Friday, October 1, 2010

15 reasons to read The Caretaker of Lorne Field


With Halloween approaching, here are 15 reasons why you should be reading The Caretaker of Lorne Field with the whole family:

1) delicious horror-ish novel--Newsday

2) Superb mix of humor and horror--Publishers Weekly, starred review

3) superbly crafted horror story--Booklist

4) Harrowing. Zeltserman colors it black with the best of them--Kirkus Reviews

5) a very darkly funny dark fantasy--Locus Magazine

6) a nail-biter--Library Journal

7) truly demented noir-horror monsterpiece--Chauncey Mabe

8) The Caretaker of Lorne Field is a wonderfully weird, gritty, and pitch-dark legend, perfect for New England. Weaved in the compulsively readable narrative is a heavy dose of our current society's meanness, unease, and ambiguity: kind of a nightmare-noir zeitgeist. The thing of it is, the reader is never safe in Dave Zeltserman's hands. I love that. You should too.--Paul Tremblay

9) If Stephen King had a true Noir calling and Peter Straub added contemporary horror... and Dean Koontz threw in his fine depiction of ordinary life on the edge of the unknown... then bring the specter of James M. Cain to write the narrative, you'd come close to describing the whole effect of this stunning slice for the zeitgeist wondrous novel and the writing is... pure dark bliss.--Ken Bruen

10) THE CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD is one of the most original and compelling books I have read in sometime. It's a horror story, yes. But it is also the stuff of fairy tales, legends, myths. I could not have loved it more.--Patti Abbott

11) The Caretaker of Lorne Field is a magnificent novel, with truly believable characters and suspense that keeps building to an explosive climax. There it is, plain and simple.--Seymour Shubin, Edgar Award finalist, author of Anyone's My Name

12) THE CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD succeeds as a horror novel, a psychological thriller and a haunting parable, even in some ways that Zeltserman may not have intended. There are dark levels to this work, some of which are immediately evident and others of which reveal themselves only upon later reflection. I don’t know if the book will come to be regarded as a classic, either now or at some point in the future, but it deserves to be.--BookReporter.com

13) In a word--superb--Steven Riddle, A Momentary Taste of Being

14) Book of the Day -- RedRoom.com

15) This is just the kind of book that someday will be on high-school reading lists, and this is the kind of thought-provoking book that will then be challenged by both parents and church leaders, possibly even banned in some ultra-fundamentalist communities. But every reader, and particularly fans of Stephen King, should take a peek into this odd, sad fable. What you find there will forever be a secret between just you and Jack Durkin. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.--Naomi Johnson, Drowning Machine

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