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&DOWNLOAD BOOK ⇜ The Night Class ↸ 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 scholasticconscious 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 madRunins with the two hardnosed 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. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* 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 b...

  2. Steve Steve 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 s...

  3. Chris Chris 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 more 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 more 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. Andy Andy 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 more accessible.

  5. Bill Bill says:

    The meaty stench of blood stains beneath the fresh paint.

    Pretty much sums up my 7 years of Junior College.

    Well...maybe not.

  6. Gatorman Gatorman 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. Addy Addy 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 more 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. Beth Beth 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. Randolph Randolph 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 ...

  10. Steven Steven 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.