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Dan Simmons returns to horror/mystery in good form
on 17 September 2004
Dan Simmons is a good author who has produced excellent novels in several genres ( SF, Horror , Spy/Thriller).
A Winter Haunting is nominally horror, but more in the Henry James model than James Herbert.
The basic premise is not new. A writer/lecturer (Dale) with emotional problems decides to get away from it all and returns to a deserted farm in his old home-town.
Something bad happened to him and his friends way back when they were 11 and his friend (Duane) was killed in a mysterious accident.
Dan Simmons plays with the conventions of the haunted house novel/film and while there are plenty of strange and spooky goings on, the central question is ,"is Dale crazy, or is he being haunted (or perhaps both)?".
While the book is a quasi-follow-on to "Summer of Night" but it isn't necessary to have read that first (by any stretch) and I personally preferred Winter Haunting (of the two).
All in all it is not quite up with Dan Simmons best works, but none the less it is a good read and I would happily recommend it.