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Publisher's Summary

"This is contemporary American writing at its finest." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

Winner of the Stoker Award and named one of the 100 Best Novels of 2006 by Publishers Weekly, Dark Harvest is a powerhouse thrill-ride with all the resonance of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery".

Halloween, 1963. They call him the October Boy, or Ol' Hacksaw Face, or Sawtooth Jack. Whatever the name, everybody in this small Midwestern town knows who he is. How he rises from the cornfields every Halloween, a butcher knife in his hand, and makes his way toward town, where gangs of teenage boys eagerly await their chance to confront the legendary nightmare. Both the hunter and the hunted, the October Boy is the prize in an annual rite of life and death. 

Pete McCormick knows that killing the October Boy is his one chance to escape a dead-end future in this one-horse town. He's willing to risk everything, including his life, to be a winner for once. But before the night is over, Pete will look into the saw-toothed face of horror - and discover the terrifying true secret of the October Boy....

©2007 Norman Partridge (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“Probably the most exciting and original voice in horror literature to have appeared in the last decade.” (Peter Straub)

“A major new talent.” (Stephen King)

“This is contemporary American writing at its finest.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“If you're looking for a scary Halloween tale, with lots of blood and gore - and candy - you've come to the right place.” (Rocky Mountain News)

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wow

entertaining from start to finish! looking forward to the movie too. a great listen

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Good book

I enjoyed this book my only wish was it was a little longer and had some of the back stories about where things came from. Some of the characters seemed rushed in such a short book. But still a great book get it a enjoy.

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Great Halloween Read

Pretty cool and unique story. A bit of a slow burn, but interesting enough to keep you into it. I really enjoyed it.

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What a ride!!

I really enjoyed this story from being to end I absolutely love small town horror stories and this has been probably one of the best the narrator made me feel like I was in the story just one of the boys gearing up to go out and find the October boy on a dark cold night.worth the credit 10/10.

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Incredible Stuff

Loved this book. Great narrator and thrilling action. I guessed where it was going about 1/4th of the way through, but watching it get there was supremely satisfying.

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Halloween Fun!!

"Because The October Boy has his own game. It's played with pitchforks and switchblades and fear.."


The October Boy just may be my new favorite Halloween fiend!!! This one is the perfect balm for the soul for those of us who live in a perpetual state of October love!! While I do love Winter, I miss fall and this spooky tale of Sawtooth Jack is just what I needed!! Also it has to be said..  Fuck The Harvest Guild!

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it's OK

The narration gets a bit much and the story goes on for a bit too long.

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fun romp!

this reminded me of the movie trick'r'treat with some pumpkinhead mythology thrown in. quite enjoyed it. felt like something from the 80s

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Great premise. I enjoyed the story very much. It is just so much longer than it felt like. A few times it was bad enough that I completely fell out of the story. I will definitely read more of this author's work, though. It was the story that kept me going through to the end.

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Not what I expected, in a bad way

I got this book thinking this would be a fun short horror story, not unlike some of the 90s YA horror books I grew up with. This was more like someone trying overly hard to write an arthouse horror story mixed with Stephen King. They talked about plot elements like the "run" at the beginning like your supposed to know what that is, and using slang that your not sure what it means, are some examples. For a short book, it seems like a very slow story strangely enough. Also the narrator had no real range. Just sounded like a NY detective monologue. Just wasn't for me.

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Didn't quite capture my interest

It's a short story but it didn't keep me engaged, unfortunately. The story/premise isn't bad, but I just wanted to know more about what was actually happening and I don't think it delivers (I don't know, I might have zoned out and missed the reasons why!). It is guessable what the one revelation in the story is, too. Just needed some background/lore as opposed to more gore.

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  • 02-09-22

Not bad. Just not brilliant.

Hard to get into at first. Listened to the end. Found the narrator hard to listen to. This is my first ever audio book though.