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Touch the Night

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  53 reviews
"Mother! Mother! Rise from the ground!"

Stranger Things and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre unite to form a blood-soaked matrimony of violence and corruption.

Something sinister’s hiding in the small town of Percy, Indiana, and twelve-year-old Joshua Washington and Alonzo Jones are about to find themselves up close and personal with it. After a harmless night of petty property
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 16th 2020 by Cemetery Dance
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Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*Originally reviewed at IndieMuse

There are some huge booby traps when it comes to coming-of-age-horror stories. How easy is it to make your characters do something beyond their age, or show some kind of wisdom or mental maturity which takes away the childhood ínnocence they are supposed to have? Personally, my biggest pet peeve of this genre is when the author plays it safe: How can anything truly bad happens to the innocent kids? We need a happy ending
Sadie Hartmann
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Max Booth’s TOUCH THE NIGHT is everything one could hope for in horror fiction. It checks all the horror boxes for me. Which boxes are those, Mother Horror? I’m glad you asked.

The first and most important box for me is emotional investment. This can come in a variety of ways but the strongest vehicle for me is character development. If I can fall in love with the characters in a horror story, all the safe, warm and fuzzy feelings are off the table. That’s how I like my horror: Dangerous. Risky.

Richard Martin
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Max Booth III must be the busiest man in horror. Publisher, podcaster, screenwriter, editor and prolific writer of both fiction and non-fiction, with his time seemingly so in demand, it is all the more impressive that he is able to produce a novel so assured and accomplished as ‘Touch the Night’.

When twelve-year-olds Joshua and Alonzo decide to ditch a planned sleepover and instead spend the night walking the streets of Percy, Indiana, looking for something to pass the time, a seemingly innocuou
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-list-2020
The most horrifying stress inducing, heart breaking novel I’ve read all year. No, screw that. Many years. Maybe ever. I was not prepared for this. The future of horror is in great hands with Max Booth III. This novel should rocket him to the upper echelon of horror fiction. This book shattered my heart, frayed my nerves, and probably caused me to have hypertension, because as I write this a full 30 minutes after finishing it, my heart is still pounding, my eyes are still tearing, and I just feel ...more
Angel Gelique
Two mischievous pre-teen boys sneak out in the middle of the night to go “shopping” at a gas station convenience store. When the clerk rejects their proffered form of payment (a pornographic photo), things rapidly spiral out of control, resulting in the clerk’s vicious assault. A short while later when a police car pulls up to them, they don’t question why they’re being accosted. Little do they know that the two men who step out from the car are not seeking justice. When the car drives off, it d ...more
Janelle Janson
Review to come
D.K. Hundt
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
’Something Sinister Is Hiding In The Small Town Of Percy, Indiana…’

Have you ever had one of those, ’What The Hell Did I Just Read?’ moments? Yeah, I’m experiencing that now after binge-reading the dark horror novel, TOUCH THE NIGHT, the first book I have ever read by Max Booth III. I guarantee it won’t be my last!

To say Booth writes fully fleshed out characters that you care about is a complete understatement! I have to admit, my Mom Mode went into high gear more than once, wanting to protect Zo
Glenn  Parker
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holy kittens this book was something else.

Touch The Night is a titty twisting, ball punching adventure through suburban hell.

If you enjoy books that make you feel like you just snorted 10 lines, dropped some acid and base jumped of Mount Everest... This book is for you.

Go in blind and come out traumatised. What else could you want from a horror novel.
Michael Hicks
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My review of TOUCH THE NIGHT can be found at High Fever Books.

When a horror novel opens with a 'your mom' joke as the dedication, you know you're going to be in good hands. It turns out, though, that what I first took as a joke was also a bit of unexpected sweetness from Max Booth III. I began reading Touch the Night just before Mother's Day and over the course of the few days that followed, and this turned out be a surprisingly fitting read. Although it has copious amounts of gore, blood, and g
Richard K. Wilson
That was the BIGGEST waste of $45 that I will never get back! Skip this stupid and long ass and boring book. Seriously. All these 4 and 5 star ratings.....they must have gotten a free copy! I won't BS you when it comes to rating a book.

Here is my video review of this book from my Youtube Channel; AreYouIntoHorror?

Read the synopsis and you get the best part of this stupid, and WAY over hyped boring dumb horror tinged fantasy tale! This was so bad that it will qualify f
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Max Booth III is a sick son of a gun. I say that as a high compliment. His new work attracted my attention when it was described to me as being a cross between “Stranger Things” and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. That isn’t entirely accurate; it is more than that, notwithstanding that its title is more reminiscent of an F. Scott Fitzgerald tome than a Robert McCammon novel. Gentle title or not, TOUCH THE NIGHT will give you waking nightmares.

The book is set in the year 2005 in the small town of Pe
Tracy Robinson
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy. Mother.

Review to come for Sci Fi and Scary.

I. Have. Thoughts. My. Feelings. Are. Trashed.

Review from :

Water dripping. Insects feasting. A woman whispering, ‘Don’t listen to them.’ So close he can feel her breath on his face.” – Max Booth III, Touch the Night

Last summer, I experienced Max Booth III’s novel, Carnivorous Lunar Activities (CLA). I say “experienced” because one does not simply READ a Booth book. I approached it as I always do, expecting the best and read
Zachary Ashford
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd heard good things about this one, but holy crap!

This book is bizarre, scary, heartbreaking, creepy and just...everything!

Aside from eerie supernatural horror, the author brings us real life horror dealing with race and the reality of being Black and poor in America (and yes...being Black in front of a cop).

I'd like to say it was a non-stop read, but I kept taking breaks - largely because I thought the author was going to completely destroy my heart (spoiler alert - he just about did).

Not fo
Benoit Lelièvre
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing

It's hard to describe what this novel is (like all of Max Booth's work, really). But think Stranger Things meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets what Stephen King's It would've been without the cocaine and the Nyquil. TOUCH THE NIGHT is a raw, breathless and demanding novel that will leave you exhausted after reading two or three chapters. It's one of these books that literally requires fortitude to get through, but that rewards you accordingly.

Coming from a small, isolated town myself, the t
Kim Napolitano
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Max Booth III. He’s one of my favorite authors to read. When I received the book Touch the Night to review, I was so excited. Max’s books have a rhythm of their own. Most peppered with humor as well as scares galore.
This book was a little different then what I’ve come to identify as a Max Booth III book. It’s darker, more brutal and with hard to read parts.
Josh and Alonzo are just two African American young boys. One from a fairly decent family, one raised alone by an alcoholi
Heather Horror Hellion
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First things first.

I didn't find this book racist. As a POC I was worried that the book was going to be racist and just filled with the N word because the book is about Black young men and cops.

The N word was used in the book but in ways that made sense. You could tell the author wasn't just writing the N word for fun.

On to the story itself. The book is nail biting! It is not only scary in a creepy sort of way, it's scary in a maybe you need extra anxiety meds sort of way. I was screaming at on
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creepy good thriller about two twelve year old boys who run afoul of a couple of otherworldly cops named Father and Uncle. The two cops kidnap people to use in their ancient black magic rites in an effort to resurrect Mother. Plenty of suspense and action. Highly recommended
Jeff Terry
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
No one craves an explanation more than a reader. It's why we read. We want to know things. We want to know motives. We want to know feelings. We want to know the history that led us to this moment. We want to know what, how, who, and why. So an author has to either explicitly tell us, or give us all the info we need to construct those answers ourselves.

This book falls short of that.

There are no answers and very little information. There are also elements that go nowhere that hint at a deeper/m
Joey Vichio
Feb 21, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Tony Evans
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a crazy ride! And I don't mean in a bad way. Max does a fantastic job of bringing some of the more serious and prevalent social and racial issues we are facing as a country TODAY to the front of the plot, while adding his own blend of fucked up, comical, gory horror to the mix. The only thing I was unsatisfied with about the book was the damn ending. It's not bad, as I end a lot of my own stories in a similar way...but I felt bad for the character and what you know will inevitably happen to ...more
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 This was excellent. Perhaps even a full 5 star read but something happens in the end that changed my feelings about the book. I’m going to have to think about this book and it’s ending for the next couple of days and see where I’m at. It may just have to be bumped up to five as I come to terms with the ending. Highly recommend.
Jacob B
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book got dark fast. Nice to see an accurate portrayal of small town Indiana. Dont ever live in Indiana.
Scott Sarley
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Left me twisted!
Matt Holder
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review is hosted on my blog at https://uponyourmarrowbones.wordpress..., and I've copied it below.

“If this were a horror movie…”

A line you’ll come across multiple times in Max Booth III’s latest (and longest) novel, Touch the Night. It’s an apt sentiment, often thought by one of our 12-year-old protagonists, because it gestures towards the tension between entertainment escapism and actual nightmares. “If this were a horror movie,” you might find yourself thinking as you start to try and gue
Thomas Joyce
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What do two twelve-year-old boys do in 2005 small-town Indiana when they’re having a sleepover, watching horror movies, but can’t sleep thanks to the amorous noises coming from the mother’s bedroom? They do what many kids—including this book’s author—would do, and go on an adventure. But what begins as some adolescent hijinks quickly descends into some heart-stopping horror as Alonzo and Josh stumble from one terrible situation to the next. The two boys are instantly likeable, especially to anyo ...more
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Ah, small town horror; an old trope in the horror genre to be sure, but Booth does it very well in TTN. The story takes place largely in Percy, Indiana, a town of about 6000 people. We basically have four main characters-- Josh and Alonzo, two 12yo black kids, and their moms, Mary and Ottessa respectfully. We start off with Josh spending the night at Alonzo's place (well, his moms actually) and around 1AM, the two decide it is time for some exploring of Percy. These are not bad kids per se, alth ...more
John Baltisberger
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are so many things I could say about this book. Look, I gave this book five stars, I did! But that isn't surprising, Booth is a cut above most authors, and really I should be given a different scale for Max Booth Books. Like sure, this is a five star book, meaning I think it deserves to be in the top %20 of all books. But I also gave We Need To Do Something five stars. Are they equally good? Are they the same book? Did Max just copy and paste his high school science report over and over fo ...more
Brooklyn Ann
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crazysauce, horror
Gross and twisted, but with well-written characters and interesting story.

I got the Cemetery Dance signed limited edition. This was my first read of Max Booth's work, so I didn't know what to expect. The book started introducing two teen boys that you got to know fairly well fairy quickly without the chapter feeling like an info-dump, which I really liked. Then one of the boys does something a little out there that I wish had been better explained in the end because other people in the town act
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rather vicious. More so than expected, to be honest. I won’t bother recounting the plot or offering spoilers. But I found the tone of the novel rather strange—the plot is extremely dark, the violence is gratuitous, but the focus on characters and their somewhat chatty dialogue sometimes felt a bit lighthearted, which makes some of the later developments feel slightly inconsistent, almost disjointed. It reminds me of Jeremy Robert Johnson’s more recent work, with its focus on mainstream “horror m ...more
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