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Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret. Beneath the waters of the Perdido River, she turns into something terrifying, a creature whispered about in stories that have chilled the residents of Perdido for generations. Some of those who observe her rituals in the river will never be seen again....
Originally published as a series of six volumes in 1983, Blackwater is the crowning achievement of Michael McDowell, author of the Southern Gothic classics Cold Moon Over Babylon and The Elementals and screenwriter of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas. This first-ever one-volume edition will allow a new generation of listeners to discover this modern horror classic.
©1983, 2017 Michael McDowell (P)2017 Valancourt Books LLC
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By jksullycats on 10-29-17

A 6 Star Worthy Epic!

Just wow. This story encompasses so much I would completely fail at an adequate synopsis of any kind. First though, narration. Matt Godfrey has made my list of top 5 best narrators. I would happily purchase anything read by him as I believe he could make even the most intolerable writing sound amazing. His characters are so distinct. I just loved hearing the way he read James and Queenie in particular. Yes. This is 30 hours long. But it isn’t a grueling day to day account. The story spans decades and sometimes years pass in chunks. I was never bored or felt like the story was tedious in any way. I loved every minute. Each character is incredibly unique and I enjoyed getting to know them. I am typically a fan of horror/creepy type novels. This one satisfies some part of that but not to a great extent. There are some somewhat gruesome descriptions but they are few. Mostly I was happily drawn into the Caskey family and was sorry when it all came to an end. If I could give this more than 5 stars, I would.

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By MissAmy72 on 11-05-17

Epic Family Saga

At first the narrator put me off this book. Because it was written by one of my top 2 authors, I pushed through. I'm so glad I did. I absolutely loved the character development. So in depth that I became completely invested in each individual's story. The story had me totally enraptured from front to back. There are SO many facets to this thing that I'd be remiss to TRY to begin to tell. USE YOUR CREDIT HERE!

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By Farniboy on 02-15-18

A Supernatural To Kill A Mockingbird.

This book is an oddity. Its the history of an extended family, the Caskeys, and the Alabama town of Perdido that they live in, over a period of 60 years. In the 80's this book was released as a series of books that have been collected and released as a single volume. I was an avid horror reader back in the day and I've never heard of the books but with a recommendation by Stephen King I took a punt. There are some great characters (like To Kill a Mockingbird.) and interesting situations, punctuated by moments of real horror.

I think this will be a marmite book. You will love it, or hate it. It maybe a little to leisurely for some people but I loved it and a thirty hour listen for a credit, is always worth investing in.

A good narration of literally hundreds of characters by Matt Godfrey.

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By Kindle Customer on 11-20-17

Loved loved loved it.

So sad that it's over...made me laugh, cry and afraid. what a rollercoaster of a story.

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