- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: DP (October 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1428512128
- ISBN-13: 978-1428512122
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 97 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,546,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pumpkin Man Paperback – October 15, 2011
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About the Author
John Everson’s short stories have appeared in 22 small press anthologies, 55 have appeared in magazines, and three collections of his short fiction have been published by small presses. He was a 2007 Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Best Short Fiction and won the a 2004 Bram Stoker Award- Best First Novel for Covenant. This is Everson’s fifth novel with Dorchester.
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Pumpkin Man by John Everson the best read for October...period.
After her father's gruesome murder, Jenn needed a place to get away from it all with some friends, to take her mind off her sorrow. The empty seaside cottage she inherited seemed perfect. Jenn didn't know that the cottage held arcane secrets, mysteries long hidden and best left alone. She didn't realize until it was too late that the old books and Ouija board she found there really do hold great power. And it was only after her friend's headless body was discovered that she knew the legend of the local bogeyman was no mere legend at all. An evil has been unleashed, a terrifying figure previously only spoken of in whispers. But now the whispers will become screams. Beware...The Pumpkin Man.
John Everson’s Pumpkin man is the perfect read for the October season. Everson succeeds in creating an amazing supernatural horror story, and is so good he even gets some genuine chills out of a Ouija board.
The plot revolves mainly around Jenn the inheriting an old house that once belonged to her aunt, and investigating her family’s history of witchcraft in a small coastal town in California. Her aunt’s house is so perfectly realized it becomes its own character, adding a haunted house element to a supernatural slasher.
A horror staple, Everson creates some very imaginative sequences with pumpkins and jack o’ lanterns making it a perfect October read. The main cast of Jenn and her friends while not incredibly deep are easy to like, and thus aren’t set up merely as fodder for the well concealed slasher.
At the end of the book, when the mystery is fully revealed, I felt a tad cheated. Not that it didn’t make sense; but that the reader wasn’t given enough information to put it all together before the final reveal. There were also a few times when people began to have sex against all sense and reason, but they were also cut away scenes so I am unsure exactly what purpose they were meant to serve.
These minor gripes aside, Pumpkin Man is a solid horror read. Everson is clearly a fan of the horror genre and he gives fans what they want, without ever being condescending or uninspired.
Anyways, this book started like those movies, Jenn inherits her aunt's house after her father is murdered. A few days later, she and her best friend and colleague get fired and decide to move in the old house in River's End. But right after they arrive Jenn begins to learn a lot of disturbing things about her aunt's past and habits, 'cause Aunt Meredith used to be a witch and her husband was the man behind the town's creepy legend of the Pumpkin Man. But they are both long gone and so is the terror of the Pumpkin Man, or so everyone thinks. When town people start dropping dead once more, with a pumpkin instead of a head, there are only two theories: either there is a copycat of the Pumpkin Man or the original killer's spirit is back for revenge. Either way, Jenn knows that everything is somehow connected to her and she is the only one who can find a way to stop the killer.
I loved the beginning of this story. It was creepy and the setting was perfect. Creepy, but perfect. I loved that some chapters were the last moments of the Pumpkin Man's victims, it gave the book a scary factor. I loved learning about Meredith and her husband's earlier years, what happened and how the legend of the Pumpkin Man was created.
Unfortunately, after the middle of the book things got a bit confusing. Jenn and the rest of the characters started reading chapters from books in her aunts house and, even though the stories were interesting, it was just an information overload, especially since some of the stories weren't even important for the story. And then a lot of magic stuff got involved with the events, and I believe that it sort of took something away from the whole Pumpkin Man menace. I also didn't really like the main character, which is always a big problem for me. Jenn wasn't that interesting as a person and she felt kind of boring.
All in all, this was a really creepy and scary read. Something to creep you out in the middle of the night but nothing extremely special.
Everson's brand of small town horror is entertaining, well written, and sufficiently spooky. The characters are likable, the pacing is sound, and the horror is satisfying. The author knows how to write broadly appealing horror without resorting to the usual tired dialogue, forced sarcasm, or cheap plot twists. The story is straight up, old school 80s style slasher goodness in book form.
My only real complaint is that the characters seem to take the realization that a supernatural stalker is trying to kill them in stride. They seem to take the news rather well and just kind of plug on from there.
Regardless the story is a solid one and worth a read.
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