Who says there’s no baseball? Thanks to the good folks at Jimmy Beans for keeping the spirit going.
This year marks the thirteenth year of The Night Country, published in 2003. The novel was dedicated to the King of Halloween himself, Ray Bradbury.
At Midnight on Halloween in a cloistered New England suburb, a car carrying five teenagers leaves a winding road and slams into a tree, killing three of them. One escapes unharmed, another suffers severe brain damage. A year later, summoned by the memories of those closest to them, the three that died come back on a last chilling mission among the living.
A strange and unsettling ghost story, The Night Country creeps through the leaf-strewn streets and quiet cul-de-sacs of one bedroom community, reaching into the desperately connected yet isolated lives of three people changed forever by the accident: Tim, who survived yet lost everything; Brooks, the cop whose guilty secret has destroyed his life; and Kyle’s mom, trying to love the new son the doctors returned to her. As the day wanes and darkness falls, one of them puts a terrible plan into effect, and they find themselves caught in a collision of need and desire, watched over by the knowing ghosts.
Macabre and moving, The Night Country elevates every small town’s bad high school crash into myth, finding the deeper human truth beneath a shared and very American tragedy.
“Scary, sad, funny, and when it comes to young people at the end of their ropes and hopes, dead on the money. [The Night Country] takes you away to a strange and special place while reminding you of the places you’ve been — especially the spooky Halloween places. A gracefully written, mesmerizing read.” – Stephen King
“The perfect ghost story for a contemporary Halloween, The Night Country demonstrates that the horror novel and literature can live quite happily within a single set of covers.” – Peter Straub
“In The Night Country Stewart O’Nan gives us a handle on the adolescent subconscious that may not be pretty but is brutally honest in the way that literature must be if it’s going to do any good. Growing up, and life and death, get defined. Lives get saved in the way that literature can do some saving.” – Theodore Weesner
Happy Halloween to all!
Two links of interest in recent news:
- West of Sunset was chosen as one of “6 summer novels to perfectly match your summer holiday destination” by bt.com.
- In TribLive, “Pittsburgh writers find inspiration in Stephen King, his works“:
“When you look back to the ’70s and a lot of what we thought were important American writers, important literary writers, some of that stuff seems kind of mannered and silly and rather dated,” says Stewart O’Nan, the Regent Square writer who has collaborated with King on two books.
“You can go back and read ‘The Stand’ or ‘The Shining,’ and they’re amazing. I go back and read those books all the time. I end up buying used paperback copies just so I can take them wherever I’m going,” he says.
A Fantastic Anthology Combining the Love of Science Fiction with Our National Pastime
Of all the sports played across the globe, none has more curses and superstitions than baseball, America’s national pastime.
Field of Fantasies delves right into that superstition with short stories written by several key authors about baseball and the supernatural. Here you’ll encounter ghostly apparitions in the stands, a strangely charming vampire double-play combination, one fan who can call every shot and another who can see the past, a sad alternate-reality for the game’s most famous player, unlikely appearances on the field by famous personalities from Stephen Crane to Fidel Castro, a hilariously humble teenage phenom, and much more. In this wonderful anthology are stories from such award-winning writers as:
Stephen King and Stewart O’Nan (first U.S. print version of “A Face in the Crowd”)
Karen Joy Fowler
W. P. Kinsella
And many more!
Never has a book combined the incredible with great baseball fiction like Field of Fantasies. This wide-ranging collection reaches from some of the earliest classics from the pulp era and baseball’s golden age, all the way to material appearing here for the first time in a print edition. Whether you love the game or just great fiction, these stories will appeal to all, as the writers in this anthology bring great storytelling of the strange and supernatural to the plate, inning after inning.
Faithful: The 10th Anniversary Special Edition by Stewart O’Nan and Stephen King Deluxe Special Editions to Benefit Two Good Causes A minimum of thirty percent of the retail price from this special edition will be donated to The Haven Foundation and to organizations that promote cancer care and research. The Haven Foundation gives financial assistance to provide temporary support needed to safeguard and sustain the careers of established freelance artists. The authors also support cancer care and research organizations such as The Jimmy Fund in Boston, Massachusetts. You can donate directly to The Haven Foundation via their website and to The Jimmy Fund via their website.