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Tale of greed in a small town being uietly overrun by auctioneer Perly Duns Acclaimed by writers including Stephen King and an influence on King’s Needful Things The Auctioneer is here reprinted for the first time in thirty years.. Valancourt Books recently brought this 70 s horror classic back from obscurity and I immediately picked it up I had been hearing some buzz around the rerelease and I was excited to read something that a number of people really enjoyed Grady Hendrix who single handedly started the vintage horror paperback revival with his excellent book Paperbacks From Hell wrote the introduction for this edition and I was excited for that as well Hendrix knows and loves these classic horror stories and it s always interesting to hear what his opinion is on a particular title Essentially this book remained an underground classic for the long duration of time that it remained out of print Collectors would search for copies wherever there could find one and readers would pass around paperbacks to share the experience with fellow horror lovers The book continued to be sought after and shared for 30 years after it had gone out of print and then finally Valancourt release this edition in the wake of the 70s and 80s horror fiction revivalJohn and Mim Moore live in the isolated farming community of Harlowe New Hampshire with John s mother Ma and their young daughter Hildie They live on a farm that has been in John s family for generations and they adore the simple and uiet life they have created for themselves Then one day Perly Duns the titular Auctioneer arrives in town and before they know it everyone in Harlowe has their lives turned upside down Perly starts by helping the citizens get rid of the junk that has collected in their barns and attics but he doesn t stop there Perly has big plans for the town of Harlowe and none of those plans have any of the current citizens in mindI found myself truly hating Perly and feeling an intense frustration with John for not doing anything to stop him or help his family Perly is an antagonist that is meant to be hated but John is far complex He s a man who is truly torn He doesn t want to admit defeat and leave the only home he has ever known and so he puts his family in increasingly tension filled and dangerous situations that truly had me on the edge of my seat I had no idea how this one was going to end and I m happy to say I think Samson wrote a very strong ending I didn t expect it and it was refreshing to not be able to predict where a story is headingI ve heard nothing but praise for this novel and all the buzz is true I highly recommend The Auctioneer It s a tense and unnerving novel that will definitely get under your skin

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An insidious stranger impossible to resistPublished to wide acclaim in but almost neglected since then The Auctioneer is a bona fide classic of American literature The story of John Moore his wife Mim and his mother it is a gripping. 45 starsTHE AUCTIONEER by Joan Samson was first issued in 1976 This new edition released by Valancourt Books in 2018 comes with an all new introduction by Grady Hendrix as well as an afterword by the author s husband Warren CarbergThis novel takes place in a farming community called Harlowe In a uiet peaceful American town where change is very slow to come John and Mim Moore farm the land that John s family had owned for many generations With their beautiful four year old daughter Hildie and John s mother Ma living with them we have a perfect postcard picture of perhaps a simpler time in AmericaHowever the author is uick to show the slow and calculating terror that can overcome a community almost before they even realize what s happening In this case it all starts with a newcomer named Perly Duns and his slight reuest for old items to be donated to his planned auctions When your life turns into a lie the first person you need to deceive is yourself Samson weaves this tale with exact precision We ll get a taste of the happy Moore family going about their everyday duties together and then a small intrusion into their slice of paradise to give the first stirrings of troubleTHE AUCTIONEER is not in your face horror but a much subtle slowly mounting terror that takes a while to reach its peak Nonetheless once it starts the emotions losses and their implications never let up the fear is always present ratcheting up inexorably page by page He won t stop There are people like that Either you give in or you run The language used is beautiful in its simplicity We learn as much of how these changes are slowly devastating their traditional way of life by what is NOT stated as we do by what is The omissions usual outings that are cancelled and the strain upon the household shows us than words could convey This was true not only in households but also in interactions between neighbors They talked the way they always had except that now the familiar conversations seemed to be built on a silence as deep as the one that prevailed at home Overall I felt this was a brilliantly executed story that showcases how unwanted change can stealthily creep in on even the most complacent of towns We are shown the old time values and how they contrast with newer lifestyles in populated regions Even the most loyal of citizens can be taken in by smooth talking charlatans if the topic is rightWhen things are beyond out of hand how would you react and how far would you go to protect your family and your way of lifeRecommended


10 thoughts on “The Auctioneer

  1. says:

    ”Just remember this” he said in a deep voice that cut neatly through the confusion “Whatever I’ve done you’ve let me do” When Perly Duns moves to Harlowe New Hampshire with his auctioneering company and starts es

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    455 starsEvil in a small town is one of my favorite horror tropes and books like this are the reason whyHarlowe New Hampshire is a small town surrounded by small farms It's a tightly knit community or at least the townsfolk believe it is until an outsider comes to town and slowly things begin to unravel Perly Duns is an

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    A brief best

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    45 starsTHE AUCTIONEER by Joan Samson was first issued in 1976 This new edition released by Valancourt Books in

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    What happens when good people do nothing?A searing hot read through and through The Auctioneer — the author’s only release due to dying of cancer the year after publication — barrels forward like a race car I was hooked from page one helpless to put it down A stranger has come to Harlowe a small farm town in New Hampshire The stranger Perly Duns has lived in forty countries and done business all over th

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    I stumbled across on online discussion praising this book and when my local library had a copy I decided to give it a tryAn interesting look at the power of persuasion namely the control one man is able to exert on a small rural New England township In today's current environment of instant availability of news and information it can be difficult to imagine a time when people were still fairly isolated from the outside world and even their

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    This is an excellent example of 'uiet horror' It's a slow burn of a story that gets under your skin fills you with anxiety and pulls the rug out from beneath your feet If you like stories set in small towns where people are the real monsters I'd definitely recommend this oneThe story follows the Moore family John and Mim their young daughter Hildie and John's elderly mother known as Ma They run a farm in the s

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    Valancourt Books recently brought this 70's horror classic back from obscurity and I immediately picked it up I had been hearing some buzz around the rerelease and I was excited to read something that a number of people really enjoyed Grady Hendrix who single handedly started the vintage horror paperback revival with his excellent book Paperbacks From Hell wrote the introduction for this edition and I was excited for that as we

  10. says:

    I’m not entirely sure this wasn’t Bentley Little writing under a pen nameof course he would have been a teenager but you see what I’m say

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