Bad Things

Reprinted Edition

The Piper clan emigrated from Scotland and founded the town of Santo Verde, California. The Gothic Victorian estate built there has housed the family for generations, and has also become home to an ancient evil forever linked to the Piper name. . .

As a boy, Rick Piper discovered he had "the sight." It was supposed to be a family myth, but Rick could see the greenjacks--the tiny mischievous demons who taunted him throughout his childhood--and who stole the soul of his twin brother Robin one Halloween night.

Now a widower with two children of his own, Rick has returned home to build a new life. He wants to believe the greenjacks don't exist, that they were a figment of his own childish fears and the vicious torment he suffered at the hands of his brother. But he can still see and hear them, and they haven't forgotten that Rick escaped them so long ago. And this time, they don't just want Rick. This time they want his children. . .

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By Robert (Brunswick, OH) · ★★★★☆ · January 23, 2008
Tamara Thorne, Bad Things (Pinnacle, 1994)

I had thought the "classic" horror novel was dead. All the good stuff in the last decade or so has been splatterpunk, ecohorror, the horror of absence, and the like. The fine, atmospheric horror novel with one of the classic buggity-boos has been relegate... ...more
By Jessica (Elyria, OH) · ★★★★☆ · October 06, 2012
A classic horror story. Very enjoyable from beginning to end! ...more
By Malorie (The United States) · ★★★★★ · June 07, 2012
The Piper clan emigrated from Scotland and founded the town of Santo Verde, California. The Gothic Victorian estate built there has housed the family for generations, and has also become home to an ancient evil forever linked to the Piper name....



As a boy, Rick Piper discovered he had "the sight"... ...more
By Jonathan (King George, VA) · ★★★★★ · December 23, 2013
“Bad Things” by Tamara Thorne was certainly off the beaten trail for me. It deals with the ability of Rick Piper (an inherited ability) to see little human-like creatures called greenjacks, who generally frolic in the grass and trees and are usually working sinister deeds. Every Halloween, they a... ...more
By Thomas (Stockholm, 11666, Sweden) · ★★★★☆ · March 30, 2015
With the 'greenjacks' of 'Bad Things', Tamara Thorne has successfully created beings that feels both classic (reminiscent of leprechauns and the like and you do well to hide from them on Halloween of all times :-)) and at the same time are something new.

The story starts in the early 70's, when a... ...more
By Rose (Concord, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · January 15, 2008
My least favorite subject in books or movies is hauntings. However, this one was pretty good. I liked my characters and there was a certain amount of fun involved. It didn't seem to take itself too seriously. ...more
By alicia (Schaumburg, IL) · ★★★★☆ · December 12, 2007
I loved this book and found a new horror author I just love.This story was just so good. ...more
By Leslie (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · July 26, 2010
Awesome book

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By Craig (Toronto, ON, Canada) · ★★★★☆ · January 25, 2014
Thorne tackles an interesting lore that`s so fresh and original (it`s the only book I could find on the horror shelf that didn`t have vampires or zombies or both, so it`s a real treat). Develops great relationships between the characters and then sometimes twists them in a dark direction. Thorne... ...more
By Dee (Grand Coulee, WA) · ★★★☆☆ · February 04, 2014
I put this book down several times to read something else - had a hard time getting through the first half but enjoyed the last half - will read more from this author ...more