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Cold Moon over Babylon Audiobook

Cold Moon over Babylon: Valancourt 20th Century Classics

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Babylon, a typical sleepy Alabama small town, where years earlier the Larkin family suffered a terrible tragedy. Now they are about to endure another: 14-year-old Margaret Larkin will be robbed of her innocence and her life by a killer who is beyond the reach of the law.

But something strange is happening in Babylon: traffic lights flash an eerie blue, a ghostly hand slithers from the drain of a kitchen sink, graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror. And beneath the murky surface of the river, a shifting, almost human shape slowly takes form. Night after night it will pursue the murderer. And when the full moon rises over Babylon, it will seek a terrible vengeance.

Cold Moon Over Babylon, the second novel by Michael McDowell (1950-1999), author of Blackwater and The Elementals and screenwriter of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, is a chilling Southern Gothic tale of revenge from beyond the grave that ranks among his most terrifying books.

©2015 Valancourt Books (P)2016 Griff Furst

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    MRS BIGGIN HILL WESTERHAM, United Kingdom 21/07/2016
    MRS BIGGIN HILL WESTERHAM, United Kingdom 21/07/2016 Member Since 2015

    NETTIE Love a good horror. Love Martina Cole and simular. Love Annie Aldington as the narrator

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    "A VERY GOOD DEBUT NOVEL INDEED"

    i really enjoyed this book. I do love a good horror and the atmosoheric discriptions at times, did give you the creeps! it took sometime to get used to the narrators southern yankie accent but this in itself made it different. without giving too much away, i was very happy to hear the culprit got what was coming to him! i will look out for this writer again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Bree Salyer
    Ocala, FL
    27/06/16
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    "Best audible listen to date..."

    There are only two other audio books that I would rate as high as this and both of those were fully dramatized so I don't know if they could even be compared. And if you knew anything about me you would know how extremely picky I am when it comes to choosing my next credit. I wouldn't have even seen this title had I not spent the better part of an hour surfing through the sea of suggested reads. I am soooo glad I did.

    Scott Brick couldn't have been a more perfect fit as narrator. I won't claim to love every thing he's read so believe me when I say what a great job he did with this. He has a knack for smoothly separating dialogue from story. I never had to guess who was speaking which kept me deeply immersed in the story.

    As far as the story itself, it swallowed me like quicksand. I haven't been so involved in what happens since Stephen King's "Cell". The storylines are nothing alike, but the prose was so aptly done it kept me glued to my seat. I felt myself truly caring about these people because it was almost as if I knew them, like I was right there in the midst of the drama.

    I dont want to give away anything by going into details of what happens. Half of the fun is going in blind... but I highly recommend buying this book, you will not be sorry.

    22 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    20/07/16
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    "awesome!!"

    this was a fantastic scary story! so sad this author passed away -the future was so bright for him!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Marilyn
    COLUMBIANA, AL, US
    02/10/16
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    "Couldn't get enough"

    Read Candles Burning and The Elementals , which was my first introduction to this author. I was hooked, then read candles burning, then lastly Cold Moon over Babylon. I wish there was a hundred more from this author, he is amazing. My favorite author is Stephen King and McDowell hooks me like King does. I am sad I have no more to read. I read or to be precise listened to all three over a three day period, just about non stop. If you haven't read his books, treat yourself, they are great.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mel
    USA
    24/07/16
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    "Solid Southern Gothic"


    With the background of the lush steamy south (always a favorite) and a dark deep river with a hungry past, this is the kind of classic ghost tale that makes up a good round-the-campfire repertoire. You're left to choose whether there is madness afoot or revenge from the grave, but either way, there is no way out from the genuine creepy pall that overcomes you with this read. Well written with a broad story, rife with possibilities, kept on track.

    It's worth pointing out that this was originally released in 1980; we'd had a decade of outstanding genre-bending horror: Peter Benchley's Jaws, William P. Blatty's The Exorcist, John Carpenter's Michael Myers, Anne Rice's Vampires, Hannibal Lecter, Rosemary's Baby, the wives of Stepford -- from Aliens to haunted house horrors...not to mention Stephen King who had redefined the genre with everything from demon cars to alien spider/clowns. *Whew*...the little old ghost story was hardly worth a goosebump. But McDowell did it with an edgy touch of suspense and his own recognizable flourish.

    A great intro into this story sets up an haunting legacy that feeds a hunger for revenge so ravenous it's felt in the very nature of Babylon -- an eerie and foreboding presence that feels like a heartbeat, a clock ticking, a breath waiting to be released. There were moments it lagged, but this is old-school ghost territory, so hang in there and enjoy. The Scooby-Do feel gives way to a good ghostly karmic smack-down.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • -shanah-
    United States
    01/07/16
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    "Finally a Novel As Original as..."

    ...Gillian Flynn's novels, Dark Places and Sharp Objects.
    It's a horror novel, and not one with the same old formulaic plot & forgettable characters.
    Get this book, but don't read it at night. The scenes featuring the killer are truly horrific.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Diana
    Granite Falls, WA, United States
    11/11/16
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    "most excellent"

    Good murder mystery, ghost story, loved this book. moves along well, good ghost story!! you won't be disappointed

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michael W. Brewer Jr.
    08/11/16
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    "Incredible Tale of Small Town Horror"
    If you could sum up Cold Moon over Babylon in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant beautiful storytelling!

    A family plagued by hardship and tragedy is wronged in the worst ways by powerful people suffering from a terrible god complex. Those wrongs are set right in a deliciously satisfying way when the paranormal and unnatural steps in to repay wrong doing in full.


    What other book might you compare Cold Moon over Babylon to and why?

    I wouldn't. I can't. I won't! This book stands out wonderfully!


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    The story was not read, it was performed; beautifully. I was drawn in by Scott Brick's narration and character portrayal.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not even death will abide evil men forever.


    Any additional comments?

    I was captivated by this story from the very beginning. I cared about the characters immensely. I felt their worries, fears, pain, joys, and everything in between. When loss was suffered by specific characters, I felt that loss right along with them.

    The twists and turns of this tale had me on edge waiting for the next line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    Bogart, GA, United States
    23/10/16
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    "This is an incredible book"
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    These characters are so original and interesting, they really made the book. And this guy can turn a lovely phrase too. The style is so acerbic, yet beautiful. If you're looking for something that moves more quickly than a ponderous Steven King horror, but still gives you depth and substantial creepiness, go for this one. It'll pull you in.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Petice
    YUCAIPA, CA, United States
    16/10/16
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    "Wow! Couldn't stop listening"
    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick's narration made me think I was in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome book. Couldn't stop listening. Could kind of tell who the bad guy was towards the end but I didn't care, because the narration was so good it was if I was IN the story. Still kept me on the edge of my seat wondering if I was right.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Justin Lee Russell
    06/10/16
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    "Well worth the listen!"

    I love reading horror but I'm also pretty critical as to what really draws me in. This book, for me, was a homerun. I really got into the story & Scott Brick is always good. I also recommend The Elementals if you enjoy this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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