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So Cold The River by Michael Koryta

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So Cold The River by Michael Koryta

Ninety-five-year-old millionaire Campbell Bradford is dying.His family have hired ex-filmmaker Eric Shaw to make a documentary about him, but Campbell's childhood is shrouded in mystery. The only clues to his past are the name of his hometown and an antique glass water bottle that he's kept his entire life.Arriving in West Baden with the bottle and a camera, Shaw begins to have vivid and disturbing visions. And the more he finds out about the town and the man, the more he suspects that something besides the West Baden Springs Hotel has just been restored . . . Something dark and terrifying. And cold.


Builds slowly yet relentlessly, cranking up the suspense until it's taut as a bowstring * WarpcoreSF.co.uk * A story so chilling it would keep Stephen King up all night * Peterborough Evening Telegraph * Mesmerising . . . chilling, compelling and captivating * Tangled Web * Fantastically well-written . . . excellent characterisation and great pace. Just the thing to induce a chill on the back of the neck during the long, hot summer. * Shotsmag.co.uk * A spellbinding tale of an unholy lust for power that reaches from beyond the grave . . . A cataclysmic finale will put readers in mind of some of the best recent works of supernatural horror, among which this book ranks. * Publishers Weekly starred review * Koryta has ventured into genre-bending, successfully melding thriller elements to a horror story that recalls Stephen King. His tight, clear prose makes West Baden as creepy as Transylvania, and Eric is a compellingly flawed protagonist. Legions of King and Peter Straub devotees will be delighted by this change of direction. * Booklist * Spellbinding and check-your-doors-and-windows scary . . . At its deliciously creepy core, So Cold the River is about two men facing down their demons, and what happens when those demons fight back. * Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2010 * A paranormal horror story in the Stephen King mould -- and a chilling one * St Petersburg Times * A fast, eerie chiller of a book that will make you shiver in the sun * Parade * Fascinating. Put simply it meets the hype. * Seattle Post-Intelligencer * Michael Koryta is a gifted storyteller. His writing reminded me of the great Ruth Rendell - eerie, suspenseful, and pleasantly wicked. * Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan * A great story, but what held me was the lean, clean prose and the sharp presentation of scenes and dialogue. Michael Koryta is a good story teller and a wonderful stylist. * Joe R. Lansdale * Fast-paced and action-packed, SO COLD THE RIVER is good, unclean fun. Like Joe Hill, Michael Koryta is infusing the old-school supernatural horror novel with new blood. Drink up! * Stewart O'Nan, author of A Prayer for the Dying * Like King's 'Overlook', Kortya's West Baden Springs is a real spa-hotel with real history. But if you stay there, for God's sake, don't drink the water! . . . Fright-inducing fiction worthy of our time, attention, and real enjoyment * Dan Simmons, author of The Terror and Drood * This book builds like a summer storm. Beautiful to watch until it shakes the house and knocks out the lights, leaving you alone in the dark . . . Masterful. * Michael Connelly * Calculatingly spooky * New York Times * An icy, terrifying winner. SO COLD THE RIVER puts an October chill in your blood by the end of the first chapter. It's not much longer before you've turned on all the lights and rechecked all the window locks. Few novelists warrant mention alongside Stephen King or Peter Straub. Michael Koryta, however, earns comparison to both. * Dennis Lehane * The atmosphere seeps over you like a November fog, dousing the sunlight and ushering you into the clammy darkness. It's a great British debut from a genuine spookmeister. * Daily Mail * A superior specimen . . . Koryta sets a beautiful scene, resplendent with dreamy images of phantom railroad trains and ghosts who wear bowler hats and play the violin * New York Times Book Review * A chilling supernatural tale . . . Koryta's novel is being compared to the writings of Stephen King and Peter Straub. He lives up to the comparison in this dark novel. * USA Today * Koryta is one of the best of the best * Michael Connelly * Mixing the supernatural into crime novels is a tradition that goes back to Poe and Conan Doyle, and this tale shows just how effective it can be . . . A thrilling read * Mail on Sunday * A masterpiece of genuine chill with a cracking finish * Daily Mail *

About the Author

Michael Koryta's Edgar Award-nominated first novel was published when he was just twenty-one and it was followed by four more straight thrillers and then his first supernatural thriller SO COLD THE RIVER in 2010. His works have been translated into twenty languages. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where he has worked as a newspaper reporter and private investigator, and in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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1st March 2011


Michael Koryta

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Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


528 pages


Thriller / suspense



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