Title: Red Harvest
Author: Patrick C. Greene
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Page Count: 259
My rating: 2 stars
About the book:
In the epic tradition of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Jonathan Maberry, a chilling new masterwork of small-town evil, centuries-old traditions, and newly-risen terror…
Every year at harvest time, something strange and wonderful happens in the sleepy farm community of Ember Hollow. It comes alive. Truckloads of pumpkins are sent off to be carved into lanterns. Children scramble to create the creepiest, scariest costumes. Parents stock up on candy and prepare for the town’s celebrated Pumpkin Parade. And then there is Devil’s Night . . .
But this year, something is different. Some of the citizens are experiencing dark, disturbing visions. Others are beginning to wonder if they’re losing their minds, or maybe their souls. One newly sober singer with the voice of a fallen angel is tempted to make a deal that will seal his fate. And one very odd boy is kept locked in a shed by his family—for reasons too horrible to imagine . . .
Whatever is happening to this town, they’re going to make it through this Halloween. Even if it kills them . . .
Red Harvest by Patrick C. Greene seems to be the first book in the Haunted Hollow Chronicles. This one is a horror story set in a small town right at the Halloween season so with Halloween coming up I thought it would be a perfect read to get into the fall mood, however I wasn’t quite the fan I thought I would be.
Red Harvest takes place in the small town of Ember Hollow that lives for the Halloween season and goes all out on the activities every year. From the multitude of jack o lanterns, the pumpkin parade to the devil’s night celebration the town is known as the place to be to celebrate.
This Halloween however things in Ember Hollow are a bit creepier than normal and the citizens find themselves battling to figure out what is real and what is imaginary. With dark and disturbing visions haunting them are they losing their minds or is something evil in the town?
Alright, obviously this is another book that just wasn’t for me. It started off alright enough bringing on the creepy vibe very early on however once getting really into the story it fell apart a bit. I struggled with whether I thought the author brought a bit too many characters or too many situations in or perhaps a bit of both but I found it hard to follow and began to lose interest. In my mind there’s some good ideas but as a whole this one felt a bit like mashing up a short story collection and trying to make one book out of many so sadly I wasn’t a fan.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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