Red Harvest by Patrick C. Greene


Red Harvest, Patrick C. Greene, 2018

My favorite quote: “‘For, you see, come Halloween, Ember Hollow becomes Haunted Hollow, Halloween Capital of the World.’” That, or, “‘What is this? The Waltons? I thought men were supposed to go all corpsy after sex.’”

Notable characters: Stuart Barcroft, an Ember Hollow Junior High School student; Candace Galeens, the very cool love interest; Dennis, his recently-sober, punk-rocker older brother; DeShaun Lott, Stuart’s lifelong BFF; Hudson Lott, Chief Deputy and DeShaun’s father; Ruth, a local church-goer hell-bent on putting a stop to the festivities

Most memorable scene: The string of horrors Candace sees when she’s walking home — and it only gets worse from there

Greatest strengths: The characters. OMG. There are some seriously f*cked up people in this book — and I dig them all. Especially Ruth. GAWD, how I loved that despicable little nut-job! Disclaimer: This book has a massive cast — but don’t let that scare you. Greene not only pulls it off but makes it look easy  

Standout achievements: This book absolutely nails the Halloween atmosphere … and as a big fan of Halloween Atmosphere, I appreciate that. Oh, and it’s got great music, too

Fun Facts: Red Harvest is book one of the Haunted Hollow series 

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: A little about music and a lot about punk 

How it inspired me: Red Harvest made me want to center one of my own books on Halloween — and after thinking on it a little, I think I know how to do it 

Additional thoughts: There’s a lot going on here, but Greene balances gore, creep, religious zealotry, and the slow descent into madness with a quick, deft hand that pulls no punches — and that’s how I like it

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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