The Girls of October

The Girls of October The Girls of October tells the story of a young woman who develops a strange fascination with John Carpenter s Halloween believing that somewhere within the horror classic lays the truth behind

  • Title: The Girls of October
  • Author: Josh Hancock
  • ISBN: 9780692412442
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Girls of October tells the story of a young woman who develops a strange fascination with John Carpenter s Halloween, believing that somewhere within the 1978 horror classic lays the truth behind an arcane force that has terrorized her since her childhood.As an escape from a world that has not always been kind, film student Beverly Dreger takes comfort in spooky urbanThe Girls of October tells the story of a young woman who develops a strange fascination with John Carpenter s Halloween, believing that somewhere within the 1978 horror classic lays the truth behind an arcane force that has terrorized her since her childhood.As an escape from a world that has not always been kind, film student Beverly Dreger takes comfort in spooky urban legends, horror movies, and monster magazines But when a string of bizarre murders draws her closer to the folkloric entity known as the bogeyman, Beverly must unravel the mystery of her past and confront an ancient evil.An epistolary novel, The Girls of October collects fictional primary sources newspaper articles, film criticism, screenplays, short stories, interviews, police reports, and to tell a chilling story of psychosis, family secrets, and murder.

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    1. This is the second book I've read this year of that sort of "found footage" genre (a story told through newspaper articles, stories written by children, interview transcripts, etc) but I enjoyed this one more than Sleeping Giants because I think Josh Hancock really mastered getting the tone and voice to sound different for different types of texts and authors. I can tell how much the author loves classic horror movies and the type of character he wants to tell a story about here is also a type o [...]

    2. Well-written and uniquely crafted, The Girls of October is a chilling composition. I jumped into the novel blindly and to say I became hooked is an understatement. I’m grateful I didn’t start this before bed because I never would have slept through the night! Almost immediately, I was online fact-checking because I couldn’t tell where fiction and nonfiction meshed. The details are so finely interlaced that an unaware reader could easily have a ‘The War of the Worlds’ moment! It is form [...]

    3. The last novel that creeped me out enough to sleep with a light on was House of Leaves. That was 17 years ago. I may have a weaker disposition in my 30's, but I'm still just as much of a horror hound, and this book raised my hackles. Like HoL, it's found footage for the brain. Unlike HoL, it's earnest and uncomplicated. Major bonus: Hancock's 23-page treatise of Halloween.

    4. A modern day horror masterpiece. Ever fan of horror movies, books, horror of any kind, will love this definitive story of the bogeyman.

    5. 3.5 - 4.A really engrossing and enigmatic horror novel from local author Josh Hancock. Told in an epistolary format full of news articles, book excerpts, film essays and even screenplays and film treatments, it unfolds the story of Beverly Dreger, a horror film aficionado haunted by an abusive past and a strong emotional connection to the film Halloween. Hancock cleverly weaves the classic horror film into his fictional narrative of the bogeyman given flesh, exploring many of the same ideas that [...]

    6. Gutsy novel, told entirely through police reports, psychiatric interviews, newspaper and tabloid articles, radio plays, letters, horror essays, and film scripts. It tells the story of a film student's obsession with the John Carpenter film Halloween (without giving too much away, at a critical point in the story the protagonist writes a 20-page treatise on the film, which is included in the book) and how this obsession possibly led to a triple murder known as the "Woodhurst Murders." I had to re [...]

    7. I received the book for free through First Reads. The idea of this book appealed to me as having much potential. However when I opened the book I was met by random dialog after dialog of what seemed like interviews of some kind. The Dialog had very little introductions if any, so the whole book took on a chaotic tone of random people talking about random times and random encounters with this girl or simply horror movies. The small blurts of actual story were just not enough to keep my attention [...]

    8. This is a First Reads win. Horror fans are sure to enjoy this book. This is a frightening, page turning, keep the closet door open read. It deals with a young woman's fascination with the movie Halloween. You do not have to have seen the film to enjoy this book. This is Josh Hancock's debut novel, hopefully it will not be his last.

    9. Fantastically creepy and engrossing. At first, it was a little hard for me to follow until I realized the whole book is made up of articles, essays, etc but once I got started, I could barely put it down. It's going on my To Keep bookshelf!

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