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October Nights (Clifton Heights Book 5) Kindle Edition
On a night when anything seems possible...
We dare you to spend an evening in the small town of Clifton Heights.
October nights here are long and strange, filled with both dread and transformation, and in these four shared-world tales of small-town Halloween horror, you'll encounter things both wondrous and terrifying, in equal measure:
- A priest hears a ghostly confession on Halloween night which will mark him forever.
- A young man is offered a supernatural chance to remake his fortune, at the risk of losing everything.
- A pastor fleeing the death of his daughter comes to Clifton Heights to face his fears, but finds himself living a nightmare instead.
- Two people with supernatural talents face-off with an engine of darkness and pain on Halloween night.
Four connected Halloween tales, evoking echoes of Ray Bradbury and Charles L. Grant, taking place in a town where every day is All Hallow's Eve.
Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing—Tales from the Darkest Depths.
From the Publisher
From the imagination of Kevin Lucia
Welcome to Clifton Heights, New York, an average Adirondack town. It's nice enough in its own right, except after dark, under the pale light of the moon. Or on a road out of town that never ends, or in an old house on the edge of town with a will of its own. This series of shared-world stories carries on the literary quiet horror tradition of Stephen King, Robert McCammon, Ray Bradbury, and Charles L. Grant. All these books can be read as stand-alone titles, but we recommend the following order:
· Things Slip Through
· Devourer of Souls
· Through a Mirror, Darkly
· Things You Need
· October Nights
★ ★ ★ ★ "Good storytelling, perfect characterization, and captivating narrative style..."—Mario Guslandi, Horror Tree
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "October Nights is a wonderful collection of long short-stories all linked around the Halloween season in a small American town where there's something unsettling lurking beneath the apple-pie homeliness. For some characters the town offers a chance for redemption, for others damnation. The feeling reminded me of Ray Bradbury at his 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' best."—Charles Christian, Weird Tales Radio
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "What really impressed me was the cinematic quality of the book. I truly believe this would make an excellent movie or mini-series. These four stories of ghostly goings-on, and the search for redemption, revenge, or the truth were written so vividly, I could picture each character and location perfectly. That's the sign of some bloody good writing!"—Kendell Reviews
★ ★ ★ ★ "One of Lucia's greatest strengths is making his town its own character, and here Clifton Heights feels like it is thrumming with an undercurrent of energy resembling that of a boiler with a broken pressure valve. Another strength is his writing flawed characters we know because (in some instances) we've been there (and hopefully we fare a little better)."—Joseph Falank, author of THE PAINTED LADY
About the Author
- ASIN : B09JC64QVC
- Publisher : Crystal Lake Publishing (October 22, 2021)
- Publication date : October 22, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1499 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 426 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1737721880
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #187,629 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Kevin Lucia demonstrates a true gift for supernatural horror storytelling in this impactful collection. His characters are well-developed and relatable; I felt both for them and with them. On a technical level, the stories are well-paced, visual, suspenseful, and have a classic construction. As a reader, I found them engrossing, moving, and quite horrifying.
Lucia’s writing is immersive, and his stories are gripping. The story about the pastor fleeing the death of his daughter, “The Last Will and Testament of the Not-So-Good Reverend Ford,” though not my favorite of the four is particularly well done. The real world horrors of the backstory and the persistent psychological horror of the storyline blend with the supernatural premise and Halloween theme with a singular brilliance. It’s an incredible story, but it is extremely and mercilessly disturbing. My favorite story is the first one, “The Rage of Achilles.” There is something delightfully classic and creepy about that one. It sets you up perfectly for the three to follow.
If I haven’t made it clear already, let me come right out and say this is not light reading. These stories infiltrate your thoughts, your emotions, even your gut. This is Halloween horror on a different level, and these are stories you won’t forget.
October Nights is 4 novellas, put together, equaling the length of a novel. All of the stories are connected in different ways. These stories are taking place during Halloween, in the town of Clifton Heights, NY. Names, and events are intertwined as the stories unfold. You quickly start to see the connections, though subtle at times, important to the 4 stories.
Most of the events are on the dread side of things, dealing with things such as the loss of children, or things happening in the past that still bring pain. A lot of regret.
Kevin Lucia mixes together tales of the supernatural and psychological aspects, blending together enough fear to set the tone of Halloween in all 4 stories, at times making the characters face their fears and deal with the consequences of their actions.
This is my first experience reading anything from Kevin Lucia, but I am now a fan of his style, bringing the build-up of the unknown turning each page. It’s the not knowing part that gives the reader a very uneasy feeling as they make their way through the tales.
I enjoyed the creepiness of the night in each story. It’s set up through description without the writer having to come out and say how creepy the night is. You get a sense of brisk Autumn air, how dark the skies are, with the streets illuminated by the “Open” signs of the shops.
The writer takes a more laid back approach to the world of horror. Not having to rely on over-the- top gore and jump scares, but more so using insinuation, or having an instinct. And with a setting like what we get in this collection, it really does bring more of an unsettling feeling.
Lucia is not afraid of working in the horrors of religion by having a Priests and confessions and people questioning their faith because of actions.
Due to the actions of some of the characters throughout the stories, the reader may find themselves with mixed emotions. At times infuriated with some of the events, then questioning if they should feel empathy before accepting heartache. It really is a big jumbled box of emotions.
I enjoyed the whole collection overall. The 3rd story may have been a little on the long part. Maybe took a bit too long to get started, with a slow build to it, and I would have liked to have seen more of a connection between the stories instead of everything being on the subtle side, but the collection builds to a peak that somewhat ties everything together making it overall satisfying.
I highly recommend this book, or collection of 4 novellas, to really help set the mood and tone of not just the Halloween season, but the whole Autumn season as well.
Overall I’m giving it 4 slowly rotting moldy pumpkins, waiting for kids to steal off your front porch only to find them smashed in the street.
This is October Nights, from writer Kevin Lucia and released by Crystal Lake Publishing.