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Named Harry Powell the lead character in this book with LOVE and HATE tattooed on his fingers is remembered as one of the creepiest men in book and cinema history File this one under the heading of What is Possible is Scarier than What Isn t This book is perfect if you want to be truly frightened for Halloween because I would much rather have a ghost in my house than have Preacher Harry Powell sleeping under my roofThe novel is set in West Virginia during the great depression Ten year old John Harper s father Ben commits a crime steals several thousand dollars and in the process kills two men Before he is hauled off by the lawmen who come for him he hides the money and tells John were it is swearing him to secrecy His crime and the terrible secret he thrusts upon his son sets a frightful series of events into motion that bring into the lives of his wife and children the most evil of evil men a self proclaimed preacher named Harry Powell who is intent on finding the money at any costI m not sure I breathed normally through the entire telling of this tale That Grubb based it on a true story that occurred in his own hometown made it even harrowing I am not generally a fan of either murder thrillers or horror films which probably explains why I never saw the classic movie made from this novel Robert Mitchum was cast as the soulless Powell and having seen him in Cape Fear I had no problem imagining him in the role I remember having a lot of trouble sleeping after seeing Cape Fear I think Night of the Hunter might have the same effect I believe this is the kind of book the word spine chilling was invented for

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Inspired by serial killer Harry Powers The Bluebeard of uiet Dell who was hung in 1932 for his murders of two widows and three children This best selling novel fi The faces ran together like the years like the long rides in the yellow lit railroad coaches through the clicking river midnights as he wandered from town to town Lord won t I never settle down Lord won t you never say the word that my work is done Another one Lord All right Lord Loosely based on the true story of serial killer Harry Powers The Night of the Hunter is a truly hair raising spine tingling Southern Gothic classic which was honestly terrifying than anything else I ve read during any October for uite some time The fact is a realistic tale such as this gives me nightmares than a traditional ghost story despite the thrills those still stir up It is Depression era 1930 s in West Virginia and father and husband Ben Harper in an act of desperation steals 10000 and kills two others Before the blue men arrive to take him away Ben shares a tremendous secret with son John and exacts a promise from him never to share said secret and for him to watch over little sister Pearl At ten years old John is weighed down with a hefty and dangerous burden The entire town muses over the location of the stolen money after all money like this could come in very handy during these lean times Enter Harry Powell simply known as Preacher He shows up in town just when Willa Harper is at her most vulnerable and when the townspeople are in need of hope and the promise of salvation Naturally with his Bible in hand and the word of God pouring forth from his lips Preacher is welcomed by the community with open arms One person however is not at all convinced by Preacher s smooth talk and sweet hymns John seems to be alone in his instant dislike rather in his extreme loathing and fear of the Preacher He knew almost at once that Preacher was there or had been there not an instant before because there was a Preacher smell in the silent air and it was the smell of dread in his nose and doglike his flesh gathered and bunched at the scent of itSeriously those tiny little hairs on the back of your neck with stand on end too when you read about this creepiest of all villains If he is evil personified then widow Rachel Cooper is an angel in disguise I won t tell you her role in the novel because I don t want to divulge too much of the plot I will say however that this lady rocks She was old and yet she was ageless in the manner of such staunch country widows Gaunt plain spoken and hard of arm she could stand up to three of the toughest shrewdest cattle dealers in Pleasants County and get every penny she thought her hog was worth Dealing in livestock isn t all this woman can doBesides making your blood run cold The Night of the Hunter will also surprise you It s than just a thriller it s also beautifully written I was expecting a fright but what I didn t expect was the gorgeous prose sprinkled throughout the entire 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Rst published in 1953 to wide acclaim by author Grubb who like Powers lived in Clarksburg West Virginia served as the basis for Charles Laughton's noir classic Re I loved this book as a child and since I first got this as a gift years ago and have reread many times


10 thoughts on “The Night of The Hunter

  1. says:

    The faces ran together like the years; like the long rides in the yellow lit railroad coaches through the clicking river midnights as he wandered from town to town Lord won’t I never settle down Lord won’t you never say the word that my work is done Another one Lord All right Lord Loosely based on the true story of serial killer Harry Powers The Night of the Hunter is a truly hair raising spine tingling Southern Goth

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    While it pains me deep down in the dark fleshy crevices of my book loving core to admit this noir classic was a utter MISS for me and my feelings can be fairly summed up by the famous villain’s iconic tattoos I don’t think it’s all the author’s fault and my oft awry expectations will saddle a large chunk of the fail burden for this onebut on that below First a uick summary to set the tablePLOT SUMMAR

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    The Night of the Hunter Davis Grubb's novel of the Sociopath in the Pulpit This novel was selected as a Moderator's Choice for members of On the Southern Literary Trail for October 2014 Come join us The Night of the Hunter was selected by members of On the Southern Literary Trail as a group read for October 2018

  4. says:

    Have you ever seen the classic film of the same name starring Robert Mitchum One of the scariest movies I ever saw when growing up so I couldn't wait to read the book Who could ever forget the chilling Mitchum s

  5. says:

    I loved this book as a child and since I first got this as a gift years ago and have reread many times

  6. says:

    Ohio river Somewhere in a valley along its shores a young boy and his family lived happily ever after until his dad Ben Harper robbed a bank stashed the money somewhere and made his ten your old son John and four y

  7. says:

    File this one under the heading of What is Possible is Scarier than What Isn’t This book is perfect if you want to be truly frightened for Halloween because I would much rather have a ghost in my house than have Preacher Harry Powell sleepin

  8. says:

    shoot shoot davis grubb kicked me not just once but twice i yelled aloud with the tension that his book built up in me the first was a yelp of fear while the second was one of pure desperation the terrible production values of this edition notwithstanding i'm really torn about saying that because i appreciate that blackmask has it in print but the minimal attention to make this book readable just hasn't been made a used

  9. says:

    Well what a great little book that I would never have picked up without Mike Sullivan's recommended read for moderator's choice for October in On the Southern Literary Trail group The dark days of the depression a malevole

  10. says:

    Some of the prose was admirable but the child protagonist and his little sister got on my nerves almost immediately They didn't feel believable to me and I kept muttering things to myself like hey John boy you might be eight but blue people Come on give me a break you must know what cops are Also just move the damned money to a new

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