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The Rain Dancers [Kindle Edition]

Greg F. Gifune
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Book Description

He arrives in darkness, in the middle of a violent affable old man with tales to tell...

When Will and Betty Colby return to Betty's hometown to settle her late father's affairs and prepare his house for sale, they assume they'll be faced with some cleaning, basic repairs and making runs to the local dump. Will also hopes it will afford Betty a chance to reflect on the difficult relationship she had with her father. But something more is happening in this quiet little town, in this dark old house at the end of this seemingly deserted dirt road.

In the middle of a rainstorm, a man calling himself Bob Laurent appears in the night on their doorstep, claiming to be an old family friend. He seems harmless enough, only Betty has no memory of him. Yet he knows everything about her, her father and their lives. He even knows intimate details about Will and his life. While the storm rages on, a cauldron of tension, suspicion and fear builds between the couple and the stranger, dragging Will and Betty to the very brink of madness.

A vile and unrelenting evil has returned to claim what was taken from it long ago, and all the demons of the past, present and probable future have come home to roost. Before the storm clears and the sun rises, Will and Betty Colby will come to know the horrifying truth.

People live and die...but the evil they do is eternal.

Editorial Reviews


"Dark literature at its finest and further cements Greg's place as one of the top authors on the planet." --Famous Monsters of Filmland

About the Author

Greg F. Gifune is a best-selling, internationally-published author of several acclaimed novels, novellas and two short story collections.  Called, "One of the best writers of his generation" by both The Roswell Literary Review and author Brian Keene, and "Among the finest dark suspense writers of our time" by legendary best-selling author Ed Gorman, Greg's work has been published all over the world, translated into several languages, consistently praised by readers and critics alike, and has garnered attention from Hollywood.  His novel THE BLEEDING SEASON, originally published in 2003, has been hailed as a classic in the genre and is considered to be one of the best horror/thriller novels of the decade.  Also a respected editor with years of experience in the field in a variety of positions, Greg resides in Massachusetts with his wife Carol, a bevy of cats and two dogs, Dozer and Bella.

Product Details

  • File Size: 298 KB
  • Print Length: 77 pages
  • Publisher: DarkFuse (January 22, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Z3SP8E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gifune at his best May 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Greg's latest book by DarkFuse, "The Rain Dancers" is a dark, unrelenting journey into the evils that can befall the innocent and the scars they leave behind. This book will leave you emotionally shaken and breathless in it's wake. Greg does this better than anyone...period.

From the very first page Greg draws you into a tale with his impeccable prose and atmosphere, his characters and the unique way he has of placing you in the middle of the story. I can guarantee once you start you will not be able to put it down.

Will and Betty return to Betty's father house to clean it out so they can sell it and to also settle his last affairs. An old man, Bob Laurent, shows up at their door in the middle of a violent rain storm, claiming to be an old family friend. Betty doesn't remember him and Will dislikes him immediately.

Without giving away too much of the story I have to say once Bob appeared and started integrating himself into the dynamic of the story my skin started to crawl, as I too found myself hating him as much as Will.

That is the thing I love about Greg's characters and writing. I feel as if I am going through what his characters are going through and what Will was going through with Bob was enough to make my blood boil.

As the night progresses and things start getting out of control, truths and secrets are slowly revealed, sanity questioned and demons uncovered that all lead to a mind blowing ending that will leave you gasping and unnerved.

"The Rain Dancers" is dark literature at its finest and further cements Greg's place as one of the top authors on the planet. I wholeheartedly give it my highest recommendation and is a story you do not want to miss.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gigune's Finest Nightmare May 1, 2012
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With reading many of the author's works, I usually tread lightly, not knowing whether I will get his "best" efforts, or "weakest" of writings. A couple of his works really disappointed me (Gardens of Night, Midnight Solitaire), but some really impressed me too (Deep Night, Apartment Seven). Thankfully, The Rain Dancers is his finest masterpiece.

The story, told in first person narrative, draws you in like the sound of falling rain...enticing, mesmerizing, haunting. What enfolds is one man's nightmare of a love tainted by evil. I will not get into the details of the plot (like most amazon reviews), but lets just say that Will Colby, the main character, will do anything for his wife, Betty; even traverse the hellish ride that awaits him. The story reveals many "evils," some that touched me personally.

The novella length is perfect, the pacing is unrelentless, and the writing poetic and unflinching. I think the narrative style (first person P.O.V.) is really the author's strength at telling his stories, especially since he is a character-driven author, and I hope he does this more with future works.

Mr. Gifune, simply brilliant! Bravo!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had me squirming May 9, 2012
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Gifune is definitely a master. I found myself squirming and uncomfortable throughout this story as the sense of unease grew stronger and more concrete. A testament to the concept that, contrary to Shakespeare, the evil that men do does live beyond the interment of their bones in the form of scars and even ghosts that haunt the living. In fact, evil never truly dies.

5 stars. As others have said, if you are not reading Gifune, you should be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the Past Comes Calling... June 6, 2012
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Greg Gifune has been creating some of the most memorable dark fiction for the past decade with critically acclaimed works like "The Bleeding Season," "Deep Night," "Heretics," and "Saying Uncle," just to name a few. Now you can add his latest novella "The Rain Dancers" to his ever-growing list.

Will and Betty Colby have returned to Betty's hometown to clean out and sell her late father's home, but her "Uncle Bob" has decided to drop in for a visit to pay his condolences. Arriving at the old ramshackle house at the end of a deserted dirt road in the middle of a calamitous rainstorm, seemingly harmless and caring Uncle Bob regales the couple with tales of old, stories of Betty's youth, and remembrances of Betty's father. The only problem is, neither of them know who Uncle Bob is, and Will is certain that he's making blatant passes at his wife.

Through a haze of beer and wine while the storm ravages the landscape outside, Will tries desperately to convince his wife that there's something wrong with the old man, who seems to know secrets about Will himself, all leading to a shocking and heartbreaking finality, but maybe the only ending possible for those involved...because when the past comes calling, you must answer.

Gifune's prose is fluid, his pacing perfectly plotted, and his characters full of life. These components always seem to be true of Greg's work, and "The Rain Dancers" is no exception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspensful Masterpiece! January 20, 2013
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The Rain Dancers was a pleasant surprise. I have heard of Gifune's writing from the Goodreads group Horror Aficionados for some time now, but never really took the plunge. Recently, I joined the DarkFuse book club, and this is one of the novellas that I got for free for joining.

Getting the novella for free wasn't the pleasant surprise, though that was pleasant enough. No, what grounded me and got my head spinning was the great characterization and dialogue within this short, intense masterpiece.

Will and Betty return to Betty's hometown a year after her father's death to clean out his house and put it up for sale. On their first night a terrible rainstorm hits, and with it comes Bob Laurent. Bob claims that he's an old friend of Betty's father who moved away when Betty was only a teenager. He says they were so close that Betty used to call him "Uncle Bob." This appears to be true, because he knows an awful lot about Betty and her family.

The only problem is, Betty doesn't remember Bob Laurent. As the night, and Bob's visit, wears on, Betty slowly begins to remember Laurent. More importantly, she remembers what he is.

The Rain Dancers is tense from beginning until the end and I had a lot of fun reading it. It read very well as a novella, but I could see it being adapted as a play and/or a movie as well. A very engaging story and highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.
It absolutely floors me just how good of a writer Greg Gifune is. Why I have waited so long to read a title by Greg Gifune is beyond my comprehension. Read more
Published 24 days ago by SLeedom
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
I wanted to give it 3.5 star but 4 is justified considering the quality of writing. It holds your attention for most of the part but the ending was not satisfactory for me.
Published 1 month ago by milind jha
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and frightening read of the highest order!
Will and Betty have arrived at her late father Earle’s house to arrange for the property to be cleared and the contents sorted prior to its imminent sale. Read more
Published 2 months ago by RT Twinem
4.0 out of 5 stars Packs a lot of punch in 77 pages...
Gifune did an excellent job at building the suspense and a palpable sense of menace. It is a short read, but worth every penny. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. J. Noble
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and well-concieved
This is a disturbing, atmospheric, entirely creepy novella that is best read in one sitting late at night. Read more
Published 3 months ago by rvialet
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!
Wow...I think I have found my new favorite horror writer! I was a little confused by the ending, but that still doesn't take away from how great this creepy novella is written. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R Reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars GIFUNE IS A MASTER WITH TONE
An incredible book. A page turner with a long half life even after you're finished. Quick, concise, but challenging. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping character-driven novella
Gripping character-driven novella. Gifune is a master of existentialist suspense. One of my favorites in his body of work.
Published 3 months ago by NbleSavage
4.0 out of 5 stars good but it broke my brain
I'm not quite sure what to make of the ending. Greg often does this with his books, yet I keep reading. Very well written, grabbed my attention and made me want more.
Published 4 months ago by Adam C. Hartley
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read
A short story, but not an incomplete story. I was drawn into the story line and intrigued with the premise. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Table4two
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More About the Author

Called "One of the best writers of his generation" by both the Roswell Literary Review and author Brian Keene, GREG F. GIFUNE is the author of numerous short stories, several novels, screenplays and two short story collections (HERETICS and DOWN TO SLEEP). His work has been published all over the world, consistently praised by readers and critics alike, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and The Midwest Book Review (among others) and has recently garnered interest from Hollywood. His novels include CHILDREN OF CHAOS, DOMINION, THE BLEEDING SEASON, DEEP NIGHT, BLOOD IN ELECTRIC BLUE, SAYING UNCLE, A VIEW FROM THE LAKE, NIGHT WORK, DRAGO DESCENDING, CATCHING HELL, JUDAS GOAT and LONG AFTER DARK. Greg resides in Massachusetts with his wife Carol and a bevy of cats. He can be reached online at: or through his official web site at:

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