The Pines Author:Robert Dunbar Evil Omen — After her husband died, Athena Monroe often wondered why she stayed in the dilapidated old farmhouse, buried deep in the harsh, blighted New Jersey pine barrens. Perhaps it was because her mysteriously afflicted young son seemed to feel such strong ties to the area's primeval swamps and stunted forests-such and affinity for the pines... more ». She didn't guess that his psychic connection was with something evil-until ranting fits and night terrors gripped him in a vise of horror. Athena was afraid her inability to really love the boy was now causing his strange behavior, but the old-timers in the region recognized something more sinister. To them it was an omen of things to come-a sign that the monstrous Jersey Devil was about to reappear....« less
A big disappointment. This Author started the book out with a bang and then got bogged down in details about the Jersey Pines and character developement of people called Pineys. It made for a boring read which I did not finish. I am sure the ending was exciting because when he felt like it, Mr. Dunbar can write scary good but in my opinion he did not feel like it enough!
One of my favorite horror books of all time. I keep a copy & re-read it at least once a year. If you've ever been to the Jersey Pine Barrens, you'll see that the author describes them perfectly (with exception to the inbred hillbilly-like pineys) & makes you feel you are actually there. For horror lovers, author does not waste time in grabbing your attention - murders, torture, mutilations & the Jersey Devil. Also be warned there are a few sexually explicit scenes. If you like Edward Lee or Richard Layman, you'll really like this one.