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Sallow Bend Paperback – August 1, 2022
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When two teenagers go missing from the small, rural town of Sallow Bend, the residents come together to search for them. Little do they suspect that finding the wayward girls will be the start of their problems. An old evil is rising, and only one man seems to realize that everyone is in danger and this is not the first time it’s happened. With the carnival in town, people want to have a good time, but for many, this will be the worst time of their lives.
“Alan Baxter is an accomplished storyteller who ably evokes magic and menace.” – Laird Barron, author of Swift to Chase
“Baxter delivers the horror goods.” – Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World
“Step into the ring with Alan Baxter, I dare you. He writes with the grace, precision, and swift brutality of a prizefighter.” – Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Ararat and The Pandora Room
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- Publisher : Cemetery Dance Publications (August 1, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1587678322
- ISBN-13 : 978-1587678325
- Item Weight : 1.09 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.84 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #137,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2022
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There were several generally scary bits to the story and it kept me entertained till the end. The characters were brought to life effectively and the way they connected and grew together worked.
... a mild mannered, somewhat antisocial school janitor who, along with his friend Tricia Brent...
... team up to solve a spate of child disappearances in The Bend while enjoying hot dogs and cotton candy at the carnival...
The pair will get a little help from carnival manager Ashley and her lesbian lover and clairvoyant sideshow palm reader Sarah...
There are indeed many carnival folk trying to help the pair....
Some of them...
Such as Saul, who runs a lurid Nazi chamber of horrors, who people the story but leave readers wondering "WHY?"...
The cast of characters are left saying: I don't know what the f*** has gone down here...
... and I whole-heartedly agree with the sentiment!
This was mediocre story which left many unanswered questions and, at times, seemed to repeat itself over and over (sorry, am I repeating myself?).
The story moved at a glacial pace until the 80% mark when it looked like something interesting in the way of character Saul was about to go down but, alas, nothing about the mystery and danger of this bit part character was explained and expounded upon.
There was, near the end of the novel, parts that seemed familiar to the author's excellent series TALES FROM THE GULP which is the author's forte but that, too, led nowhere.
Genuinely creepy, sad (the kids are definitely not safe here, folks!) and touching; what Baxter has done here is masterful.
The town of Sallow Bend (with all of its warmth, grief & prejudices), and Caleb & Tricia’s unlikely friendship both live rent free in my heart.
-Also; Creepy cabin! Carnies! Witches!
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In some ways the story is quite Kingesque, redolent of 'IT' and in my opinion that's a good thing. I have no doubt that fans of King's work, particularly his earlier writing, or in fact any fan of horror fiction, will thoroughly enjoy 'Sallow Bend' as much as I have.
A well earned fiver stars!