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The Pumpkin Man [Kindle Edition]

John Everson
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

After her father's gruesome murder, Jenn needed a place to get away from it all with some friends, to take her mind off her sorrow. The empty seaside cottage she inherited seemed perfect. Jenn didn't know that the cottage held arcane secrets, mysteries long hidden and best left alone. She didn't realize until it was too late that the old books and Ouija board she found there really do hold great power. And it was only after her friend's headless body was discovered that she knew the legend of the local bogeyman was no mere legend at all. An evil has been unleashed, a terrifying figure previously only spoken of in whispers. But now the whispers will become screams. Beware...The Pumpkin Man.

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About the Author

John Everson' short stories have appeared in 22 small press anthologies, 55 have appeared in magazines, and three collections of his short fiction have been published by small presses. He was a 2007 Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Best Short Fiction and won the a 2004 Bram Stoker Award- Best First Novel for Covenant.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477834672
  • Publisher: 47North (9 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NXM0RQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the horror novel COVENANT, as well as its sequel SACRIFICE and the novels THE 13TH, SIREN, THE PUMPKIN MAN and NIGHTWHERE. He has also written several horror/dark fantasy short story collections including CAGE OF BONES & OTHER DEADLY OBSESSIONS, VIGILANTES OF LOVE, NEEDLES & SINS and DEADLY NIGHTLUSTS, as well as a heartwarming collection of CHRISTMAS TALES for the whole family, and a short book for 5-8-year-olds called PETEYBOO AND THE WORM.

John shares a deep purple den in Naperville, Illinois with a cockatoo and cockatiel, a disparate collection of fake skulls, twisted skeletal fairies, Alan Clark illustrations and a large stuffed Eeyore. There's also a mounted Chinese fowling spider named Stoker, an ever-growing shelf of custom mix CDs and an acoustic guitar that he can't really play but that his son likes to hear him beat on anyway. Sometimes his wife is surprised to find him shuffling through more public areas of the house, but it's usually only to brew another cup of coffee. In order to avoid the onerous task of writing, he occasionally records pop-rock songs in a hidden home studio, experiments with the insatiable culinary joys of the jalapeno, designs book covers for a variety of small presses, loses hours in expanding an array of gardens and chases frequent excursions into the bizarre visual headspace of '70s euro-horror DVDs with a shot of Makers Mark and a tall glass of Newcastle.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pumpkin day treat! 27 Oct. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
When an author the likes of Jonathan Maberry gives a novel like this praise, you'd better pay heed. He was right in say commenting, "This is a deliciously creepy novel".
On the offset of the story I was hooked and under the spell of the Pumpkin man Its been a while since I have read a good creepy gory novel. The writing flows well and really keeps you on he edge of your seat. Everson is an author that I had not yet sampled and I am glad that I did his novels have either been nominated or won a Bram stoker award I will be hunting them out possibly Covenant.

The story is of the horror strain in its traditional sense one heavily laden with mysterious goings on, occult family, deaths and demon worship.
You won't look at a pumpkin in the same way again!
He really pulls the chills out with the choice of character as a perpetrator of murder and the technique of killing will be engraved in you're nightmares. An urban legend that is no joke Halloween brings death of the most twisted kind. The story is set in one of the creepiest surrounding you could think.
A young niece inherits a home from her aunt, she takes a trip to see her worldly gain and find clues that link the murder of her father and a chain of murders with her ancestors. You will find it a very dark enjoyable tale of evil
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It should have been called The Squash... 10 Aug. 2013
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This book was bought based on great reviews, and although its a good gauge of the success of the book, there is always a chance of disappointment. Sadly, in this instance, I was very disappointed and bored. I expected a creepy horror story and instead got a two dimensional story with bad dialogue and shallow characters. The main protagonist, Jennica, is a shy bookish girl found typically in B-rated horror flicks. Instead of dying a horrible death, she unbelievably intuits how to stop a homicidal resurrected demon that has started killing people after being dormant for
20 years. When her aunt, father and friend fall victim to the halloween pumpkin carving demon, she hardly shows remorse. Being such a quiet introverted person I would have thought that she would freak out after finding sculls in her kitchen drawer, eyeballs in her pantry and decapitated heads in her basement. If fact, she decides to stay in the house and whips out her deceased aunt's ouija board and summons the recently departed to her for answers. I was half expecting her to grow a cape at this stage and start flying around banishing demons to hell. Unfortunately, this book didn't do it for me and I will not be looking out for any other books written by this author. On a positive side, its very easy to read and although I was thinking of quitting a few times, I found myself at the end of the book very quickly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars alright but a bit scrappy 2 July 2013
By tk
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Enjoyable enough but not really any character development and sort of jumps about a bit. The characters don't act like you would expect a person to act but if you suspend disbelief and don't think about it too much it's alright. Not bad for 99p.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror 13 Aug. 2013
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The pumpkin man was a great read, the plot was good and it had me guessing what was going to happen next, look forward to reading more books by John Everson.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good book 13 Aug. 2013
By mazza
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This was a very good book, kept you guessing till the end I would recomend this to anyone who like a spooky story
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Pumpkin Man 16 May 2014
By 77betty
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A good read, very enjoyable and was a real page turner.
Looking forward to reading more of John Eversons books in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous read 13 April 2014
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Brilliantly written. Fast paced but not rushed. I'm new to this author but will certainly be visiting him again. Beware the Pumpkin man!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Below average 14 Mar. 2014
By C. Bale
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Neither scary or horrifying this story just about makes you keep reading to find out the mystery killer's identity. The author's writing style is painfully simple and dialogue is banal in extremist. However he seems a very interesting guy from his biog and anyone who can get published has my respect.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
'it's readable, in the way that a not-very good horror film is watchable. The heroine is incredibly stupid and keeps making ridiculous decisions. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Susan M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bit weird but great read
Published 1 month ago by Sue Luck
3.0 out of 5 stars book
Not the greatest book, but readable
Published 1 month ago by Av
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read, keeps you on edge till the end.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good book.
Published 5 months ago by Keith
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't put me off pumpkins :D
Yup, good book. I liked the characters and how they developed. The story unfolded and flowed well.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This book is very good but has a tendency to lead you up the garden path, but it is still worth a read.
Published 14 months ago by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror at its best
A gripping tale
I was engrossed throughout by the many twists and turns. Hallow een will never be quite the same as you look over your shoulder to check the Pumpkin Man is... Read more
Published 14 months ago by John Hobley
4.0 out of 5 stars ALL PUMPED UP
Published 15 months ago by Linda butterworth
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a waste of time
rather obvious and not terribly original. It was OK but became rather bored by it. Who would stay in a cottage where so much violence had occurred? Read more
Published 15 months ago by lindsay garsden
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