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An insidious stranger impossible to resistPublished to wide acclaim in 1976 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 gripp view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler

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Ing 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 year 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 small town of Harlowe in New Hampshire They live a hard life with minimal mod cons no proper bathroom having to heat water on the stove to wash living off the produce of their landThen we meet Perly Duns He rocks up into town and charms the locals with his big plans It starts off with a couple of auctions If everyone can donate a few things the money raised at auction can go to fund the pretty much non existent local police force But before they know it things get out of hand and as accidents happen they are unable to say noThis is an excellently written novel Bleak and filled with dread and helplessness It says a lot about American values and the American way Owning land and having a home with your family is seen as not only a goal but also a right It deals with themes of small town community and politics mob mentality progress versus tradition The story went to a couple of places that I wasn t expecting and I thought the ending was perfectly fitting

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Harrowing tensions explode in a series of events that could happen anywhere to anyone just as they do to John Moore whose days of freedom run out who is stripped of his possessions his courage and his hopes by the ominous presence of 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 espousing the natural beauty of the community he is mostly regarded as a man a few slices short of a full loaf Most of the people in Harlowe have been on the land for many generations and for most of the year they exist at a sustainable level They are poor and don t know it They raise a lot of their own food and trade for what they don t have They are salt of the earth people suspicious of strangers and content with what they have When Perly decides to start having a regular auction every week there are snorts of laughter and several shaking heads over this fool from out of town thinking he could make money in Harlowe Perly decides that the first auctions should be held as a benefit to add a deputy to the police force Deputy They barely needed a sheriff Well there was that person hacked up not too long ago but then that crime must have been committed by a stranger passing through town right Because no one around here would kill someoneThe sheriff comes around looking for donations stuff that people aren t using anyway Everybody pitches in because no one wants to be seen as not helping the community and everyone ends up with a check after the auction Cash money is as scarce as hen s teeth Then there is an auction to help the volunteer firemen Perly puts advertisements in papers as far away as Boston for people to come to the auction And people comePerly doesn t seem to be as crazy as everyone thinks John and Mim Moore have a four year old daughter named Hildie John s mother lives with them Several generations of Moore s are buried up on the hill resting under poison oak and the dust of many seasons They clean out the barn of all the stuff they aren t using anyway for the auctions and then the attic Every week the Sheriff sometimes accompanied by the honey worded Perly stops by to see if there is to be contributed The weekly contribution is becoming something than voluntary Does it mean so much to you I know the pleasures of a dressing table to a good looking woman But there are other things better schools for Hildie year round church ready cash comfortsI know what I want Mim could not move without flailing out at the man and making him back off and she trembled from the effort of suppressing her need to do so Comfort he said almost fiercely You ve never known much comfort have you Mim Mim raised her eyes to Perly s blue and defiantPerly dropped his gaze to Mim s hands pressed flat and angry against the wall behind her Slowly he raised his eyes to Mim s again his face curling into lines of pleasure perhaps of triumph You and I will have to get together someday Mim he said I admire a woman with grit Then with his own glittering stillness he held Mim motionless against the wall while the clock in the kitchen chimed over and over again When she dropped her eyes he moved uietly away I wanted to share this scene because it conveys the simmering menacing uneasiness that permeates the whole novel Perly keeps adding and deputies who are really just there to keep the contributions coming for the auctions People give and give and give until all they have left is the land and Perly has plans for that as well There are so many points in the novel where I wanted the Moore s to make a stand To push back but when others in the community push back unfortunate misadventures happen to them Everyone has families and having families makes it natural for strong men to be afraid It almost seems implausible the level of control that Perly achieves over this community but it is so gradual that by the time people realize how bad it is it is almost too late I kept thinking to myself where is my line in the sand Where do I make my stand and say no How do I do that and keep my family safe Joan SamsonThere is very little to share about Joan Samson unfortunately She passed away shortly after the publication of The Auctioneer from cancer She was 39 years old and was working on a second novel If she had lived there was a good chance that she would have surpassed the work of Shirley Jackson or at least be mentioned in the same sentence as the famous gothic horror writer This book has fallen into obscurity but like other novels I ve reviewed on Goodreads a perfect example being Mortal Leap by MacDonald Harris I m simply not going to let this book stay a lost novel It is a wonderful example of gothic horror with superb writing that will make you feel the mounting terror as options for these good people shrink to the size of a mustard seed If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, up not too long ago but then that crime must have been committed by a stranger passing through town right Because no one around here would kill someoneThe sheriff comes around looking for donations stuff that people aren t One for My Baby using anyway Everybody pitches in because no one wants to be seen as not helping the community and everyone ends Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, up with a check after the auction Cash money is as scarce as hen s teeth Then there is an auction to help the volunteer firemen Perly puts advertisements in papers as far away as Boston for people to come to the auction And people comePerly doesn t seem to be as crazy as everyone thinks John and Mim Moore have a four year old daughter named Hildie John s mother lives with them Several generations of Moore s are buried We up on the hill resting The Moon Platoon (Space Runners, under poison oak and the dust of many seasons They clean out the barn of all the stuff they aren t The Echo (The Anomaly Quartet, using anyway for the auctions and then the attic Every week the Sheriff sometimes accompanied by the honey worded Perly stops by to see if there is to be contributed The weekly contribution is becoming something than voluntary Does it mean so much to you I know the pleasures of a dressing table to a good looking woman But there are other things better schools for Hildie year round church ready cash comfortsI know what I want Mim could not move without flailing out at the man and making him back off and she trembled from the effort of suppressing her need to do so Comfort he said almost fiercely You ve never known much comfort have you Mim Mim raised her eyes to Perly s blue and defiantPerly dropped his gaze to Mim s hands pressed flat and angry against the wall behind her Slowly he raised his eyes to Mim s again his face curling into lines of pleasure perhaps of triumph You and I will have to get together someday Mim he said I admire a woman with grit Then with his own glittering stillness he held Mim motionless against the wall while the clock in the kitchen chimed over and over again When she dropped her eyes he moved The Asset (Wounded Warrior uietly away I wanted to share this scene because it conveys the simmering menacing Shadow of Doubt (Newpointe 911, uneasiness that permeates the whole novel Perly keeps adding and deputies who are really just there to keep the contributions coming for the auctions People give and give and give Amazing Discoveries That Unlock the Bible until all they have left is the land and Perly has plans for that as well There are so many points in the novel where I wanted the Moore s to make a stand To push back but when others in the community push back The Ruminator unfortunate misadventures happen to them Everyone has families and having families makes it natural for strong men to be afraid It almost seems implausible the level of control that Perly achieves over this community but it is so gradual that by the time people realize how bad it is it is almost too late I kept thinking to myself where is my line in the sand Where do I make my stand and say no How do I do that and keep my family safe Joan SamsonThere is very little to share about Joan Samson Infamous unfortunately She passed away shortly after the publication of The Auctioneer from cancer She was 39 years old and was working on a second novel If she had lived there was a good chance that she would have surpassed the work of Shirley Jackson or at least be mentioned in the same sentence as the famous gothic horror writer This book has fallen into obscurity but like other novels I ve reviewed on Goodreads a perfect example being Mortal Leap by MacDonald Harris I m simply not going to let this book stay a lost novel It is a wonderful example of gothic horror with superb writing that will make you feel the mounting terror as options for these good people shrink to the size of a mustard seed If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


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” W

  2. says:

    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 auctioneer Taking over a recently available old mansion in town due to the death of the previous ow

  3. says:

    A brief bestseller when it debuted in 1975 Joan Samson’s The Auctioneer has been totally forgotten Sites like Will Erric

  4. says:

    45 starsTHE AUCTIONEER by Joan Samson was first issued in 1976 This new edition released by Valancourt Books in 2

  5. says:

    What happens when good people do nothingA 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

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  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    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 small town of Harlowe in New Ham

  9. says:

    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 p

  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 sayin’“We’re having an auction” Now pony up some stuff All of it I listened to this on audio and it was great Matt Godfrey is uickly becoming one of my favorite narrators The dude has serious sk

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