- Hardcover: 364 pages
- Publisher: Playboy Press; 1st edition (1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671169750
- ISBN-13: 978-0671169756
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By Hardcover – 1977
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Instead of giving us a simple "voodoo men raise demons and other boogeymen with curses" type plot, which is straight out of a B movie, Farris structures the story so that it is believable, frightening, sophisticated, and chilling in its insinuations. Nor is this the type of story that has a predictable plot. You never guess the horror of the first few pages and you will never see the ending coming. Farris also never fails to give us great action throughout the story. A character jumping out of a window sending shards of glass flying is just the norm in this story. And they do get cut. "What do you think this is, a western?" as Early Boy says. Farris not only gives us a masterfully woven plot, he also delievers great action, and a pretty good scary story.
That being said, I've read a smattering of Farris over the years. His work is readable, if not compulsively so, and it goes quick-- if it weren't for the supernatural elements, I'd call Farris a writer of slick mysteries in the John D. MacDonald tradition. He has the same sense of pace and timing, and the same wry, understated sense of irony that, when it works, is as funny as anything ever penned by Douglas Adams. And this was right along the same lines.Read more ›
Is the "big bad" of this novel worthy of our fear or our pity? And what about those that helped bring it about? The resolution shuffles to a finish, and is wrapped up in about 25 pages. The rest of the novel discusses plot points that either go nowhere or end up so lackluster that when you finally uncover the mystery it's more of an "oh" than a "oh wow!"
How exactly did the main family of this novel become what it is? There are hints on the book jacket that this family has a secret evil past, but it's never proven. Why exactly did this evil visit this family? It's explained in about two sentences. Those looking for a book with a big payoff should look elsewhere.
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Voodoo fantasy, but a page turner, if a little wordy at times. It is obvious that Farris did some research on voodoo. I learned some interesting things about it.Published on December 9, 2013 by C. L Wilson
John Farris' All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By is one of the most original and creative works available in the horror genre and will surely be hailed as a masterpiece of horror... Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by Hwang
I don't care if the story becomes disjointed and doesn't live up to its opening scene. That scene alone was worth gold to me, as a writer. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by hawthorne wood
Having never read anything by John Farris, I stumbled upon his 1977 novel "All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By" after seeing David J. Read morePublished on November 4, 2010 by s.ferber
Horror: 100 Best Books led me to this novel. It is an interesting read but...long. Farris aspires to a literary/Southern Gothic writing style that can be confusing at times. Read morePublished on August 19, 2008 by JR Pinto
This here's perhaps one of the best horror novels I've ever read. Great characters and complex plot, from it's startling beginning to the satisfying climax, it's a page turner that... Read morePublished on July 23, 2007 by David Keith
I can't believe this book is out of print. And I can't believe it
hasn't been made into a movie. It's up there in the pantheon of the gods...Lovecraft, Blackwood. Read more
Before I even got this book, I had already read several of his novels and enjoyed each one immensely. However, I found this book difficult to read... Read morePublished on February 13, 2001 by Amazon Customer