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Product Details

  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Vivisphere Pub (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892323141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892323149
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,765,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The grimmest of fairy tales, Montana Gothic delicately taps the terror within like a cobweb's touch on a moonless night." -- William Hjortsberg

A truly chilling book which bequeaths its terror to the reader just as its characters bequeath their terror to one another... -- Rocky Mountain Magazine

Like a darkening cloud, Montana Gothic sweeps its shadow over fifty years as one man flees sorrow but finds terror... -- G. Sutton Breiding

About the Author

Dirck Van Sickle lives in Manhattan.

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An interesting character.
josephine briggs
I assume the cowboy and western elements are such that men would enjoy, but the inner terror that permeates this substantial work is what I feed upon.
Olivia Lemon
The stories are intricate and fascinating in the way they connect with one another, and the overall structure of the book is unique and enticing.
Mike Smith

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Randall Stickrod on June 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
Since I first ran across this book more than 20 years ago, I've had a consuming desire to meet the author. I want to ask him what motivated this strange, unclassifiable work. It may be of more interest to someone who was raised in Montana, who can appreciate the dark side that Van Sickle captured in a uniquely eerie way, but even without a personal connection to the landscape of the book, it is an unforgettable read. I'm thrilled to see it back in print, and hope it gets more attention this time around.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Waddy on July 1, 2003
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This twisted tale starts in the early 20th Century and its style is so appropriate that the ending comes as a real blow although expected and inevitable. The tale goes on from there, through the decades and inevitable is the keynote. This book should be taught in colleges as it is the perfect use of prose to wring our minds with truly profound horror. Not ghosts or goblins, but the real horror of mortality and fate. And yet we want to read it again, or talk about it -- like Poe, like Faulkner, it brings us into areas we hadn't considered, but which are surely there for all of us. I'll never forget this book, but it may not be for everyone. I read that the author died last year; what a tombstone to leave behind! Truly an overlooked masterpiece in our literature.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Olivia Lemon on August 15, 2001
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We think horror is the supernatural, as with so many cheap stories. But in all of us, our true horror starts in our mind, and Van Sickle knows this in this very horrifying book. In a way, it is healing, insofar as the mental terror here is a way out of our own. I assume the cowboy and western elements are such that men would enjoy, but the inner terror that permeates this substantial work is what I feed upon. A first class job of fusing the West with the Nightmare. Unlike the other reviewer, I don't want to meet the author--especially on one of my dark nights. But I have reread this book three times and it makes me stronger each time. The best, and strangest, book I own. Olivia Lemon RN, NYC
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2002
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The 4 parts of this story are like 4 bullets hitting you in each corner, but something about them makes for a 5th bullet that gets you in the middle. How does it work? Friends I've turned on to it can't say, but they agree it is psycologically perfect in terms of doing it to you! If you love Horror/Weird, see how this one does it subtley in "subtext" as well as overtly. Why didn't it win some kind of prize? Maybe there's a bias against such truly dark writing -- but not here! I looked for other works by this author and found only a prescient and out of print ECOLOGICAL CIIZEN (non-fiction) but nothing since M.Gothic. One can see why! It's all in this one strange novel.
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