As Hallowe’en draws near, 10-year-old Bridget Anne, nicknamed Dragonfly, hears unearthly noises drifting up from the basement of her Uncle Henry’s funeral home. Impetuously jumping down a laundry chute to satisfy her curiosity, Dragonfly finds herself in the subterranean land of Harvest Moon, where morning never comes, where autumn leaves never desert the trees – for it is constantly Hallowe’en night.

Threading her way through this perilous realm of monsters, vampires, werewolves, and worse, Dragonfly must find a way to rescue the human children imprisoned by Harvest Moon’s dark masters – and to thwart an invasion of the surface world.


“At heart this is an old-fashioned tale of good vs. evil made distinctive by its roots in childhood fears and its gothic scenery, like a quirky campire story made large, or a warper celebration of Halloween.”


“Perhaps the most interesting volume published recently by Arkham House is DRAGONFLY […] As a horror-fantasy amalgam, DRAGONFLY is a marked success. Durbin is gifted with a prodigious fantastic imagination […] the verve, panache, and assurance with which DRAGONFLY is written make us marvel that it could be a first novel; Durbin is a 'find' in whom Arkham House can rightly be proud.”

Weird Tales

“On the line with Clive Barker’s THE THIEF OF ALWAYS. One thing is for sure, it will change some of your thoughts about Halloween.”


“Fans of Lovecraft and other horror writers will quickly learn to relish the name of Durbin […] hours of enjoyable reading. An outstanding story packed with many unexpected twists and turns.”

The Bookwatch

“A lot of fun in many places.”

Science Fiction Chronicle

“A fine new book […] There are shards of profound beauty in this land of Harvest Moon.”


“A series of exciting and scary adventures in which the familiar tropes of the horror genre (vampires, werewolves, ghoulish creatures, sentient shadows) are used in clever and surprising ways […] The protagonists find some very surprising and interesting allies as well. I’m glad I was willing to give this one a try because it was so imaginative and rich in atmosphere–creating suspense, not relying on gross-outs and gore, which here were kept to tolerable minimum. This is a perfect book for the Halloween season (think of an even more twisted version of A Nightmare Before Christmas) and worth a try for something different and for those delightful chills up the spine you get from a great suspense yarn!”


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