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The Folks

Garton, Ray

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ISBN 10: 1587670380 / ISBN 13: 9781587670381
Published by Cemetery Dance Pubns, 2008
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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1587670380 '> SIGNED by Author. THIS LISTING IS FOR ''THE FOLKS 2''. Numbered and signed limited edition, one of 1500. Dust jacket shows some very light edgewear, is otherwise very clean and shiny. Boards underneath are clean and bright. Spine is solid and firm. Interior text block is straight and firm, and free of markings. A very attractive copy. First Edition. Jacket Condition: Very Good. Size: 8vo - over 7 3/4 in - 9 3/4 in Tall. Year: 2008.'. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-071109

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Title: The Folks

Publisher: Cemetery Dance Pubns

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Book by Garton, Ray

From Publishers Weekly:

Garton has a flair for taking veteran horror themes and twisting them sometimes to evocative or entertaining effect, as in his classic novel Live Girls, about vampirish nude models in Manhattan. This time, though, the twist is simply twisted. A young man, a semi-outcast in his rural town because of his fire-scarred face and his problem with the area's fundamentalist Christian ambience, is picked up one Halloween night by a beautiful woman. She drives him at high speed to a spooky graveyard, where he succumbs to her seductions until he feels her impossibly long tongue roaming his body and something unnatural clutching his genitals. He runs, but she has his car keys and won't return them until after she drives him to her family's brooding mansion. There, the young man, who narrates, encounters an incestuous family of grotesques a pinhead, Siamese twins, a massive man-boy with a tail (who, it transpires, is the serial killer who's been stalking the town) and many other misshapen and "retarded" creatures. The young man learns that he, because of his scars, has been chosen to lead the family into the future. A dash for escape leads to an accident, and a predictable ending. The novel will remind readers of Tod Browning's film Freaks, of course, but the compassion expressed by Browning is sorely missing in Garton's telling. Most readers will be repulsed not only by Garton's imagery but by his exploitation of genetic deformity to horrific effect. Garton has storytelling talent the pacing here is brisk, the word craft expert; too bad he's wasted it on this trash.

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