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Those Across the River

by Christopher Buehlman

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Right after the great find that was "The Lesser Dead", I wanted to read more of Christopher Buehlman's work and settled on this shortish novel set in the era of the Great Depression. Here the main character is former WWI soldier Frank Nichols, still haunted by nightmares about his war experiences: he lost his job as a history teacher after starting an affair with the young wife of a colleague with friends in high places, so that he and Dora - who divorced her husband to follow Frank - seem to find a break in their difficult situation when Frank's aunt leaves him a small inheritance and the deed to a house in Whitbrow, Georgia.


Full review over at SPACE and SORCERY Blog ( )
  SpaceandSorcery | Dec 25, 2018 |
Set in the 1930s, this story is about a Northern couple who move to a small Southern town and discover strange happenings. Those across the river are the source of the trouble, of course, and they turn out to be werewolves. It's a decent horror yarn, maybe excessively gory with too much raunchy sex for my tastes. And as a Southerner, I found some of the accents and some of the depictions of black people to be grating and too obvious. For me, however, the most interesting part of the story was the part not told--the end (no spoilers). ( )
  sturlington | Nov 10, 2018 |
Read my review at The New York Journal of books: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/review/those-across-river ( )
  CarmaSpence | Jul 26, 2018 |
I have to say that this is one that I definitely had a hard time sticking with.

The story is set in the 1930's (I think). I had a dificult time staying with the actual storyline, but I think that was the goal of the author. If it was (his goal), then he did a great job weaving a tall tale.

This was a mix between mind-bender mystery and horror. So if you like that sort of story then this one will be a good one for you.

I would like to thank Net Galley and Penguin Group USA for an ARC. ( )
  PamV | Mar 27, 2018 |
I suspect I would have enjoyed this story more if I had read it instead of listening to the audiobook. While I thought Mark Bramhall did a decent job with the voices of the male characters his speaking of Eudora’s lines was like fingernails on a chalkboard for me. While I am curious as to whether I actually would like the story more if I read it myself I’m afraid it just wasn’t an interesting enough story for me to go back through it a second time to find out. ( )
  jensteele | Jan 31, 2018 |
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For Christeen and Joseph Buehlman,
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One, two, don't look at me, Look-a-roo.
Three, four, who'sat scratchin' at my door?
Five six, getcha while you pickin' sticks.
Seven, eight, getcha if you stay out late.
Nine, ten, I'll never get back home again...


Haunted by memories of the Great War, failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate — the Savoyard Plantation — and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But under the façade of summer socials and small-town charm, there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice.

It comes from the shadowy woods across the river, where the ruins of the Savoyard Plantation still stand. Where a long-smoldering debt of blood has never been forgotten...

Where it has been waiting for Frank Nichols.

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Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate—the Savoyard Plantation—and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice.

It comes from the shadowy woods across the river, where the ruins of Savoyard still stand. Where a longstanding debt of blood has never been forgotten.

A debt that has been waiting patiently for Frank Nichols's homecoming...

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Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate-the Savoyard Plantation- and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice.

It comes from the shadowy woods across the river, where the ruins of Savoyard still stand. Where a longstanding debt of blood has never been forgotten.

A debt that has been waiting patiently for Frank Nichols's homecoming...

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:17 -0400)

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Moving to rural Georgia, a failed academic plans to write a history of his family's old plantation and the horrors that occurred there but instead discovers a sense of unspoken dread among the townspeople and a long-standing debt of blood.

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