The Blackstone Chronicles are short novels. Each novel in the series revolves around an object with a connection to the old Blackstone Insane Asylum. People in the town receive these items and horror and mayhem follow. I am a fan of John Saul horror novels, and these are good as well.
This is a re-read for me. I read the original serial novels as they were published and felt the need to revisit them.
Creepy. Creepy. Creepy. Ugh I love John Saul's writing so much!
Strange things are afoot in the town of Blackstone. The Blackstone Asylum, which has stood at the top of the tallest hill, overlooking the town of Blackstone for over a century is scheduled for renovation. It will soon become a shopping center with the hope of rejuvenating the slowly dying town. The Asylum is deeply ingrained in the town's history and many are glad to see it go. But after the first ceremonial strike of the wrecking ball, everything starts going to crap. The bank finds itself in trouble and has to halt the project, which means a lot of people are going to be out of work, not to mention all of the loan payments from townspeople that will come due with no possibility for extensions. And all just in time for Christmas.
A dark figure scours through the asylum and finds a hidden treasure trove. A "gift" is sent to the McGuire family. It's an antique porcelain doll. And let me just say, this is one of many reasons why I don't mess with antique dolls *shudder* so creepy! It's an old creepy doll, of course its evil! After the doll is introduced into the household, tragedy hovers of the family like a black cloud. Bad, things happen, things that seem like accidents. Sadly, it's just the beginning of the bad times for this town.
This is the first book in 'The Blackstone Chronicles,' serial terror in 6 parts. The old Blackstone Asylum demolition project has been delayed due to financing problems. Evil lurks in the Asylum, where a dark figure with a gloved hand picks out perfect gifts from his secret trove of treasures for the community. Bill McGuire, the contractor for the demolition project, and his family are the unlucky first recipients of a perfect gift, a doll with a murderous menace that Bill's daughter Megan has named Sam. Sam makes Megan do terrible things and Bill's wife Elizabeth, who is expecting their second child, is in danger. Is the spirit of a boy who believes he is a girl trapped within the doll? Dolls have always freaked me out, something about the eyes, creepy! I look forward to reading the second book in this series. Who will receive the next gift and what will happen to them?
Serial Terror in 6 parts
I've read these series at least three times.
Books will come in a set of 6
From the top of Blackstone's highest hill the old Blackstone Asylum casts its shadow over the village. Built in the 1890s, teh Asylum has stood vacant for decades. But now, the wrecker's ball is about to strike, smashing into stone--and unleashing a terrible evil, an unholy fear long locked within these walls. Soon, stange gifts will begin to appear on the doorsteps of Blackstone's finest citizens, Each bears a mysterious history. Each bring a horrifying power to harm. Each reveals another thread in the suspensefully woven web...
First of a 6 part serial book (sort of like Stephen King's "The Green Mile"). My 13 Y/O daughter devoured the entire set in 2 days this past summer, and loved it.
I have 1, 5, & 6 right now. If I can find the other 3 in my daughter's room (probable, but far from certain), I will ship them all as one book (for 1 credit). In the mean time, I am listing the three that I have separately in case someone needs to fill in a gap.