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review 2019-03-17 12:04
Horror der 1980er
Der Exorzismus der Gretchen Lang - Grady Hendrix

Ein LSD-Trip missglückt und Gretchen ist nicht mehr sie selbst. Aus ihrem freundlichen, liebenswerten Wesen ist ein sadistisch-brutales Biest geworden, das nicht von dieser Welt sein kann. Abby setzt alles daran, ihrer besten Freundin zu helfen. Sogar, wenn nur ein Exorzismus Hilfe verspricht.

Abby und Gretchen sind beste Freundinnen. Die Jugendlichen machen alles gemeinsam, sind sich gegenseitige Stütze, und suchen ihren Platz in der Welt. Experimentierfreudig wie sie sind, probieren sie eines Nachts LSD, was Gretchen gar nicht bekommt ... 

Im Mittelpunkt des Romans steht die Freundschaft von Abby und Gretchen. Obwohl es - zurecht - als Horrorthriller angelegt ist, erlebt der Leser diese wunderbare Freundschaft, wie sie nur allerbeste Freundinnen kennen.

Die Geschichte wird aus Abbys Perspektive erzählt, und beginnt, als sich die Mädchen im Kindesalter kennenlernen. Auf diese Weise erhält man ein Gefühl für die Freundschaft der beiden, und wächst mit ihnen in die Teenager-Jahre hinein.

Dann kommt die grauenhafte Nacht, in der die Mädchen LSD probieren. Bis auf einen kurzen Schock-Effekt bleibt die Stimmung noch kuschelig, denn das Grauen schleicht sich im Anschluss zwischen die Seiten rein.

Langsam wird aus der netten Gretchen ein boshaftes Gör, die gemeingefährlich ist. Abby schaut der Wandlung ihrer Freundin hilflos zu, und kriegt es dann selbst mit der Angst zutun …

Grady Hendrix' Horror-Roman um den Exorzismus der Gretchen Lang hat mir ganz großen Spaß gemacht. Oberflächlich betrachtet ist es ein exzellent gelungener Schocker mit gnadenlosen Schauermomenten. Besonders die Nacht als Gretchen LSD einwirft, hat mir ordentlich Gänsehaut gebracht. Außerdem zeigt sich Gretchens Besessenheit auf perfid-brutale Weise, bei der man manchmal schreien will. Gruselig, schaurig und absolut niederträchtig!

Dazu kommt die Freundschaft von Abby und Gretchen, die den gesamten Ablauf der Handlung prägt. Es war schön, die Mädels kennenzulernen, sie ein Stück auf ihren Weg zu begleiten und sich gemeinsam mit ihnen dem Feuer der Hölle entgegen zu stellen.

Eine weitere Besonderheit ist der zeitliche Rahmen. Abby und Gretchen haben ihre Jugend in den 1980er-Jahren verbracht, und Grady Hendrix lässt das Jahrzehnt des schlechten Geschmacks Revue passieren. Dieser Flashback war witzig zu lesen, und mir scheint, die 1980er-Jahre haben trotz dämonischer Besessenheit großen Spaß gemacht.

Alles in allem hat mir „Der Exorzismus der Gretchen Lang“ unheimlich gut gefallen.  Ich bin an den Seiten geklebt, die Stimmung war fesselnd und ich konnte kaum genug von Abby und Gretchen bekommen, weil es arg gruselig war.

Wer in Horror-Romanen das Exorzismus-Thema mag, dem kann ich eine Zeitreise in die 1980er-Jahre empfehlen, um den Exorzismus der Gretchen Lang mit eigenen Augen zu erleben.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.com
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text 2019-01-01 12:45
Char's Horror Corner: Top Ten Novels of 2018
Creature (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Hunter Shea
The Woman in the Woods - John Connolly
The Listener - Robert R. McCammon
Give Me Your Hand - Megan Abbott
We Sold Our Souls - Grady Hendrix
Providence: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes
Behind the Door - Mary SanGiovanni
Husk - J. Kent Messum
Cold in July - Joe R. Lansdale
Tarnished City (Dark Gifts) - Vic James

Welcome to my Top Ten Novels List!

 

I read 157 books over the course of this year and here's what I thought were the best of the best novels.

(These are books that I read this year, not necessarily published this year.)

Click on the cover to read my review.

Let's get started!

 

 Creature (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Hunter Shea  

 

CREATURE was not what I expected at all. 

Hunter Shea is great for creature feature novellas, and that's what I expected from this book. Instead, I got punched in the gut and my heart was torn out!

 

The Woman in the Woods - John Connolly 

 

The Charlie Parker series continues with what I think was the best entry yet!

Sixteen novels in and at this point, I can't imagine a world without a new Charlie Parker book every year. 

 

The Listener - Robert R. McCammon

 

Robert McCammon, author of BOY'S LIFE, (my favorite book of all time), crushes my heart again with this book about an exceptional young black man. (Technically, I read this book in 2017, but it didn't come out until 2018. So sue me!) This book is beautiful and brutal all at once, and features characters both good and bad, that you'll never forget. (I love you, Curtis!)

 

 

Give Me Your Hand - Megan Abbott 

 

Megan Abbott is a recent discovery of mine thanks to author Randy Chandler. Now I'm lined up every time she has a new book out. She writes about women like no one else. 

 

 

We Sold Our Souls - Grady Hendrix 

 

With this entry Grady Hendrix became one of my favorite authors. MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM was great, but this book knocked me out. Maybe because I loved Metal back in the day, and also because the protagonist reminded me of Joan Jett. Whatever the reasons, I LOVED this book!

 

Providence: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes 

 

 

Caroline Kepnes hit my list of favorite authors in 2018.

I listened to both YOU and HIDDEN BODIES, (both of which are on my TOP TEN AUDIOBOOKS of the year list), and then I read this one back in June. All I can say is I know that I will read anything she puts out. She could write out a grocery list and I would read it with pleasure!

 

 

Behind the Door - Mary SanGiovanni

 

 

After reading BEHIND THE DOOR this year, I know that I will be catching up on more of Mary SanGiovanni's  backlog while staying up to date with her latest releases. With a distinct voice and style, she causes me to think-and her characters in this one are quite memorable!

 

Husk - J. Kent Messum  

 

This is probably my most recent read that made it to this list. Fast paced, imaginative and adventurous, this book has more of a science fiction base, but there are horrific aspects as well. I was really impressed!

 

Cold in July - Joe R. Lansdale 

 

The Champion Mojo Storyteller strikes again!

 

Tarnished City (Dark Gifts) - Vic James 

 

This was more of a dark fantasy than horror, but I don't really care for labels as much as I care about a good story and mark my words this was one.A follow up to the previous year's GILDED CAGE, I thought this was an imaginative story about young adults, but so, so dark that it surprised me. Who doesn't love a good surprise?

 

 

Thanks for staying with me this far if you're still here. I appreciate you!

I hope you'll join me again at the end of 2019 for another list of my favorite books of the year. I hope that your New Year is also filled with outstanding and amazing reads!

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-11-29 19:33
November 2018 wrap up
Daisy Jones & the Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid
Everyday Enchantments - Maria DeBlassie
Dark Voyage - Helen Susan Swift
Dissolution - C.J. Sansom
The Dreamers - Karen Thompson Walker
We Sold Our Souls - Grady Hendrix
Foundryside - Robert Jackson Bennett
The Clockmaker’s Daughter - Kate Morton
The Labyrinth of the Spirits - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

9 books finished off, all of them Netgalley reads. Some of them were unfinished from Bingo.

 

I had some rock and roll between We Sold Our Souls and Daisy Jones and some decent Fantasy from Foundryside as well as a passable ghost story in Dark Voyage and even some Historical Fiction. A pretty decent month of variety.

 

I also started reading samples again. I'm thinking of devoting some time to clearing them again after I finish off my Netgalley obligations. Now if I can just stop requesting! 

 

I have 8 books in progress, mostly Netgalley, and 3 more I haven't started. Hopefully I'll be close to clearing them by the end of December! Some of them are pretty far along so maybe.

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text 2018-11-28 23:45
Slump... or not?

Is it really a slump when you stop reading because you want to focus on something else for a while? I mean, I already read over 50 books this year and I think that is pretty good for someone who has trouble focusing.

 

(I have years of 200+ books, but I don't want that kind of pressure anymore. Reading = fun, not a job or chore! More power to people who can read that much all the time, but I can't keep that up year after year!)

 

Right now, I am technically in the middle of 3 books (4 if you count the one I haven't recorded online. Oops. Does it count if I haven't recorded it online...so is the era we live in! :/ )

 

Paperbacks From Hell:

(I want to savor it!)

 

 

Paperback Crush:

(Same)

 

 

Ordinary Souls:

(Short story collection, so I can take my time if I want to.)

 

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The Hobbit:

(Shifty eyes... for some reason my brain thought it was a good idea to try and read The Hobbit and LOTR again. Curse my brain!!)

 

15329

 

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Anyways, hi. I haven't updated in a while  because I've not been reading much. How is everyone doing?

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review 2018-11-13 10:45
We Sold Our Souls
We Sold Our Souls - Grady Hendrix

by Grady Hendrix

 

Kris Pulaski was a rock star who almost made it, but now she lives paycheck to paycheck at a boring (if she's lucky) job as a cheap hotel desk clerk. All she has is memories of what almost was and the band member who ripped everybody off and went on to stardom, then obscurity, until she sees a billboard advertising his return tour.

 

This was a wild ride that earns its Horror category well and truly. Heavy on rock and roll, mainly Heavy Metal, but also you'll encounter conspiracy theories, supernatural stuff, cults, social commentary and a whole list of triggers with claustrophobia topping the list and some notable gore. If you've got a trigger, just assume it's in here somewhere.

 

I should mention that the characters were all distinctive and well developed, especially Kris, and the plot had unpredictable twists and all sorts of surprises.

 

Some parts of this were difficult for me to read, but I had to know what would happen so I persevered. The end was worth it. For the Horror fan, this is a work of art. For those who don't like Horror or tend to be squeamish, best steer clear. I can see this story developing its own cult following. Black Iron Mountain has touched the souls of all who read it.

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