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The Saturday Night Ghost Club: A Novel

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,051 ratings  ·  198 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 ec
Paperback, 240 pages
Expected publication: July 9th 2019 by Penguin Books (first published August 14th 2018)
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Nick Cutter Beatrice, this will be available from Penguin US ... soon? 2018, I'd hope. 2019, at longest. I hope sooner, but a publication date has not yet been…moreBeatrice, this will be available from Penguin US ... soon? 2018, I'd hope. 2019, at longest. I hope sooner, but a publication date has not yet been set.(less)
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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 20/20 hindsight
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
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
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 came ac
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
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, fiction, can-lit
"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
Levi Walls
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cody | codysbookshelf
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
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sebastien Castell
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadiana
The title of this book and its cover immediately appealed to me when I was trying to decide on what I wanted to read this 'Spooktober', because it seemed quite spooky. And I remember just quickly glancing at the synopsis before cementing my decision and grabbing a copy from my library. So, it's not really surprising that I assumed, based off those things, that The Saturday Night Ghost Club was a horror novel, and thus assumed wrong.

This isn't a horror novel. And while that's what I expected it t
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
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You should read this book if you're into:
Brilliant coming of age novels, small town Canada, Dandelion Wine, the magic of childhood, eccentric uncles, the 1980s, relatable characters, beautiful prose

I can't decide whether or not I want to give this book five stars. I rarely give five stars, but this one might deserve it. I'll have to stew on it for a bit...
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, can-con, bookclub
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. Uncle C called the inaugural meeting, and in addition to him, our membership roll was tiny: Billy Yellowbird, Lexington Galbraith and me. Later on Dove Yellowbird became the club's lone female member.

In the present, Jake Breaker is a neurosurgeon, husband and father, but back when he was twelve, he was an awkward loner, overweight and bookish, his only friend
Leah Nadeau
I enjoyed this book. Mostly because of Davidson's writing, he is immensely poetic, descriptive, and detailed. The story is basically about a boy and his eclectic uncle that tells him ghost stories every Saturday. But this book wasn't what I was expecting at all lol I thought it would just be a collection of ghost stories that were really creepy but it was deeper than that.

The book starts out describing the brain, it's only grey once it's surrounded by oxygen, it's actually pink. It's texture isn
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canlit, x2018-read
4.5 stars. A wonderful short novel of main character Jake Baker remembering the summer he was twelve.
Jake lived in Niagara, and was bullied and had no friends, until he met Billy Yellowbird and his older sister Dove, for whom Jake fell hard immediately. Jake and Billy hung out all summer, forming the beginning of a lasting friendship, occasionally going on walks to locations around town with Jake's sweet and odd uncle, who related ghost stories at each of these locations. Jake, though not knowin
Brett Yanta
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ours was a small, contained universe and I was happy within it."

I've been waiting for a book like this. It's small and familiar, like briefly visiting points in my history. It captures that age so well, where the world is trapped in a sphere brimming with imagination and hard truths orbit just outside. I love this type of book, it has that offbeat capture of childhood that makes Stranger Things and The Goonies so enduring, with a beating broken heart that keeps it pressed to reality. I loved th
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“You might think my chosen career would lend me insight…. But while I can tell you about the brain as a physical object…, beyond that I am a glorified techie. I know the nuts and bolts and can diagnose flaws within the mainframe. While I can identify and sometimes fix structural maladies within that organ, I do not remotely understand it. That is an impossible task, like trying to guess the path rainwater will take down a windowpane. There is simply no way to know with any accuracy what is happe ...more
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{The brain is the seat of memory, and memory is a tricky thing.}
I saw this book floating around on here for some time now! And I just had to have it since I kind of have an obsession with Nick Cutter his alter ego shall we say! So I went and made my kindle believe I lived in Canada and brought the Ebook! And oh my I am so glad I did! 😀
We follow the story of Jake Baker the odd kid - slightly on the overweight side, introvert with no c
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
The last 50 pages of this book were sheer perfection.
Madeleine Hernandez-g
4.5 stars! That was such a nice surprise! This was a beautiful coming of age story and in some parts it made me want to cry. I love how the author explores memory and family relationships.

Cataract City

Description: When neurosurgeon Jake Breaker operates, he knows he's handling more than a patient's delicate brain tissue--he's altering their seat of consciousness, their golden vault of memory. And memory, Jake knows well, can be a tricky thing.

When growing up in 1980s Niagara Falls, a.k.a. Cataract City--a seedy but magical, slightly haunted place--one of Jake's closest confidantes was his uncle Calvin, a sweet but eccentric misfit enamored of occult artefacts and outlandish consp
Bonnie Randall
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grit-noir
This story is an examination of how the brain comes to build a belief system as well as its emotional circuit-board of responses and attachments, and I cannot imagine how anyone could read this novel and not give it 5 Stars. The writing is outstanding from every angle; there is not a single ill-placed word, the setting is so vivid it is breathing, and every metaphor is atmospheric, character-specific, and wrought from emotion.

I started making a list of quotes I wanted to share upon my review, bu
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

The Saturday Night Ghost Club is a fantastic, bittersweet coming-of-age story. It follows neurosurgeon Jake Breaker as he recalls the summer he turned twelve, which he spent with his eccentric Uncle Calvin and his first real friends. Together they create the Saturday Night Ghost Club to investigate some of the urban myths of Niagara Falls. While the majority of the book focuses on that summer, Jake’s experiences as a neurosurgeon are weaved into the story, for reasons that become very
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Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
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Kristen Shaw
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, canadian
I really loved this book.
For one, I grew up in St. Catharines (like Davidson himself apparently), and frequently visited Niagara Falls. It was where you went when your friends first got driving licenses and you wanted to feel like an adult doing adult things. Davidson perfectly captures the vibe of these places, and what it was like living in Southern Ontario as a kid. My Dad used to take us to explore the old train tracks, the old tunnels that pockmark that area, including the Screaming Tunnel.
I requested “The Saturday Night Ghost Club” for review from Penguin Random House Canada. I never read anything by this author, and I was interested in exploring more of Canadian literature.

I rarely pick up books the moment I receive them, but something about “The Saturday Night Ghost Club” pulled me to it. I went into the book almost blind, knowing only that it was set in the 80s, in Niagara Falls Ontario, and that the author was Canadian.

I remember reading the first page of “The Saturday Night
Jennifer Martin
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m an impatient reader. This book, however, drew me in from the first page, slowed me down and encouraged me to read with care. Maybe it’s because I have a special place in my heart for the gritty side of Niagara Falls, maybe it’s because I also grew up in the 70s/80s under the influence of Judy Blume and Stephen King - or maybe it’s simply because this is a compelling tale written by a talented storyteller. Thank you, Craig - I truly enjoyed myself.
Phenomenal read! Anyone who grew up in the 80's will love the nostalglic bits. The coming of age adventures is very comparable to Stand by Me as described by reviewers, with a dash of mystery, and paranormal flare, sheer perfection. Each year I have one book that's my favourite. I'm thinking this is it!
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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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