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Phantom Feast Paperback – September 1, 2001
...reminiscent of Stephen King,... -- THE SWAMP Book Review
...hauntingly dark tale...the edge of my seat...slept only with the light on. A masterful tale of horror. -- Joan M. McCarty, Senior Editor/Publisher, Alternate Realities Webzine
...is a blood-soaked novel of horror and magic...with plot twists a-plenty and characters you won't soon forget. -- Edo van Belkom, Bram Stoker Award winning author of 'Teeth'
...perfect for a dark Halloween night...your elephant gun within easy reach.
...feast for the die-hard horror fan . -- Jo Rogers, MyShelf.com
...will keep you enraptured long into the evening... relentless and inventive...you've never read anything like it before... -- HELLNOTES
Barron's comic style is as entertaining as the story is chilling... -- RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE
PHANTOM FEAST... a gruesome and original tale...rare to find something as unique as this...thoroughly enjoyed this novel... -- Horror, Thriller, Mystery, and Suspense site
This is a supernatural tale of first order as Barron blends psychological edges with...a few bucketfuls of gore... -- Really Scary: Horror Industry News for Movies, TV, DVDs, Books, Writers, Toys & More
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Top Customer Reviews
Everything must start at the beginning. Phatom Feast is no different. Barron introduces a line of characters that are each more unique than the next and each with a background more mystifyingly intense then the one before it. When a house touched by magic seemingly takes over the city-when a jungle explodes into the heart of Hester, New York-when everything was once considered sane and, if not normal, at least explainable . . .
Some unknown horror stalks those who are unfortunate enough to find themselves as victims of prey. If the city streets still resembled paved roads instead of wintry woods full of carnivorous beasts, perhaps escaping with your life might seem more possible. But when the unexpected is the norm, then . . . good luck finding a sanctuary.
Phatom Feast is an almost guaranteed haunting read. Clever dialogue and creative narrative allow a reader to become absorbed into the story, as if an included character in Diana Barron's story. From the beginning until the magical end, Barron's novel not only held my interest it demanded my attention. I will impatiently be awaiting more from this talented writer.
--Phillip Tomasso III, author of Third Ring & Tenth House
When invisible monsters stalk the streets of the little town of Hester, New York, and the fimiliar landscape is transformed into an exotic terrain ruled by hordes of wild beasts, the handful of survivors must find a way to combat the terror before all is lost.
Diana Barron has written a spell-binding first novel. She uses well-turned dialogue, diverse and credible characters and exciting narriation to bring her story to life, and the suspense and relentless action keep the reader turning pages.
I felt compassion for the victims, yet aside from the one true villain in the story, I understood and was touched by the plight of the antagonists as well -- victims themselves in a different way. Only a talented writer can create reader empathy for her characters, and Ms. Barron has talent to spare.
A well-done story with a satisfying ending.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a very strange book. I must say that I expected more after reading the reviews. It was not scary, just unnecessarily gory. Read morePublished on November 10, 2009 by Yolanda S. Bean
Ten years ago Erin rescued Mickey a dwarf from four punks. They moved in together. Five years later, Mickey met a weeping dwarf Isolde and invited her to move in as their cook. Read morePublished on January 5, 2003
Sometimes we make mistakes in life and we make it a point not to repeat them. My mistake was reading this book in bed just before I put out the lights. Read morePublished on February 8, 2002 by Sandi Marchetti, author of Memory Bank
I don't read a lot of horror novels, but when I read the horrifying first sentence of Phantom Feast I knew I was going to read it... Read morePublished on November 5, 2001 by David Martin
When a book begins "He was still alive and fully aware when she began to skin him" one knows one is in for a ride! Read morePublished on October 16, 2001
A definite must read!! For all of you, horror reading, animal lovers out there. The imagery is amazing, it keeps you coming back for more. Read morePublished on September 29, 2001 by Robin Harmer