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Red Harvest
The Haunted Hollow Chronicles #1
by Patrick C. Greene
Genre: Horror

In the epic tradition of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Jonathan Maberry, a chilling new
masterwork of small-town evil, centuries-old traditions, and newly-risen terror…

Red Harvest
Every year at harvest time, something strange and wonderful happens in the sleepy farm
community of Ember Hollow. It comes alive. Truckloads of pumpkins are sent off to be carved into lanterns. Children scramble to create the creepiest, scariest costumes. Parents stock up
on candy and prepare for the town’s celebrated Pumpkin Parade. And then there is Devil’s Night . . .

But this year, something is different. 
Some of the citizens are experiencing dark, disturbing
visions. Others are beginning to wonder if they’re losing their
minds, or maybe their souls. One newly sober singer with the voice of
a fallen angel is tempted to make a deal that will seal his fate. And
one very odd boy is kept locked in a shed by his family—for reasons
too horrible to imagine . . .
Whatever is happening to this town, they’re going to make it through this Halloween.
Even if it kills them . . .

Red Harvest is a spooky horror novel that will most likely make you feel a bit rage-y at times. It's the first book in the Haunted Hollow Chronicles, and it's set in a small town called Ember Hollow. Ember Hollow is known for it's Halloween celebrations and pumpkin harvesting. But this year, it'll be known for something darker and more evil than any of those small-town folk could have ever imagined.

There are a lot of characters to follow in this story, and they all have something going on. There's Dennis aka Kenny Killmore, the lead singer of a band who may have the chance to get signed if all goes well at the Pumpkin Parade. His little brother Stuart is crushing hard on the new girl, but the nerdy bullies want to put a stop to that.

There's Ruth, the young woman who works in the church. She's...well, she's hiding some serious secrets. 
And then there's Everett. He's...different. Very different. Like Michael Myers different.
I spent most of the time trying to figure out what was so bad about Everett, what Ruth's deal was, and why the nerdy kids had to be the bullies (as a nerdy kid myself, I was saddened by this). But I digress...

It took me a while to get into the story. And there were times I wanted to give up on it, mostly because of the dialogue, and because I was trying to keep up with everything that was going on. It felt a bit jumpy at times, the plot moving from scene to scene to scene.

Once it's revealed what happened to Everett and what his deal is, the story then rushes head-long into pure insanity. Pitting him and Ruth, with her utter religious craziness, against the town, it becomes a sort of free-for-all complete with lots of death and destruction. 

So, overall, even though I wasn't keen on certain parts of the book, and I felt it could have been tightened up a bit, I was still intrigued enough to keep reading so I could figure out the mysteries of...everything and know what was really going on (and why). 

I give Red Harvest 3.5 stars.
Patrick C. Greene is a lifelong horror fan who lives in the mountains of western North
Carolina. He is the author of the novels Progeny and The Crimson Calling, as well as numerous short stories featured in collections and anthologies.

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