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Sarrantonio, Al

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ISBN 10: 158767064X / ISBN 13: 9781587670640
Published by Cemetery Dance Pubns, 2002
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Signed by Author 158767064X Former library book with various stamps, stickers and defects. Jacket taped to boards. Bookseller Inventory # 028879

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Title: Orangefield

Publisher: Cemetery Dance Pubns

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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This wobbly spinoff from Sarrantonio's novella "Hornets" falls short of the haunting Halloween spirit that he evoked effectively in the novel October (1990) and the stories collected in Toybox (1999). In upstate Orangefield, N.Y., the annual Pumpkin Days Festival stirs up Samhain, the Celtic Lord of Death, who has figured in centuries of local folklore. For ages, Samhain has schemed to deliver the world to his master, the Dark One, and this year he had found three perfect victims to consummate the requisite sacrifices on Halloween evening: Aaron Peters, a vet who never recovered from physical and psychological wounds sustained in Somalia; Jordie, a massively medicated borderline psychopath; and Annabeth Turner, a precociously curious teenager. Speaking in voices only they can hear, Samhain plays on their personal weaknesses and forces them down roads that lead inevitably to self-destruction. In homage to Ray Bradbury, to whom the book is dedicated, Sarrantonio attempts to write the tale as a fable that will appeal to all ages. This yields some poetic seasonal imagery, but not much of a plot. For the most part, the private experiences of the characters develop independent of the pervasive Halloween festivities, and the relationship between Samhain and his master unfolds through chatty banter that seems calculated to neutralize their menace. A twist at the climax adds a few last-minute surprises, but not enough to place this at the top of the Halloween goody sack.
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