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Those Across the River Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 6, 2011
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“An unsettling brew of growing menace spiked with flashes of genuine terror—do not miss this chilling debut. Christopher Buehlman is a writer to watch. I look forward to hearing from him again. And soon.” —F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Sibs
“Lures you into a different era, seduces you with eloquent prose and sensual period details, then clamps down on your jugular…An outstanding debut.”—Hank Schwaeble, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Diabolical
“Beautifully written…with a cast of Southern characters so real you can almost see the sweat roll down the page. The ending is exceedingly clever.”—Boston Herald --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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First, I liked most of this book a lot. Christopher Buehlman's writing voice captured the 1930s mood and southern gothic tone the novel required. The building sense of forboding was not harmed by his subtle foreshadowing, and while certain elements were clearly telegraphed, it all made sense within the narrative.
I especially liked the narrator's identity as a World War I veteran with PTSD. This kept it current to today's wartime experiences, while remaining rooted in the narrative's time period. I do wish the author had done more with the narrator's identity as a disgraced college professor - it's important for the early pages, but then it fades into the background. Academia is its own kind of horror, so I just think there was untapped tension there.
Buehlman has a poetry background, and I believe that comes through. One advance review compared him to F. Scott Fitzgerald, but William Faulkner is more accurate (it also compared him to Dean Koontz, but Buehlman is a superior writer).
The first two-thirds are close to HP Lovecraft in overall feel (and Faulkner in writing style). The reader knows there's something bad going on, but the point of the novel is what the reader expects to be the horrific reveal, as ancient secrets come to light, and the narrator falls victim to curses, blood, destiny, etc. But, as for the big reveal...I was kind of meh about it. Let me put it this way - Buehlman sets up an expectation of supernatural horror based on the bad luck of bloodlines, but the real ending doesn't connect those dots in a unique way, and it sort of devolves into conventional Grand Guignol.Read more ›
I've read a lot of creepy books over the past couple of months; I think this is the creepiest. The build-up of suspense and horror starts slowly and subtly, with hints and clues and vague allegations. However, once those across the river are revealed completely, things progress rapidly. A crescendo is reached and it seems like that might be the end, only for things to start back up, reach another crescendo ... it's like watching a horror movie when you think the monster is dead, but they aren't really and they pop back out at you time and again. I loved it - I think it might give me nightmares, but I loved it! If you like horror, you will LOVE "Those Across the River."
Enter Frank Nichols, a wounded Great War veteran escaping a checkered past, who hopes that an inherited house might provide just the new start that he and his young 'wife', Eudora, need. While Eudora replaces Frank's deceased aunt as schoolteacher, Frank settles down to write a book about his grandfather, the aforementioned evil plantation owner. In his quest for understanding, he is drawn over the river in search of the ruined plantation. What he finds sends him scurrying back across the river, uncertain what exactly he encountered and whether he wants to share what he has seen with others.
As Frank and Eudora begin to adapt to life in Whitbrow, they are are invited to a townhall meeting to discuss whether or not to abandon The Chase. What they decide will change Whitbrow forever.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Christopher Buehlman’s Those Across The River is a richly atmospheric horror story that is edge of seat your good, amazingly written, creepy – like spiders tip-tapping up your... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeff Jellets
Really good first novel. Buehlman is great at developing a sense of creeping dread that slowly accumulates until it becomes almost unbearable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Craig Larson
I was captivated by this suspenseful, bittersweet tale of star-crossed lovers and the darkness that seemed to lurk just out of sight. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Katrina Stevenson
Awesome book! Very creepy. I couldn't finish it fast enough, then was sad it was over. Mr. Buehlman's character's are interesting and complex, they draw you in.Published 5 months ago by Jennifer Wall
It has been so long since I've read a book about real werewolves. You know, not the ones that look like they just walked off an Indian reservation in well-fitting jeans, all... Read morePublished 6 months ago by bethcross
When a friend recommended Those Across the River to me, I knew immediately it was going to be my kind of book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by WindTrailPublishing
This is my second book in a row by Buehlman( see my review of The Lesser Dead). Just another great literate horror novel. Read morePublished 10 months ago by andrew review
Not a fan of this book. I didn't care for the authors style of writing. I didn't care for the characters or the overall story line. Read morePublished 10 months ago by hrdryd