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Publisher Description

This masterfully crafted horror classic, featuring a brand-new introduction by Dan Simmons, will bring you to the edge of your seat, hair standing on end and blood freezing in your veins

It's the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys' days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic middle-childhood. But amid the sundrenched cornfields their loyalty will be pitilessly tested. When a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the townsfolk know it marks the end of their carefree days. From the depths of the Old Central School, a hulking fortress tinged with the mahogany scent of coffins, an invisible evil is rising. Strange and horrifying events begin to overtake everyday life, spreading terror through the once idyllic town. Determined to exorcize this ancient plague, Mike, Duane, Dale, Harlen, and Kevin must wage a war of blood—against an arcane abomination who owns the night...

Fiction & Literature
July 5
St. Martin's Press

Customer Reviews

jdgky ,

Brilliant right until the ending.

I do not understand how an author’s book can be so well crafted, keeping you on the edge of your seat with fear; then have a silly, completely non frightening ending.

Just when you think some horrifying evil is going to leap out of the dark Mr. Simmons gives a monster that is as frightening as a bowl of jello. No discussions about what the evil is just a mishmash of bits and pieces that don’t add up.

mjm11983 ,

Classic old school horror

A great story that took me back to my childhood. Well done!

Palerider417 ,


Read this book many, many years ago. I don't have the words to describe it. Suffice it to say, it is one of the very best books I have ever read!

If you like horror, this is one to get. But it goes deeper than that. Book raises the horror genre into the lofty realm of literature that only a few have done in the past. Bradbury did it with "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (which it shares similarities with). Straub did it with "Ghost Story". And McCammon did it with "Swan Song". Of course, there are others, and this is only my opinion, but for me, this book IS that good.

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