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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612183662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612183664
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (797 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Incorporating elements from such genre classics as The Exorcist, Poltergeist, and Bad Seed, but telling its own story, this horror novel contains moments of genuine terror that should stick with readers long after they’ve finished the book. The story seems simple enough: Jack and his family (wife Aimee, daughters Abby and Charlie) survive a car accident, but afterward, six-year-old Charlie seems to change, to take on a new and frightening personality. Aimee struggles to understand what’s going on with her little girl, but Jack already knows: the horror that came to him when he was a child has found him again. Ahlborn doesn’t pull any punches here, delivering a story that is atmospheric and brutal, with an ending that is absolutely correct and absolutely horrifying. Genre fans should be enthusiastically pointed in this novel’s direction."
 — David Pitt

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"I absolutely loved Ahlborn’s evocative writing style, which was supersaturated with dark imagery throughout. Her poetic narrative enriched and deepened every sequence...this was a shockingly dark and sublimely creepy read that I won’t soon forget."
-Paul Goat Allen, Barnes&Noble .com

More About the Author

Born in Ciechanow Poland, Ania has always been drawn to the darker, mysterious, and sometimes morbid sides of life. Her earliest childhood memory is of crawling through a hole in the chain link fence that separated her family home from the large wooded cemetery next door. She'd spend hours among the headstones, breaking up bouquets of silk flowers so that everyone had their equal share.

Beyond writing, Ania enjoys gourmet cooking, baking, movies, drawing, and traveling. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband and two dogs, Beau the Scottie and Galaxy the Yorkie.



Learn more about Ania on her site, www.AniaAhlborn.com, where you can sign up for a direct-from-the-author newsletter on new releases, promos, and more.

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Very well written and paced.
BirdieTracy
Character and plot development in the second half of the book left a little to be desired and the ending fell short.
J. Schone
This is the first time I've read a book by this author and I have to say I was very imprested!
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151 of 171 people found the following review helpful By Gabino Iglesias on May 30, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
"Seed," is an instant classic full of traditional elements brilliantly woven into something completely new by the author's clean, crisp prose, creepy imagination and too-real dialogues. In the story, Jack Winter is a husband and father of two struggling for money. After a glimpse of something strange crossing in front of his car one night leads to a car accident with his whole family in the vehicle, things in the Winter household take a turn for the worse.

Jack's six year old daughter, Charlie, is the smallest of the Winter's. After the accident, she suddenly develops an attitude problem and has problems sleeping. As things start to go south with Charlie, Ahlborn teasingly unveils Jack's past. The result is a gripping, spine-chilling story told against the background of the Deep South. While using a child to tell a horror story is not new (think "The Omen," "The Exorcist," "Poltergeist," etc.), little Charlie gains the reader's sympathy even through her darkest moments. Also, by having a second child in the picture, Charlie's ten year-old sister, Abby, we have more than one point of view of what's going on. A particularly gruesome scene with the family dog is the perfect example of how a six year old can be the scariest thing in the world.

With the Southern Gothic Georgia and Louisiana as the background to the story, "Seed" scares the reader based on verisimilitude: one gets the sense that stories like this happen in Louisiana every once in a while. Ahlborn developed very strong, believable characters we've all met at some point.

While the story is very solid, enthralling and moves at the perfect pace, the end of the story is what truly sets this novel apart from anything else out there and the reason why you should get "Seed" as soon as it hits the market on June 1.
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121 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Jhyphen on October 17, 2011
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I wanted so badly for this book to be great! And based on the mass of positive reviews, I purchased and began reading with great excitement.

I found myself immediately at odds with the story. I hated one of the four main characters and was left largely ambivalent about the others. I thought that I would grow to care about them as the story progressed.

But as I wound my way through the story, I was left only frustrated. The characters didn't grow any more likable and ultimately, the author began killing off the only characters of worth: a dog and a cat.

The desperate story flails along, as one horror follows another, and the reader is left with a general sense of discontent when the ending comes to a crashing display of predictability.

In general, I don't mind a slightly predictable story, or even a story that has been rehashed a lot of times. Sadly, this story feels like the author penned herself into a corner, couldn't think of any clever way out of it, so she just wrote whatever came to her, which was neither clever, nor satisfying.

I'm not one to fault a book for not having a happy ending, and while I don't want to give spoilers, I feel it's necessary to say that all the horrors of the book came without any semblance of balance. No good came to any character in the book, no good came from any of the atrocities that occur. One reviewer stated that a book can't have demons without having God. I couldn't disagree more. This book doesn't need holy good to balance out the demon, but it needs SOMETHING. The book progresses with each and every fear realized, with only evil progressing successfully. If the book offered some semblance of a chance at the protagonists succeeding, it might seem worth reading.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Dannette on July 30, 2012
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I read the wonderful review of the book in the Kindle Daily Deal, and bought the book right away. I tend to trust the reviews there, especially when done by established authors of the genre. However, I think the reviewer missed the mark with this book.

Note: There are some semi-spoilers below. Proceed at your own risk.

This novel left me feeling as if something was missing. I don't know. Maybe a lack of anything hopeful or positive? There was certainly no balance. No good/evil. No yin/yang. No depth. The parents acted without any rhyme or reason, i.e. walking out on the psychiatrist. I'm not sure why that part was even part of the book, as it didn't take the story one step further down the road. The father knew what was going on, why did he waste the money?

I also was confused by the devil's physical presence as a shadow. Why have a shadow when the "devil" (not just a demon, mind you, but the Big Guy Downstairs), lived in the father, then the daughter? Was this an in-and-out Lucifer? Why this family? Why the tattoo? Can The Devil really be photographed? Does the devil really need the whole conception thing in order to live on? If his current body dies unexpectedly, is he dead, too? So many questions without answers.

I didn't feel invested in any of the characters, probably because of the lack of development. Well, okay, I did care about the dog and cat, and I was disappointed in how they were, shall we say, handled. There were other options at this author's disposal that would have provided more filet mignon and less roadkill. More Academy Awards and less snuff film.

In the end, I felt as though there was a lot of gratuitous, horrific violence done by young children. It appeared to be written more for shock value and Kindle ratings than for creating an interesting novel that will stand the test of time. This author can write, the talent is there, but Stephen King she's not.
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