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Product details

  • Paperback: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin; Reprint edition (5 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312550677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312550677
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 3.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "The Summer of Night"

"Simmons writes like a hot-rodding angel, loading his American nightmare with scares, suspense, and a sweet, surprising nostalgia. One of those rare must-read books, I am in awe of Dan Simmons." --Stephen King

"It stands with the best of King and Straub in the traditional modern horror genre." "--Seattle Post Intelligencer "

"Impressive...combines beautiful writing and suspense into a book for which Dan Simmons deserves the bestseller status of King and Koontz." "--Denver Post"

"An outstandingly eerie and truly horrifying tale, a page-turner of the first order." -"Dallas"" Times-Herald"

"One can only wonder what Simmons will do next, now that he's shown us he can do everything the best writers in horror and science fiction can do." -"Philadelphia"" Inquirer"

"If you like Stephen King's "It" and "The Body," you will be enthralled by "Summer of Night."" -"Rocky Mountain News"

"Blood-freezing scenarios... the true source of Simmons' terrifying vision lies in his uncanny ability to tap into that primal dread that every child knows and every adult denies; the monster under the bed, the darkness in the closet, the not-quite-human face at the window... If you are easily frightened, don't buy this book." -"Los Angeles"" Daily News"

"A superior read in the genre." -"Kirkus Reviews"

"An outstandingly eerie horror story about a group of Midwestern boys stalked by an ancient evil." -"Publishers Weekly"

"Simmons, winner of several prestigious awards for science fiction and horror ranks with the best the genre has to offer... The children are well drawn and affecting in their bravery." -"Library Journal"

"Skilled writer par excellence Dan Simmons takes a subject straight from Stephen King land and runs with it... Simmons keeps the tension high." --"Locus"

"One of the best supernatural chillers in years... "Summer of Night" promises to mark the dawn of a great horror novelist." -"Flint"" Journal"

"Lots of frights in the 'Night'... The kind of story that has readers locking doors and checking under their own beds even as the characters in the book go through their own nightly ritual." -"Ocala"" Star-Banner"

"For those of us to whom good writing is everything, the name Dan Simmons bears great weight." -Harlan Ellison

"Simmons is not only good, he's versatile." -"Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine"

"A compelling writer." -F. Paul Wilson, author of "The Keep"

Praise for "The Summer of Night"

"An outstandingly eerie horror story about a group of Midwestern boys stalked by an ancient evil." -"Publishers Weekly"

Simmons writes like a hot-rodding angel, loading his American nightmare with scares, suspense, and a sweet, surprising nostalgia. One of those rare must-read books, I am in awe of Dan Simmons. "Stephen King"

It stands with the best of King and Straub in the traditional modern horror genre. "Seattle Post Intelligencer"

Impressive...combines beautiful writing and suspense into a book for which Dan Simmons deserves the bestseller status of King and Koontz. "Denver Post"

An outstandingly eerie and truly horrifying tale, a page-turner of the first order. "Dallas Times-Herald"

One can only wonder what Simmons will do next, now that he's shown us he can do everything the best writers in horror and science fiction can do. "Philadelphia Inquirer"

If you like Stephen King's "It" and "The Body," you will be enthralled by "Summer of Night." "Rocky Mountain News"

Blood-freezing scenarios the true source of Simmons' terrifying vision lies in his uncanny ability to tap into that primal dread that every child knows and every adult denies; the monster under the bed, the darkness in the closet, the not-quite-human face at the window If you are easily frightened, don't buy this book. "Los Angeles Daily News"

A superior read in the genre. "Kirkus Reviews"

An outstandingly eerie horror story about a group of Midwestern boys stalked by an ancient evil. "Publishers Weekly"

Simmons, winner of several prestigious awards for science fiction and horror ranks with the best the genre has to offer... The children are well drawn and affecting in their bravery. "Library Journal"

Skilled writer par excellence Dan Simmons takes a subject straight from Stephen King land and runs with it Simmons keeps the tension high. "Locus"

One of the best supernatural chillers in years "Summer of Night" promises to mark the dawn of a great horror novelist. "Flint Journal"

Lots of frights in the Night' The kind of story that has readers locking doors and checking under their own beds even as the characters in the book go through their own nightly ritual. "Ocala Star-Banner"

For those of us to whom good writing is everything, the name Dan Simmons bears great weight. "Harlan Ellison"

Simmons is not only good, he's versatile. "Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine"

A compelling writer. "F. Paul Wilson, author of The Keep""

About the Author

DAN SIMMONS is a recipient of numerous major international awards, including the Hugo Award, World Fantasy Awards, Bram Stoker Awards, and the Shirley Jackson Award. He is widely considered to be one of the premier multiple-genre fiction writers in the world. His most recent novels include the" New York Times" bestseller" The Terror, Drood," and "Black Hills." He lives along the Front Range in Colorado and has never grown tired of the views.


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By A Customer on 30 July 1999
Format: Paperback
Dan Simmons is at it again - 'Summer of Night' is a great piece of horror fiction. It concerns a group of school-boys living in a small American town in the 1960's. During the summer vacation they uncover mystery & horror, an embark upon an adventure to rid the town of the evil that pervades it.
The book is extremely well-written, although readers of Stephen King's 'It' may see some similarities. This is a much better book however - it is about half the length of King's epic and much faster-paced.
Simmons' ability to build up the tension remains unbeatable - he is by far more masterful at this than King, Koontz, Herbert, or Hutson. There is a real sense of dread that makes your heart beat that little bit faster.
This is a truly creepy book, with moments of humour, sadness, nostalgia and horror. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Buy it now!
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Just finished this today & thought it deserved a review straight away. Really, really enjoyed it. From the back cover you could easily think it was a rip-off of Stephen King's It, but just because it is set in an American summer of 1960 & is centered around a group of 11 year old children, the similarity really ends there. There is no jumping to present time and focus on them as adults, it stays in 1960. You can really get a feel for the time through the author's writing, and also the setting of rural Illinois is really brought to life. The story starts with the kids all breaking up for summer holidays, and it all begins so well. But, when a class mate goes missing on the last day of term, and fails to show up days later, it is up to the Bike Patrol to start investigating. By the end of the summer, they will wish they never started. It all leads into a sinister tale of occult goings-on involving a mysterious bell brought over from Europe at the turn of the century and hidden in the school, and these children have to learn to quickly become adults as they are left alone in a world where none of their parents would ever believe them...
But, no need to worry, as these kids might only be 11 years old but they sure can kick ass and chew bubble-gum. Seriously, we could do with them on the streets over here to take out all the hoodies hanging around mugging and stabbing people. They wield shot-guns, blow buildings up, and tackle the undead all whilst drinking fizzy pop & reading Scrooge MacDuck comics!
This is another fantastic read from Dan Simmons, and a lot of the characters feature in future novels, so worth reading all of them aswell. 5 stars.
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First time I came across Summer of Night was back in 1999. Since then I've read it three times! There is nothing I can say negative about this book. The characters are beautifully brought to life. Its spine tingling, scary, a good adrenaline rush, zillions of goosebumps! Above all, the chracters and the era based in provide sweet nostalgia, a walk down memory lane, innocent long lazy summers that puts a lump on your throat (especially if you're the creative and the imagnitive one back in the school days that had good friends and suspicious of the things lurking behind the staff room closed doors!!...and always getting up to mischiefs). Felt a pain of loss after the book finished....I'm in total awe of Dan Simmons!!! What can I say , you will love it. Highly highly recommended.
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By A Customer on 15 April 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When one of their classmates suddenly disappears into thin air, the lives of a group of twelve-year-old boys in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois are about to change dramatically.
During the summer holiday, Mike, Dale, Lawrence, Kevin, Jim Harlen and Duane set out investigating Tubby Cooke's mysterious disappearance and are plunged into an adventure they never bargained for.
Sure, the plot of the story has Stephen King written all over it. Still it is a very thrilling, well-written book, although I could not help wondering if the average eleven-year-old boy is as clever and daring as Mike and his friends are. I mean, would you drive your father's four-ton milk truck straight into your old school and shoot at your former principal with your grandma’s squirrel gun, even if he turns out to be an instrument of Evil?
The book's actual strength though is not its plot, but the way the principal characters are portrayed and the vivid descriptions of rural life in a small American town in the 1960's. The book almost reads like a film. You can easily picture yourself riding your bike along with the boys, hiding in one of their secret Camps or playing ball in the park.
Not that many writers share Simmons' rare talent for character portrayal, especially in the field of horror and SF.
If you are curious to know what became of some of the heroes in "Summer of Night" you might like to read "Children of the Night" (Mike O'Rourke) and "A Winter Haunting" (Dale Stewart).
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I bought this book after finishing "A Winter Haunting" ignoring that books deficiencies because my interest had been piqued by references to the "rendering truck" and the events of the summer of 1960 - events so horrible/traumatic that the protagonist in the "Winter" novel couldn't remember them.
Well, after reading ALL 600+ pages I wish I could forget the experience as well.
This is a flabby, self-indulgent book. It needs a tighter plot and a better editor. There are reams and reams of pages of Norman Rockwell-esque late 50's early 60's Americana. This would be ok if it were done well and did nt bring the plot to frequent juddering stops and starts. Nor would the novel suffer quite so badly if these pieces of folksy, down home, small town America were in the author's own voice - but they are not.
Simmons is clearly aiming to write his own version of Stephen King's "It" - a novel with multiple discrepancies of it's own. Perhaps it is Simmons' homage?. King has given the author a literary equivalent of a sounbite - he is apparently "in awe" of Simmon's work. This is either flattery at work or clear evidence of softening of the brain.
Mr Simmons is not a bad writer or even a poor one but this is NOT HIS BOOK. The plot is his, the words are his but the SPIRIT of the work belong to King and because of this his novel fails. Worse - it bores.
Mr Simmons has written a fairly hefty amount and I think has won awards for his science fiction. On the evidence of this novel he should stick to that.
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