A Winter Haunting

A Winter Haunting

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A once-respected college professor and novelist, Dale Stewart has sabotaged his career and his marriage -- and now darkness is closing in on him. In the last hours of Halloween he has returned to the dying town of Elm Haven, his boyhood home, where he hopes to find peace in isolation. But moving into a long-deserted farmhouse on the far outskirts of town -- the one-time residence of a strange and brilliant friend who lost his young life in a grisly accident back in the terrible summer of 1960 -- is only the latest in his long succession of recent mistakes. Because Dale is not alone here. He has been followed to this house of shadows by private demons who are now twisting his reality into horrifying new forms. And a thick, blanketing early snow is starting to fall ...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 109 x 173 x 26mm | 186g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0380817160
  • 9780380817160
  • 109,481

About Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons is the Hugo Award-winning author of Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, and their sequels, Endymion and The Rise of Endymion. He has written the critically acclaimed suspense novels Darwin's Blade and The Crook Factory, as well as other highly respected works, including Summer of Night and its sequel A Winter Haunting, Song of Kali, Carrion Comfort, and Worlds Enough & Time. Simmons makes his home in Colorado.
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8,001 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
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I purchased A Winter Haunting not realizing that it was the second in Simmons' Seasons of Horror series. I realized as I read that it was a continuation of Summer of Night (link to my review). I bought it because I like Simmons' writing style - creepy, but not too :) Honestly, you don't need to have read Summer of Night to enjoy this book - any background you need is supplied in the story. Simmons delivers again! Dale is a college professor in Wyoming who takes a one-year sabbatical and decides to return to his hometown of Elk Haven, Illinois to get his head together and to work on his latest novel. The home he stays in was the former home of a childhood friend who was killed at a very young age. Menacing black dogs, strange messages on his computer, a sheriff who used to be the town bully, and a pack of skinheads who menace and threaten him due to some anti-militia articles he wrote are all part and parcel of a strange unfolding of creepy terror. As you read, you'll wonder if Dale is simply going crazy (and he wonders the same thing). Told in alternating first- and third- person POV, the novel progresses slowly, building up the anticipation and questions nicely, until ... BAM! Then there are surprises at every turn of the page. Just when you think it's over, the ending gives another surprise. There is only one unanswered question, but that question is not pivotal to the elemental story and leaves room for the next-in-series. If you like creepy stories and good character development, this is the tale for you. QUOTES: But I'm digressing even before I begin the story. I always hated writers who did that. I still have no powerful opening line. I'll just begin again. Forty-one years after I died, my friend Dale returned to the farm where I was murdered. It was a very bad winter. Dale had first visited the psychiatrist two days after he had set the muzzle of the loaded Savage over-and-under shotgun against his temple and pulled the trigger. Kneeling there, hearing the punks shout and howl off to his right, knowing that he was no hero but just an injured and terrified middle-aged man unused to violence and afraid to die, Dale still wished that he could become a wolf. If he became a wolf, he would rip the throat out of the nearest skinhead before the others killed him. If he became a wolf, he would taste their warm blood even as they killed him. Writing: 5 out of 5 stars Plot: 4.5 out of 5 stars Characters: 4.5 out of 5 stars Reading Immersion: 4.5 out 5 stars BOOK RATING: 4.6 out of 5 starsshow more
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