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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz unleashes a contagion on a small Maine town--one that triggers the darkest desires of the soul.Designed by top scientists and unleashed in a monstrous conspiracy, night chills are seizing the men and women of Black River--driving them to acts of rape and murder. The nightmare is real. And death is the only cure......

Title : Night Chills
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ISBN : 9780425098646
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Night Chills Reviews

  • TK421
    2018-11-04 09:54

    Most Dean Koontz novels are a source of brain candy for me...think the gooey, dripping kind that parents never want their kids to have because they know they'll be the ones scrubbing it off the couch or inside of the car. After I read them I usually forget about them in a month or so; I might keep one or two details that make me smirk whenever I see the cover of that book.NIGHT CHILLS was a bit different. This book disturbed me. I have no problem with violence within the confines of a horror novel; I mean that is one of the central themes in these types of books, right? But what I do have a problem with is: violence as a form of masturbation. Let me elucidate. Let's say there is a killer that has been overcome with some sort of demonic possession and he then goes on a killing rampage. Okay, the author has dutifully illustrated the nefarious nature of this demon and also shown the spiritual/mental/psychological weakness of said character. I get it, no problem. But what if you have a character that figures out a way to subliminally control people for his own means? Okay, I can see where the person now in power wants to show his abilities of playing god, small g. But what if this goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on...(you get the picture), without a real juicy story to back it up. Well, that's exactly what happens in this novel. And it gets very tiresome reading about some psychotic playing puppet master. I WANT A STORY!! To be honest, I was getting rather bored with this novel once and set it down and then came back to it a few WEEKS later...never a good sign.So why the four stars? The reason is simple: The images of evil that permeate through this book were harrowing for me. Does that make it a good read? Not necessarily. But it does make it, IMO, thought provoking. Why the heck did I keep thinking about these images that I found repulsive and grotesque and filthy? Am I hardwired wrong? Is a there a darkness that resides within me that I don’t know about? I wish I had answers to these questions. What I can say is: This book makes the reader think about if they had the powers that allowed them to control somebody, would they enact the same savagery that this psychotic does? I guess I am in closer contact with the reptilian side of my brain than I thought because I wanted to think I would do good, be a super-hero, but the truth is, I cannot honestly say I would do good. As I said, disturbing. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  • Edward Lorn
    2018-11-04 09:34

    Sit back and relax. We're going to be here for a while. First and foremost, I must appreciate how fantastic my paperback of this book smells. These old Berkley-Koontz books have a distinctly woody aroma. Less of a vanilla smell and more of a damp pine scent. Like walking through a Christmas tree farm in the rain. I've picked up Zebra novels from this era and Tor paperback originals, even a few King Pocketbook editions, and none of them smell like these old Black/Neon paperbacks. If you're not familiar with my use of Black/Neon, the explanation is simple enough. I'm talking about any of the Dean Koontz novels published by Berkley that had a black cover with simple artwork and colorful (sometimes neon) titles and bylines. They are, in my opinion, the best of the best when it comes to Koontz. His heyday, if you will. And they smell fucking amazing.Now for the contents of this well-perfumed paperback.Night Chills is nowhere near as good as I remember. In fact, I made a progress update that read: "And we're off! This book takes a while to kick in, but once it does, it's relentless.Hot damn, I miss the Koontz of yesteryear. His risk taking always impressed me."I lied my flabby ass off. While the ending was okay, it's not what I remembered. No worries, I will not spoil the ending for you. Suffice it to say, it does not ramp up and get crazy action-y like I thought it did. I honestly feel as if someone changed the book on me. I felt like Obi Wan had waved a hand in front of my face and said, "This is not the book you're looking for." How does one forget the entire second half of a novel while remembering the first bit? I'm going to try and explain.Dean Koontz has been rewriting the same ten books since around 1990. You have one of four premises: computer virus/sentient program takes over people/town; aliens; alternate reality/time manipulation; and finally psycho killer with or without government conspiracy. Each of these premises have two subcategories. There's a dog, usually a super intelligent one, in most of them and/or the love interest/main character will be a blonde woman. Most of these stories happen in Southern California so that Koontz can describe bougainvillea one of eleventy billion different ways. Night Chills takes place in Maine, but Koontz still managed to throw in a description of bougainvillea. Now that's talent. If you can find a book Koontz has written without one of the things I've listed, I will send you a $10 Amazon Gift card. One gift card per book. Only one winner per book. You have my word. No joke. This is a serious offer.Now, I know what you're saying. Four premises with two subcategories is more than ten books. The math adds up to 12 different possible stories. Well, yes and no. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt because of overlap. There is plenty of overlap in Koontz's catalog. Take for instance the ending of Brother Odd, wherein Koontz uses three of those premises in one idea. The reason I have settled on the pleasingly even number of ten is due to the fact that I can point out ten distinct Koontz novels that have been reused, at the very least, threes times in the man's career. All this because Koontz believes in the standup-comedy approach of novel writing. He might tell the same jokes every single night, but he knows there will always be someone new in the audience. The problem comes when you've traveled on tour with Koontz for the past thirty years and you've heard all these jokes thousands of times. Dean Koontz is the Paula Poundstone of the author world. Yes, Paula still has her fans, but mostly they're newcomers to her tried, tested, and perfected schtick. Jesus humped Mary through the Gardens of Gethsemane, I digressed. My apologies. If you're still with me, I promise I'm getting to the point. While I remember very clearly the first 200 pages of Night Chills, I thought this book ended differently because Koontz has reused this idea at least four times. I have yet to find the book I was looking for, and I'm tired of hunting. I'll reread all these Black/Neon books slowly over the course of the next few years, and if I find it, fucking tremendous! If not, oh well. More than likely, I rewrote this book in my head because the ending is rather lackluster considering the build up. Koontz had such an awesome premise to work with and it all fizzled out into your typical thriller ending. Which leaves me to wonder: How much of this man's work did I ever truly enjoy? It's a scary thought, thinking I've built up a fabricated fandom based on my own mental rewrites of how I believe things should've been. The only consolation I have is that there are thousands of Koontz fans out there who remember his heyday, who truly adored his Black/Neon era. Either way, I will reread and review each book as I read them. Maybe by the end I will have my answer. In summation: This is a truly middle-ground Koontz book. It has everything we love and everything we hate about Koontz. Oh, and loads of rape scenes, which I could have done without. He definitely went full-on Laymon with this one. Considering they were good friends, Dick probably read Dean's rough draft and said, "You know what this needs? More rape." Like a perverted Christopher Walken asking for more cowbell. Seriously. There's a lot of rape. A lot.Final Judgment: That one uncle everyone keeps the kids away from.

  • Checkman
    2018-11-09 07:43

    2.5 StarsNow and again I read a Dean Koontz novel. They're good for that five or ten minute read before turning out the light at night or while killing time waiting. Not heavy reading and Koontz basically writes from a template making a change here or there.I find that I can skim through sections that are not catching my interest and not miss out on anything. I speculate that he might have a ghost writer now, but who knows? Maybe he's just a spectacular workaholic. Anyway Night Chills is one of his earlier works from the mid-seventies. Though he had at least a couple dozen books under his belt by the time this one was published. Compared to the more current works by Koontz Night Chills has a more of an edge to it. There are a couple rape sequences that are very uncomfortable to read and the two main protagonists have an active sex life that Koontz describes in detail. However it was the seventies and many authors were doing the same thing. Basically soft porn, but porn was sort of mainstream at the time and nobody can accuse Koontz of not being mainstream. (view spoiler)[So the novel concerns mind control and a small isolated town set in Northern Maine (Hi Steve!) where the villains are testing their nefarious scheme to RULE THE WORLD (cue: Nefarious Laughter). Naturally one of the evil men is a scientific genius, but also a sadistic sex fiend who is an idiot when it comes to being a Big Bad. Things quickly spiral out of control and our little intrepid band of heroes grab their guns (The NRA has got to love Koontz. His heroes always pack artillery.), stop the evil plan, save the world and kill the bad guys. Whoops did I just give away the ending? Really? If you read Dean Koontz none of this should come as a surprise. (hide spoiler)]Night Chills is more of an action novel then a horror story. There are aspects of horror, but there is never that overwhelming sense of dread and doom that marks true horror (in my opinion). It's an action movie with good guys and bad guys and sequences that scream out for a full orchestra score.You can predict what is coming, but you keep watching because..............why not? It's entertaining (mostly) and goes well with popcorn. His works translate well to the screen for that very reason. So heading somewhere for your summer vacation and you're not sure ifWar and Peace is just the thing for reading while swatting mosquitoes or trying to tan/burn? Well grab a copy of Night Chills and six or seven other Dean Koontz novels. If you find that you are getting bored with one of the novels try a mash-up. Read a chapter of one then a chapter from another. Great fun. Enjoy your summer.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2018-11-08 12:51

    I wasn't supposed to read Night Chills (since I already have a lot of other books planned to read), but my eyes found it in a pile of books at home and I just felt the need for a Koontz and I'm happy I followed my instinct since it was a really good novel.Black River is a sleepy little town in Maine (Stephen King vibes) where the population starts getting night chills and suddenly all hell breaks loose. In the middle of the chaos stands a family that doesn't get the night chills and they now have to fight for their lives.I found that the worst thing with this book is that the night chills isn't something spooky going on, something paranormal, instead, it's an experiment conducted by three men and I have always found that the horror of the things humans do to each other is far worse than monsters under the bed or aliens in space.Night Chills was a well written, fast-paced book that I devoured quickly.

  • Corey
    2018-10-27 12:51

    Just by the writing style of Night Chills, I could tell that this was an older book by Koontz. Night Chills was probably so far, for me one of his darkest books, with a few disturbing rape scenes. Aside from that, it was a good read, the mind manipulation plot was interesting, in a creepy kind of way, kind of reminded me of the Jedi Mind trick from Star Wars, HAHA! The first few chapters were slow, with a few lengthy flashbacks, but once I got past that and got to know the plot and the main characters, it became a real page-turner.It also has one of those crazy villains that you just want to hate so much that you hope he gets it in the end! Another winner by Dean Koontz!

  • Reanna
    2018-10-25 10:37

    Hmmm...wasn't that impressed by any of it really. I guess I would say his books might be lumped in a guilty pleasures pile but there wasn't much pleasure involved in this one. =|

  • Scott Rhee
    2018-11-18 06:47

    It's been a while since I read this (I'm pretty sure I was still in high school), but I do recall, even then, that it was crap. Granted, it was highly readable and entertaining crap, but crap nonetheless. I remember thinking, as I read it: "Koontz is pretty much projecting every sick, sexually perverted male fantasy he's ever had into this story and passing it off as entertainment.". The story, I think, had something to do with some kind of government project that turns the inhabitants of a small town into submissive sex slaves. The subsequent orgy and rape-a-thon could best be described as "tasteless", which this novel pretty much was...Director George Romero did this much better and much creepier in a film called "The Crazies". It was made into a less-than-superb remake several years ago starring Timothy Oliphant.

  • Christine
    2018-11-04 11:31

    If this was the first Koontz novel I read, I would not have read another one of his books. The violence to women was over the top. I am not a prude but I feel like this was excessive and it took away from the the interesting part of the story, subliminal messaging. I just felt that Koontz took the less creative way to show the evils of mind control and when science takes a wrong turn. Very disappointing.

  • Kyra Dune
    2018-10-24 09:48

    I was very disappointed by this book because I usually really like Dean Koontz. Night Chills started out okay in the first couple of chapters, but after that it went downhill. To begin with, the second half of the blurb is bogus. Except for in one instance, the people in Black River don't really do anything much at all. And after those first few chapters, the biggest chunk of the book is dedicated to an in-depth explanation on how subliminal messaging works.Most of the time when I write a review, I try hard to put positive comments along with negative ones no matter how much I dislike a book, but I have no positive comments for this one. I didn't care about the characters, the writing was flat, and I was completely bored.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2018-10-25 11:28

    Night Chills was one of the most disturbing Dean Koontz novels I've ever read, really shocking and creepy.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2018-10-27 05:41

    My daughter came through the living-room the other day and observed, "I just read another one of Koontz's early books, and he really has improved, a lot."Now that's not a blanket truth, a few of his early books are pretty good. I don't, personally, think this is one of them.It may be that I would have given the book 2 stars rather than 1 had the account of the "romance" not completely driven me up the wall and away from the book, so I put the book down. I went so far as to put it on my to be traded or sold stack. I like Dean Koontz as a general rule but there are times he leaves me completely cold. The way the book started seemed mildly interesting, though he was stretching things a bit (hey, this is "imaginative fiction" stretching doesn't bother me, suspension of belief is part of it), but the story wasn't grabbing me. After that when the "love interest" was introed and I saw how that was going to go I just put the book down. I wasn't willing to go through the repetitive predictable conversations that would ensue. Just me. As I said I suppose if that bothered you less even if you weren't fond of the book you might go 2 stars, but I couldn't see abandoning a book and giving it more than a single star.********************** SPOILERS BELOW LINE *************************(view spoiler)[Okay, subliminal advertising happens. I'm a graduate of a public speaking group much like Toast Masters and I herd a man give an attack speech on subliminal advertising 25 years ago, this book was written in the mid 70s. I am aware of and read about the tachistoscope tests/use in the 1950s. The 1957 results Koontz uses are the result that the marketer of the tachistoscope (James Vicary) reported. In 1962 the test was repeated in a separate theater by an independent researcher (a Dr. Henry Link). It showed that the "subliminal advertising" had NO effect on the audience and Vicary admitted he'd lied about the original result.Yes, there are attempts (still) at subliminal advertising (I suppose if you call hiding the word "sex" in advertising a subliminal message). I personally doubt the effectiveness of it. I looked up some adds, the scotch add from the 70s Koontz mentions is still on most of the sights that give examples. Each sight usually lists the same ones, a picture that if you block out a portion and turn it upside down is suggestive, two Pepsi cans stacked and when they are stacked you can see the word sex "sort of" down the side of the two cans. There are several sexually suggestive ice cube pictures shown each time... so it is out there. But from the reading I've done, you'd definitely need a drug to actually convince someone to buy your product in this way if they weren't already planning or prone to purchase it anyway.Now, the "romance". The "I've been burned and don't trust men/women anymore and if I never love I won't EVER get hurt again motif...I just couldn't take it again. If he agreed one more time not to "talk about anything serious" because he is such a "nice guy" one more time I'd have barfed...on the book. And then I couldn't have sold it to the used book store. So romance angle done to death... Subliminal advertising made into way more than it is...on star because I stopped reading the book. Now, please excuse me, for some reason I have an overwhelming thirst for a Coke-a-Cola.(hide spoiler)]

  • Ed Myers
    2018-11-04 06:43

    Dean Koontz did an exceptional job of taking a subject such as subliminal advertising and writing a first-rate thriller. There is some emotional intensity because bad things happen to a couple of good characters. You'll be downright disgusted by the behavior of the main villain Ogden Salsbury -- the scientist who believes subliminal advertising can be used to take total control over people. And, you can get them to do exactly what you want them to do.Salsbury along with his two accomplices -- billionaire H. Leonard Dawson and military general Ernst Klinger -- use the isolated mill/logging town of Black River, Maine as a test case. They put a drug in the town water supply which in the beginning makes the residents feverish and gives them the night chills. However, later on when the residents are encouraged to watch a specific program at a specific time -- that is when the real trouble begins. The code phrases in the program are -- I am the lock. I am the key. A family -- widower Paul Annedale and his two children -- daughter Rya and son Mark are from out of town. They like to take a summer vacation up in the mountains of Black River. And, they have become friendly with general store owner Sam Edison and his adult daughter Jenny. It's these people who are the only hope for the residents of Black River after they fall under the spell of the three villains.

  • Gianfranco Mancini
    2018-11-02 09:34

    Non leggevo Koontz da anni ed era da tempo che un libro non mi appassionava tenendomi sveglio a leggere fino alle due di notte (view spoiler)[(La brutale uccisione del bambino figlio del protagonista è agghiacciante ed inaspettata, un vero pugno nello stomaco del lettore.)(hide spoiler)]. Purtroppo il finale non mi è piaciuto proprio (view spoiler)[(il miliardario che si reca sul posto senza uno straccio di sgherro al seguito e la ragazza che non ha mai sparato in vita sua che fa fuori come un cretino il militare veterano sono davvero troppo da digerire...)(hide spoiler)] e, nota dolente, titolo e quarta di copertina di questa edizione italiana sono fuorvianti ed inventati di sana pianta... non ci azzeccano quasi nulla con titolo e sinossi originali del libro. Alla faccia della professionalità! XD

  • Hannah O.
    2018-11-11 10:55

    This book was about a man who took his kids to the mountains for their annual vacation. He starts to fall in love with this woman after his wife's tragic death. Then a doctor showed up in the mountains and started asking strange questions. It turns out he had been studying subliminal messaging and he'd come across a major discovery. He would now have control of the whole world.I would recommend this book to people who like scary-ish stories. It kept me on my toes most of the time. It was also kind of hard to follow at times. All together I thought it was a pretty good book.

  • Angela Hayes
    2018-11-22 12:41

    Gripping, disturbing, vivid, incredibly intense- mind control on steroids! Yet not one of my favourite Dean Koontz novels. But here I am still thinking about it and how it made me feel- so that says a lot in itself, right?

  • Alper Kaya
    2018-11-21 13:53

    Dean Koontz gerçekten radikal bir yazar. 1991'de Türkçe edisyonu basılmış, 80'lerin ortasında orijinal baskısı çıkmış olan "Gecenin Ayazında" kitabında zihin kontrolünü bilgisayar destekli bir kurguyla harmanlamayı başarmış.

  • Alex Gherzo
    2018-11-06 12:55

    The second book on this year's Halloween reading list was Night Chills by Dean Koontz. My disappointment at finding that, despite the cover and misleading synopsis, it's not a horror novel quickly dissipated as the story unfolded. Night Chills is a great read, highly entertaining and well-plotted with a likeable group of protagonists and all-too-realistic villains. One or two missteps frustrate, especially in lieu of the excellent writing surrounding them, but the damage they cause is minimal. Paul Annendale, a widower from Massachusetts, takes his children to the small Maine town of Black River for vacation. But something strange is happening in the town, and soon Paul is fighting to protect his loved ones from a populace under the control of a conspiracy that threatens to shift the balance of world power into the hands of three megalomaniacs, each with his own lust for power. Spoilers...Night Chills resonates primarily because of the character work. We spend the first half of the book learning about Paul's sense of loss for his wife, his dynamic with his children, his friendship with general store owner Sam Edison and his romance of Sam's daughter Jenny. Koontz does a good job of making us feel for each of the main players, including the children. We want them to survive not just because we're supposed to but because we care about them. Koontz put the same care into creating his villains, a truly frightening group of power-mongers: Ogden Salsbury, a violent misogynist born of childhood abuse; General Ernst Klinger, a Pentagon bigwig seeking money with which to further his own hedonism; and H. Leonard Dawson, a wealthy Christian fundamentalist who believes himself to be chosen by God for a holy mission. These three men are dangerous already (something we learn gradually throughout the story), but when they get hold of mind control technology, they have a vehicle through which to enact their sinister impulses. Ogden immediately begins using his power over the denizens of Black River to humiliate, rape and brutalize women. Klinger envisions controlling OPEC and manipulating the oil trade to make a fortune. Dawson sees his opportunity to be the ultimate Christian crusader, converting the entire world to his religion against their will (but for their own good, of course). What makes these bad guys so scary is that their goals are exactly what corrupt people would do with this power in real life. Sex, money and religion (which, though guys like Dawson would deny it, is really about power) would be first on the to-do list. The horrors of mind control are very well-explored. Salsbury making women into his "willing" sex slaves and forcing Bob Thorp to savagely murder a child chilled me. If this were real (and, in his introduction, Koontz makes it clear that he believes it is), what would become of us? We'd have no idea, and that's the creepiest part of all. Moreover, Salsbury is able to completely take over the town, becoming a dictator who can send armed men wherever he chooses with orders to kill. And, although his plans don't come as close to fruition, the idea of Dawson forcing the world to bow to his religion is repulsive (and, in my opinion, what religion is really all about), but it also gives the reader another reason to fear the loss of his or her mental faculties. What if someone made you believe what you never would have otherwise, or an ideology you spent your entire life opposing? While certainly not traditional horror, Night Chills is still very scary.There is one flaw big enough for me to have taken away a star: important things happening off-page. The handling of the scene where various characters come together and present each other with their evidence that something is very wrong in Black River is awful. We don't read any of it, we're just told it's happening by Salsbury. This is a pretty key event to not show the reader. It seems like a lazy attempt to keep the pace moving and it comes at the expense of the story. Also, Salsbury ordering Buddy Pellineri's murder came out of nowhere. When, why and how did Buddy show up at the municipal building? This is never explained. Leaving these things out is a huge mistake and it's a testament to the rest of the writing's strength that they don't hurt the novel more than they do. While not what I was expecting, Night Chills is nevertheless a very fun book. I recommend it, but the "don't judge a book by its cover" maxim is particularly applicable in its case.

  • Patrick Gibson
    2018-11-08 06:45

    There was a time when I thought Dean Koontz wrote circles around Stephen King. He wasn’t famous. He had a cult following and he made you feel like you just discovered someone cool. He was the anti-King you could keep to yourself or share with a selected few. Koontz, of course, went the way of all flesh and began cranking them out and repeating himself. Fame? Well, if ‘Family Guy’ rips on you, fame has become your enemy. I haven’t read a Koontz novel since Odd Thomas became a regular character. The early books were dynamic, rip-snorting fast and most of all—interesting. This is one of his best. I am not writing a commentary, I just want this on my bookshelf.

  • Laura
    2018-11-20 05:44

    father of two: ahhh this looks like a nice place to camp out with my kids for a few weeksSuper villain: Hey lets just contaminate the drinking water with a drug then I'm gonna come brainwash and rape everyone in town....father of two: hello my name is Paul and u killed my sonsuper villain: why won't my drug work on ufather of two: I'm gonna kill usuper villain: I'll kill u firstmoral of the story: drink bottled water people

  • Maicie
    2018-11-08 06:55

    Book of the month for Koontzland group.I was surprised how explicit this book was; surprised, not shocked. The author's books are usually tamer. I prefer the humor and character development of his later books.Mad scientist, mad general, mad millionaire, small town = mayhem.

  • Robjr73
    2018-10-26 07:42

    There's a cool horror story going on in this novel but unfortunately you gotta weed through lousy characters and some rape scenes to find it. I find I either really love Koontz or prefer to use his novels as coasters for my Jameson on the rocks.

  • Liz
    2018-11-13 06:28

    I think Koontz needs to work on his endings. The first 3/4 of the book is really interesting and then the last 1/4 felt rushed and the ending was a little lame. Like the other Koontz book I read it was like he was going to go over his 330 page limit so he just had to round it off quickly.

  • Paul Anderson
    2018-11-12 10:30

    I'm usually not too thrilled by Koontz's early works, but this book was shockingly original. For its time, I imagine this book was quite frightening, and unique. I really enjoyed it, as I was surprised by this originality.

  • Vavita
    2018-11-11 08:56

    It is like the seventies version ofThere were times when I just rolled my eyes but I found the book still worth it.

  • Melissa Kent
    2018-11-09 08:57

    This book was very exciting. At times, very disturbing. Koontz can be verrry descriptive, so sometimes I found myself skipping through paragraphs. But I still reccomend this, it was really good.

  • Lissie
    2018-11-03 05:37

    so far its quite entertaining...

  • Velvetink
    2018-11-10 11:39

    Giving to si cotic

  • Francesca
    2018-11-08 11:52


  • Mcf1nder_sk
    2018-10-26 13:51

    Just finished reading Night Chills, and I couldn't help mentally comparing it to my favorite non-SK novel, Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons. Both novels revolve around the use of mind control; in CC it is a psychic talent called the Ability, and in NC it is a chemically-induced form of subliminal control. Both novels contain the worst form of human life, who use their abilities to sate their lascivious urges. In Carrion Comfort, the lowlife is a movie producer named Tony Harod, and in Night Chills it is Ogden Salsbury, the lead scientist of the process, who is checking on the progress of the field test.I was thinking about the other similarities between the two books, wondering who got the idea from whom. Koontz published Night Chills in 1976, and Simmons published Carrion Comfort in 1995. Hmmm...

  • Harshit
    2018-10-29 09:43

    It's entertaining, but that's probably all what it is. If you're looking for a scare you won't find it here. The thing which in my opinion that can make anyone dislike the book or the author, are the moral sacrifices made to entertain the reader, which left me with a kind of mild guilt while I was reading the book. The author's writing does not seem to pity or to sympathize with the characters and situations in which the characters are piteous seem to exist in the book just for the sake of entertainment, which simply put does not feel right.