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Dark Harvest

Norman Partridge


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Soon to be a major motion picture!

Norman Partridge's Bram Stoker Award-winning novel, Dark Harvest, is a powerhouse thrill-ride with all the resonance of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery."

“A major talent.” —Stephen King

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.

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

Praise For Dark Harvest

“A major talent.” —Stephen King

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

“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

“Already [Dark Harvest] has the aura of a classic. Required reading for Halloween.” —Booklist

“Using a quick, lean prose reminiscent of the finest Gold Medal-era fiction and, at the same time, as fresh as a Quentin Tarantino film, Partridge packs more into this slim volume than most authors do in a bloated 600-page epic.” —The Austin Chronicle

“Dark Harvest is pure, beautiful blood-and-guts shoot-em-up, even if some of the guts are pumpkin. It's also a Halloween campfire tale that lingers in your ears and crawls down your dreams.” —Glen Hirshberg, author of Nothing to Devour

“A powerhouse thrillride with all the resonance of Shirley Jackson's ‘The Lottery.' You get a pumpkin-headed scarecrow with a butcher knife (driving a Chrysler), a twisted town full of rampaging teenagers, and one seriously demented bad boy cop just itching to cap a few asses. What you get with Norm Partridge is simply the best.” —Tom Piccirilli, author of The Last Kind Words

“What's the best, most badass Halloween horror movie ever made? It's the one that screened inside my head while reading Norm Partridge's astounding Dark Harvest. In the process, Partridge has carved himself a classic slice of modern myth-making Americana. And my favorite holiday just got even weirder and cooler. LONG LIVE THE OCTOBER BOY!” —John Skipp, New York Times bestselling author of The Long Last Call

Tor Books, 9780765319111, 176pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2007

About the Author

Two-time Stoker Award-winner, NORMAN PARTRIDGE is the author of six novels and six short story collections. His fiction ranges from horror and crime to the fantastic. A film adaptation of his lauded Halloween novel, Dark Harvest, is set for a September 2022 release by MGM. He lives and writes in California.