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By Rick Hautala

4 OCTOBERS - a suite of Novellas

The days are becoming shorter, and the wind blows chilly from the north. After the maple and oak leaves flip from eco-friendly to shiny reds, golds, and oranges, they wither, fall, and die, clattering like outdated bones as they blow down the road within the twilight. The sunlight isn't as vivid because it was once, and the nights are darkish and chilly and lengthy. this can be the time of the harvest … the time of Hallowe'en … and a time for memories of the summer season simply prior and of different summers, now gone. it is a time of puzzle and expectation because the earth prepares for the frigid onslaught of winter.

Four Octobers collects for the 1st time 4 loosely interconnected novellas from the shiny mind's eye of best-selling writer Rick Hautala. every one tale is determined in October, the month of pumpkins and trick or deal with, of skeletons and haunted graveyards, and every tale is full of nostalgia for occasions previous … for summers and adolescence now long gone … for percentages no longer taken … for possibilities now misplaced forever.

"Tin Can Telephone," set in 1957, tells the tale of a tender boy and his good friend who, within the pre-dawn darkness whereas ready to work out the Russian satellite tv for pc Sputnik pace by means of overhead, event a secret and worry way more terrifying than the specter of Soviets in space.

"Miss Henry's Bottles," probably Hautala's top tale up to now, tells how the easy act of discarding empty soda bottles on a neighbor's garden brings to gentle secrets and techniques that are meant to have remained buried … yet like any secrets and techniques, this one finally is published with devastating consequences.

"Blood Ledge," set in an Indian summer time of 1971, tells the story of a tender boy who discovers a gloomy kin mystery that leads him to just accept a kin inheritance that has frightening results.

And ultimately, "Cold River" is the tale of a guy so misplaced in loneliness and melancholy following the demise of his spouse that he faces a horror worse … a lot worse than drowning within the chilly, darkish river that flows by way of his house.

Taken jointly, those tales exhibit Rick Hautala writing on the most sensible of his online game, telling tales that won't simply kick back you should you learn them, yet will depart you with an icy dread on your center … a dread a lot less warm than any October wind blowing down the road at evening.

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