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In the spirit of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror and The Outer Limits comes Weeping Season by Seán O’Connor —A unsettling, suspenseful chiller that leaves you gasping for breath...

A group of strangers wake up in a cold isolated forest with no memory of anything before their arrival. Lost, hungry and wandering aimlessly, they are summoned to a campsite by a remote entity who
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Paperback, First Edition, 240 pages
Published September 13th 2019 by Matador
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Sadie Hartmann
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my review of Sean O'Connor's debut book, THE MONGREL, I had this to say,
"Something about O'Connor's natural storytelling ability is extremely compelling...the words on the page almost completely melt away and my reading experience feels like watching the events unfold--super addictive and engaging."

That statement applies to WEEPING SEASON in the best possible way. WEEPING SEASON drops the reader off in the middle of an intense scene right on page one. We find two people, an older man, and a y
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Michael Hicks
My review of WEEPING SEASON can be found at High Fever Books.

A man and a woman wake up in the woods, chained to trees. They don’t know where they are, how they got there, or even who they are. Strangers, they are only identifiable to each other by the fresh tattoo inked into their recently shaved scalps. He is Seven, she is Eight. There are others like them in the woods, and they must band together in order to survive against the deadly challenges they are forced to endure by the mysterious enti
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Tracy Robinson
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The synopsis was enough to make this book a must-read for me. As a fan of Black Mirror, I knew this could go one of two ways. A completely engaging and unique read, or a massive dumpster fire that left me wanting. Even after devouring this book in a single day, I still waffled between rating this a 4 or a 5. I even talked it out with a friend (who didn’t mind the spoilers) and eventually made up my mind.

The first three quarters of the book is like some wild mash-up of Saw and Hunger Games with a
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Philip Fracassi
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant Thriller

A fast-paced read you'll devour in one or two sittings. The action and horrors are relentless, and you'll never see the ending coming. Bleak, terrifying, and thoroughly entertaining.
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FanFiAddict
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: ★★★★☆+

Synopsis

In the spirit of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror and The Outer Limits comes Weeping Season by Seán O’Connor —A unsettling, suspenseful chiller that leaves you gasping for breath…

A group of strangers wake up in a cold isolated forest with no memory of anything before their arrival. Lost, hungry and wandering aimlessly, they are summoned to a campsite by a remote entity who controls their fate through a series of tortuous objectives. Their only hope for survival is either esca
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Red Lace Reviews
Waking up in the woods with no recollection of events, Richard is soon surrounded by strangers that share his struggle to survive in the empty wilderness with only limited supplies. As unwilling participants of a sadistic game, they’re at the mercy of a host that only wishes to provide sick entertainment to his viewers. Escape seems impossible, but the risk may be worth it if it means freedom and safety – the other option is to engage in the sport where failure means death.

(WARNING: This review
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Kelly| Just Another Horror Reader
Wow, this was really good! If you’re looking for a thriller with plenty of scary scenes this book is for you. That’s all I’m going to say to avoid spoilers. Just read it!!
Steve Stred
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

“A man awoke to hysterical screams.”

Last year I had the pleasure of reading ‘The Mongrel’ by O’Connor, which at that time I raved about. It still is one of the best survival tales I’ve read, but one such issue I had was I felt that the werewolf aspect was tossed in, simply to make it a werewolf story. The book would have stood on its own merits even if it had just been a battle against the elements to survive.


‘Weeping Season’ doesn’t suffer f
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Jackie Cowgill (LanternsJourney)
What a pleasant surprise this book was! I bought Weeping Season signed from the author himself because I loved The Mongrel and this one sounded intriguing. I heard good things, and that it was a mix of Saw/Hunger Games/Black Mirror. So I thought I kind of knew what I was getting into. The surprise came with how unique the story was, despite being compared to such iconic pop culture movies and shows. If you like a "torture game" type setup with lots of mystery to keep you flipping pages like a ma ...more
Ray Palen
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Irish author Seán O’Connor burst upon the horror scene in 2019 with the novella entitled The Mongrel, which was nominated for a Splatterpunk Award.

I often wonder what it would be like to go back in time and say, ‘I reviewed/just read the debut title from author Stephen King…or Dean R. Koontz…or Ramsey Campbell…or Peter Straub…or Anne Rice’… The opportunity to be there from ground zero with a work from a writer bound for stardom in their field is a great feather in the cap of a reader or reviewer
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Matt (TeamRedmon)
WEEPING SEASON by Seán O'Connor is like the first season of LOST meets SAW. Honestly, that should be all I need to say to convince you to read this one.
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The book opens with two people waking up in a forest. Chained to trees, they have no memories, they're naked, and have numbers tattooed on the back of the heads. In order to survive, they have to complete a series of torturous challenges given by an unseen "host".
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The chapters are short and written from varying perspectives. Overall, it feels ex
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Escapereality
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book!! I loved it from start to finish. I was definitely a cross between The Saw and Hunger Games.
jude_reads_books
This was an incredible story! Action packed from cover to cover. It’s like black mirror meets a fucked up crystal maze lol!! Absolutely brilliant
Hayla
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book is incredible! It reads like a movie; it’s fast paced and so well-written that every moment is easily visualized. The storyline reminded me of great films like Saw, Would You Rather, and The Hunger Games but managed to be 100% original once the entire story was revealed in the final chapters.

Speaking of the ending, I can see it potentially confusing or infuriating some readers because there’s definitely a huge “WTF?!” moment that had me wondering about the beginning and why certain th
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Wofford Jones
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The main thing I particularly loved about Weeping Season is that you were in the dark just as much as the main character, Richard (as well as the rest of the ‘contestants’). You have no idea what’s going on until the final pages of the story (which I may add totally flipped me on my head). I knew something wasn’t quite right about their situation (other than the obvious), but I just couldn’t quite figure this one out. Like his first book, The Mongrel, this story is also a ‘survival of the fittes ...more
Ian Casey
Notwithstanding its admirers at the Lovecraft Ezine and elsewhere, I can't buy into the hype over Weeping Season at all. The blurb for Seán O'Connor's short novel draws comparisons with Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone that I don't consider to be warranted.

There are passing similarities to Black Mirror episodes White Bear and Playtest, although Black Mirror always tried - not always successfully - to be a speculative fiction show with either questions to ask of its audience or at least an intr
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The Horror Club
Eight strangers wake up in a forest, some more battered and cold than others. They soon realise that they are part of a sick game for a live audience, and despite what looks like a winner-takes-all scenario, some must fight together if any of them are to make it out alive.

These types of stories always follow the same structure – characters wake up, paranoia clicks in, some take part in tasks followed by the big reveal. Sean O’Connor’s Weeping Season is no different, but this isn’t the fault of t
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Adrian Coombe
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Marie McWilliams
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually give it 4.5 stars!!

This fast paced, mind bender of a horror book is like the Hunger Games on acid. Violent, harsh and compelling it grips you from page one and won't let go. Head to my booktube channel for my full review:

https://youtu.be/2nhEPY_P7RE
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Gloria
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weeping Season has been compared to Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror which never fails to conjure up images of advanced technologies used maliciously and twists that never fail to shock, and I can tell you its a pretty fair comparison here. There's something about being watched by (usually) rich and sadistic people, that gives most readers the creep factor, and Weeping Season mixes this creep factor with violence, amnesia, a desperate need to survive - the recipe for a dark and savage novel. If yo ...more
Charlotte
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shutter Island meets The Belko Experiment in Weeping Season, the latest from Seán O’Connor.

Immediately immersive Weeping Season opens with a twisted and perplexing situation that immediately brings to mind the question, what the hell was going on? Details slowly come to light, along with a cast of characters, not many of which are likable, but all of which must work together to survive some sick, weird experiment. Facing their fears, each person is selected at (supposed) random to complete a ta
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Alex
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of Weeping Season by Séan O’Connor and was immensely impressed. The story, which drops the reader right into the fray along with the main character, moves at a blistering pace, making it very hard to put down. It’s a vivid, wicked and wholly engaging read, filled with distinct characters and cringe-worthy scenes worthy of any horror fans’ shelves. I can’t recommend more highly.
Kimberlie
Intense, savage, depraved.

This book hooked me from the first paragraph and took over my life until I got to the end, it is grab you by the front of your shirt and scream in your face good.

"Any sense of civilisation they’d retained had descended into chaos. Madness. Humanity had deserted Block 18, sending it into a downward spiral."

Rarely does a book to cause me to have a physical reaction to it, but this one did multiple times. It made me feel queasy, it made me tense up, and it's only the secon
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Grace
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tudor Gădălean
90% percent White Bear, 10% percent some mad frustrations that belong to the author.

Had some good moments and it's a fast read, but not worth actually spending the time going through it. Also, it's not worth a thorough review.

Just watch that Black Mirror episode. It's better. Man, remember when Black Mirror was actually good?
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S.L. Graf
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this !

I loved Weeping Season! Mr. O'Connor confirms my bias that the Irish are amazing storytellers. This story grips you from the start and keeps a tight hold right to the very end. The character conflicts are riveting!
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Christopher Lambert
Hunger games meets saw

The book was entertaining enough to be enjoyable. I wasn't able to really care for the characters so when bad things happen to them I was a little blah. Overall an interesting story and short being around 200 pages.
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SEÁN O’CONNOR is an award-nominated author, primarily known for his work in Horror and Dark Fiction. He and his family currently reside in Dublin, Ireland.

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