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The author of the book: John Saul
Edition: Bluewater Productions INC.
Date of issue: March 16th 2015
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A place of unspeakable sadness and pain.
A small town.
An abandoned asylum for the ‘insane’.
A past mystery.
A present mystery.
The Blackstone Chronicles consists of six distinct sequences that were originally released in serial format, much in the same fashion as Dickens's work, and more recently, The Green Mile. Each sequence is roughly the length of a novella, and added together they form the complete novel. The good news is that it’s completely cohesive and flawlessly executed, which has to be commended.
Inside the box were two stacks of file folders.
And something else.
Each sequence deals with a gift that anonymously finds its way to one of the prominent families in Blackstone, and the consequent results. I loved how Saul somehow treats insanity as a transmissible affliction. Yes, it’s implausible that the gifts should have such a powerful effect on the lives of people, but that’s neither here nor there: this is a horror novel after all. Paranoia. Compulsion. Delusion. Psychosis. Take your pick.
Behind their locks and barricades they knew precautions were useless, of course, for deep in their souls, each of them understood that if the madness came to invade his home, no locks would keep it out, no shutters hold it at bay. It would slither in through the crevices and cracks, and by morning—
I must admit that this is one of the most insidious stories I’ve ever read; it slowly but surely gets under the skin, in its own unassuming fashion. You have to read with a discerning eye; Saul inserts a few tips into the story regarding the patients and their relation to the current residents of Blackstone. Even though I actually managed to identify the shadowy antagonist of the story, the ending was still rather shocking. Something that did bother me was the reaction of the people who were eventually privy to the truth: a bit too blasé and not very convincing, considering all that had happened.
Something inside its walls—something unknowable—terrified him.
The book flirts with the supernatural, weaving events into the plot that just prevents the reader from discarding every possibility. The Blackstone Chronicles isn’t eerie all the time, but when it’s eerie, it’s very eerie.
The flashlight revealed a bathroom.
A large tiled bathroom, still equipped with an old-fashioned, claw-footed bathtub, a toilet with a flushing tank pinned high on the wall—its pull chain long since disappeared—and a pedestal sink standing below an old-fashioned medicine cabinet with a mirrored door.
[He] played the light into every corner of the room, but once again found nothing even slightly threatening. It was just as barren and grubby as the office next door. But then, as he was turning back toward the door, the beam of the flashlight struck the mirror above the sink. Through the layer of grime that had built up over the years, [he] caught a quick glimpse of the bathtub. Now, in the reflected glow of the beam, it was no longer empty.
Two figures, their eyes glimmering in the light, peered back at him.
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Read information about the authorJohn Saul grew up in Whittier California where he graduated from Whittier High School in 1959. He attended several colleges—Antioch, in Ohio, Cerritos, in Norwalk, California, Montana State University and San Francisco State College, variously majoring in anthropology, liberal arts, and theater, but never obtaining a degree.
After leaving college, he decided the best thing for a college dropout to do was become a writer, and spent the next fifteen years working in various jobs while attempting to write a book someone would want to publish. Should anyone ever want to write a novel concerning the car-rental industry or the travails of temporary typists, John can provide excellent background material.
Those years garnered him a nice collection of unpublished manuscripts, but not a lot of money. Eventually he found an agent in New York, who spent several years sending his manuscripts around, and trying to make the rejection slips sound hopeful. Then, in 1976, one of his manuscripts reached Dell, who didn't want to buy it, but asked if he'd be interested in writing a psychological thriller. He put together an outline, and crossed his fingers.
At that point, things started getting bizarre. His agent decided the outline had all the makings of a best-seller, and so did Dell. Gambling on a first novel by an unknown author, they backed the book with television advertising (one of the first times a paperback original was promoted on television) and the gamble paid off. Within a month Suffer the Children appeared on all the best-seller lists in the country and made the #1 spot in Canada. Subsequently all 32 of his books, have made all the best-seller lists and have been published world wide. Though many of his books were published by Bantam/Doubleday/Dell his last fourteen books have been published by Ballantine/Fawcett/Columbine.
In addition to his work as novelist, John is also interested in the theater. He has acted, and as a playwright has had several one-act plays produced in Los Angeles and Seattle, and two optioned in New York. One of his novels was produced by Gerber Productions Company and M.G.M. as a C.B.S. movie and currently one of his novels is in development.
John served on the Expansion Arts Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts. He is actively involved with the development of other writers, and is a lecturer at the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference and the Maui Writers Conference and received the Life Time Achievement Award from the Northwest Writers Conference. John is also a trustee and Vice President of The Chester Woodruff Foundation (New York), a philanthropic organization.
John lives part-time in the Pacific Northwest, both in Seattle and in the San Juan Islands. He also maintains a residence on the Big Island of Hawaii. He currently enjoys motor homing, travel and golf. He is an avid reader, bridge player, golfer and loves to cook.
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