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Harrowing tensions explode in a series of events that could happen anywhere to anyone just as they do to John Moore whose days of freedom run out who is stripped of his possessions his courage and his hopes by the ominous presence of.

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Tale of greed in a small town being uietly overrun by auctioneer Perly Duns Acclaimed by writers including Stephen King and an influence on King’s Needful Things The Auctioneer is here reprinted for the first time in thirty years.. This is an excellent example of uiet horror It s a slow burn of a story that gets under your skin fills you with anxiety and pulls the rug out from beneath your feet If you like stories set in small towns where people are the real monsters I d definitely recommend this oneThe story follows the Moore family John and Mim their young daughter Hildie and John s elderly mother known as Ma They run a farm in the small town of Harlowe in New Hampshire They live a hard life with minimal mod cons no proper bathroom having to heat water on the stove to wash living off the produce of their landThen we meet Perly Duns He rocks up into town and charms the locals with his big plans It starts off with a couple of auctions If everyone can donate a few things the money raised at auction can go to fund the pretty much non existent local police force But before they know it things get out of hand and as accidents happen they are unable to say noThis is an excellently written novel Bleak and filled with dread and helplessness It says a lot about American values and the American way Owning land and having a home with your family is seen as not only a goal but also a right It deals with themes of small town community and politics mob mentality progress versus tradition The story went to a couple of places that I wasn t expecting and I thought the ending was perfectly fitting

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An insidious stranger impossible to resistPublished to wide acclaim in but almost neglected since then The Auctioneer is a bona fide classic of American literature The story of John Moore his wife Mim and his mother it is a gripping. 45 starsTHE AUCTIONEER by Joan Samson was first issued in 1976 This new edition released by Valancourt Books in 2018 comes with an all new introduction by Grady Hendrix as well as an afterword by the author s husband Warren CarbergThis novel takes place in a farming community called Harlowe In a uiet peaceful American town where change is very slow to come John and Mim Moore farm the land that John s family had owned for many generations With their beautiful four year old daughter Hildie and John s mother Ma living with them we have a perfect postcard picture of perhaps a simpler time in AmericaHowever the author is uick to show the slow and calculating terror that can overcome a community almost before they even realize what s happening In this case it all starts with a newcomer named Perly Duns and his slight reuest for old items to be donated to his planned auctions When your life turns into a lie the first person you need to deceive is yourself Samson weaves this tale with exact precision We ll get a taste of the happy Moore family going about their everyday duties together and then a small intrusion into their slice of paradise to give the first stirrings of troubleTHE AUCTIONEER is not in your face horror but a much subtle slowly mounting terror that takes a while to reach its peak Nonetheless once it starts the emotions losses and their implications never let up the fear is always present ratcheting up inexorably page by page He won t stop There are people like that Either you give in or you run The language used is beautiful in its simplicity We learn as much of how these changes are slowly devastating their traditional way of life by what is NOT stated as we do by what is The omissions usual outings that are cancelled and the strain upon the household shows us than words could convey This was true not only in households but also in interactions between neighbors They talked the way they always had except that now the familiar conversations seemed to be built on a silence as deep as the one that prevailed at home Overall I felt this was a brilliantly executed story that showcases how unwanted change can stealthily creep in on even the most complacent of towns We are shown the old time values and how they contrast with newer lifestyles in populated regions Even the most loyal of citizens can be taken in by smooth talking charlatans if the topic is rightWhen things are beyond out of hand how would you react and how far would you go to protect your family and your way of lifeRecommended


10 thoughts on “The Auctioneer

  1. says:

    ”Just remember this” he said in a deep voice that cut neatly through the confusion “Whatever I’ve done you’ve l

  2. says:

    455 starsEvil in a small town is one of my favorite horror tropes and books like this are the reason whyHarlowe New Hampshire is a small town surrounded by small farms It's a tightly knit community or at least th

  3. says:

    A brief bestseller when it debuted in 1975 Joan Samson’s The Auctioneer has been totally forgotten Sites like Will Errickson’s Too Much Horror Fiction have kept its tiny flame from becoming completely extinguished but it’s basically a literary shooting star that flared once and was gone Contributing to its

  4. says:

    45 starsTHE AUCTIONEER by Joan Samson was first issued in 1976 This new edition released by Valancourt Books in 2018 comes with an all new introduction by Grady Hendrix as well as an afterword by the author's husband Warren CarbergThis novel

  5. says:

    What happens when good people do nothing?A searing hot read through and through The Auctioneer — the author’s only release due to dying of cancer the year after publication — barrels forward like a race car I was hooked from page one helpless to put it down A stranger has come to Harlowe a small farm town in New Hampshire The stranger Perly Duns has lived in forty countries and done business all over the world — he just

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  7. says:

    I stumbled across on online discussion praising this book and when my local library had a copy I decided to give it a try

  8. says:

    This is an excellent example of 'uiet horror' It's a slow burn of a story that gets under your skin fills you with anxiety and pulls the rug out from beneath your feet If you like stories set in small towns where people a

  9. says:

    Valancourt Books recently brought this 70's horror classic back from obscurity and I immediately picked it up I had been hearing some buzz around the rerelease and I was excited to read something that a number of people really enjoyed

  10. says:

    I’m not entirely sure this wasn’t Bentley Little writing under a pen nameof course he would have been a teenager but you see what I’m sayin’“We’re having an auction” Now pony up some stuff All of it I listened to this on audio and

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