Blackstone Chronicles

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The Blackstone Chronicles Omnibus
Blackstone Chronicles bookcover.jpg
Hardcover edition
Author John Saul
Country  United States
Language English
Genre Thriller Horror novel
Media type Print
Pages 544
ISBN 0-449-00192-X (Omnibus Edition)

The Blackstone Chronicles is a serialized novel by American horror and suspense author John Saul. The series consists of six installments and takes place in a fictional New Hampshire town called Blackstone. The series has been adapted into both a computer game and graphic novel.

Plot[edit]

The Blackstone Chronicles follows the lives of several people in the fictional town of Blackstone, New Hampshire. An uninhabited asylum was set to be demolished for a new shopping mall, only for the funding to be withdrawn at the last moment. The series follows a different character each chapter as they receive a "gift" from an anonymous source and the terrible things that happen to the recipient (or those around them) shortly thereafter. The books also follow the character of Oliver Metcalf, editor of the local paper, who had previously grew up on the asylum's grounds and suspects that a single source is behind each of the tragedies that befall the gifts' recipients. The final novel reveals the connection between the various objects and the identity of the mysterious gift-giver.

Publication Details[edit]

  1. An Eye for an Eye: The Doll Publisher: Fawcett Books (December 28, 1996) Paperback 82 pages ISBN 0-449-22781-2
  2. Twist of Fate: The Locket Publisher: Fawcett Books (January 29, 1997) Paperback 86 pages ISBN 0-449-22784-7
  3. Ashes to Ashes: The Dragon's Flame Publisher: Fawcett Books (February, 1997) Paperback 86 pages
  4. In the Shadow of Evil : The Handkerchief Publisher: Fawcett Books (March 30, 1997) Paperback 96 pages ISBN 0-449-22788-X
  5. Day of Reckoning: The Stereoscope Publisher: Fawcett Books (1997) Paperback 84 pages ISBN 0-449-22789-8
  6. Asylum Publisher: Fawcett Books (June 1997) Paperback  ? pages ISBN On February 28, 1998

The series was later reprinted in an omnibus edition as The Blackstone Chronicles : The Serial Thriller Complete in One Volume (ISBN 0-449-00192-X, 544 pages).

Blackstone Chronicles in other media[edit]

Computer game[edit]

John Saul's Blackstone Chronicles
Developer(s) Mindscape
Publisher(s) Legend Entertainment
Release date(s) 1998
Genre(s) Adventure game
Mode(s) Single Player

In 1998 Mindscape published a multimedia computer game developed by Legend Entertainment. The game, titled John Saul's Blackstone Chronicles: An Adventure in Terror, is a sequel to the novels and takes place several years after the sixth book. The game follows Oliver Metcalf (the main protagonist of the novels) as he attempts to find his missing son Joshua, who has been hidden somewhere in the Blackstone Asylum by Malcolm Metcalf, Oliver's seemingly dead father. The object of play is to rescue Joshua and uncover the elder Metcalf's agenda. Malcolm Metcalf was voiced by Henry Strozier.

Critical reception for the game was mixed to negative, with Game Spot giving the game a rating of 5.5 and writing "The Blackstone Chronicles isn't a bad game. It's just average to a fault".[1]

Graphic novel[edit]

In 2011 a graphic novel adaptation of John Saul's Blackstone Chronicles by Bluewater Productions was announced, with the first issue having a November 2011 release date.[2]

Miniseries[edit]

The Blackstone Chronicles was at one point licensed by ABC for a six-hour miniseries to air in 1998,[3][4] but plans for the TV adaptation fell through.

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Saul's Blackstone Chronicles Game Spot
  2. ^ JOHN SAUL'S BLACKSTONE CHRONICLES #1 Comic Book Resources
  3. ^ Boston Herald. TV PLUS Plugged In. Feb 23, 1997, p 4
  4. '^ Roush, Matt. Blackstone' serial a pretender to the King. USA Today. Apr 10, 1997. 05.D/LIFE.

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