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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge

Winner of the Bram Stoker Award and named one of the 100 Best Novels of 2006 by Publishers Weekly, Dark Harvest by Norman Patridge is a powerhouse thrill-ride with all the resonance of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery."

Halloween, 1963. They call him the October Boy, or Ol' Hacksaw Face, or Sawtooth Jack. Whatever the name, everybody in this small Midwestern town knows who he is. How he rises from the cornfields every Halloween, a butcher knife in his hand, and makes his way toward town, where gangs of teenage boys eagerly await their chance to confront the legendary nightmare. Both the hunter and the hunted, the October Boy is the prize in an annual rite of life and death.

Pete McCormick knows that killing the October Boy is his one chance to escape a dead-end future in this one-horse town. He's willing to risk everything, including his life, to be a winner for once. But before the night is over, Pete will look into the saw-toothed face of horror--and discover the terrifying true secret of the October Boy . . . @goodreads 



When I first started reading this creepy book I thought: "What the feck am I reading?"


The things that happen on Halloween night are really bizarre and messed up and I freaking loved it!


The October Boy is carved and gotten ready for The Run/The Hunt. And while the October Boy is being carved he comes to life. It was freaky cool!


There is this freaking weird ritual in this town that on Halloween there is a hunt for the October Boy. If said boy makes it to the church then he is fine. But if they cut him down then the ritual goes on and the family is rich from the killing and the kid that killed the October Boy can leave the town . . . or can he? And girls are not allowed to participate.

Pete decides on this night that he has had enough. He's ready to get out of town. Pete runs into a girl that is being beat by two other boys. He helps her and off they go into the night. They have an idea about the October Boy and they decide to help him. I thought that was pretty freaking awesome!

The adults in the town are cray beyond! They stand outside all of the shops with guns to keep the kids away from food. They want them hungry for the October Boy that is filled with candy. Yeah, like I said bizarre! And these townspeople have no problem in shooting kids to keep them away and vice versa, it's anarchy!

I just know that for me, this short story was great and it made me even more excited for October scary book and movie month for me :-)


And just remember, if you happy to drive through a little town with a pumpkin head scarecrow in the cornfield, it's probably best to put the petal to the medal!


Only a few get out alive and I'm sure glad they did because they actually had some sense!






  1. Ohh this one looks and sounds really creepy and spooky I just love the sound of it, this is actually the first time I heard about this book I really want too check it out. Thank you for your great review and post Melissa.

    1. Thank you so much hon! I really enjoyed this spooky story with a sad twist. I got mine through the overdrive library if you have that :-)