This is a direct eventuality to Simmon's superior Vacation of Night. The first novel was a party of teens against a scrim of horror in which a group of children in a small Illinois metropolis, in the height 1960, debate an ancient criminality. Forty senilities later separate of the oddities, Dale Stewart, interests to the metropolis after a long and successful career as a writer and teacher has fall apart. The metropolis, like Dale's personal life is falling into ruin. Dale is haunted by the hard times, a failed suicide, and the reminiscence of the mistakes he made. He is also haunted by actual ghosts. This is the quality of pyschological novel in which it is often difficuot to tell where Dale's personal upsets end and the superior begins, though clues are given that not all of the strange events are just in Dale's watch out. Thematically this novel is far removed from Vacation of Night. Both are aptly named after a qualify- separate being about children in the vacation of life, the other about a middle-age son ordeal a personal winter. It also attempts to be more "literary" with a good word to a Henry James story, "the Jolly Corner." In the James story a hero contests a eidolon of the he lustiness have been under other asset. In this novel we encounter the eidolon of a writer who lustiness have been, Duane McBride, whose eternal rest in the first novel inspired Dale Stewart to become a writer in his niche. My reaction is that this literary creation was to Simmons' harm, since the free play of his imagination in the first novel created a more compelling sophistication. A playful mention at the end is a suggestion that this lustiness actually be a discoverer of batches for the first novel, being perhaps the events that lead to it being written.