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After her father's gruesome murder, Jenn needed a place to get away from it all with some friends, to take her mind off her sorrow. The empty seaside cottage she inherited seemed perfect. Jenn didn't know that the cottage held arcane secrets, mysteries long hidden and best left alone. She didn't realize until it was too late that the old books and Ouija board she found theAfter her father's gruesome murder, Jenn needed a place to get away from it all with some friends, to take her mind off her sorrow. The empty seaside cottage she inherited seemed perfect. Jenn didn't know that the cottage held arcane secrets, mysteries long hidden and best left alone. She didn't realize until it was too late that the old books and Ouija board she found there really do hold great power. And it was only after her friend's headless body was discovered that she knew the legend of the local bogeyman was no mere legend at all. An evil has been unleashed, a terrifying figure previously only spoken of in whispers. But now the whispers will become screams. Beware...The Pumpkin Man....

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The Pumpkin Man Reviews

  • Karl
    2018-10-16 17:47

    This hardcover copy is number 96 of 150 signed and numbered copies signed by John Everson.

  • Lou
    2018-09-17 18:06

    When an author the likes of Jonathan Maberry gives a novel like this praise, you’d better pay heed. He was right in commenting, “This is a deliciously creepy novel”.On the offset of the story I was hooked and under the spell of the Pumpkin man Its been a while since I have read a good creepy gory novel. The writing flows well and really keeps you on he edge of your seat. Everson is an author that I had not yet sampled and I am glad that I did his novels have either been nominated or won a Bram stoker award I will be hunting them out possibly Covenant.The story is of the horror strain in its traditional sense one heavily laden with mysterious goings on, occult family, deaths and demon worship.You won’t look at a pumpkin in the same way again!He really pulls the chills out with the choice of character as a perpetrator of murder and the technique of killing will be engraved in you’re nightmares. An urban legend that is no joke Halloween brings death of the most twisted kind. The story is set in one of the creepiest surrounding you could think.A young niece inherits a home from her aunt, she takes a trip to see her worldly gain and find clues that link the murder of her father and a chain of murders with her ancestors. You will find it a very dark enjoyable tale of evil presence.Review also here

  • Glenn Rolfe
    2018-09-20 19:46

    A family of witches using powerful rituals including sex, bones, and blood....Sounds like the perfect Halloween story from John Everson!I remember this one pulling me in very quickly at the start. I got caught up in needing to know more about this Pumpkin Man. Then, somewhere near the middle, I got down on this book. Everson really stretched it as far as the believable and how anyone would actually react to some of the things we discover. I managed to keep pushing through, and I'm glad I did.At about page 200, it really took off again. I felt like this was the John Everson I knew. The last 130 pages are killer!Definitely worthy of a Halloween read for you this year, but it would be sweet anytime of year.I give THE PUMPKIN MAN 4 stars.

  • Holly
    2018-09-17 18:02

    Read more of my reviews at BookGasmic.Being a big fan of horror novels in general, i jumped at the chance to read an ARC of this book. Unfortunately, this book was nothing short of a hot mess.The basic plot of the book involves a man who was brutally murdered and decapitated, being brought back from the dead to seek vengeance against those who did him wrong. A grieving daughter seeks refuge in an empty cabin, and all kinds of supposedly spooky things ensue. The first third of the book had promise, but when I realized that the author only seemed interested in piling on the gore instead of creating real tension, i couldn't wait for it to end.The concept is a decent one, and I was really hoping that this would be a good scary read on the way to Halloween, but this just didn't work for me at all.ARC provided by NetGalley.com

  • Shawn
    2018-09-20 16:49

    Some how this is the one John Everson novel that had fell off my radar. I am current with him, when it comes to his novels at any rate, but this one I had missed. I am so glad to have finally found it. Another solid horror book by John Everson. He is still my go to horror writer. I look forward to everything he writes. This was a perfect Halloween book and a local legend, murderer known as the Pumpkin man and how this man has seemingly come back to life to kill again. This had lots of great stuff in it, witches and spells, hidden rooms, and grave yards. Pretty much everything you want in a Halloween novel.

  • Karen
    2018-09-23 18:01

    I would actually give this more like 2.5 stars, so I may change it and round up to 3 stars at some point.I liked the concept, but ultimately what didn't work for me was Jennica, the main character. She seemed so needy and clingy and really wishy-washy. Not to mention that I find it really hard to believe that anyone would be joking around and having sex when their friends have been slaughtered. I mean, she and her boyfriend are investigating a secret room full of bones and super creepy magic stuff, and she's making sarcastic comments that are meant to be funny? Her best friend (who, to be honest, was so annoying and stereotypically slutty/dumb blonde that I was hoping she'd get hacked to pieces) has been abducted and likely murdered and Jennica just didn't seem all that broken up about it. Personally, if my best friend were butchered by a supernatural lunatic, I would alternate between hysterical screaming and complete catatonia. The last thing on my mind would be bumping uglies with some douche I met in a bar. Maybe she was supposed to be numb. I don't know. I just really, really strongly disliked her. And don't even get me started on the fact that while trying to figure out how to not get literally carved up like a pumpkin, she has to stop and reflect on how her new boyfriend - who she's known for all of a week - is putty in her hands, and how this must be what love feels like, and how it makes her feel like she has power over him and he'll do anything for her. Which should be nice, but the way it's written coming from Jennica it just comes off as obnoxiously bitchy/mean girl behavior. Also, while being stalked by a serial killer is not really the right time for reflecting on how p-whipped you've got your man. And the most egregious thing, to me, was that at the end of the book Jennica decides she's going to become a witch as well. Um, what? Did she learn absolutely nothing from her father, her best friend, and half of the town being murdered because of someone screwing around with witchcraft? Who makes a decision like that? Who doesn't soak that entire house in gasoline, burn it to the ground, and salt the earth? GAH. Honestly, I almost wish that this woman was real so that it would be possible to slap the sh*t out of her.The Pumpkin Man has a cool concept, but I disliked the characters (particularly Jennica and Kirstin) so much that I just couldn't like the book itself. I can see where it would work for others, though, so don't necessarily let my rating/review put you off. I have issues with female characters who I find to be stupid/poor decision makers, and it's my issue to deal with. And obviously if the book elicited such a strong response from me, there's something to be said for Everson's writing. I did find the family history of the witches and Meredith's back story interesting and I wish there would have been more focus on that. Actually, I wish the entire book had centered on Meredith's life and Jennica would have just been a plot device to move the story along. I'd have probably had a very different opinion of the book itself if there would have been smaller doses of Jennica.

  • Mike
    2018-10-04 17:45

    Pumpkin Man finds a young woman, reeling from the death of her father, moves into her distant aunt's house half way across the country. She soon finds that there's a while lot going on in the house - witchcraft, a serial killer, and a bunch of family secrets.Everson's brand of small town horror is entertaining, well written, and sufficiently spooky. The characters are likable, the pacing is sound, and the horror is satisfying. The author knows how to write broadly appealing horror without resorting to the usual tired dialogue, forced sarcasm, or cheap plot twists. The story is straight up, old school 80s style slasher goodness in book form.My only real complaint is that the characters seem to take the realization that a supernatural stalker is trying to kill them. They seem to take the news rather well and just kind of plug on from there.Regardless the story is a solid one and worth a read.

  • Matt Garcia
    2018-09-17 21:05

    Nice, quick, and entertaining read. Perfect for the Halloween season. This novel reminded me of watching a horror movie and that is a pretty great thing in my opinion. I was expecting to be entertained and this book delivered. The book moves at a fast pace and I did enjoy the journal entries and slight historical background of the accursed family. If you're looking to be put in the Halloween mood, like I was, then the pumpkin man will do that for you. Just go into it expecting to have fun and not to find the holy grail of contemporary American literature and you will be satisfied

  • Anthony
    2018-09-22 20:56

    Great story! A cut above his other book The 13th.

  • Benjamin Uminsky
    2018-10-09 13:01

    While I have never read John Everson before, I have definitely heard positive reviews of his other works... in fact, he won a Stoker award for one of his earlier novels. Needless to say, I had pretty high expectations for PUMPKIN MAN. I can't say that I was really dissapointed with this piece, but I was overwhelmingly underwhelmed by this story.Without sounding overly flippant, I think the blurb about this book on horror-mall.com did a better job of captivating my attention than the story itself. The problem for PM is that the story and characters really did not seem to hold up well over 350+ pages. I think Everson could have cut out some of the peripheral characters (and perhaps one or two of the minor key characters like Kristin and Brian), dispense with some of the needless contextual background, and chopped the length down to a novella.Speaking of contextual background, while I certainly credit Everson and any other author for trying to include real esoteric texts and "magical" artifacts into their stories, it is kind of important to get the accuracy down. Everson's referrence to the Malleus Mallificarum as a witches grimoire was actually inaccurate and clumsily used as historical background (unless of course Everson is making up some other grimoire and fictitiously calling it MM as well). Not a major distraction, but it made me doubt the veracity of some of his other referrences.Here is the thing, its a bit hard to judge this story without knowing the intent of the author. If Everson intended this story to be a satire on urban legends and witch lore, then ok, I can bump this up to 3 stars. However, if Everson intended this to be an actual horror story that took the form of a homage to urban myths and legends, then my 2 stars still stand.Author's intent aside, I can't really say that the plot, characters, and prose was either good or bad. It was mediocre... really just fair. Pacing was pretty uneven (which further supports the need to reduce this down to a novella) and the pages spent on trying to develop the characters and their relationships to one an other seemed a bit wasted as those elements never really rose above the superficial level. For example, Kristin's dissapearance from the story simply left me shrugging my shoulders. I didn't get a sense that there was any kind of real or lasting emotional impact on any of the other characters at her loss. In fact when she was "found", I don't think there was any kind of reaction from her best friend, Jenn. One particular passage, towards the end, that I really liked and found to actually have some impact on me, was Emmaline's (another side character) face to face encounter with the pumpkin man. That scene was handled nicely by Everson. I think there was just enough positives (I liked Everson's use of Meridith's journal notes to give us a little bit of background to the Perenais family and history)to warrant another crack at Everson. I have Everson's other novel SACRIFICE in the TBR cue. However, with my first intro via PUMPKIN MAN, I don't think I'll be bumping SACRIFICE to the head of the cue.

  • Annette Gisby
    2018-09-26 16:57

    Years ago in the small seaside town of River's End, children went missing and turned up dead with their heads replaced with pumpkin carvings in their likeness. The locals suspected the pumpkin carver and a lynch mob murders him, most of them parents of the murdered children.Cut to years later, where our heroine Jennica Murphy finds her father murdered and pumpkin shards all through his apartment. She and her room mate both lose their jobs as teachers at the local high school and with nothing better to do, they decide to go to the seaside cottage left to Jenn by her aunt in River's End. It was meant to be a new start, but things start to go wrong as soon as they arrive.The townspeople are hostile, especially when they discover Jenn is Meredith Perenais' niece. In the cottage, they find a library full of books on the occult and skulls in drawers in the kitchen. They discover a ouija board hidden in the fireplace and decide to use it with the two men they recently met in San Francisco. It was all just harmless fun, wasn't it? It was, until lots of people are turning up dead with pumpkins instead of heads. Then Jenn finds out that the man people keep referring to as the pumpkin man, was in fact her uncle by marriage and he was the one suspected of murdering all those children.I must say it's refreshing to find a horror that isn't filled with vampires or werewolves these days. No vampires or werewolves here, just good old fashioned things that go bump in the night. We have murder, witchcraft and a sense of impending doom from the very first page.The murder scenes were perhaps a little gory for my taste, but the main part of the story is more of psychological terror, especially when people around Jenn keep dying and she keeps finding pumpkin shards in her room. Is she next on the killer's list? A story peopled with characters you care about and you have to keep reading to find out what is going to happen next.John Everson has written a terrifying tale that stays with you long after the last page is read.

  • Erin
    2018-10-01 16:05

    First reviewed at www.quixoticmagpie.blogspot.comThis book started off so scary, it gave me the creeps!! I was reading it at night before bed, and I was sure someone was going to pop out of my closet at any moment and get me. Unfortunately however, the excitement reached a crescendo and then died down. Jenn inherits her aunt's house in California after her father is murdered and decapitated. Strangely and ironically, not long after this happens, Jenn and her roommate Kirsten both lose their jobs on the same day ( and they both work at the same school), and then upon going home, find out that they have to move out of the condo. How very conveinent. This actually bothered me- it was too tidy and implausible that this would happen. I was able to suspend belief for the whole book, including the ghostly killer, but for some reason this really bothered me. Once Jenn is in California, it gets super creepy! You find out all sorts of nasty secrets about Jenn's aunt and uncle, and his family before him. And then the things they find in the house, not to mention everything that was written in Jenn's aunt's journal! There are many gruesome murders, some surprising, and then one that was not really explained that well. As the end of the book nears, the tension starts to slowly build...and then flatlines. The end itself was predictible and boring.I was disappointed in the ending of this book, but I thought that everything leading up to it was pretty good and worth the read. This book won't change the world, but it will keep you entertained for few hours.

  • Ken
    2018-09-16 15:07

    This is the first John Everson novel I’ve had the privilege to read, folks. I’m currently kicking my butt for waiting so damn long. With The Pumpkin Man, John Everson has created a new urban legend, one I really like. When the decapitated bodies of missing children start being found scattered throughout a little northern California town, all hell breaks loose. People have no idea what to do until someone notices something really odd. Carved into the pumpkins at a local man's roadside pumpkin stand are the missing children's face screaming in agony at the exact moment of death. The town's folk put two and two together and take matters into their own hands only to find out that maybe, just maybe they weren't as smart as they thought they were...This is the perfect novel to read when you’re beginning to get the Halloween bug at the end of summer. The author’s love of the season shines through with Jack-o’lanterns, Ouija boards, witches, spooky houses with hidden passages and other assorted supernatural goodies. Mr. Everson’s style is easy to read and very personable. If you’re looking for a really good horror novel to read next, pick up a copy at Barnes & Noble or download on your e-reader. You won’t be sorry.

  • Chris
    2018-10-01 14:08

    After the sudden death of her father, and the loss of her teaching job, Jennica Murphy decides to leave Chicago for the coastal seaside town of River's End, near San Francisco, where she's inherited her deceased aunt's house. But Meredith Perenais was no ordinary citizen, and many viewed her as a powerful witch, heir to a legacy of dark magic going back centuries. Her husband, George, was talented with carving knives, and back in the '80's had carved pumpkins that looked like real people...too real, in fact. And when children began vanishing, townspeople feared the witch's husband responsible for the disappearances. But as Jennica begins to learn about her mysterious aunt's past, and the Pumpkin Man murders begin again, the truth may be even darker than anyone imagined.Tautly written, gruesome and chilling, John Everson's horror novels are always scary good, inventive and original.

  • Debra
    2018-09-18 14:43

    I wanted to really, really like this, but I couldn't suspend belief well enough to give this higher than a 3 rating. I didn't think the main characters were believable; they seem pretty stereotyped. And they all bought into the supernatural aspects of the story too easily, in my opinion... plus falling in love during such a time of crisis, fear, and mortal danger after only knowing each other a couple of days? Not buying it, sorry.On the other hand, the gruesome descriptions of the Pumpkin Man's carvings was very well done and creepy. The evil history of the family was also well done. There were, overall, some very creepy elements which would have boosted this book to a 4 if the characters had JUST been more believable.

  • Gina Covarrubias
    2018-10-14 16:44

    Okay, the writing was terrible enough that I'm giving it three stars, but reading it was truly a guilty pleasure. It was the literary equivalent of enjoying a bad movie. I loved the story. I really did, despite its freakily and overly descriptive bathroom scenes. Did we really need to know in which order someone wiped and flushed? God, maybe I did! If you are a fan of Ruby Jean Jensen or pretty much of anything in the horror genre from the good ol' days of the creepy cut-out covers, you should be reading this right now. It's almost Halloween, after all.

  • PopcornReads
    2018-09-30 14:43

    . I’m not a huge horror fan so I was kind of dreading reading it. This is definitely an over 18 book, because of the nature of some of the rituals involved. That said, I really liked the main character and her friends as well as John Everson’s writing style. It ended up being a novel I couldn’t put down! Read the rest of my review at http://popcornreads.com/?p=2112

  • Elusive
    2018-09-19 20:13

    In 'The Pumpkin Man', Jennica is still reeling from the death of her father when she is fired hence she decides to stay at the house that she has inherited from her aunt. What started off as a relaxing break with her best friend quickly turns into nightmare as one morning, she finds pieces of pumpkin scattered around her bed. There are rumours that the Pumpkin Man is back and he's hungry for blood..The premise held a lot of promise as it combined some great elements such as the mysterious Pumpkin Man, witchcraft, murders and dark family history. However, the execution left a lot to be desired as there were several flaws that detracted from my enjoyment of the book. I never found the Pumpkin Man to be terrifying because the author focused on telling instead of showing. He's supposed to be formidable, scary and dangerous but that wasn't conveyed through his actions. A little subtlety wouldn't have hurt either.The main character, Jennica was unlikeable from beginning to end. Despite losing the people she apparently cares about, she was completely unaffected. When her best friend Kirstin vanished, she half-heartedly looked for her and was more interested in having sex with her new boyfriend. She also clearly didn't have a good impression of Kirstin and thought she was better. What kind of person looks down on their "best friend"? I can think of a few choice words.None of the characters were fleshed out so it was impossible to give a damn about whether they'd survive by the end of the story. It didn't help that not a single character behaved realistically, both main and minor characters included. For example, everyone (Jennica, Kirstin, the two guys they hooked up AND the cops) was 100% certain that the Pumpkin Man was the killer. Come on, where were the usual skeptics or at least someone who'd consider other possibilities? Every scene featuring the Pumpkin Man was laughably bad and repetitive. All he did was hack people up and carve pumpkins. The one thing I did like was Jennica's aunt's journal entries though the author failed to arrange them in such a way that would induce suspense. Consequently, there was no sense of mystery whatsoever. The author had the tendency to refer to Jennica as either "Jennica" or "Jenn" throughout the story - for goodness' sake, pick one and stick with it! It's not that hard. The ending in which Jennica decided to (view spoiler)[be a witch (hide spoiler)] had me rolling my eyes but I was relieved that it was over.Overall, 'The Pumpkin Man' was a long-winded, dull and forgettable story thanks to its painfully (barely even) one-dimensional characters, uneventfulness, slow pacing and heavy-handed prose.

  • Matt
    2018-10-03 18:46

    The Pumpkin Man is a perfect book for October. It is like reading a slasher movie. Is it the best horror novel you'll ever read? No. But, it is a lot of fun.Everything about this book screams B-Movie late night video to watch with your friends. The characters all do the things you yell at the screen not to do. But, since you are in their heads, it makes a little more sense. And the villain is exactly what you expect, nasty and evil. So, if you are looking for something fun to read that will have you spooked about finding a pumpkin, you wouldn't go wrong with this one.

  • Chibineko
    2018-09-25 13:04

    If you're familiar with the pulp horror books of the 80s and 90s, you'll be well prepared for this book. If you're not, then the best I can equate them to are the equally campy-yet-fun movies of that era. (Think 976-EVIL style camp.)After her father’s gruesome murder, Jenn needed a place to get away from it all with some friends, to take her mind off her grief. The empty seaside cottage she inherited seemed perfect. Jenn didn’t know that the cottage held arcane secrets, mysteries long hidden and best left alone. She didn’t realize until it was too late that the old books and Ouija board she found there really do hold great power. And it was only after her friend’s headless body was discovered that she knew the legend of the local bogeyman was no mere legend at all. An evil has been unleashed, a terrifying figure previously only spoken of in whispers. But now the whispers will become screams. Beware…THE PUMPKIN MANAs someone who cut her horror lit teeth on various pulps carried by the local libraries, I was pretty excited to dive into this book. The premise of this takes me back to an era where horror didn't have to be slick and put huge new spins on everything, it just had to entertain. Everson manages to capture the feeling and general intent of these books for the most part.The story's beginning was pretty strong and managed to keep my interest. I'll admit that the characters are woefully underdeveloped but I wasn't really expecting a lot of depth here, so that's OK. There's a lot of great shock and titillation scenes that made up for this.Where the book stumbled was in the last half of the book where things just seem to fall apart. Everson tries to shift the plot somewhat and as a result it just loses some of the momentum that made the earlier part of the book so much fun. We're given revelations and introductions that just seem a little out of left field. I can't help but think that if we were introduced to these specific characters earlier, the plot twists they brought about would have been a little more gasp-worthy and held the plot together better.Overall this isn't a bad read and I'd heavily recommend it to fans of camp horror. It's the book equivalent of watching a horror movie along the lines of Night of the Demons, so it's perfect for the Halloween season. As long as you don't expect too much from it you'll enjoy the ride. I just wish that it'd been a little more polished than it ended up being. Either way, I'm going to check out some of Everson's other works.3.5 out of 5 stars(ARC provided by Netgalley)

  • Julie Witt
    2018-09-26 20:07

    I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.When I saw this book listed, at Halloween no less, I just had to request it! I haven't read a good horror book in a while and this sounded like it would fit the bill. Alas, it didn't. It started out good, with nice spooky clues and weird things happening with no explanation, but it seemed to peak about halfway through and then kind of got lost along the way. From Goodreads: "After her father’s gruesome murder, Jenn needed a place to get away from it all with some friends, to take her mind off her grief. The empty seaside cottage she inherited seemed perfect. Jenn didn’t know that the cottage held arcane secrets, mysteries long hidden and best left alone. She didn’t realize until it was too late that the old books and Ouija board she finds there really do hold great power. And it was only after her friend’s headless body was discovered that she knew the legend of the local bogeyman was no mere legend at all."I liked the relationship that Jenn had with her friend Kirsten, but when Kirsten disappeared it seemed like Jenn grieved for a couple pages and then moved right on. The same thing happened with the boys they meet - one disappeared and the other just moved on. It didn't feel real at all. There were too many of these types of things for me to really feel engaged completely. At first The Pumpkin Man, who had terrorized a small town 20 years ago by killing kids at Halloween and then came back now to kill off their parents, was scary, but he quickly turned into a caricature of what a horror character should be. It turned into a gore-fest instead of a scare-fest. This is definitely not a book that you want teens to read. Some of the "rituals" that were described were not fit for younger ears (or eyes, I guess, in this case!). It's kind of hard to review this book because in giving you examples of what I didn't like, I would be giving away the story, and I don't want to do that. I just felt that the book turn a wrong turn and could have been a lot better. The premise was good, the story just didn't back it up. I cut my teeth on Stephen King and Dean Koontz, so that may be the problem!In summary, this is not a bad book by any means, it's just not what I was hoping it would be. If you like the gory slasher movies that are out, you may like this book :D

  • Veronica Morfi
    2018-09-17 16:50

    Rating: 3/5The first time I read The Pumpkin Man's blurb I though it sounded a lot like all those "Cabin in the Woods" kind of movies I love to watch. A group of friends visit an old house/cabin/camp etc. and they awake the spirits of the house and something sinister comes after them. That's basically the storyline of hundreds of horror movies, and even though it's a common idea, I love it.Anyways, this book started like those movies, Jenn inherits her aunt's house after her father is murdered. A few days later, she and her best friend and colleague get fired and decide to move in the old house in River's End. But right after they arrive Jenn begins to learn a lot of disturbing things about her aunt's past and habits, 'cause Aunt Meredith used to be a witch and her husband was the man behind the town's creepy legend of the Pumpkin Man. But they are both long gone and so is the terror of the Pumpkin Man, or so everyone thinks. When town people start dropping dead once more, with a pumpkin instead of a head, there are only two theories: either there is a copycat of the Pumpkin Man or the original killer's spirit is back for revenge. Either way, Jenn knows that everything is somehow connected to her and she is the only one who can find a way to stop the killer.I loved the beginning of this story. It was creepy and the setting was perfect. Creepy, but perfect. I loved that some chapters were the last moments of the Pumpkin Man's victims, it gave the book a scary factor. I loved learning about Meredith and her husband's earlier years, what happened and how the legend of the Pumpkin Man was created. Unfortunately, after the middle of the book things got a bit confusing. Jenn and the rest of the characters started reading chapters from books in her aunts house and, even though the stories were interesting, it was just an information overload, especially since some of the stories weren't even important for the story. And then a lot of magic stuff got involved with the events, and I believe that it sort of took something away from the whole Pumpkin Man menace. I also didn't really like the main character, which is always a big problem for me. Jenn wasn't that interesting as a person and she felt kind of boring.All in all, this was a really creepy and scary read. Something to creep you out in the middle of the night but nothing extremely special.

  • Kathy Jackson
    2018-10-11 21:10

    Let me begin with how Barnes and Nobel describes the book:After her father’s gruesome murder, Jenn needed a place to get away from it all with some friends, to take her mind off her grief. The empty seaside cottage she inherited seemed perfect. Jenn didn’t know that the cottage held arcane secrets, mysteries long hidden and best left alone. She didn’t realize until it was too late that the old books and Ouija board she found there really do hold great power. And it was only after her friend’s headless body was discovered that she knew the legend of the local bogeyman was no mere legend at all. An evil has been unleashed, a terrifying figure previously only spoken of in whispers. But now the whispers will become screams. Beware…THE PUMPKIN MANThis book is a perfect book to satisfy a person's need for a Halloween thriller. Long ago the Pumpkin Man killed children in the small town Jenn moves to. Now, thirty years later the Pumpkin Man is back killing the parents of the slaughtered children along with Jenn's father. The story has several twists as it winds it's way through the plot to the not-so-original ending. The good: the book had several tense scenes that made me want to look over my shoulder. At one point I paused to consider if it would give me nightmares. I liked Everson's descriptions and the sense of forboding that he wove in the story. Also, I picked the wrong person to be the killer though looking back, I can see where my mistake was made.The bad: the ending left a few questions unanswered which some might think that is to have a lead in to a sequel but I don't think so in this case. I did not care for the gory scenes - I can read that someone's head is lopped off without having to go into the bloody details. I love scary books but gore, to me, only cheapens the story. There were some chapters in the book that seemed to get bogged down with unnecessary information that didn't benefit the storyline.Overall I would give the book a B.

  • Audrey
    2018-09-21 16:12

    After Jenn's father is murdered and decapitated, and she loses her job, she decides to take a break with her roommate, traveling to the California seaside cottage left to her by her recently deceased aunt. What she finds is a strange house full of her aunt's witchcraft supplies, hidden rooms, human bones, and a tucked away witchboard. The townsfolk shun Jenn, because her uncle was known as the Pumpkin Man, a serial killer who went after the kids of the town, leaving only a pumpkin carved in their likenesses. The Pumpkin Man's murder spree ended 20 years ago, but now that Jenn is back, he's at it once again. Before the story is over, she'll discover more than one family skeleton in the closet.The Pumpkin Man is a kind of steak-and-potatoes horror story. You have the two young couples, minding their own business, when the local serial killer starts to target them. You have the evil house, full of dark magic and hidden horrors. There are grizzly murders and the constant threat of more to come. Best of all, you have the Pumpkin Man, a local weirdo gone horribly wrong.I enjoyed this book the way I enjoy a good, old fashioned slasher film. Elements reminded me of such classics as Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween. You can't take the book too seriously, but you don't need to. This kind of horror novel is meant to be read and enjoyed for the standard twists and turns that you know will inevitably come. This is not highbrow fiction, and that's why I found it to be so much fun.Since the central threat of the story is the Pumpkin Man, I think this book is perfect reading for a Halloween night. Just be careful to not play around with the Ouija board, or the Pumpkin Man may pay you a visit too.

  • Vickie
    2018-10-07 18:45

    It should have been called The Squash...This book was bought based on great reviews, and although its a good gauge of the success of the book, there is always a chance of disappointment. Sadly, in this instance, I was very disappointed and bored. I expected a creepy horror story and instead got a two dimensional story with bad dialogue and shallow characters. The main protagonist, Jennica, is a shy bookish girl found typically in B-rated horror flicks. Instead of dying a horrible death, she unbelievably intuits how to stop a homicidal resurrected demon that has started killing people after being dormant for 20 years. When her aunt, father and friend fall victim to the halloween pumpkin carving demon, she hardly shows remorse. Being such a quiet introverted person I would have thought that she would freak out after finding sculls in her kitchen drawer, eyeballs in her pantry and decapitated heads in her basement. If fact, she decides to stay in the house and whips out her deceased aunt's ouija board and summons the recently departed to her for answers. I was half expecting her to grow a cape at this stage and start flying around banishing demons to hell. Unfortunately, this book didn't do it for me and I will not be looking out for any other books written by this author. On a positive side, its very easy to read and although I was thinking of quitting a few times, I found myself at the end of the book very quickly.

  • Brendan
    2018-10-14 18:43

    Horror fans deserve better than this. I don't blame the author. In my opinion, this is one round of edits from being a pretty good book. Which is what really frustrates me here. You've got a good, creepy setup, some great horrifying settings, and a plot that moves along at a decent clip, but the characters don't work at all.It's fine to emulate a classic slasher movie, but in those movies, we believe the characters are real people because they are portrayed by actual humans. In a book, you've got to actually create the characters and not just offer up these cardboard cutouts who say things no human would ever say and behave like no humans ever have. I didn't believe in these characters for a second. The guys are essentially not differentiated, there's a big twist that is telegraphed when a character so minor you forgot he even existed shows up, and if you have ever seen a horror movie, you can probably guess what happens to the promiscuous girl.This isn't a meta-satire of the genre like Scream or Cabin in the Woods; it's just a poorly-executed slasher story. I am actually quite annoyed with whoever edited this book, as it seems they just felt it was good enough as it was. Not pushing the author to fix the major issues in what is otherwise a very promising book is a terrible disservice to both the author and readers.

  • Elizabeth B
    2018-09-28 18:07

    Once the mystery starts going, the plot starts off promising, creepy goings on and details that will send shivers up your spine. The back story of the town and family is the most interesting part of the book but less time is given to that than it should be. Instead, we are given an unlikeable main character that reacts in unrealistic ways to events for the majority of the novel. Her life has been turned upside down, the people she meets are all disappearing or being brutally hacked to death and, if lucky, she mourns them for a single page and then moves on with her life and her new boyfriend (of a week). I think this was an error in judgment in an attempt to appeal to a wider audience...throw in some romance as a sideline to the thriller plot. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me and destroyed the believability and efficacy of the actual "pumpkin man" plot. A quick, entertaining read for Halloween but there are better, more well constructed books out there.ARC Galley Proof

  • Ryan Rice
    2018-09-30 18:48

    This seems a story with great potential. I get that people love their monsters, but this one lacks any real terrifying creature. The fact is that the characters lack any real depth, and I just don't care that much about them. Jenna is no Victor Frankenstein. I don't feel sorry for her at all; when faced with tragedy, she really doesn't seem devastated.For me, true horror lies in the realm of the psyche of an individual. The terror created by taking an ordinary world and subjecting the characters to a gradually changing supernatural reality is tantamount to good terror; Spielberg's Poltergeist is the epitome of true terror.Finally, this story has too many random "scary" occurrences -- particularly one involving pumpkin and Chicago.I don't regret reading this, but can't. someone write a truly terrifying book about the human condition --ala It.

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2018-09-29 17:09

    I must admit that I liked this book. Not for its' fine writing though (it was written well though). I liked the "no brainedness" of this book. This book is the written version of a Grade B horror film. You know the type that you roll your eyes at and sigh why you just paid $10 for seeing it because its goofiness factor, with the loose women, gratuitous and stupid sexual decision making and goofy slasher scenes. This is the type of book that you don't seek out except for when you have been reading some really heavy stuff and wanted a nice diversion or you are seriously into this type of book (such as my husband). I think if I would have read it any other time, it would have been 2 stars, but the stars aligned and I read it and the right time..thus 3 stars!!

  • Candice Mckinney
    2018-10-16 21:12

    Jenn's father is brutally murdered. He is discovered in his apartment dead but his head is not found. In it's place is a pumpkin. Jenn and her friend Kristin are both fired from their jobs of teaching. Unable to pay the rent they decide to go to California to check out Jenna's Aunt's home that Jenna has now inherited since her Dad is dead. She soon learns that her Aunt was a witch and her Uncle used to carve pumpkins. When children started being missing after their face was carved into a pumpkin the town suspected her Uncle of killing the children. He has been dead many years but now the pumpkin man murders have started again.