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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Bree Salyer on 06-27-16

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.

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1 out of 5 stars
By ColoradoGirl on 01-29-17

Predictable and Boring

I bought this book based on the glowing reviews and Stephen King's comments but I was sorely disappointed.

First off, I have to say that the narrator was amazing. I wish he'd had something better to work with, and I would listen to another story read by him, but not by the same author.

I expected a lot more from the story, especially based on the way it began. The Prologue was probably the most exciting part of the book for me.

As others mentioned, I figured out who the bad guy was right away, but kept telling myself that it couldn't be that easy, yet it was.

I didn't care for any of the characters. The only one I liked was Jerry, but his participation was minimal. I cared more about Jerry's parents than the rest of the family, especially Evelyn.

Overall the story was boring, predictable, and repetitive. I got so tired of hearing about the black water on the floor, the slapping sounds, etc.

Lastly , the ending was extremely disappointing. I thought that maybe the ending would make up for the rest of the book but it didn't.

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4 out of 5 stars
By MRS on 07-21-16


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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By James on 03-02-18

Atmospheric, moving, genuinely unsettling

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Very good example of a Southern Gothic ghost story. Well written, clever characterisation, interesting cast of characters. Lots of witty, acute observation of small town life. Rather satirical but with lots of pathos. Takes a little while to get going but once it does it's quite gripping. Some of the supernatural scenes are very spooky indeed. Superior pulp horror. The reading is excellent.

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