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review 2017-06-16 13:26
Review of The Halloween Children by Norman Prentiss and Brian James Freeman
The Halloween Children - Norman Prentiss,Brian James Freeman

Quite possibly the best Halloween book I've ever read, reading The Halloween Children has become my yearly tradition. Since it was originally only available as a signed/limited edition from Earthling Press, I was somewhere north of stoked when Hydra decided to release this as an e-book. I was even more thrilled when I got approved for a NetGalley ARC.

How well do you know your neighbors? The residents of Stillbrook Apartments have a Halloween party every year, but as this one approaches, the general mood is becoming less than festive. With strange things happening around the building, even the handyman seems to be behaving oddly. By the time the Halloween party is cancelled, everyone is on high alert with each other and even...their own family?

The Halloween Children reaches a level of anticipation/anxiety that I've rarely had in reading a book, and if children didn't creep me out in general, this one seals the deal for me. Needless to say, I am in love with this book and very much hoping that the dream team, Norman Prentiss and Brian James Freeman, will be producing more of this creepiness together in the future.

I received an e-ARC of this from Hydra/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


© 2017 by Andi Rawson of Andreya's Asylum

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review 2017-06-06 20:40
The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss
The Halloween Children - Norman Prentiss,Brian James Freeman

 Beautifully conceived and executed, The Halloween Children is a great and spooky read for anytime of year!


Husband and wife- Harris and Lynn, each tell their own story in alternating chapters. Lynn's chapters are addressed privately to her marriage therapist, and they contain a litany of complaints about her spouse and the way he parents their children. Harris' chapters tell the story from his point of view, but well after certain "events" have occurred. What those events are you'll have to read this book to find out.


My favorite type of horror is the kind with lots of suffocating atmosphere and psychological tricks, (Trick or Treat?), and The Halloween Children has both of those things, in spades. Plus, it features two children who get creepier by the second. How could it get any better for a horror fan such as myself? Oh yeah, it could finish off with an ending that actually gave me goosebumps, it was so perfect.


This is THE book to read when you are looking for that creepy kind of thrill, but it's an extra perfect book to read around Halloween. Just be sure you have some candy ready when the door bell rings and the children begin to arrive. They don't like it when they don't get candy and you don't want The Halloween Children to pull their tricks on YOU. Trust me on this.


Highly recommended, especially to fans of atmospheric, psychological horror!


Available for your Kindle on June 13th, here: The Halloween Children


*Thanks to NetGalley and to Hydra for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2017-03-22 00:00
The Halloween Children
The Halloween Children - Norman Prentiss,Brian James Freeman A new October classic. (Yes, I am aware that it is March as I am writing this review.)

As Halloween looms, tensions are building between the members of the Naylor family. Relations are getting woefully strained. Fractured. Violent. To top it off the annual Stillbrook Apartment Halloween party has been cancelled. That was the last straw. The Halloween Children are not going to like that at all. Looks like the Naylor’s family woes are the least of their worries. There are much darker forces at work here. And they are about to make a grand appearance.

Damn, I wish I read this in October. It really was great, but I think it would have gotten a little extra juice had I read it during the Halloween season. Nevertheless, I enjoyed everything about this one. Solid 4.5 stars and a perfect Halloween read.
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review 2015-11-19 13:00
The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman
The Painted Darkness - Brian James Freeman

GR Cleanup Read in March 2011


Listening to this courtesy of the "Pod of Horror" podcast. It tells the tale of a small boy who suffered some sort of unspeakable scare during a snowstorm that he has blocked out of his mind. He has been painting away the darkness ever since and it seems to be starting to seep into his day to day life. The story switches back and forth between the time when he was that 5 year old boy and the current day when he's struggling to keep his old boiler fed and maintained. Very creepy read that reminded me a wee bit of early Stephen King minus the long-windedness.

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review 2015-06-10 00:00
The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book (Revised & Updated)
The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book (Revised & Updated) - Brian James Freeman,Bev Vincent,Glenn Chadbourne This was a very good and entertaining SK trivia book and worked surprisingly well in the ebook format. Some of the questions were very obscure (too obscure?), even for the most discerning Stephen King fan. Some of the “hints’ were pretty amusing as well. I only wish it had more illustrations. A welcome addition to any SK collection.

I received a review copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review
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