Another bestselling title unknown and forgotten to the general public today, but which gets spoken of with much awe and respect by genre fans, is The Search for Joseph Tully Creating an inescapable mood of wintry dread hanging over a soon to be demolished historical apartment building in a disused part of Brooklyn, author William H Hallahan skillfully brings together two disparate stories in a frigid climax of suggestive 70s horror Its use of seances, hypnosis, medieval occult thought, and Catholic heresy dates it enjoyably, its genealogical research angle iseffective than anyone would think, and Hallahan s smooth spare style gives you just enough detail to let your imagination do some work Sure, modern horror fiction fans might find it too spare and too tame, might find that it doesn t give the goods except in tiny measured doses at too distant intervals A supernatural horror tale Pretty good read Started a bit slow, after the opening scene, but it became a page turner about halfway through Little bit of a genealogy detective as Willow tried to find Tully A bit of mysticism thrown in with seances and tarot card readings And horror of a guy that is haunted with whoosh sound Is he insane A conspiracy Have to wait until the end to find out I liked it This is without a doubt the most fun read I ve had all year This is a fairly short novel, coming in around 60,000 words, written in a clipped, almost pulp noir style and yet it has a thicker atmosphere than novels twice its length. The story follows two different, converging pathsThe first is a gritty urban plot about an old apartment building in Brooklyn that is slated for the wrecking ball In the midst of a cold winter the tenants watch the surrounding neighborhood being slowly demolished and they leave one by one, leaving the tenant Peter Richardson increasingly alone Peter is becoming convinced he s losing his mind, or is haunted by an unseen force in the ancient building. The other plotline follows a British genealogical researcher M Page by page, Hallahan rams implosive power into his book which finally explodes in a climax that has no peer in modern literature for absolute terror The Cleveland Press Super shocker Robert Bloch As horrifying as anything you ll read for a long time The Detroit PressReading these hyperbolic quotes that adorn the front and back of The Search for Joseph Tully, one would think they had gotten their hands on the most frightening horror novel of all time Alas, I have learned yet again never to trust book jacket blurbs The authors of these quotes were either two years old and unaccustomed to anything scarier than The Sesame Street Halloween special, or they were paid off I m leaning toward the latter It is hard for me to believe that anyone could be horrified by The Search for Joseph Tully Bored, yes mildly surprised by the ending, sure But outright terrified How It is not un , , , , ,,, ,70 , ,, , , , , ,, , , , , , , , , , ,5 25 1 2010, 4. 5 5 stars Very disturbing mystery thriller Perfect for reading on a cold winter afternoons. Superb And Atmospheric Novel, First Published InTo Widespread Critical Acclaim, Is A Harrowing Story Of Revenge, Alienation, Genealogy, History, And The Occult Set In An Isolated Apartment Complex Targeted For Destruction In A Gloomy Section Of Brooklyn, It Is One Of The Finest Horror Novels Ever Written, Drenched With Superbly Drawn Characters, Symbolism And Fear Right Up To Its Shocking FinaleWith A New Introduction By TM Wright And A New [ Pdf The Search for Joseph Tully ↠´ childrens PDF ] by William H. Hallahan ¸ Afterword By The Author Each Of TheCopies Is Signed By William H Hallahan And TM Wright ☆ The Search for Joseph Tully ☆ Gripping, well written old school chiller diller from the 70s, notable for its exceptionally bleak, wintry atmosphere and overwhelming sense of encroaching doom Builds to a scary climax, and the author knows just when turn off all the lights, metaphorically speaking. M Hal Not as good as expected.
About The Author
William H. Hallahan
William Henry Hallahan was an American writer, best known for his two occult novels, The Search for Joseph Tully and The Keeper of the Children.Mr Hallahan started in the advertising business and stayed in the business for most of his adult life, but in 1971 with the publication of his first novel, The Dead of Winter, he began a second career as a writer Over the next seventeen years he would wr