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Daemon Hall Hardcover – June 12, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 10
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805081712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805081718
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Tremblin, the "King of Teen Scream," holds a short-story contest in which the five finalists spend the evening with him in a haunted mansion, Daemon Hall. The aspiring teenage authors, three boys and two girls, have to tell Tremblin their horror stories by candlelight. Any finalist who cannot make it through the night is automatically disqualified from the contest. The best of the stories is one involving ravenous human-spider hybrids. Another is a version of the familiar babysitter urban legends, updated to involve a chat room rather than the traditional telephone. Predictably, not everything is as it seems and suspense ensues when contestants begin disappearing. Whether the spooky goings-on are optical illusion or genuine supernatural malevolence is open to question, but one contestant does die tragically. Readers looking for creepy chills and thrills will find plenty of satisfaction in this fast-paced book. Sullivan, Ed

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“Readers will enjoy the stories' different formats, from poetry to online chats. . . . [R]eaders will get chills imagining the terrors that can exist after dark. Nance crafts a compelling novel by giving insight into each character's secret fears as well as bringing the reader a dose of death, demons, and the paranormal. This book is a recommended purchase for public libraries with fans of the abnormal.”—VOYA

“The stories in this gripping page-turner, as well as the drama of the frightened teens dropping out one by one, will keep readers on the edge of their seats.”—School Library Journal

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I am enjoying Mr. Nance's rich world.
Lisa Amowitz
From the finalists he plans to select a winner who will be rewarded by having his or her story published.
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I feel like this book was a good idea, but lost something in the execution.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Amowitz on July 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My sixteen year old son read this book the night I gave it to him. He said he was scared to death but he couldn't stop reading it. If that 's not a good recommendation, what is? I've started it. I am enjoying Mr. Nance's rich world. I can feel the jaws of hell about to open and swallow me right along with its hapless characters! I love the design of the book, the letter excerpts and the illustrations along with Mr. Nance's clean matter of fact prose. I'm excited to read more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on August 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you are a fan of scary stories, be sure to get your hands on DAEMON HALL. Andrew Nance uses a unique approach that actually weaves ten scary stories into one already creepy tale.

Wade, Chelsea, Kara, Demarius, and Chris are five teens who have earned their place as finalists in a writing contest. Horror writer Ian Tremblin challenged teens to write their own scary stories. From the finalists he plans to select a winner who will be rewarded by having his or her story published. But there's a catch ...

The five finalists must bring their stories and their bedrolls and spend the night with Tremblin in Daemon Hall. No cell phones, no flashlights, just ten candles to keep the darkness at bay. During the night, a total on ten scary stories will be told, and after each story a candle will be extinguished, leaving the group in complete darkness until morning.

One story after another is told and darkness begins to take control. As the stories get creepier, so does the house. To add to the suspense, the teens begin to disappear one by one and Mr. Tremblin starts acting more bizarre. Who will win the honor of being published? Who will even survive the night in Daemon Hall?

Readers of DAEMON HALL are treated to ten truly frightening tales. Each on their own could entertain listeners around a campfire on a dark night. Andrew Nance's twisted tale will have you looking over your shoulder for many nights to come.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Horror writer Ian Tremblin holds a short story writing contest with an unusual prize: the five finalists will get to spend the evening with him in Daemon Hall, and the winner will be published. Wade and the others find much to fear in the haunted mansion, especially with an evening of horror story-telling planned... is Daemon Hall really alive? A tense thriller evolves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia L. Sanders-heng on June 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was surprised how well-written Daemon Hall is. Mr. Nance's characters come to life, and the reader is submurged deeper into the book with each chilling story. If you're a King fan, a Hitchcock fan this is a new author to keep up with. You will not be able to put it down.
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