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Dark Hollow Paperback – June 4, 2012
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“… a post apocalyptic narrative that revels in its blunt and visceral descriptions.” —The New York Times Book Review
“The enormity of Keene’s imagination is both rare and wonderful." —Publishers Weekly
“A virtuoso writer. A true master of the genre.” —Fangoria
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Top Customer Reviews
Brian Keene surprised me this time, I didn't particularly like "The Conqueror Worms" and after reading it I was afraid that his style was set in stone; that another story would have random additives and would be scattered, but not so with "Dark Hollow". Was it literary genius? No, but it was darn addictive and enjoyable, it did what a good, gripping fiction book should - it enchanted the reader and gave satisfaction for reading it. I felt my teeth sink into the story until I absorbed its contents. It took me in and hardly ever stopped being great.Read more ›
Actually, Dark Hollow is a pretty good book and there is a certain King-like quality to it. After all, the main character is a writer (very common to King protagonists) and he likes to throw in rock `n roll references here and there (another King trait). The hero in Dark Hollow is Adam Senft, a writer who is just beginning to be successful enough to be a full-time novelist. He and his wife Tara live in a small Pennsylvania town that abuts a large, old forest. One morning while walking his dog, Adam goes into the forest and stumbles upon a female neighbor indulging in rather kinky acts with what turns out to be a satyr.
Of course, Adam doesn't realize this at first, but soon enough, he realizes that there is a supernatural being living in the forest, one that can play its pipes and hypnotically seduce any woman. As women begin to disappear, and even Tara hears the call of the satyr, Adam recruits his nearby friends to take action. This will involve looking into a decades-old murder case as well as more excursions into the forest, where it will turn out the satyr is not the only strange creature.
Keene may not stylistically be the most original author, but he works well in the horror genre. Dark Hollow is an effective thriller which keeps the pages turning and leads to a satisfying concluding twist. He may not be Stephen King, but Keene is still worth reading.
The story of Dark Hollow follows the fledgling writer Adam Senft who accidentally becomes central to a plot steeped in ancient myth and magic. Adam lives in the prototypical all-American neighborhood complete with neighbors who are not just neighbors but good friends. These neighbors join Adam in defending their wives and neighbors against the terror who lives within the dark and shadows of LeHorn's Hollow, while people disappear and suspicion is cast upon them.
First I have to say that if blatant and in your face (no pun intended, OK maybe it was intended) sexual scenes turn you off, you might be done with this book after the first line. That is not to say that this book is all about sex, it most certainly is not, but it most definitely is a part of the story. Since Dark Hollow is centered around an evil Satyr (they are known for their uncontrollable sex drive) it only stands to reason that sex should have a role in the novel. I only mention this so that kids or people who may be offended by sexual content don't mistakenly buy this book.
For the rest of the people like me that have no problem with sexual content, if done well, the Dark Hollow is highly original and entertaining. Keene plays on both mythology and pagan like magic. I found it very interesting that Keene included Pow-wow magic (a folk religion & magic system of the Pennsylvania Dutch) in the story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting story but the writing was lacking on this one. All of the dialogue came off as really cheesy.Published 1 month ago by Dan
Another good one from Brian Keene. Well worth the read. Enjoying the connection between all books.Published 2 months ago by sydney shaw
THIS WILL BE A SPOILER-Y REVIEW
If, like me, you're an avid fan of urban fantasy, you might be able to understand where I'm coming from. Read more
An excellent start. I can't wait to check out the rest of this series!Published 4 months ago by Morlock88
Simple story, predictable and seen many time before. The book seemed more about the writers dropping the names of characters from much greater books than hisPublished 6 months ago by Thomas O'Grady
This has to be one of my all time favorite books. Brian Keene should be on everyone's bookshelf.
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Aspiring author Adam Senft is trying to keep things together as he builds his writing career and tries to keep his marriage together, which has hit a serious strain as a result of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carl Alves
This is a crazy, disturbing book, as only Brian Keene can write! If you like gory horror, with demented twists and turns, Brian Keene is your man.Published 10 months ago by NITSUD!