The year is 1952. Fourteen-year-old Alex Gambier is rebellious by nature and scarred by childhood tragedy in the southern community of Evening Shade. An outcast in his own family, mute from a bout with diptheria at an early age, Alex expresses himself by writing imaginative stories and by conceiving daredevil stunts that test all of his physical rescources while putting his life in extreme danger. The aftermath of one of his hair-raising stunts finds Alex in the care of a young black nurse named Mally Shaw. An unlikely friendship results, which is ended by an unspeakable crime that costs Mally her life. Or not quite ended, for Mally finds herself trapped in a nether world by the force of Alex's will and his need to exact a terrifying revenge on the man responsible for Mally's death.But the revenge he seeks is a two-edged sword, the price Alex's own soul as he recklessly pursues his quarry in a chilling double twist climax that surpasses anything John Farris has written before.
- Paperback | 323 pages
- 104.14 x 167.64 x 25.4mm | 204.12g
- 01 Dec 2005
- St Martin's Press
- Tor Books
- New York, United States
"There's a reason that John Farris is a legend among thriller novelists: He's damn good. "Phantom Nights" is a whirlpool of suspense, dread, and thrills; but it's also fiction of meaning and substance--phenomenal, first-rate Farris!"--Dean Koontz"America's premiere novelist of terror."--Stephen King "[An] unusual blend of tenderness and grue. Farris remains one of the most effectively surprising horror writers of his generation."--"Publishers Weekly "on" Phantom Nights""Perhaps Farris's best yet . . . Strong, lip-smacking suspense with an occult overwash."--"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) on" Phantom Nights" ""Phantom Nights" is a once-in-a-lifetime read! John Farris is more than a giant he's...the Tyrannosaurus Rex of thriller writers!"--Douglas Preston, "New York"" Times" bestselling author of "The Codex" "Well-drawn characters move swiftly together in a complex, yet neatly laid out series of events. . . . Farris's graceful and gripping storytelling style is what's important here. "Phantom Nights" is another winner from a legendary writer."--"Fangoria" on" Phantom Nights" "John Farris is the Godfather of thriller writers. He should be blurbing me! "Phantom Nights" mixes perfectly pitched characters and a brilliant reconstruction of the Eisenhower-era, Jim Crow South into a tasty Southern Gothic stew of race, rage, and retribution from beyond the grave. John Farris has done it again."--F. Paul Wilson, "New York Times "bestselling author of "The Tomb "and creator of Repairman Jack. "John Farris has elevated the terror genre into the realm of literature."--Richard Matheson, "New York"" Times" bestselling author of "I Am Legend" "Extraordinarily well done, "Phantom Nights" supercharges the Southern Gothic tradition in a riveting, hold-it-in-both-hands novel."--Ralph Peters, nationally syndicated columnist and "New York Times" bestselling author of "Red Army" and "Beyond Baghdad" "In "Phantom Nights, (
About John Farris
JOHN FARRIS is the 2002 Horror Writers' Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner and the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers including, The Fury, When Michael Calls, and Soon She Will Be Gone. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.