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The Bleeding Season Paperback – October 30, 2007
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. . . The Bleeding Season is a ride no one should miss. -- Gerard Houarner, Author of Road To Hell
Greg Gifune is the author that everyone should be reading. -- Brian Keene, Author of The Rising
The Bleeding Season takes us into the hallucinatory realm of jagged edge and bleeding color . . . -- Mort Castle, Author of Moon on the Water --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I was curious and so I bought the Children of Chaos book and I have to say I was forever changed in pinpointing some of the greatest horror writers in existence. Gifune is possibly one of the most descriptive writers living today. His nightmarishly driven word play is a one of a kind experience.
He is a writer above and beyond so many others. It is a shame that he is not a household name like certain other horror writers or writers period.
Gifune scares the living s*** out of me.
He is so far beyond simple stories. He seems to write from the depths of Darkness. The Bleeding Season is that prime example of that Darkness. It's as if you're entering a Crypt, and Page after page your imagination becomes the torment of the story. The book slowly creates characters that you become in a sense, the victim, or the one creating the victim. The passion, power and the brutal nature of the situations that descend throughout this story, is like staring into the eyes of Madness, into the reality of insanity, or as the story creates, looking into the eyes of demons.
What would happen if one day you found out the person you thought you knew, that you loved, that you cared for, that you grew up with, was not that person you thought you knew. A person that you considered a family member was not who he said, he was, and through that discovery, that you slowly investigate, slowly uncover, slowly sink into the depths of who that person really is ultimately changes everything.
Once you get there inside that Darkness, staring back at you, from the one you considered a friend, a family member you alter your whole understanding. Once you stare into that person's truth, and realize exactly who that person is, nothing you had ever imagined, nothing that your wildest Darkness of a nightmare could ever fathom stares back at you. So begins the story of a group of kids, Alan, Donald, Rick, Bernard and Tommy, friends that grew up knowing each other. Caring about each other. One day the grown up Alan gets a phone call, answers it to realize that one of his best friends, one of the group, the Clique, Bernard has killed himself.
The clan comes together, Alan the security guard. Donald the closeted homosexual, and Rick the one with a violent temper, who has done jail time try and understand why a friend did this. Days later after the suicide, a letter shows up at Rick's. Inside the envelope, it is a cassette tape. That cassette tape is Bernard’s suicide note, but what it does, is it opens a Pandora's Box that Alan, Donald, and Rick could never see coming.
The Bleeding Season is a brilliant character driven plot. Teenage years in flashbacks, and present day adulthood come together in secrets and lies, but most of all hidden nightmares that aren't supposed to exist.
There are moments in this book that an unimaginable structured poetry of Darkness comes to life. It's a poetry of evil. A descriptive reality of the situations, from hallucinations, to nightmare's and dreams, to a waking zombie like state. Alan is created flawlessly. He's an average person. A working man. A man that had dreams, and yet failed to accomplish what he wanted to do. Alan is the protagonist of the story, yet in a way the true protagonist is what is Haunting Alan. Alan in the sense has basically failed in life, in some sorts and now he is smack dab in a mystery. In a darkened horror that he now must solve. He now must come to the conclusion of what his friend really was about.
The way Gifune writes. He gives oxygen to the characters. He creates scenarios, believable, yet so out there, that your mind slowly becomes a part of them. I have stated I had to pace this book out, because this book is absolutely scary, absolutely hair-raising, Goosebumps inducing, nightmarish brutality. This book haunts me. It really does scare the senses, and that is one reason why I had to pace the book out. Believe me it wasn't pleasant nightmares that this book gave me. For it creates an emotional roller coaster inside the reader.
The whole book comes to life in so many ways. It's hard to pin point each and every moment that stands out and smacks you in the face. There are so many moments of artistic word play. I love the way Gifune is able to take words and craft moments that seem so vivid and real to the point you start to question your own surroundings. I swear as I approached Chapter 19 I was already looking over my shoulder. Listening for sounds. Something I love doing is reading in the dark, by a book light, or Kindle, or Nook light, it adds all the more creepiness to the reality taking place in the book, specifically when your reading a horror novel, or a suspense book.
Now I have mentioned Chapter 19. The first 18 Chapters totally floored me. Chapter 19 scared the doo doo out of me, and the complete completion of the novel haunts me, and that is the ultimate brilliance of this book. Very few books can scare me. The Bleeding Season is one of them that did, and will continue to haunt me.
The book had everything. It contained everything I seek in a great book. It has everything I want in a novel. Gifune is a brutal writer. A visionary of decay, death, hell and most of all human evil. Greg F Gifune constructs, executes, and owns the world of writing. The Bleeding Season is a prime example of that reality.
Would I Return to: Gifune has not disappointed me yet, I will always praise and return often to his books; after I have read them. I will return to this one in the future and be haunted and disturbed all over again.
Would I Recommend: In a heartbeat. You like good writing. You like truly hair raising reads then look no further. For this is a book that will take you to the edge and throw your dam ass right over it.
Length: 348 pages
Year Published: 2003
Four Final Words: Bloody Hell. Brutal. Nefarious
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Not a quick read for me, as Greg takes his time developing his characters and getting down the poignant aspects of the back-story, which only slightly distracted me from the pace. Greg is undisputedly a master of dark fiction and this one is surely a classic. Greg F Gifune is one of the best in the biz. Required reading for horror aficionados. Solid 4.5 Stars. Highly Recommended.
I plan to devour more of his work and you should too.
In a small town on the coast of Massachusetts is a small group of friends. Five boys, until Tommy is hit by a car and killed. In the present, those remaining friends are middle aged and Bernard was not the person his friends thought he was. He has committed suicide and left and odd type of suicide note. Now his friends are trying to figure out who he really was. They lead unhappy lives and take a disturbing look at their pasts in search of answers. What they find is that Bernard had some very dark secrets. He was a serial killer with a dark evil mind. The evil didn't end with the death of their friend.
This book captivating with well developed characters and Gifune does an amazing job spinning the horror. I rarely do 5 stars. I was really impressed.
It definitely does not have an ending that resolves and explains everything, in fact it's pretty close to the opposite, so if that's not your thing, be forewarned. You'll be thinking long after you put it down about what REALLY happened, and for me, that's a great thing - a book that refuses to be put back on the shelf and forgotten.
Can't recommend this one highly enough.