The second book in the Orangefield series is easily the best of the three. It's scary and imaginative and includes characters that you care about. Make sure you read Horrorween first so you know what's going on but if for some reason you don't like that don't write off this book. Make sure you read it.
Excellent!!!! Creative, scary, mesmerizing....... I can't say enough about this book! Sarrantonio is a great horror writer! He knows how to surprise his readers with twists and turns galore!
After twelve years, Corrie Phaeder is returning home to Orangefield--the last place in the world he wants to be. Orangefield is a town of nightmares, a town of where the impossible and the horrific happen all too often, where gosts rise screaming from their graves, and where trick-or-treating goblins have no need for scary costumes.
Something is waiting patiently for Corrie's homecoming. This Halloween, a messenger from a realm of shadows, with the body of a scarecrow and the haed of a pumpkin, will usher Corrie into what might prove to be his last nightmare, a battle to the death with the ultimate darkness.
I don't normally read this author and had never heard of him but it was a great read for any horror fan!
Quick read. Good storyline and nice characters. Looking forward to reading his next book.
From Publishers Weekly
Samhain, the scheming Lord of Death, is back for more Halloween mischief in Sarrantonio's lackluster sequel to Orangefield (2001). Thanks to misdeeds in the historical past, the quaint pumpkin-farming community of Orangefield is the locus for supernatural evil perpetrated by the cartoonishly drawn Samhain, earthly servitor of the nebulous Dark One. This year, Samhain sets his sights on Corrie Phaeder, a local boy who's returned home from the west coast to recover from his ruined career and love life. Also figuring in Samhain's dark design is Corrie's neighbor Regina Bright, a chipper seven-year-old whose innocence insulates her from weird incidents that slowly superimpose themselves on her world. The author casts his dark fable with crusty rustics on sabbatical from a Stephen King novel, and he sketches the town vividly with imagery as crisp as the first bite of an autumn apple. His plotting, however, has the stale aftertaste of the previous book. Once again, Samhain engineers the death of townspeople crucial to his plans in episodic and seemingly disassociated vignettes. A trip to Samhain's realm towards the novel's end adds a jolt of vitality, but takes the tale in the direction of a young-adult quest fantasy. The story concludes with the hint of other Orangefield adventures to come, and the prospect that they may offer more than this rehash of past Halloween tricks and treats.
Wasn't aware this was a sequel to the author's Orangefield. Only discovered after muddling through the first half of the book and feeling like I came in to a show after the intermission.
I suppose I may have liked it better had I read the first book.
A great story by an excellent author.
This book was very strange. That being said i still enjoyed it. Quick read, great for Halloween!