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
NETTIE Love a good horror. Love Martina Cole and simular. Love Annie Aldington as the narrator
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.
"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.
"Incredible Tale of Small Town Horror"
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.
I wouldn't. I can't. I won't! This book stands out wonderfully!
The story was not read, it was performed; beautifully. I was drawn in by Scott Brick's narration and character portrayal.
Not even death will abide evil men forever.
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.
this was a fantastic scary story! so sad this author passed away -the future was so bright for him!
"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.
"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.
"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.
"This is an incredible book"
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.
"Wow! Couldn't stop listening"
Scott Brick's narration made me think I was in the story.
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.
"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.
"Good southern horror"
This is your typical haunting story with only slight bits of mystery involved. The characters are mostly flat and one-dimensional (even the bad guy), so there's not much to praise there, but what makes this story shine are the actual haunting scenes.
McDowell does a really good job of creeping youout . Once I found myself staring down in disgust at an egg salad sandwich as I listened to the author's description of a particular scene.
It helps that Scott Brick is an awesome narrator that brings this story to life. He has a variety of voices and does a good job matching the tones with the situation. He doesn't try to make himself sound spooky when reading particular scenes, he just reads the prose and gets out fo the way to let the writing do the talking.
As for ending, the book does resolve itself, though you never really feel satisfied that the bad guy got what they deserved. Maybe it was the lack of development of the characters, but there was very little impact for me in that regard.
Overall, a good listen and worth a credit IMO.
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