Is there anything quite like that coming of age time where everything seems possible - including ghosts? This book was such a perfect fit for me and my nostalgia for the 80s. A group of misfit kids banding together for a summer adventure involving ghost hunting - count me in!

You will fall in love with Jake, Billy and Dove - trust me you won't be able to stop it. You will feel so much emotion for Uncle C (Ca
Johann (jobis89)
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
“That magic gets kicked out of you, churched out, shamed out — or worse, you steal it from yourself.”

In 1980s Niagra Falls, 12-year-old Jake Baker and a pair of siblings who are new to town spend an unforgettable summer investigating local ghost stories and urban legends.

A check-list for some of the things I love in books:
- Beautiful writing where I want to highlight almost every single page
- Nostalgic coming-of-age stories
- Ghost stories/urban legends
- Kids getting up to mischief on their summe
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“What follows is an account, as I choose to remember it, of my twelfth year on this planet – the summer of the Saturday Night Ghost Club.”

When I received this from my Book Fairy, it was like . . . .

A new selection from an author who has never failed me? What could possibly go wrong? Well, allow me to take you on a journey that will hopefully eventually get to the point . . . but since it’s me maybe it won’t.

Many years ago I ca
Twelve year old ostracized Jake Baker is soft around the middle, last to be picked for any gym game and pretty much only has a friend when a kid moves to town in the summer and hangs around with him until school starts and the new kid then makes real friends with the other kids at school. But still, Jake is happy in in his own way, knowing he's on the outside, looking in, knowing to do his best not to be noticed but also knowing he's loved by his mom, dad, and Uncle Calvin. In fact Uncle Calvin ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Does anyone else find it more difficult to review the books you really love?

It is so hard, right!? It can't be just me.

So, yeah, long story short, I am still not ready to review this.


This was such a beautiful story. Oh my goodness. My heart.

Full review to come...stay tuned!!!


Book #3 for Medieval-A-Thon!!!

This is counting for my book under 300-pages.

I am so happy to finally be picking this one up. I have heard literally nothing but good things from my horror-loving friends. Yayee
Ashley Daviau
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Just wow. This book is just absolutely stunning. No words I use will accurately describe how great it is but I’m going to give it a try. This story has absolutely everything you could ever want from a story. It’s magical and bittersweet and nostalgic and just the right amount of creepy. It just hits you right in the sweet spot and makes you forget the world around you while you’re between its pages. I’ve read Davidson’s work as Cutter before and it doesn’t matter which name he writes under, ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars!

We meet Jake as a brain surgeon, talking about memories and how our minds mold and shape them. It's an excellent framework for a coming of age story, set in Cataract City, (or Niagara Falls to the rest of us.) So let's get on with it, shall we?

As Jake struggles with school and the inevitable bully he meets brother and sister, Dove and Billy. They all become friends just in time for summer and the stage is set. Enter Uncle C and his weird curiosity shop and his Batphone. From which c
Kayla Dawn
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay this book definitely had its flaws but.. It just got to me. I can't help but give it 5 stars.
Larry H
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
There's a tremendous sense of nostalgia that pervades every page of Craig Davidson's The Saturday Night Ghost Club . Not only does the book take place in the 1980s, but the storytelling seems to hearken back to a simpler time, when we were far less aware of the horrors that could take place in our very own communities, horrors which didn't involve monsters or ghosts or creatures from another dimension.

"Looking back, I am struck by how precious little it takes to convince an unwilling outsider
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
A nostalgic 80s coming-of-age? I was all in! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Saturday Night Ghost Club is a slim novel filled to brim with the most nostalgic, relatable story of coming-of-age. Set during the 80s, this made the story an even better match for me.

Niagara Falls is magical, slightly dark, and a bit haunted; this is where Jake Baker grows up, mostly with his uncle Calvin. His eccentric uncle is a conspiracy theorist.

Jake is turning twelve during this particular summer, and he decides to initiate
Like the derelict buildings that were never torn down, the abandoned shopping carts that rusted away to atoms, and all the other monuments to the city’s general apathy, the car in the oxbow had become an accepted part of the scenery. ~The Saturday Night Ghost Club
I’m calling it right here and right now - Craig Davidson’s new novel is destined to become a coming-of-age classic with the emotional heft and weight of To Kill A Mockingbird and Dandelion Wine. Ever since Cataract City, Davidson has p
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book, 2019
Okay, this review is overdue! I’m doing one on The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson since this is the first book that I’ve read of his and this book was fantastic!

The Saturday Night Ghost Club is set during the 80’s and is definitely a coming-to-age story. Jake Baker is 12, not popular and spends most of his time with his eccentric Uncle Calvin. Jake has his share of bullies until one day, a new teenage girl, Dove Yellowbird defends him. After that moment, Jake’s life starts to change
Levi Walls
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Haunting, tragic, beautiful.

I'll leave it at that, and end with the author's words as I can't say it any more eloquently:

That magic gets kicked out of you, churched out, shamed out—or worse, you steal it from yourself. It gets embarrassed out of you by the kids who run the same stretch of streets and grown-ups who say it’s time to put away childish things. By degrees, you kill your own magic. Before long your fears become adult ones: crushing debts and responsibilities, sick parents and sick ki
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is only my second Craig Davidson book which is great because that means I have so many more to read. The thing about Craig Davidson is that his writing is so buttery and beautiful that you find yourself wanting to highlight so many passages but you end up highlighting none because you can't narrow it down to just a few. He's that good.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book that you loved so much that you feel as if any review you wrote could never even begin to do it justice, so you feel stuck and unable to articulate anything? That's how I feel right now.

This is my first book by Craig Davidson, but I've read all three of the books by his alter ego Nick Cutter. Davidson does not write like Cutter. It's almost as if he becomes a different person when he writes under that name. So essentially, I was not prepared for this book.

The story alte
Timothy Urges
Reality never changes. Only our recollections of it do. Whenever a moment passes, we pass along with it into the realm of memory. And in that realm, geometries change. Contours shift, shades lighten, objectives dissolve. Memory becomes what we need it to be.

I am not a sentimental person. Nostalgia usually does nothing but depress me. The Saturday Night Ghost Club is all about the nostalgia of Jake growing up in Niagara Falls and hanging out with his superstitious uncle and a few buddies. They vi
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, canadian, fiction
"Reality never changes.  Only our recollections of it do.  Whenever a moment passes, we pass along with it into the realm of memory.  And in that realm, geometries change.  Contours shift, shades lighten, objectivities dissolve.  Memory becomes what we need it to be."

Neurosurgeon Jake Breaker recalls a summer spent in Niagara Falls many years ago when along with two of his friends and his eccentric Uncle C, they formed the Saturday Night Ghost Club - a ragtag group of misfits who explored the ur
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This a little slice of life, coming of age story about a young boy, his new best friend, his first crush and his adventures with his quirky uncle who creates something he calls "The Saturday Night Ghost Club". I figured out the end way before the big reveal which tells me I am either getting smarter (not likely) or that I've probably read too many books like this one and that the clues were very obvious. It was still a fabulous tale written with a lot of heart. Bittersweet and slightly creepy. G ...more
Cody | CodysBookshelf
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was skeptical when going into this book. Despite the excellent reviews it has gotten, it had two strikes against it, for me: Craig Davidson is the author behind the Nick Cutter name, and I am not a Cutter fan. As well, I am more than burned out on the ‘80s nostalgia trope that is so big in horror right now.

And to this book’s credit, the ‘voice’ sounds nothing like Cutter — and the ‘80s setting is perfectly written without coming across as cloying or overdone. This doesn’t feel like an attempt
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
to call this novel a horror story doesn't describe what it is. to summarize at as a ghost story seems to be an incomplete description. the Saturday Night Ghost Club contain elements of those descriptors. yet at its heart it is a coming of age story wrapped in urban legends and ghost stories that has a heartfelt mystery at the centre of it. while channeling some real giants in the genre such as King and McCammon, Davidson weaves a story examing beliefs, family, and mental health all while proving ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am charmed by certain books for their unabashed look back at childhood, whether it be one summer that set a new course for a 12 year old, or simply the remembering of that one period in life with wistful affection. For Jake it is both, and more, because it is a summer with a new friend in town and the first real crush in this boy's life, not the fleeting kind for a passing pretty face, but the meaningful one for the girl who confuses your young heart. "Imagine trying to hold the tail of a c ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.0 Stars
This is such a wonderful coming of age story filled with nostalgia and beautiful imagery. Davidson is an incredibly talented author with some mad writing chops! While reading, I found myself constantly highlighting passages in this novel.

This is the kind of literary fiction that will appeal appeal also to genre readers, like myself. While not at all scary, this story has many elements a classic horror story, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Well constructed and tightly written, this short
This is yet another very affecting coming-of age I've read recently and it wears it's heart on it's sleeve like the best of them. I've been interested in reading Davidson's work for a while now and this was definitely a great place to start! I was constantly taken by the vivid, sensitive quality in his writing on every page. I wouldn't be surprised if this turns out to be semi-autobiographical because there's a really intimate, personal quality to the work, that lent to the bittersweet but roman ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Jake Baker's twelfth summer was full of the magic and mystery that can only be had once in a lifetime.  
A shy outcast, Jake spends most of his time with his eccentric uncle Calvin, who owns a small shop of occult artifacts and shares conspiracy theories with anonymous callers on the telephone.

When Billy Yellowbird and his sister Dove move to town, Jake's eyes are opened to new possibilities.  He has his first crush on the older Dove, a head-strong wild child, and his first true friend in Billy.

Sebastien Castell
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary, suspense
The Saturday Night Ghost Club is a bit of a tricky book to categorize. I suppose you might call it a coming-of-age literary-but-accessible sorta-ghostly somewhat-nostalgic not-quite-memoir adventure story. In some ways it reminded me of the old River Phoenix/Wil Wheaton movie Stand By Me, based on a Stephen King short story, which is maybe the best way to think about this particular book: if you loved Stand By Me, you'll probably love Craig Davidson's The Saturday Night Ghost Club.

It recounts a
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Craig Davidson is a Canadian author of short stories and novels, who has published work under both his own name and the pen names Patrick Lestewka and Nick Cutter

Born in Toronto, Ontario, he was raised in Calgary and St. Catharines.

His first short story collection, Rust and Bone, was published in September 2005 by Penguin Books Canada, and was a finalist for the 2006 Danuta Gleed Literary Award. S

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