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The Other by Thomas Tryon

The Other (1971)

by Thomas Tryon

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Really nicely done horror, really psychological horror. No supernatural beings or powers are used. ( )
  NinieB | May 14, 2019 |
It's hard to believe that this is Thomas Tryon's first novel, 'The Other' is fully formed and sophisticated in its characterization of small town Pequot's Landing in Connecticut in the 1930s. The central family is there, too. Many of the characters are surely drawn from life, and Tryon gets all of the details right in a fashion that likely still makes Stephen King envious.

King definitely was influenced by this book--maybe he should reread Tryon and get back on track. 'Under The Dome' missed huge opportunities of subtle small-town life that is rife in Tryon's 'The Other' and 'Harvest Home'. I appreciated all of the period details that were effortlessly scattered throughout, the Chautauqua desk in particular was fun to look up.

The novel was a raging best-seller back in 1972, and it is easy to see why. It is one of the best horror novels I've ever read, full of terrible acts and secrets without ever scraping the bottom of the barrel in taste or quality. With Niles and Holland Perry, the themes of growing up and the nostalgia, I was reminded of a more cynical 'Dandelion Wine' and 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'.

Tom Tryon was a relatively successful actor of his day, but had grown tired of Hollywood and the game that had to be played as one got older there. I've found no evidence so far, but Tryon must have been writing for years before this novel because of the confidence of it.

I'm changing my mind last minute and giving this the full five stars, because even though when I was much, much younger, my Dad rented the faithful movie adaptation (Tryon wrote the screenplay); even having seen that, I was still shocked and riveted by what happened in this book. Simply, no movie could convey the subtlety of what happens in 'The Other'. ( )
1 vote ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Really cool book with heaps of twists and turns. ( )
  Zaccer | Jan 2, 2019 |
Really cool book with heaps of twists and turns. ( )
  Zaccer | Jan 2, 2019 |
Really cool book with heaps of twists and turns. ( )
  Zaccer | Jan 2, 2019 |
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HORROR & GHOST STORIES. Holland and Niles Perry are identical thirteen-year-old twins. They are close, close enough, almost, to read each other's thoughts, but they couldn't be more different. Holland is bold and mischievous, a bad influence, while Niles is kind and eager to please, the sort of boy who makes his parents proud. The Perrys live in the bucolic New England town their family settled in centuries ago, and indeed, the extended family has gathered at their farm this summer to mourn the death of the twins' father in an unfortunate accident. Mrs. Perry never quite recovered from the shock and stays sequestered her room, leaving her sons to roam free. As the summer goes on, though, and Holland's pranks become increasingly sinister, Niles finds he can no longer make excuses for his brother's actions. "The Other" is a landmark of psychological horror, part of a lineage that includes the works of James Hogg, Robert Louis Stevenson, Shirley Jackson, and Peter Straub.… (more)

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