Dark Harvest

Dark Harvest

eBook - 2006
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Winner of the Bram Stoker Award and named one of the 100 Best Novels of 2006 by Publishers Weekly , Dark Harvest by Norman Patridge is a powerhouse thrill-ride with all the resonance of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery."

Halloween, 1963. They call him the October Boy, or Ol' Hacksaw Face, or Sawtooth Jack. Whatever the name, everybody in this small Midwestern town knows who he is. How he rises from the cornfields every Halloween, a butcher knife in his hand, and makes his way toward town, where gangs of teenage boys eagerly await their chance to confront the legendary nightmare. Both the hunter and the hunted, the October Boy is the prize in an annual rite of life and death.

Pete McCormick knows that killing the October Boy is his one chance to escape a dead-end future in this one-horse town. He's willing to risk everything, including his life, to be a winner for once. But before the night is over, Pete will look into the saw-toothed face of horror--and discover the terrifying true secret of the October Boy . . .

"This is contemporary American writing at its finest."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Dark Harvest

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2006
Edition: First Tor edition
ISBN: 9781429984478
Branch Call Number: PS3566.A77236 D37 2006x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file (169 pages)


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JCLHelenH Dec 31, 2015

A bizarre blend of The Lottery, The Hunger Games and The Giver.

Jul 05, 2015

Terrible, I read the first few chapters and then skipped to the last chapter. The writing seems quick, it repeats alot and gives away what is going to happen ( narrative) then the part that was foretold plays out. Dumb all around.

JCLGreggW May 24, 2013

Dark Harvest by Norman Partidge is one of those novels that deserves to be read long into the night, under the covers. This short novel, about a strange ritual in a Midwestern town in the 1960s, reads like Shirley Jackson crossed with early Stephen King. Partridge delivers the chills without stooping to descriptions of gore - check this one out.

Dec 21, 2012

Overall interesting imagery and mood but something was missing. I think part of it is that since none of the characters nor anything about the town was particularly likeable it was difficult to care about them, whether or not they were killed or if the town was destroyed. In fact you wanted everything and everyone to be destroyed. Maybe that’s the point of the book. If it is then it falls a little flat. The author tried too hard to make everyone and everything (including the writing style) so “cool” that the characters became unbelievable and the descriptions became annoying and contrived in parts: “an hour and change ago”, “He runs into the night…, no matter how fast he humps it,…”, “As he keys the engine”, “rip a U-bender”, “And then it’s like someone shook the whole damn world and popped the cap”, He boosted Mitch Crenshaw’s ride” are some examples of this (and some of these occur on the same page). All characters seemed to have similar, mostly unbelievable personalities. It’s hard to believe absolutely everyone in an extremely isolated small town in Middle America in the early 1960’s would be so street wise/savvy and jaded.


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