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Product Details

  • Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Spectral Visions; First Edition edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931402213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931402217
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,733,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... fine balance in horror fiction...marks her as a pro.

...reminiscent of Stephen King,... -- THE SWAMP Book Review

...hauntingly dark tale...the edge of my seat...slept only with the light on. A masterful tale of horror. -- Joan M. McCarty, Senior Editor/Publisher, Alternate Realities Webzine

...is a blood-soaked novel of horror and magic...with plot twists a-plenty and characters you won't soon forget. -- Edo van Belkom, Bram Stoker Award winning author of 'Teeth'

...perfect for a dark Halloween night...your elephant gun within easy reach.

...feast for the die-hard horror fan . -- Jo Rogers, MyShelf.com

...will keep you enraptured long into the evening... relentless and inventive...you've never read anything like it before... -- HELLNOTES

Barron's comic style is as entertaining as the story is chilling... -- RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE

PHANTOM FEAST... a gruesome and original tale...rare to find something as unique as this...thoroughly enjoyed this novel... -- Horror, Thriller, Mystery, and Suspense site

This is a supernatural tale of first order as Barron blends psychological edges with...a few bucketfuls of gore... -- Really Scary: Horror Industry News for Movies, TV, DVDs, Books, Writers, Toys & More

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Phantom Feast was been nominated for the 2001 BRAM STOKER AWARD from THE HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION for Superior Achievement in the First Novel Category.

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I had so much fun reading this book, I just couldn't put it down.
Marcy Italiano
The book is full of dark and bizarre horror ingredients, while magical fantasy is added to spice up the already hot story.
phillip tomasso III
Only a talented writer can create reader empathy for her characters, and Ms. Barron has talent to spare.
Shannon Riley

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By phillip tomasso III on October 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
Surprising, non-stop, or in a word, compelling. Diana Barron must have an unparalleled mind when it comes to imagination. Her first novel, Phatom Feast, in my opinion, is a successful cross of genres. The book is full of dark and bizarre horror ingredients, while magical fantasy is added to spice up the already hot story. Topping off this `Feast', is a mystery that kept me turning pages.
Everything must start at the beginning. Phatom Feast is no different. Barron introduces a line of characters that are each more unique than the next and each with a background more mystifyingly intense then the one before it. When a house touched by magic seemingly takes over the city-when a jungle explodes into the heart of Hester, New York-when everything was once considered sane and, if not normal, at least explainable . . .
Some unknown horror stalks those who are unfortunate enough to find themselves as victims of prey. If the city streets still resembled paved roads instead of wintry woods full of carnivorous beasts, perhaps escaping with your life might seem more possible. But when the unexpected is the norm, then . . . good luck finding a sanctuary.
Phatom Feast is an almost guaranteed haunting read. Clever dialogue and creative narrative allow a reader to become absorbed into the story, as if an included character in Diana Barron's story. From the beginning until the magical end, Barron's novel not only held my interest it demanded my attention. I will impatiently be awaiting more from this talented writer.

--Phillip Tomasso III, author of Third Ring & Tenth House
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. beckley on October 27, 2009
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I read the reviews for this book and even selected it for my first book club meeting. It was very disappointing. The characters were all equally developed, there was none that stood out to which I could identify and often the descriptions were just plain boring. Characters seemed stereotypical and the pages describing them were often only two pages before they were killed. It got to the point where I just skipped ahead because what is the point of reading a cliche description of a stereotyped character, that you don't develop any feelings for, only to have them leave the plot two pages later. Technically, I thought the reading level was very low- tenth grade. The alternate reality was mildly interesting, but nothing particularly clever or page-turning. I'm sorry to say that I disliked the book enough to spend the time reviewing it so that others might not waste their time if they are looking for something with any depth at all.
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By S. Boddington on November 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was pleased to meet Diana Barron at one of her book signings in October, but I had no idea what was in store for me when I bought Phantom Feast. Fortunately it was a Friday when I began reading, otherwise I would have been forced to cart the book around with me to my university classes and to work, because I honestly could NOT put Phantom Feast down. I paused from reading only once to call my mother and rave about this fabulously weird and wild story. What a gift for narration, what an imagination! I am absolutely crazy about the animals and the imagery within their tale. There is a sadness and a beauty that immediately connected my heart to them. Diana Barron has an immense talent for description, and the characters involved - let me warn you, they are not characters, but real people that jump right up at you off the pages. Even now they are romping around in my head along with all the wild beasts - read the book and you'll know what I am talking about. As I was walking through the story like an old friend of each victim, I mean villager of Hester, the hairs on the back of my own neck were standing completely upright. 'Yikes!' was the first word that came to mind, followed by 'hungry' - for more, more, more! My sincere compliments to the author for serving up a shockingly savory Phantom Feast. Can't wait for the next one.
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Erin was once trapped in an abusive childhood; now she is trapped in a body that holds her prisoner. Even though she has devoted friends, who are like an extended family, to care for her, she longs for freedom. And just as she found a way to free herself from the horrors of childhood, she finds a way to be free once more, but the price may be the destruction of the entire town.
When invisible monsters stalk the streets of the little town of Hester, New York, and the fimiliar landscape is transformed into an exotic terrain ruled by hordes of wild beasts, the handful of survivors must find a way to combat the terror before all is lost.
Diana Barron has written a spell-binding first novel. She uses well-turned dialogue, diverse and credible characters and exciting narriation to bring her story to life, and the suspense and relentless action keep the reader turning pages.
I felt compassion for the victims, yet aside from the one true villain in the story, I understood and was touched by the plight of the antagonists as well -- victims themselves in a different way. Only a talented writer can create reader empathy for her characters, and Ms. Barron has talent to spare.
A well-done story with a satisfying ending.
Highly recommended.
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