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Dew Claws

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He was Jonathan now. He had 2 foster parents,a room of his own-even a clock radio. Everything was going fine, even the nightmares and the memories of his uncle and 3 brothers being sucked into the fetid mud of Night Horse Swamp were starting to fade... Then it returned. Once again Johnny Ray saw the glimmer of movement in the dark, the smell of the dank odor of decay, felt ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published April 1st 1986 by Zebra
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Ken Saunders
May 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Let the back cover's reference to the symbolic clock radio be a warning that this is not a very exciting book, much less a scary one. This is a children's adventure story with some spooky parts. Swamp kid Johnny discovers soon after his 13th birthday that he has an embarrassing problem he is afraid to discuss with anyone - his arm keeps turning into a horrible claw! He uses it to scare a bully and to fight some wild hogs, but most of the times when it flares up he has to hope no one will notice ...more
David
May 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Dew Claws by Stephen Gresham was book written in the 1980's under the Zebra Horror label. While the cover is a typical Zebra cover, with a scary looking skeleton, it really doesn't give you a lot of insight to what the book is about. Dew Claws does have some elements of horror but really isn't all that terrifying. It starts in a swamp where young Johnny Ray loses his uncle and brothers to some unseen force. The story then picks up with Johnny living with another family but the swamp seems to be ...more
DJMikeG
Aug 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Pretty dull. When searching for ever yet more great vintage horror fiction, I seek out these authors that had many books published. I think maybe they had something. This author, while his writing is okay, has no feel for pacing or suspense. This was a suspense and scare free horror novel. I had to push myself to get through it. The prologue is good, the ending is good, but the rest is really slow and bloated. Maybe if it was marketed as a YA novel? Just seems like he wanted to write a nice stor ...more
Cameron Roubique
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I guess I pretty much agree with everyone else who has previously reviewed this book. I absolutely loved the cover art, but the book itself was only OK. It had all the ingredients for success: a cool creepy swamp setting, eerie ghostly presences watching from the woods and down in the spooky cellar, a weird kid that you don't quite trust. It just never really got going with the scares.

I think part of the problem was that the Dew Claws were hard to define. They're not exactly ghosts, but they're
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Suspense, supernatural, and young adult fiction writer Stephen Gresham (1947- ) has been intrigued by the gothic tradition of the South since moving to Auburn, Lee County, in 1975 to take a teaching position at Auburn University. This area of Alabama provides the backdrop for his novel The Fraternity (2004) and imbues works such as Rockabye Baby (1984) with the horror and fantasy elements of the s ...more
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