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Even if it means burying him out backIn a small town with dark secrets one man struggles to find a way out before the spirit of the town can find a way in Marking the debut of our brand new imprint dedicated to showcasing the best new voices in speculati. Not your average haunted houseJacob Logan is drawing a deep mental breath and trying to use a change of pace to gather his thoughts and restore some peace calm and order to his life Five years after his mother died and with a business venture in Boston having just failed Logan returns to small town Mayfield North Carolina to take up residence in his childhood home But a series of inexplicable events overtake him and it s clear that nobody is happy about Logan s return to a town and a lifestyle that he had summarily abandoned many years earlier Ultimately Logan comes to the conclusion that his departed parents have not fully departed and from within the house are trying to communicate with him He just isn t understanding the message but he knows that he d better figure it out before someone is hurtHaunted houses and paranormal communication with the dearly or even not so dearly departed are old hat for horror novels So when an author goes down the road of choosing this particular sub genre for a horror novel the writing the atmosphere the characters the dialogue and the resulting shiver factor had better be up to the task of building a readable story from such prosaic foundationsAlthough I m not generally an avid reader of this type of novel I have to admit that FIREFLY RAIN succeeded in making me turn the pages of a brief but uite enjoyable gothic style novel in which the house and nature itself are major players Author Richard Dansky creates a creepy setting in which the very fireflies in the fields choose to abhor the presence of death The air in Mayfield is thick with the flickering lights of the summer firefly population but they steadfastly refuse to cross the border onto the Logan property And even when Logan experiments by carrying them onto the property in the confines of a jar the fireflies die I mean really how surprising uniue and truly innovative is thatI m still not a salivating convert to the horror genre but I certainly wouldn t pass up the opportunity to read another novel by Richard Dansky I think it s also safe to say that afficionados of this style of novel would be than pleased with Dansky s effortsRecommendedPaul Weiss

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Ve fiction Firefly Rain is one of the most chilling uniue ghost stories ever penned Mystery lovers will devour the clues Fantasy readers will be sucked in by the magical atmosphere No one will be able to put it down until the very last twist comes to lig. The book has been shelved as ya because I thought it was written at an accessible level It s hard to like a book when you don t really like the main character much but the author doesn t want you to like Joshua Logan much And the family home he returns to seems to be a well rendered symphony of discordance Unfortunately the marital situation seeped into the relationship or lack thereof with the boy who grew up to a man not much connected to anything There is also the occult notion that our geographic origins not only form us but devour us in some cases The small town near by is what all horror stories of a small town can be an utter and total lack of privacy your business known before you have even had a chance to examine it yourself At one point in the book the house coughs up a private record which is read by a visitor which angers Logan to no end It s like his visitor isn t part of the small town network or perhaps she s the recipient of his frustration It s a pretty complex novel in some waysThe character I liked the best was the preacher who said some wonderfully funny and precise things His speach on exorcism and his reaction to Joshua s house guest were absolutely fabulous I hope the author writes because he s got great insight in to people

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A riveting supernatural mystery like you've never read beforeThe prodigal son leaves the big city to return to his dearly departed parent's house in North Carolina only to find now that he's home that something is trying to make damn sure he stays there. Wow this was terrible I m a huge fan of ghost stories especially haunted house stories But in this novel nothing ever actually scared me at all The author completely failed at creating a spooky or even eerie atmosphere The house itself was mundane and poorly described a list of the house s physical attributes without anything to build interest in it or tension around it The characters were cardboard cut outs with weird or contradictory motivations they re supposed to be trying to get him to stay in town so they all act like total assholes to him Um what The book creates a parallel between the experiences of the main character and the experiences of his father without ever giving a reason for the experiences The mystery of why the main character needs to stay in town is never revealed it seems to be because his mother missed him WHAT So she made one guy promise to make sure her son came home and stayed and as a result he and um a bunch of other people who had NOT made that promise also ended up having to keep the promise and couldn t die until they did WHAT And it s not like everything has to make sense in a horror novel but novels do need to have some kind of internal consistency some driving force that at least makes sense to itself maybe we re horrified at the logic but there does need to be internal logic This book lacks even an attempt at thatBeyond the utter lack of coherent plot atmosphere or believable or even likable characters with dimension the reveal of the book s underlying message left me at a loss The main character is a bad son because he grew up and moved away and started his own life That s what kids are supposed to do And as a result of doing what kids are supposed to do this guy is now stuck in a town where apparently everybody is nuts for reasons we are never told and there s some wild swing at a firefly metaphor that seems to mean he can never go to heaven or maybe he has to stay and do the same things that were done to him to the next poor sucker I don t even know It s all incredibly stupidThe reviewers who compared this writer to Stephen King have done Stephen King a grave disservice Seriously he should litigate


10 thoughts on “Firefly Rain

  1. says:

    Maybe it's me but this book did nothing for me It seemed like it was trying to be a lot like Stephen King but never uite got up to speed; I ended up as confused as the hero who never uite got what was going on until the very very end and even

  2. says:

    Firefly Rain by Richard DanskyI was a bit annoyed to discover that I was second guessed on the cover of the book I thought that Dansky had a style reminiscent of Pat Conroy and sure enough there was a note on the cover comparing hi

  3. says:

    Wow this was terrible I'm a huge fan of ghost stories especially haunted house stories But in this novel nothing ever actually scared me at all The author completely failed at creating a spooky or even eerie atmosphere The house itself was mundane and poorly described a list of the house's physical attributes without anything to build interest in it or tension around it The characters were cardboard cut outs with weird or contradictory m

  4. says:

    Firefly Rain was the creepiest book I've read in a while and I mean that in a good wayA uote on the back cover re

  5. says:

    Although Dansky's first non tie in novel is ostensibly the tale of a young man who returns from the big city of Boston to find his rural isolated childhood home haunted the real stars of FIREFLY RAIN are the setting and the voice Maryfield North Carolina comes alive in these pages I could feel the humidity see the storm laden sky

  6. says:

    Not your average haunted houseJacob Logan is drawing a deep mental breath and trying to use a change of pace to gather his thoughts and restore some peace calm and order to his life Five years after his mother died and with a business venture in Boston having just failed Logan returns to small town Mayfield Nor

  7. says:

    The book has been shelved as ya because I thought it was written at an accessible level It's hard to like a book when you do

  8. says:

    Fantastic book a new voice in horror I found this book a bit late published in 2008 but this is what horror needs the originality The imagery was haunting and reminded me of The Twilight Zone and the tension of The Omen and The Exorcist Well done Mr Dansky Can't wait for another one

  9. says:

    Check out my blog Latif Reviews After a business bust in Boston the protagonist Jacob Logan reluctantly returns home to North Carolina He stays at the house he grew up and his parents’ grave is at the back Although it should feel l

  10. says:

    Right off the bat I will tell you that I read FIREFLY RAIN by Richard Dansky in one sitting I never meant to but once I turned the first page the rest followed rather uickly Not only was the writing style easy to follow and pleasant the story was compelling; always developing new twists and turns to keep the reader hooked Jacob Logan is a

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