Christopher Golden

Straight on 'til Morning by Christopher Golden


Straight on 'til Morning

"An imaginative and prodigious talent who never lets genre boundaries hold him back." -- Douglas Clegg, author of You Come When I Call You

It is the summer of 1981, the last three months of freedom for Kevin Murphy and his friends before they begin high school. The last chance to hang at the mall and goof off. And Kevin's last chance to confess his unrequited love for Nicole French.

But Nikki has a new boyfriend -- a rough eighteen-year-old named Pete Starling. Kevin knows Pete's no good for Nikki. And now Pete and his gang have taken Nikki away. To rescue her, Kevin and his friends must follow them into a land they were never even meant to know about. A life they cannot imagine.

A place from which they may never return...

Hailed by Peter Straub as "wildly inventive," Christopher Golden presents a story of lost innocence in a realm where one's wildest dreams -- or darkest nightmares -- can come true.

Bonus features in newer editions

Straight on 'til Morning was re-released on September 5th, 2006. This was the first time the title was available in the trade size, which is also known as oversized paperback. The new edition features a brand-new cover, a new introduction by the author, and a bonus short story, Runaway, which starts a little something like this:

On the night when eleven year old Kevin Murphy's father takes off for good, his parents' last fight drives him from the house. He runs away, hiding out in the tree fort he and his brother built in the woods at the top of their street. But Kevin isn't the only runaway in the woods that night...

Straight on 'til Morning was previously released in mass market paperback as well as a special Cemetery Dance Publications limited edition hardcover. The hardcover features a cover painting by legendary fantasy artist Michael Kaluta, as well as interior illustrations (full page artwork for each chapter!) by some of the biggest stars in the world of comic books, including Mike Mignola, Arthur Adams, John Cassaday, Michael Zulli, Stephen R. Bissette, Daniel Brereton, Joyce Chin, Ryan Sook, Eric Powell, Philip Hester, Glenn Chadborne, Kyle Hotz, Timothy Bradstreet, Colleen Doran, Kelley Jones, Ray Lago, Jacen Burrows, Randy Green, Terry Moore, Kirk Van Wormer, Michael Zulli, and Mark Texeira! Available in two states: Limited edition of 1,000 signed copies Traycased Lettered Edition of 26 signed and lettered copies (bound in leather, with satin ribbon page marker and additional full-color artwork)


"Golden's dramatic and funny coming of age story evolv(es) into a horrific and ultimately sorrowful thriller. A bizarre combination of The Wonder Years and The Lost Boys, this fantastic tale entertains."

-- Publishers Weekly

"Christopher Golden . . . is an imaginative and prodigious talent who never lets genre boundaries hold him back."

-- Douglas Clegg, author Naomi and Mischief

"The print equivalent of From Dusk 'Til Dawn. High praise, indeed. A bizarre trip across the dark fantastic that really, really works. The Stand By Me-cum-The Outsiders feel of the first half of the novel is real, and honest, and a great read in and of itself; add the twisted fantasy element, and this book becomes perfectly unique. A grown up, odd, compelling journey through adolescence, and heartache, and of course, Neverland. A fascinating and completely engrossing book."

-- The 11th Hour web magazine

"I defy anyone to read a few of these scenes and not be swept up. Golden's imagination was working overtime when he crafted a way to blend this coming-of-age story with not just a bona fide childhood classic, but Gaelic mythology as well, as the novel progresses from the mundane to the weird to full-blown high fantasy. Golden keeps those pages flying by, without forgetting to bring it full circle and give your heart a tweak or two in the very end."

-- Brian Hodge, author of Wild Horses

"A clever and touching dark fantasy novel (that is) magic to read. As dark, and as mature, as any good fairy tale is at heart. Golden's storytelling is restrained as he finesses us down the plot's road, and though there is a moral to the story, it's a moral that aches with the revelations of coming of age, and of leaving an age behind."


Additional Information

eBook published May 2013
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Trade paperback
Published by Roc Trade on September 5th, 2006
ISBN: 0451461061

Limited edition hardcover and lettered edition
Published by Cemetary Dance in January 2001
ISBN: 1587670356

Mass market paperback
Published by Signet on April 10th, 2001
ISBN: 04512027677

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