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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 coreybeth on 10-24-17

Best book I've read in a long while!

Wow! Awesome story....VERY character driven. The "monster" is subtle and you're on pins & needles wondering whether it will in deed finally gain control. It's a generational saga and EVERY character is well developed & believable! Spooky parts peppered throughout but the "family" is definitely the main character in this story! I don't want to spoil the fun but I'm confused with a few parts. The creatures are born looking like creatures & quickly change to humans yet one grand daughter creature was thrown into the river lovingly never to be spoken of again. why not keep her too? It starts in the early 1900's in Alabama.and follows the generations through the years. I like how the deceased family members are still spoken of. Alot of times it's as if they had never been in the story at all. Overall it is a GREAT story! I'm not even finished yet. Back to Eleanor and the Casky clan.............

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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