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The New Neighbor [Paperback]

Ray Garton
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7 Mar 2011
The Pritchard family is quite content in their home on Deerfield Avenue...until Lorelle Dupree moves in across the street. The new neighbor is astonishingly beautiful...friendly...and seductive. Each member of the Pritchard family surrenders to her advances and Lorelle's influence changes them in shocking ways. Soon everyone on Deerfield is changing. And then the killings start. The new neighbor is not interested in borrowing a cup of sugar or using your weed-whacker. She's more interested in your soul. In Ray Garton's legendary erotic horror novel THE NEW NEIGHBOR, sex isn't just for pleasure anymore. THE NEW NEIGHBOR was originally published in 1991 as a limited 500-copy run (with extreme artwork by J.K. Potter) by Charnel House, and was re-released by Cemetery Dance in 2003 in a limited 1000-copy reissue.

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: (7 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759297630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759297630
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 827,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not his best 6 Aug 2007
I am a big big Ray Garton fan and I enjoyed this book as I expected but it just didn't grip me the way his books normally do. Its a good story and its overflowing with sex and that normally helps when i'm reading a book but I never fell in love with any of the charactors and that is normally what really makes me love a book. Its definately worth a read but I think it had been hyped up to much for me and set me up for a let down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early 90s classic available again 27 Jan 2005
By Craig Clarke - Published on
A warning to the prudish (and an invitation to the prurient): much graphic sex lies in wait between the covers of Ray Garton's early 90s masterwork, The New Neighbor. Originally published in 1991 as a limited 500-copy $150 edition (with extreme artwork by J.K. Potter) by Charnel House, the book was not available to the average collector until Cemetery Dance picked it up for a more affordable 2003 limited 1000-copy reissue. Thanks to them, I was finally able to read this horror classic and recommend it highly to you.

The Pritchards are a step-family who have been able to make it work. George, Karen, Robby, and Jen get along pretty well -- that is, until their sexy new neighbor moves in and begins to change things. You see, Lorelle Dupree is extremely seductive, and she is extremely open-minded about who she seduces. In fact, she is seducing most of the entire neighborhood with her body that won't quit. Her ways are so persuasive that no one seems to notice that she sprouts wings and travels around the neighborhood enshrouded in a mist. If one is to follow Garton's description of the responses of the seduced, that must be some very good sex, indeed.

So good, in fact, that soon everyone begins showing symptoms resembling a flu and become sluggish, exhausted, and pale, wanting to do little more than have sex with Lorelle and then sleep. Conveniently, these are combined since Lorelle's particular brand of loving causes them to pass out immediately afterwards for hours at a time. Eventually, a previous survivor (barely) comes across the neighborhood and tries to inform them, particularly Robby, about what is going on. That captivating statue in her living room has more significance than they think.

The New Neighbor has the bravura of an Edward Lee and the sensitivity of a Douglas Clegg. It may not be for all tastes with its graphic depictions of sex and violence, but underneath the surface is commentary on social mores and, later, the mob mentality. Author Garton is also making statements about modern relationships and what can happen when people settle for what they can get, instead of simply asking for what they want. All this in a horror novel? This sounds almost like literature, but in a form that is easily accessible to those who might not be so amenable to "message" novels, like myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets in the Night 30 Aug 2008
By Ravenova - Published on
Once again, welcome to the delightfully cynical world of Ray Garton's creation where love leads to death, friendship to betrayal, and bliss to eternal mourning; where the beleaguered heroes and heroines, overcome by their own carnal desires are destroyed by a calculating villainess who employs her feminine wiles to capture her prey, enchanting whilst devouring, creating ecstasy whilst enacting vengeance. Meet your new neighbor. She not only wants your body, she wants your soul too.

Meet the new neighbor, Lorelle Dupree. She not only captivates the imagination with her haunting beauty but with her inexplicable aura that proves both disconcerting and strangely enticing. Her presence in the sleepy town of Redding is sure to create quite a stir as the formerly hapless denizens begin to realize that their new neighbor is very special and very friendly. The first to fall victim to Lorelle's spell is the seventeen year old Robby Pritchard. Seduced by his new neighbor, Robby discovers the side effects of the encounter to be massively undesirable and impenetrably strange. Soon, the entire town of Redding including Robby¡s parents and his younger sister contract the flu like symptoms that seem to assail all those who are privately entertained by the licentious Lorelle. Only, it isn't the flu. The formerly peaceful town of Redding erupts into a bubbling brew of vitriolic violence and depravity. Lorelle Dupree, bewitching neighbor, ancient seductress, and merciless consumer of souls has come to Redding with only one mission in mind. Will any be able to counter the plague of evil that she issues so mercilessly or will all be consumed by the power of her will? Betrayal, corruption, tragedy, despair, and hidden desires all swirl together like an evil witch¡s brew culminating to present the reader with a heady tale of passion and of death and their inexorable link.

As is the norm with Garton novels, the heroes and heroines whilst likable and sympathetic prove rather fallible in that their own carnal desires leads them and those they love to the pinnacle of unexpected despair shrouding the novel with a dismal yet enticing aura. Each character, through Garton's melodious yet gothic style, was fully elaborated upon revealing both their triumphs and disasters through vivid prose creating realistic characters that captured the imagination and the heart.

The horror and tragedy weaves itself around the characters degeneration from a happy family to an obsessed collection of individuals with little love or regard for one another, only a deep desire for their next encounter with their captor, Lorelle. As the tale progresses forward, the haunting aura of something being amiss, the certainty of dark days ahead, and the growing realization that Lorelle is not what she seems begins to eclipse the story creating a palpable dark and brooding atmosphere allowing the tale to gain intensity and feeling as it progressed toward the dramatic conclusion.

The premise of a beautiful woman not quite being what she seems has been enacted and enhanced over time in numerous horror novels, therefore, enabling the reader to easily predict many of the situations and their conclusions depicted within The New Neighbor. Although this element of predictability did not enhance the tale, it did not greatly detract from the storyline either. It merely existed doing little harm and little good. It would have been preferable had the tale been less predictable but the story was so intriguing and the characters' actions so immensely entertaining and interesting that this undesirable element of expectedness was easily overlooked for the sake of the other perfected elements inherent within the tale.

The writing style chosen to convey the tale was both euphonious and suitably evocative bringing the brooding world of Garton¡s creation to life. The sorrow and suffering combined with the bleak descriptions combined not only to enact an interesting story, but to breathe into it a certain life that creates vivid pictures in the reader's mind.

Before concluding, it is necessary for the reader to understand a limited amount of history concerning this novel as there are two additions (both currently out-of-print but available on the used market) for sale. The original first addition was published by Charnel House as a limited edition novel for the price of $150. The second edition, of which this is a review, was published by Cemetery Dance for a more reasonable price. Both editions contain the same tale in the same wording. Most Ray Garton novels are signed, therefore, a signed addition is easily available for those willing to pay a heftier price.

For those seeking to enter upon a sojourn through the twisted world of Garton's imagination, traveling the winding pathways of deceit and despair to eventually encounter the dramatic and woebegone conclusion that will be sure to remain in the reader's mind for many a night, then this tale will never disappoint. Another classic from an interesting, albeit rare, author. Highly recommended.

- Ravenova
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read! 8 Jan 2005
By Novel Reader - Published on
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This book was my introduction into the world of Ray Garton, and I've already purchased Live Girls and Pieces of Hate.

The New Neighbor cuts to the chase on the very first page. Garton threads a tale like a javelin, cutting right to the story. He doesn't go on for paragraph after paragraph with lurid details and descriptions; rather, he's whittled away right to the quick. His characters are real people a fictional sense, of course. Reading this book was easy, as a good book should be. The author has done his readers a favor by working hard to make the book an all-you-can eat smorgasboard of terror.

While graphic in its content, I didn't find the sex or violence extreme or unnecessary. Some may, however, and should be advised. But the bottom line is that if you're looking for knot-tight horror, get this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Ray Garton Finest" 6 Jun 2014
By steven gibson - Published on
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Ray Gartons Book,The New Neighbor Is a Killer Ride and Story From Start To Finish.It Is Filled With Terror,Horror,and People Who Fall Prey To a Ancient Demon."A Must Read." "Hang On For Dear Life"
5.0 out of 5 stars My kind of book. 25 April 2014
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Loved it. Good story, erotic, not full of gore and well written. I will look to other Garton books in the future.
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