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Johnny Halloween: Tales of the Dark Season [Hardcover]

Norman Partridge

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications; Sgd Ltd edition (October 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587672235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587672231
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #960,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars JOHNNY HALLOWEEN: Tales of the Dark Season Oct. 29 2010
By Daniel S. Boucher - Published on
In Norman Partridge's JOHNNY HALLOWEEN: Tales of the Dark Season (CEMETERY DANCE PUBLICATIONS) we're treated with 7 new tales of the macabre.

The seven stories are: Johnny Halloween, Satan's Army, The Man Who Killed Halloween, Black Leather Kites, Treats, Three Doors and The Jack o' Latern: a Dark Harvest Tale.

Each story is unique in its own right, however, the stories that stood out for me were: The Man Who Killed Halloween, Three Doors and The Jack o' Lantern: a Dark Harvest Tale.

The Man Who Killed Halloween is an accounting of how Halloween was changed during the fall of 1969 when a real monster, the Zodiac Killer, ruled the night.

Three Doors is the story of a man who's given three "magic knocks." Anyone answering his knock is rendered under his control, having to do whatever he asks, and tonight he has a plan.

Finally is the Dark Harvest novelette, The Jack o' Lantern: a Dark Harvest Tale. Probably best known for his novel Dark Harvest (a Publishers Weekly 100 books of 2006 selection), Norman captures the same demented turmoil in this story of a small town with a dark secret. This was definitely my favorite in the collection and is where his talent really shines.

Final Verdict

Norman Partridge has been called "a major new talent!" by Stephen King, and "writes as though his life depends on the words he sets down on the page," according to Peter Straub. When you have two of the worlds greatest talents making statements like these on your behalf, you know you've got to be doing something right.

While I may not be able to say anything that carries the weight of those two greats, what I can tell you is that Norman is a smooth writer that knows when telling a story you need to entertain. His writing is unique and focused and will haunt you long after the last page has been turned.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A continuation of Dark Harvest plus some great stories March 5 2013
By Antmusic Fan - Published on
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I love Halloween stories, and Norman Partridge (alongside Al Sarrantonio) is a top modern writer of the orange season. His novella from a couple years ago, "Dark Harvest," is my favorite Halloween story from the last 10 years. If you are a fan of it or Halloween horror stories in general, this is an excellent collection of jack-o-lantern filled goodness that is just right for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Fine Wordsmith Dec 6 2010
By Kevin Lucia - Published on
Norm Partridge is one of the finest and most versatile wordsmiths I've come across recently. Lesser Demons and Dark Harvest were splendid, the former one of the best short story collections I've read since Tim Lebbon's Last Exit for the Lost, the latter being a VERY tricky take on Halloween, and here comes this tasty treat: more stories about the October Boy. You want noir and the supernatural together with precise wordsmithery, this is the stuff for you.
4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Halloween March 16 2013
By Bones - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Short and to the point... great October(or any time) reads. I've seen others say that the essay wasn't "chilling enough" for it to be scary. It wasn't meant to be. It's just his recollections on growing up with the threat of Zodiac. Quick reads, well written, same underlying theme. It has what's needed for an enjoyable evening.
5.0 out of 5 stars More Halloween Horrors... March 5 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Norman Partridge is a great author and if you have read his novel DARK HARVEST you know he is an original storyteller and these tales of the dark season of Halloween are creepy, fun, twisted, and best of all ORIGINAL. There are six stories and one essay on the zodiac killer from the authors recollection. Great collection if you love Halloween or just great fiction.

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