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Dark Harvest Paperback – Bargain Price, September 4, 2007
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Released in a signed limited edition as part of Cemetery Dance's 2006 Halloween line, "Dark Harvest" has been chosen by Publisher's Weekly as one of the year's best. How rare is it that a small press book gets this kind of recognition? Read it, and you'll find out why.
Partridge has created sympathetic characters that could very well be people you know. The story centers around a small town with secrets that has a Halloween ritual every year where the teenage boys are locked in their rooms without food for five days and unleashed in the town on Halloween night with the mission to find and kill the October Boy. The person who kills him will be given a free ride out of the city and his parents will be rewarded by the town. Every year this plays out, every year another winner. As the secrets of the town and the origin of the October Boy are revealed, it is appearant that nothing in this place is what it seems. A young boy and girl figure this out, and do what they can to escape.
The book is short, but Partridge tells you everything you need to know.Read more ›
As the reader, you get the impression from the book description that you're going to be set for a rather typical good vs. evil, boy vs. monster plot scenario. But what Partridge delivers is so much more and so much different than your average horror novel. This is the tale of the scarecrow creature known as the October Boy. Upon his resurrection each Halloween, the small town's teenage boys compete for the honor of being the first one to destroy old Sawtooth Jack. Because if a boy is crowned the winner of the "Run", it's his ticket out of town. In fact, it's the only way anyone ever escapes the cornfields and the never ending nothingness of this particular midwest 'burg. Pete McCormick is 16 years old, and he is determined to be this year's winner of the Run. He wants out of town, and the only way to get his wish is to stop the October Boy from making it to the town square church before midnight.
However, Partridge's trick along the way is a clever story twist to keep the reader guessing about who the victims really are and who the monsters really are. What is the history behind this macabre tradition that has the farm folk running rabid every Halloween night? Partridge does a wonderful job of setting you up for one type of story, then stopping you in your tracks, and finally putting his own unique spin on the plot flow to really keep you guessing. His pacing and prose are both switch-blade sharp and will take you for a ride like few other authors can.
When I read DARK HARVEST, it reminded me of another novel by Joe R.Read more ›
My main gripe with the novella is the rushed ending and the reason for the sacrifice of the contest winner and his becoming of next year's October Boy. There is no blood sacrifice/ Pagan god Appeasement as there is implied in Shirley Jackson's The Lottery. There is no mention of a town curse or any implication. It doesn't add to the whimsy or mystery of the story not mentioning a motive of "The Harvest Club" it just seems like lazy writing. Other than that it was a decent enough Halloween themed book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely love this book! A perfect Halloween seasonal read, a perfect anytime read. The setting, the characters, the lore that is built... perfect. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Zakk @ The Eyes Of Madness
Disappointment is the emotion I'm feeling as I start this review. I had this book on my "absolutely have to read" list for quite a few years now, so when I was able to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by coachtim
Really enjoyable Halloween read. Wonderful atmosphere and a unique and chilling story. I was totally invested all the way through. Big thumbs up for me.Published 10 months ago by Mark Gunnells
Really fun Halloween story. Interesting premise that doesn't get old. The characters are fairly well sketched out, but there are a few that get a little two-dimensional or tropey. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Justin Hawn
Without a doubt, Partridge captures the best Halloween fiction ever put on paper.
I re-read it once a year and have a loaner copy to give others. Read more
Good old fashioned fun. I would have appreciated more backstory on how the town came to be this way and why some were so invested in the ritual, but it didn't detract from the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by kathy
Great spin on the whole lottery story concept. Well placed easy to read little yarn that will keep you entertained throughoutPublished 16 months ago by Benjamin m. Stanislawski