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1 - Sherri Kirbis, Avid Reader, 02/23/2007 ~ A reviewerI received my copy of Kristy Tallman's, The All – Souls Faire, a few days ago. Unfortunately ~ just at the time my life gets hectic for a few days. Thankfully that time has now passed and I had the fortunate chance to sit back for a few hours and delve into this book. I couldn't be happier that I had the time to finish this in a sitting!! Welcome to a small town where the locals don't take kindly to strangers peering into their town business. To be a local in a small town it takes something that goes way beyond just residing there – something of which Detective Cole Bryant is about to learn the hard way. Investigating murder takes a bit of puzzle solving and more than that when all the people in town don't want the towns dirty laundry aired and leave you with only partial whisperings of town legends. Toss in a cursed mountain, cops that go by their own code, an eccentrically sadistic family, a goats head in a corpse, and an intriguing medical examiner (just to throw a couple of kinks in Cole's way of course) and you have one hell (just about literally) of a tale. So my suggestion would be to pick up your copy during this wonderful autumn time, curl up in your favorite reading chair and sit back for a tale you may chose to use in the future to scare your children with details of the Hick's family. Enjoy this horror tale that will keep you thinking about it, especially late at night…Sherri Kirbis - Reader in Lititz, PA
2 - Rowan Lore, author of Fall On Me, 10/29/2006 ~ I found the story delightfully disturbing. . .The All-Soul's Faire by Kristy Tallman, reads like a wickedly wonderful ghost story that keeps you enthralled to the very end. I found the story delightfully disturbing, yet I also found myself moved by the actions of the intriguing well-written characters. Detective Cole is a seemingly innocent bystander in the sinful happenings on North Mountain. After meeting the strange backwoods Hicks Family, he finds himself with more questions than answers about the murders on the mountain. The ever sweet Ms. Ryder reminds me of my own grandmother. When she states, 'We all have some inner sins we contend with,' I read a bit deeper into this tale of horror and wondered if all humans didn't suppress some inner sins that only pure evil could bring out. Were we faced with our sinful secrets could we still suppress them even if they were served to us on a silver platter? Would Detective Cole's own sinful desires cause him to forget everything and succumb to the mountain's spell? Tallman's talent in writing shows in her ability to captivate the reader to the very end. I loved that the ending wasn't what I expected. It left me wanting more and hopeful of a sequel. - Rowan Lore --Author of Fall On Me
3- Malcolm Deeley (admin.gromagonpress.com), the author of Avatars., 10/29/2006 - Rogue desire, in an intense literary seductionThe All-Souls Faire, by Kristy Tallman, is more than just a literary experience. It is the rarest book indeed that takes you so deep under your own skin, to visit (either in rapture or horror)the concept of desire, that you feel strangely and vividly alive after the reading. This is the trip that The All-Souls Faire takes you on: a ravishing journey through the beauty and terrible awakening that pain and pleasure combined can bring. Detective Cole Bryant, on the surface a cop seeking for answers to a series of disturbing murders, becomes entangled a generations-old circle of personalities who have embraced a life/afterlife that plunges into the deepest realms of the forbidden. And it is not possible to be a voyeur in this world -- Tallman's power of poetry-in-prose pulls you in to experience it all yourself. It is impossible to read this book and not feel changed, and the obligatory moralizing of most books in this genre is refreshingly absent. Like the book's protagonist, I gave up the struggle early on, and let myself ride the rich seduction that Tallman offers. An unforgettable experience.
4 - A reviewer, A reviewer, 10/11/2006 - Kristy Tallman is the next Clive Barker! -- Kristy Tallman is the kind of author I have been waiting for as a fan of true horror. The All-Soul's Faire is a high-impact, genuinely rare page-turner. Once I started reading, I absolutely COULD NOT put it down! I ended up reading the entire book in about six hours. The story is darkly mesmerizing, and twistedly enthralling, drawing the reader into the intimately pleasing, yet devilish plot. The characters are crisp and vivid, unlike other novels, which boast only two-dimensional, cardboard-stand-ups. This is the best book I've read since Mark Frost's The List of 7. Following the discovery of a ritualistically murdered girl, into whose stomach has been carved a pentagram, with a severed goat's head protruding from it, Detective Cole Bryant is taken on a journey into dark fantasy and sinful desire where he will learn more about himself and the underworld than he ever imagined possible. The All-Soul's Faire is extremely creative, wickedly original, and is definitely not predictable. It would appear as if I have found a new favorite author. The All-Soul's Faire is a force to be reckoned with! I recommend it as highly as I can possibly recommend anything! -- J. Pinkerton, Blood Banquet Studios
5 - Remember When You Used To Check Under The Bed At Night...?, August 12, 2007 - By Apex Reviews (New York, USA) - See all my reviewsWhat small town doesn't have homespun rumors and superstitions about its own dark, seedy underbelly? Uncovered layers of secrets masking sinister acts the likes of which would lead one to question the very existence of God - for how could He truly exist if such vile, pure evil is allowed to run wild and unchecked? Staring at the severed head of a goat placed snugly within the bowels of a petrified teenage corpse, Detective Cole Bryant begins to wonder the exact same thing... And that's just the beginning. The seemingly ritualistic murder of young Lisa Hicks sets off a series of increasingly bizarre events in the small town of Clifton Forge, each one threatening to unravel the web of lies and deceit within which the town's legacy rests. As more and more corpses are found, their deaths make less and less sense to Cole, who's left to wonder why, for some strange reason, everyone seems to know more than they're willing to say. Ultimately, his unflinching determination to know more leads him to the fabled North Mountain, source of the town's diabolical mystique, where the fate of countless lives hang in the balance - including that of Cole himself. The All-Soul's Faire is a disturbingly compelling tale that reads much like a snuff film: despite how guilty it makes you feel to watch it, each new turn of the page fills you with a strangely satisfying curiosity. A master at framing the visual with words, Tallman's jarring depictions of ghouls and apparitions are so vivid that - despite your wishes to the contrary - you'll find them lingering with you long after you've put the book down. In fact, they'll haunt you to the point where, when you're all alone late at night, you'll remember all those old ghost stories told over S'mores on campfire-lit nights and wish you had never heard them. No matter how searing the imagery she employs, though, the true power of Tallman's mind-bending tale lies in leaving you to wonder about the very nature of sin itself: when confronted with unmitigated temptation, do our base desires force us to act - or do they simply free us to do so? In keeping with that theme, Cole's quest for truth is actually a metaphor for the "missions" that fill our own everyday lives: despite our burning desire to know more, that very desire often leaves us unprepared to handle the truth about the very things we seek to find. As thrilling as Koontz or Barker, and as suspenseful as Hitchcock at his best, The All-Soul's Faire is a delicious soliloquy to the world of horror that begs an encore.
6 - AWSOME BOOK!!!!, June 5, 2007 - By Heidi Thompson "Heidi" (USA) - See all my reviews I am a fan of mystery and horror books, this book is truly one of the best and I have read many. Kristy Tallman, is a true author in her right, her book i could not put down until i finished it. Can't wait for a sequel or another book!!!!! I encourage everyone, to buy and read this book. You will not be sorry. ~ Heidi
7 - Great Flow, June 1, 2007 - By Mike Wall "Author" - See all my reviews My hat is off to the author on this one. Is it true that poets make the best novelist? I think Kristy Tallman proves the answer is yes. Because of the author's rhythmic flow and great metrical harmony I found myself deeply rapped in this story. Her style gently painted images in my head that I will never forget. Watching Cole wade his way through the darkness cast by North Mountain was both exciting and erotic. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good fast paced thriller that is full of great imagery and greater emotions that the author presents in a fine fashion. Nice work, and I am looking forward to reading more from Kristy.
8 - Wednesday, October 25, 2006 - 9:56 AM THE ALL SOULS FAIR- A NOVEL BY KIRSTY TALLMAN The all souls fair By Kristy Tallman ~ Normally, I go into things expecting the worst, hoping for the best; I began reading the book with anticipation of a good read, I was not disappointed. From the very begging you're thrust into a time and place that is, as out of place as anything on the other side of the looking glass. And to my pleasure and horror I was drawn into the story, with out a sip of the shine being offered. In retrospect this may be the greatest part of the horror of the story, you go willingly into every vice and sin with out a second thought to what you're doing. I found not once but 5 times I had to stop reading just to get my bearings, to get my feet back under me, so I could continue.. I had too. The story is so compelling and disturbing that you will find yourselves reading it over and over again.. even now as I sit here writing this I glance over at the book and want to open it again, just one more sip will do and everything will be fine..
9 - Thanks for coming to Covington last weekend. Sorry it's taken a while to write, my computer died and I had to get a new one. It was very nice to meet you at the Bookkeeper. That was the first book signing I have ever been too. I saw the ad in the paper and thought it looked like a good book. I am so glad I got it. I started it last Sunday after I got home from Roanoke. I just intended on reading a little before I went to bed, and I ended up reading the whole book. Once I started there was no way I could put it down. I can't wait to read your next book. I hope you make this into a series. I think you left just enough loose ends that you could have a couple more books. Thanks again for talking, and for a wonderful book. By the way, you were right. Chapter 28, very hot. - Joe Sparks ~ Covington Area, VA
10- I received my copy form Kristy Tallman personally at a book signing in Richmond Virginia. She spoke of the book in such a way as to lure me into reading it immediately. After the second time reading this book am I prepared to give an opinion? The characters have a way of becoming familiar to the reader, like an old friend. I will admit that the beginning is predictable in that you see events unfold before the story does. It only lasts for a few chapters until every prediction the mind can assume fades to a story that will have the reader wondering what just happened. Every time you feel you have a handle on the story a new angle unfolds, sending the imagination into the darker side with an ending that leaves you wanting more, however unsure if you could handle it. This book is a classic back woods folk tale that will keep this city boy from straying too far into them mountains. ~ Richmond Area, VA
11 - Kristy, Hey! We met a Cucci's at your book signing. I read the whole thing in 1 day Lol. I could not put it down. I was really surprised at the end. I liked they way you ended the book and it was not a flowers and sunshine happy ending. I enjoyed the fact that you showed that given the chance sometimes people do bad things and let desire get in the way of morals. I cannot wait to read your next novel!! - Abby - Covington Area – VA
12 - Hi, Kristy - I bought your book at the Tattoo convention in Richmond Va. Wow this book was Spine tingling and dark. I had to work a 12 hour day read your book in 10 hrs of that shift. Could not put the book down. I'm from the area you wrote about so it was very interesting to have those area's so dark and sinister sounding. Makes you not want to drink Moonshine anytime soon. LOL!!!! Hope there will be more wonderful macabe works of writing to come soon. I look forward too it. ~Kimberly Hamilton
13 - Curled Up With A Good Book dot com - Sin, sex, backwoods morals and the supernatural all come together in a strange brew of a novel called The All-Soul's Faire, a chilling mystery with elements of dark magick that will keep you guessing until the end.Author Kristy Tallman writes about the backwoods of the Appalachian Mountain country of Virginia with skill, and so she should, having lived there and fallen prey to the mountain mystique. In The All-Soul's Faire, she deftly combines horror and crime suspense with some truly shocking elements involving deep dark secrets held by the enigmatic Hicks family, a family associated with the Devil himself.Detective Cole Bryant is the likeable protagonist saddled with the job of discovering who is behind a series of brutal, ritualistic murders of young people in the North Mountain area, a region said to be cursed and full of legend and lore. Bryant hooks up with a lovely medical examiner named Janice, but before their love can blossom, he finds himself drawn closer to a magnetic backwoods man and his two beautiful daughters who are not what they seem to be on the surface.Tallman combines descriptive scenes with solid dialog and intrigue that moves the story to the stunning, unexpected conclusion. The sex scenes are on-the-edge, and the supernatural underpinnings make this one spooky novel that will haunt you. But it's the spell of the characters that most draw you into this story of sin and evil and the dark side of desire. You might even find yourself, when the story is over, asking that all-important question: What would you do?Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. ©Marie D. Jones 2007
14 - Kristy . . .Just finished The All-Soul's Faire. I can't believe that evil could come from a pixie like you (don't hit me). Am I going to plug it? Hell yeah.One of the best things about being a writer is that you meet other writers and you tend to swap stuff. That was the case a couple of times in Toronto. I was partying on . . . not sure what night, but I do recall a beer bottle sticking out of the front of my pants (my way of transporting alcohol from one party to another) and sitting on the floor trading books with Kristy Tallman (she was on a chair).Anywho - I like fun people (Kristy is) and I also like fun books. What the heck does that mean? For me, when it comes to horror, it's got to creep me out a little. It should also have a story I can follow and an ending that sort of surprises me (I'm good at guessing outcomes). This is a fun book.John Paul Allen is the Author of Gifted Trust
15 - Papageorgiou Vasilis, songwriter and producer shot a review all the way from Greece! Review: YOU ARE THE TOP KRISTY !THE HORROR IN YOUR BOOK HEALS UP MY SOUL ... FINALY! GREETINGS FROM GREECE , MY SPACEFRIEND ...
16 - Review from Dan Carmichael - Richmond, VA ~ The backwoods of the Virginian mountains are not as peaceful as they seem. Kristy Tallman's "The All Soul's Faire" follows the investigation of the brutal and bizarre murders at North mountain and Det. Bryant discovers that an ancient evil lives, not only in these backwoods but within himself as well. With a sense of mystery reminiscent of Lovecraft and the exploration of our own dark desires like Barker,Tallman has written one of the best new horror books I have read in the past few years.
17- Kristy Tallman has created a unique genre of her own with her tale THE ALL SOULS FAIRE!More reminiscent of a spine tingling yarn being spun by one's Great Grandmother on a dark Summer Night!She creatively blends age old Rural Folklore into the daily lives of contemporary Appalachian people, having them examine their own beliefs, fears, and desires!Tallman's endearing characters (good and evil) and uniquely believable story will have you SOAR through each page yearning for more! Set a night aside, you will not put this book down !!! ~ Jay Butler - Reader, Richmond, Va.
18 - Okay, you've robbed me of a night's sleep! I couldn't stop reading The All-Soul's Faire until I finished. You've managed to grab just enough of who/what we're about in the "hills" to make me start looking around at a select number of friends...ha ha.
19 - Excellent read. ~Review~This is my own opinion. You are very talented, and creative. The simple minded editor can not fathom the creativity of your book. This person would not know a great book if he/she was knocked in the head with it! Keep up what your doing, and I can not wait until your next book! Have a great day!
20- Hello Kristy, I love your book. Keep up the good work. ~ CHETOPA
21- MySpace Friend - *Rock Star* ~ "Finally read All-Souls Faire and have to say I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and couldn't wait to turn the pages!! Most definitely awesome!! Can't wait for the new books. Thanx for such a great read!! Wish there were more pages." - Bobby C - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
22 - Aug 27, 2007 7:16 PM ~ Hey kristy ~ Okay, so the next time U tell your readers/fans to NOT read a book at night before going to bed - mmm, I think I 'might' listen!! OMG ~ The All-Soul's Faire is one freaky book! But of course, it's a page turner & hard to put down ~ I enjoyed the Faire & think you should join me in just one more shot :P be blessed my friend - cre8tiveone
23 - She exhibits the talents of a young writer with a heart driven to make you afraid...Nicholas Grabowsky, Horror Fiction Author
24 - Don't wait to buy this book, read it, share its charm with your friends and help them find their way to the all souls fair...The story is so compelling and disturbing that you will find yourselves reading it over and over again.. Even now as I sit here writing this I glance over at the book and want to open it again, just one more sip will do and everything will be fine.. ~ L.A. Nantz A Reader from Michigan.
25 - For all you freaky horror fanatics, The All-Soul's Faire is a must!!...Nicole Wronek Author of Decaying Roots
26 - One hell (just about literally) of a tale....Issy Paradox - Reader in Lititz, PA
27 - This book is a classic back woods folk tale that will keep this city boy from straying too far into them mountains...Steve - Reader - Richmond, VA
28 - Once I started there was no way I could put it down. I cant wait to read your next book. I hope you make this into a series. I think you left just enough loose ends that you could have a couple more books. Thanks again for talking, and for a wonderful book. By the way, you were right. Chapter 28, very hot....Joseph Sparks, Reader - Covington Area – VA
29 - Finally read All-Souls Faire and have to say I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and couldn't wait to turn the pages!! Most definitely awesome!! Can't wait for the new books. Thanx for such a great read!! Wish there were more pages. - Bobby C - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
30 - I've got two favorite horror books that I'm keeping with me till the day I die, "The Hellbound Heart" by Clive Barker and your book "The All-Soul's Faire". I haven't read a book that I liked so much in a long time. You've got a fan for life now, Ms. Kristy. - Brian Hunsaker, Richmond VA Reader.
31 - From its gripping opening paragraph to its shocking conclusion, The All-Soul's Faire is a deliciously frightening tale. Fast, powerful, and completely seductive, it's a gripping combination of a morality tale and supernatural detective story. Kristy's elegant writing has given us an unsettling glimpse into human desire that will leave you panting for more and praying for your soul. The future of horror has a new name, its name is Kristy Tallman.–Dave Jensen Author of The Conjuring