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text 2017-09-24 18:24
For Fear of the Night - Charles L. Grant
For Fear of the Night - Charles L. Grant

The term "quiet horror" gets thrown around everytime you read any review of a Charles Grant story. What exactly is quiet horror. Simply put, its a moniker created by Charlie himself, as a way to describe his writing style. Quiet horror is a slow crescendo of dread that builds in the story. It's subtle, not in your face. Its a creepy feeling that something isn't right. It's also not for the person who has the attention span of a highly caffeinated squirrel with ADD. You're not going to find blood spattered on every page of a Grant story. Nor will you find non-stop action. This isn't a Marvel comic. Grant's stories are all about the ride and not necessarily the destination. Patience is key. If you have it, chances are you'll see what he's trying to create and you'll enjoy it. Now, is every one of his stories a hit? No. But, there is always a certain level of quality in every Grant tale. For Fear of the Night is no exception. Is it his best? No, again.

 

 

As Labor Day nears, a group of teenagers are preoccupied with the big changes that have already shaped their lives and the ones that are about to. Going off to college looms in around the corner. Couples are about to become apart and wonder whats in store for them. Career decisions have to be made. Their friend, Julie, was recently killed in a fire that happened in a building near the pier. Devin, the groups older photography friend, receives a message on his answering machine from their dead friend. Was it really her? Is it some sick prank? He doesn't know, but it sparks off the mystery of what really happened to Julie.

 

 

For Fear of the Night is not Grant's strongest story. Very little action happens for the first 100 pages. It's his typical slow burn. The storytelling and atmosphere are still there. The ending strikes me as a bit muddied and leaves more questions than answers. If I were looking to read Grant for the first time, this wouldn't be the one I'd start with. But, if you're looking for that quiet horror that he specializes in, you could do a lot worse.

 

 


3 Popped Balloons out of 5

 

 


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review 2017-09-13 03:47
The Grave by Charles L. Grant
The Grave - Charles L. Grant

The cover blurb for this book (on my edition anyway) is from Stephen King. He says:

 

"Jolting Terror...Scary, Dreamlike, Wonderful."

 

I will give him dreamlike. As in, this book, like your dreams, is entirely devoid of plot.

 

There was an effort towards a creeping, moody build to the last ten pages. Until that point, I sort of enjoyed what was happening but never really could figure out what was happening? I assumed that it would all be made clear. When those final pages hit, I was just sort of underwhelmed with the conclusion. I needed him to tie all the threads together and that didn't happen. 

 

Josh Miller, a pop archeologist (which sounds like the coolest profession, btw) is being watched. As things get weirder in his hometown and his nightmares become more real, he finally becomes convinced that he's been chosen by sinister supernatural forces and it's a race to find out why before it's too late for him and those he loves. 

 

My main problem is that no less than four fairly significant plot points are either forgotten, unresolved, or unexplained - and that really takes the shiver out of any tension that was built. The writing for effect just feels like a ruse, a facade to get you to the weak ending. Blah.

 

This is apparently one of the many books Grant wrote in a series about a fictional New England town called Oxrun. They stand on their own, but I don't think I'll be trying any others.

 

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text 2017-08-26 14:53
Reading progress update: I've read 87 out of 277 pages.
For Fear of the Night - Charles L. Grant

while Devin wrestles with the futility of talking to the cops about ghosts, Oceantide begins to fray at the edges.

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text 2017-08-26 04:34
Reading progress update: I've read 47 out of 277 pages.
For Fear of the Night - Charles L. Grant

everyone misses Julie since the pier fire (except maybe "heartless" Kelly)...but it seems like she could still be around.

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text 2017-08-25 15:10
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 277 pages.
For Fear of the Night - Charles L. Grant

my two favorite Charles L. Grant Horror novels so far are The Pet, and The Tea Party. the back cover of this one suggests it is a ghost story, but of course I won't know for sure until I get going with it...

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