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Some people had been talking about The Pines, here is a recent press release concerning it:
Here, rancid air hangs heavily in a void, its texture thick, liquid, clinging, in a night full of the hot smells of decay. This humid oppression strangely amplifies dripping, clicking noises: the moldy rasp of dead leaves stirred by tiny animals, the constant murmur of a brook threading the loamy ground, the oozing splash of something that moves heavily through water …
~ from the opening of THE PINES by Robert Dunbar
"Full of chilling surprises." ~ Cemetery Dance
"Vivid and unnerving" ~ The Scream Factory
Nearly twenty years ago, Leisure Books published a horror novel that created a sensation. Hailed as a masterpiece (though heavily expurgated), Robert Dunbar's THE PINES developed a fiercely partisan following within the genre, and during the years in which it remained out of print, its reputation amounted nearly to cult status. Last year, Delirium Books published a restored version of the novel in a limited hardbound edition, followed by a matching edition of the never-before-published sequel.
"Not only a superb thriller but a masterpiece of fiction." ~ Delaware Valley Magazine
"Dark, foreboding, menacing, eerie … seductive." ~ The Philadelphia Inquirer
In the fall of 2008, Leisure Books will again release THE PINES. This will be the uncut version, never before published in paperback. At the same time, Delirium Books will release MARTYRS & MONSTERS, a collection of Dunbar's short fiction, with an introduction by Greg F. Gifune. ("Dark fiction as it should be - chilling, entertaining, intelligent.") The collection will be published both as a limited edition hard back and as a mass market paperback. The following spring, Leisure will release THE SHORE in its first paperback edition.
"Among the classics of modern horror." ~ Weird New Jersey
"Charts a new course in contemporary horror." ~ Dark Wisdom
"Sets a new genre standard." ~ Dark Scribe
"A modern classic." ~ Hellnotes
High beams scythe the night. It has been almost an hour since she glimpsed house lights or even another car, and isolation makes the night seem chillier. Yet she cracks the window to let freezing air whistle in. Above the windshield, skeletal trees vault, endlessly frigid and unsullied. The road twines through the pressing tangle, widening again, as woods fall away. Then the road humps downward, and suddenly the sea spreads before her ...
~ from the opening of THE SHORE by Robert Dunbar
Thanks so much! I've got to get a copy of the revised edition. My old copy is dog-eared and in pretty sorry shape because I must have read it at least a dozen times. This book always goes with me on my yearly vacation to the Jersey shore & last year, the family and I went canoing in the Pine Barrens & there were many times I thought of it.