Johnny Halloween: Tales of the Dark Season by Norman Partridge

By Norman Partridge

Norman Partridge's Halloween novel, darkish Harvest, was once selected as one among Publishers Weekly's a hundred most sensible Books of 2006. A Bram Stoker Award winner and global delusion nominee, Partridge's rapid-fire story of a small city trapped through its personal shadows welcomed a totally unique production, the October Boy, incomes the writer comparisons to Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Shirley Jackson.

Now Partridge revisits Halloween with a set that includes a half-dozen tales celebrating frights either previous and current. In “The Jack o' Lantern,” a new darkish Harvest novelette, the October Boy races opposed to a remorseless döppelganger bent on carving a perilous course in the course of the town's annual ritual of loss of life and rebirth. “Johnny Halloween” includes a sheriff fighting either a strolling ghost and his personal haunted judgment of right and wrong. In “Three Doors,” a scarred struggle hero hunts his prior with the aid of a magic prosthetic hand, whereas “Satan's Army” is a true Partridge rarity formerly to be had simply in an extended sold-out lettered version from one other press.

But there's extra to this vacation party along with fiction. “The guy Who Killed Halloween” is an intensive essay approximately starting to be up throughout the overdue sixties within the city the place the Zodiac Killer started his murderous spree. In an creation that explores monsters either fictional and actual, Partridge recollects what it used to be wish to stay in a neighborhood menaced by way of a serial killer and examines how the Zodiac's reign of terror formed him as a writer.

Halloween evening awaits. subscribe to a grasp storyteller as he explores the layers of darkness that separate all-too-human evil from the supernatural. allow Norman Partridge lead you on seven trips in the course of the most threatening evening of the 12 months, the place nobody is safe…and everyone seems to be suspect.

Contents:

Introduction: darkish Seasons Past
Johnny Halloween
Satan’s Army
The guy Who Killed Halloween
Black leather-based Kites
Treats
Three Doors
The Jack o’ Lantern: a depressing Harvest tale

"Stoker winner Partridge (Dark Harvest) screens his enhanced prose talents during this choice of six brief tales set round Halloween... The excessive element is 'The Jack o' Lantern,' set at midnight Harvest universe and that includes a hunt for the October Boy, a pumpkin-headed creature who terrorizes an unnamed American city. This deft combination of horror, fable, and noir will depart readers hoping for an extended go back to that mythos."
—Publishers Weekly

"In Johnny Halloween, Norman Partridge once more takes readers on a trip into Halloween's darkish, outstanding global. His skill to invoke the autumn-spiced magic of this season securely locations him along writers comparable to Ray Bradbury and Al Sarrantonio; even if, his edged, two-fisted noir sensibilities supplies this celebrated autumn season an extra punch, and thanks to this Partridge regularly bargains anything new the place others have in basic terms attempted to imitate.... Like in darkish Harvest and Lesser Demons, Partridge maintains to strike daring new floor, carving out new territory via typical tales. He does this with type and outstanding voice, although, and readers will be yes that with Norman Partridge on the wheel, caliber isn't sacrificed only for the sake of whatever new."
—Kevin Lucia, Shroud Magazine

"I can't contemplate a greater technique to rejoice Halloween than interpreting a suite of Halloween stories through Norman Partridge.... Mr. Partridge explores the darker part of our favourite vacation, bringing new chills and frights to our loved holiday... Johnny Halloween should be a welcome boost to my record of annual Halloween traditions."
—Peter Schwotzer, well-known Monsters of Filmland

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He looked up, managed half a smile, and then looked down again. ’ she asked. ’ Michael shook his head and stared into the soup he was stirring. He watched the chunks of vegetable spinning around and wished that she’d go away. He didn’t want to talk. He didn’t want to start a conversation because a conversation would inevitably lead to talking about what had happened to the rest of the world outside and at that moment in time that was the last thing he wanted to think about. Problem was, it was all that he could think about.

I’d stopped at the services to get a cup of coffee and something to eat and I was just coming off the motorway when the radio started playing up. Nothing unusual about that - the electric’s in the van had a mind of their own - but this was different. One minute there was the usual music and talking, the next nothing but silence. Not even static. Just silence. I tried to tune in to a couple of other stations but I couldn’t get anything. Like an idiot I kept driving and trying to sort out the radio at the same time.

Desperate to avoid being hit, as the first few cars around him had lost control he had taken the nearest turning he could find off the main road and had then taken an immediate right into an empty car park. He had stopped his car, got out and ran up the side of a muddy bank. Through metal railings he had helplessly watched the world around him fall apart in the space of a few minutes. He saw countless people drop to the ground without warning and die the most hideous choking death imaginable. Jeffries spent the next three hours sitting terrified in his hire car with the doors locked and the windows wound up tight.

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