[PDF / Epub] ✎ The Night Class ☂ Tom Piccirilli – Livre-game-of-thrones.co

The Night Class summary The Night Class, series The Night Class, book The Night Class, pdf The Night Class, The Night Class 8b1e96efea The College Winter Break Is Over, And Caleb Prentiss Faces Yet Another Semester Of Higher Education Struggling With Alcoholism And Frustrated By His Irrelevant Classes, Cal Seeks Solace In The Arms Of His Scholastic Conscious Girlfriend And In Somnambulistic Conversation With A Mystifying College Radio DJBut Cal S Ennui Is Shattered When He Discovers Evidence Of A Murder Which Occurred In His Room Over The Christmas Recess Obsessed With Unearthing The Particulars Of This Gruesome And Haunting Event, Cal Wanders Down The Grotesque Hallowed Halls Of A University Gone MadRun Ins With The Two Hard Nosed Campus Security Guards, Relationship Hurdles With Both Friends And Lovers, And Enigmatic Signals From The Dean S Icily Eminent Wife Force Caleb To Question His Place In The Bizarre Night Classes Of Higher EducationEven As He Gets Ever Closer To The Truth, Caleb Is Plagued By The Supernatural Occurrence Known As Stigmata His Hands Bleed In Imitation Of The Wounds Of Christ Whenever Someone Close To Him DiesAnd Cal S Hands Are Bleeding A Lot These Days


10 thoughts on “The Night Class

  1. says:

    This surreal, somewhat confusing novel didn t push my horror book buttons Piccirilli doused the present story with frequent flashback bits this only works when done sparingly, and so it didn t work here University life is always challenging, but for this character, it s unreal Half the time I really didn t know what was going on There were some awkward shifts in scenes and sequence Caleb has his hands full being preoccupied with the mystery of a dead girl no one brings up, memories of his sister s suicide, consulting a strange friend who is a sleeping prophet, all while unraveling bizarre actions of the university leads Really the story sounds quite good with it s summary lots going on to mess with the mind and keep interesting but it just doesn t do that.The beginning stands as the best part as things unravel, but the middle grew sluggish as it was pulled into too many confusing directions, topped with going back and forth between memories and different shifts of reality The ending starts to conclude with a decently solid wrap up betrayal, but then ruins it all by an ending that s supposed to stand as an ironic twist it doesn t deliver.Caleb is likeable enough clearly troubled and it grows worse because of the bizarre university life Why was he considered so special The stigmata is cool but nothing comes of it besides it being there, letting him know when someone died I just don t get his connection with the teacher he hates and what he s seeing beneath the layers Perhaps if I could grasp the book better, I d have enjoyed it .Overall I ll have to slap a failing grad on The Night Class It dares to be different kudos for that I generally like surreal stories, but this one is so surreal it just loses connection It s hard to care much about a story that shifts this much The writing style made it easy to read and quick to finish although the irrelevant song and poetry lyrics weren t welcome , but that s not enough to save it.


  2. says:

    Several years back I read Tom Piccirilli s Dead Letters, and gave it a negative review It was the only thing I d ever read by him, and for some reason his mixture of horror and noir just didn t click for me I may have to revisit that book, because I loved his Bram Stoker award winner, The Night Class Interestingly, as the book came to a close, I went from thinking the dominant influences of Poe Tell Tale Heart and Shakespeare Macbeth Out damned spot had shifted, with the big influence being, if anything, Jim Thompson So much so Piccirilli clearly knows the genre , that I ve also added this book on my crime noir shelf Lines, of course, blur with the various genres One could easily make the argument that The Killer Inside Me is also a horror novel And as someone said, horror is not so much a genre but an emotion For all of that, I ll just simply say that The Night Class is one hell of a book The Night Class tells the story of Caleb Prentiss, a senior college student struggling to hang on Caleb is a binge drinker, and he has a horrible past, one where he witnessed his sister s suicide On top of that, upon his return to school after break, he finds that a girl has been murdered in his dorm room while he was away No one wants to talk about it, and Prentiss, haunted and drunk, sees blood on the walls, his hands as stigmata , while hearing the voices of his sister and the murdered girl Picirrilli s depiction of Prentiss disoriented state of mind here is outstanding, creating an oppressive and surreal atmosphere that feels like you re caught in a David Lynch movie and we know how creepy that can be People say and do weird things, but can you trust Caleb s account The setting, a college, really adds to the horror If you were less than thrilled with your college days, this book is for you Friends cannot be trusted, while the teachers and the administration seem connected to something shadowy and controlling I ll say no about the story because I don t want to reveal too much Piccirilli is probably one of the literary horror writers I ve run across in some time It s pulp, but very thoughtful pulp, the influences see above are incorporated seamlessly, and never feel tacked on in a name dropping Look What I ve Read sort of way Piccirrilli strikes me as a pro, and I intend to read by him Highly recommended 5 within genre stars.


  3. says:

    Humanities student Caleb Prentiss is haunted by the tragic suicide of his sister and the bizarre stigmata that occurs whenever someone close to him dies But even horrific and inexplicable is the truth behind the death of a fellow student, found dead on the Christmas break, in his dorm room But even as Cal struggles with the ghosts of past and present, he discovers something even sinister than a killer on campus And his mind, body, and soul may be what s at risk next.Surreal, haunting and horrific, Piccirilli writes with an almost blazing and lyrical intensity that s both startling and disturbing, peeling back layers with the deft skill of a master surgeon While not for the casual reader perhaps, he is certainly one of the most uniquely best Piccirilli recently passed away from a long battle with cancer, but he wrote extensively in the horror and crime noir genres, as well as a couple westerns.Highly recommended.


  4. says:

    Tough book to rate because the style is so unique Parts of the plot were quite vague and left me feeling like some things went over my head I can understand why the book is award winning and enjoyed it quite a bit, but I do wish it had been accessible.


  5. says:

    Wow, this wasn t anything like I thought it would be I expected some campus slasher novel and got this crazy amazing psychological novel dressed up as a horror story I m not sure where to start Anyway, Tom s experiences in college must have been pretty bad to create this nightmare of academia Imagine academia as one big putrid conspiracy theory.Caleb Prentiss has had it with prancing professors and finally loses it in class But it isn t just the teachers that are putting the pressure on Caleb, see his parents are dead, he s living in his redneck girlfriends backyard shed over winter break, his sister, the nun, committed suicide in front of him when he was a little kid, and a girl got whacked in his dorm room over winter break and they didn t catch the guy or clean up the mess very well And then things get really bad By the end so many bad things have happened to poor Caleb that he s pretty much circling the drain He d like to quit school but I m betting he doesn t make it the six hours it will take to drop out Enough paranoia to make you look over your own shoulder, especially if you are in college.No way are you going to figure out where this is going so it becomes a page turner Picirilli s prose is dense and wavy, lush with metaphor and palpably sensuous Except for Caleb most of the characters are two dimensional leading to a somewhat melodramatic feel to the whole thing at times This isn t a problem, lots of good books have these good and evil type characters that we only see one side of It makes the flip flop dramatic I loved it I think this is rated so low because most people don t get what is really going on here I guess they are expecting a slasher or a werewolf on campus thingy and not some psychological dread paranoia hopelessness novel.I ve got to check out of Piccirilli s stuff since this is my first brush with him.


  6. says:

    This book was somewhat of a disappointment considering how much I liked Piccirilli s The Last Kind Words It s well written, and the basic plot is interesting, but Piccirilli simply fails to execute on this I like a cerebral horror story as much as the next person but this book went over the top, with characters acting in bizarre and unnecessary ways and saying non sensicle things which didn t serve to help the story at all The resolution was an intersting concept but explained in such a bizarre and confusing way that it lost any intended effect Piccirilli needed to tone down the dream like way in which the story unfolds and just have the plot play out naturally, which I think could have worked effectively Lots of promise that was never delivered.


  7. says:

    The first half of this book was great It had me hooked I thought I was in for something amazing Unfortunately the second half fell short I was quickly disappointed and probably won t be reading any from Piccirilli This is my second novel from him and the writing is superb but the style is surreal and vague, leaving much to the imagination He almost strikes me as someone who would do better writing dark poetry 3 stars for me.


  8. says:

    1.5 stars I have little patience for books that use a lot of poetry quotes or song lyrics when they re not extremely relevant Add to that a plot that made NO sense and a lot of incoherent writing, and this book was really not so good.


  9. says:

    4.5


  10. says:

    First off I loved the writing style in this one evocative, literate, and language driven And fun The writer had fun with this and that makes it a fun read, too A genre bender Horror, crime noir, comedic I was expecting a slasher attack, or a werewolf or other creature, maybe even vampires, heck I didn t know what to expect but expected something along those lines What we have here, however, is psychological horror Think Poe Caleb Prentiss might be insane or he might just be on a binge, but he most certainly is a deranged Poe ian character Piccirilli kept shifting back and forth in the narration between Caleb and Cal, sometimes in sequential sentences so that I kept expecting we were dealing with a split personality, but that did not materialize At least I don t think it did He does have stigmata And that is the most overt horror aspect of this novel Don t want to give away any plot details Just dig in and enjoy the wild ride.


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