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The Harrowing (A Ghost Story) (English Edition)
 
 

The Harrowing (A Ghost Story) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Alexandra Sokoloff

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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of screenwriter Sokoloff's first novel, a teen terror flick in prose, generic Baird College is emptying out for Thanksgiving break, but a few stalwart students have decided to stay on campus to avoid going home to their dysfunctional families. One night, under the influence of booze and drugs, they whip out a ouija board and inadvertently summon what they believe is the spirit of a student who died there decades before. In truth, it's something nastier, and the quintet spend the rest of the story desperately trying to send back to the void an evil entity that won't go gently. The characters, who include the mousy good girl and the nerd whose scholarly skepticism grows increasingly grating with each repeat expression, develop little personality outside of their carefully crafted types. The pyrotechnic climax, in which the kids prove unusually adept at occult subterfuge, stretches credibility but provides a suitably cinematic finale. (Sept.)
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What better thing could strangers isolated in a big, near-deserted building while a raging storm takes out the electricity and compels the use of flickering candles possibly discover than an ancient, charred Ouija board? The previously unacquainted in question are five students sitting out Thanksgiving weekend in a 100-year-old residence hall. And that Ouija board turns wicked, of course, when it manifests a ghost named Zachary, who turns the place into a chaotic battleground for the forces of evil versus cosmic goodness and light. What seemed a sick joke one of the five was playing on the others has morphed into a situation in which no one can be trusted. Sokoloff sustains pace and suspense while encouraging the reader to identify with Robin, a young woman from a poor, alcohol-ravaged family, who yearns for acceptance. Will she get it from the all-American jock she lusts for; the slutty tease; the quiet, intellectual rabbi's son; and the brooding musician who are her companions for this scary ordeal? Good, engrossing fun. Whitney Scott
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 335 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 245 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0312357486
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Murderati Ink (9. Dezember 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B006K5RVXI
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Mehr über den Autor

Alexandra Sokoloff, geboren und aufgewachsen im US-Bundesstaat Kalifornien, interessierte sich bereits als Kind für die Bühne. Als sie später an der Universität von Berkeley Theaterwissenschaften studierte, begann sie erste eigene Stücke zu schrieben, führte bei Shakespeare-Aufführungen Regie und inszenierte Musicals. Nach ihrem Studienabschluss zog sie nach Los Angeles und machte sich als Drehbuchautorin, hauptsächlich von Gruselfilmen, für etliche Hollywood Produktionen einen Namen. Nebenbei gibt sei Tanzunterricht und leitet Drehbuch-Schreibkurse.

Besuchen Sie auch die Website der Autorin:

http://alexandrasokoloff.com

Blog: http://www.screenwritingtricks.com

Bücher:

Huntress Moon
Blood Moon
Die Inschrift (English: The Harrowing)
Der Seelenfänger (English: The Price)
Book of Shadows
The Unseen
The Space Between
Screenwriting Tricks for Authors (and Screenwriters!)
Writing Love: Screenwriting Tricks for Authors, II

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A praise-worthy debut 24. August 2006
Von Doris Ann Norris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
I've seen THE HARROWING compared to teen horror films, but I'm almost two millennia away from being a young adult and have never seen a teen horror/slasher movie. I avoided them like the plague even when I was reviewing a movie weekly for our daily newspaper.

But I do like ghost stories and once I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down. I thought the characterizations of the five college students was great. The build-up is superb as the five bored students, staying at Baird College for the Thanksgiving break, find an ouija board and strange things begin to happen.

It someone playing tricks or have these students actually contacted someone from "beyond," specifically a young man who died years before in a fire at the school?

The tension mounts as the "odd" group of students begin to form alliances and try to figure out what is happening to them. Did they "release" a tortured soul trying to affect some kind of closure, or has a more malevolent force been unleashed?

I found myself really caring about these young people and being pulled into their struggle. The information on the Kabbalah

and other Jewish folklore is fascinating.

The plot moves at a great pace and I certainly can see this as a movie, which isn't surprising since the author, Ms. Sokoloff, is a long-time screenwriter.

I bought a few copies, after reading the ARC, for some lucky people on my Christmas list. Highly recommended
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Simply Delicious! 27. August 2006
Von Amy Aldrich - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Delicious....this book was something I desperately needed...a good light fiction read that also was interesting, scary and troubling at the same time. Oh...what's that, Baird college students leave en masse for Thanksgiving and we are left with five lone students, one creepy gothic dorm and a dark and story night...who doesn't smell supernatural thrills???!! The Harrowing is somewhat typical in it's depiction of college students (jock, loner musician, nerd, slut, invisible chick) and reminiscent of a teen horror flick made into a book, but still, I really enjoyed the flawed characters, the Freudian psychology, and the overall tense, heavy feel of the book. It was sad and depressing, desperate and hopeful all at the same time and best of all...it races along, no dead spots, no lulls...it's a nonstop front to back spine tingling tale that weaves it's way from the present day, back to the 1920's and then back to creation and the kabala.I recommend it for ghost story and horror freaks like me...though it does purport to be a ghost story, it's really not, kinda, sorta, but not totally...read it and you'll see what I mean! It even managed to creep me out, reading it home alone, foolishly enough, during thunder storm...at night...I'll leave my rating at...simply delicious, you'll want to curl up with this on a chilly night with a blanket and a good cup of tea!!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Sad clichés...and little more. 15. Dezember 2007
Von FangsFirst - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
It's not often I feel the need to openly review books, but I'm shocked at the praise, nominations and positive reviews being lavished on this book. I made sure to finish it in case I was just getting a silly impression from the beginning, in case something suddenly caught on at some point that was original and interesting.

No such luck. The characters are blatant stereotypes--the "jock," the "slut," the "nerd," the "bad boy/rocker," and our homely heroine Robin who is depressed.

The back of the book proudly proclaims that Sokoloff built the "psychological undercurrents" from her experience dealing with "emotionally disturbed and incarcerated teenagers." I kept waiting for an "undercurrent" behind the blatant pop-psychology and complete lack of understanding applied to all of these characters, and it never came. I had to wonder if she ever really listened to these teenagers, or asked them anything. I've known my fair share of "emotionally disturbed teenagers"--and they don't act like this.

Robin is a stereotypically depressed teen/college student, but doesn't act much like a real one (I've known my fair share). Martin, the "nerd," is written like someone trying to sound smart, rather than the smug, self-assured legitimate intelligence that comes from the type of character Sokoloff seems to be trying to write. It's clunky, awkward and feels like it was carefully but ignorantly constructed.

The plotting, while I applaud the interesting and unusual inclusion of Kabbalistic mythology (I even learned a few things), is standard at best, which offends me far more in horror than something unusual that misfires.

I knew as soon as the five of them pulled out a Ouija board that it was going to take a lot to restore my faith in anything "original" coming out of this book. Unfortunately that "lot" never came either. They play with a Ouija board, it seems benevolent, then seems threatening, spiritual forces stronger than them appear, blah blah blah--if you've read or seen any story involving the supernatural and seances or Ouija boards, move along, there's nothing new here except that peculiar Kabbalistic bit, which is nice, but surrounded by so much stereotypical characterization, poor description and general feelings of "haven't I seen this all before?" that it just can't be saved.

When even the horrid cliché of "Eek! A stranger!...oh gosh, silly me, it was just a coatrack!" was reeled out, I nearly gave up. Of course, first, I thought, "What dorm has coatracks in the hall? How many students these days wear hats? Who would leave their hat on a hatrack over break? Did she even think about any of this or just jump at a cliché and move on?" I say this as someone who did in fact wear a hat in college, just to be clear, but I was one of very few, and I don't think any of us had hatracks--certainly none in dorm hallways.

A shame. If "The Breakfast Club meets Poltergeist" sounds intriguing and like it's not a nightmarish collision of two pretty fun things that shouldn't really collide to you--have fun! You might enjoy this. If you've read about Ouija boards and seemingly clique-separated kids before and find them tired--stay away. Stay far, far away.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Debut Horror Novel 27. August 2006
Von Vincent H. Oneil - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Alexandra Sokoloff's debut novel The Harrowing is simply jam-packed with all the things that make for a good horror story. Baird College's creepy Mendenhall dormitory, known to its residents as The Hall, (Hell?) is the feature location, with wings that become distressingly similar once the place empties out for Thanksgiving and all the doors are closed. A stormy Thanksgiving break leaves the five main characters together in The Hall, where they quickly come to recognize the broken, empty, or lonely places in each other. Unfortunately, a malevolent spirit also recognizes those frailties, and manipulates them into releasing it from its dark realm of nothingness. The story is fast paced, but also plenty intellectual: It is filled from cover to cover with references to psychology, spiritualism, and religion that would seem out of place if the characters were not all college students. The action is not confined to The Hall, either, as the students move about over a landscape which includes a Stonehenge-like portion of the campus known as The Columns and a graveyard which holds the remains of a 1920s Baird student who had a fatal run-in with the same entity. Despite the dark nature of the conflict, Alexandra Sokoloff injects plenty of humor as well, from the main character's wry observations about her detestable prom queen roommate to the hilarious appearance of two teen slackers at a moment of high tension. The characters are well drawn, with voices and personalities of their own, and the ending is far from predictable. Don't wait for Hallowe'en to pick this up.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen THE HARROWING doesn't let you go 14. Dezember 2006
Von John C. Emery - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
With two young kids and little free time, I have to admit I'm a slow reader. I've been poking at THE THIRTEENTH TALE for about a month and a half and have only gotten through 60 pages. Having said that, I read THE HARROWING in two days! When a book captivates me, I make time. It rarely happens. Well done, Alexandra Sokoloff.

I LOVED THIS BOOK. The author sustains a narrative drive that is intense, yet lets up just enough when the action gets almost unbearable.

She manages to use short paragraphs, which keeps the story hopping, without sacrificing depth.

Although the characters had major flaws and at times did disagreeable things, Alexandra Sokoloff makes them all people the reader can identify with and like. There's even some nice surprises within the relationships.

Not only for the atmospherics and the characters, but the spine of the book--the central "ghost story"-- is quite amazing. It really makes you think.

This book just never let's you go. It's been quite a few years since I started a book that I couldn't stop reading until I finished.
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