It is a bit difficult to write this review without sharing any spoilers, as the story is very short indeed. Blink and you’ve missed it. Despite that, it is atmospheric, intriguing, and fairly dark (although there’s no gore involved at all, so don’t worry if you’re squeamish).
The author uses many of the tropes of horror novels and films (an old gothic-looking property, a ghost story, night, cold, a daring young girl who refuses to show others she is scared) and puts them to good use.
The story is not long enough for us to get a great insight into the characters, although we easily identify with Avlynn, as we see all that happens from her point of view, we hear the screams, we realise our roommate is not there, we wonder which way we should go and we face… (No, I’m not telling you what). The twist at the end is perhaps not totally unexpected but it works very well and makes the story all the more chilling. Yes, we should remember that we ignore some warnings at our peril.
A solid short-story, scary and chilling, and a great introduction to the author’s writing. Recommended to anybody who enjoys ghost stories, especially to those who like short reads and don’t want to get bogged down in too much backstory.
I was given an e-copy of the story as part of a blog tour organised by Lady Amber’s Reviews & PR and I freely chose to review it.
Thanks to Lady Amber and the author, thanks to all of you for reading and remember to like, share, comment, click and REVIEW!
I have no coherent thoughts after finishing this book, or if I do, they are all jumbled up in my head. I am going to have the biggest book hangover. That ending, though!
4 only because Stephen King does have this odd way of writing certain things, and there was one scene I wasn't personally comfortable with.
Overall, his writing style is enjoyable. The story was so much more than the miniseries, which I saw first.
Not relating to the book content at all, but I can't decide which cover I like the most!
I love these stories. I much prefer the original artwork by Stephen Gammell. It is nostalgic, plus I feel like the artwork and stories belong together. The stories are not the same without the original art. That being said, there is nothing wrong with the updated art by Brett Helquist; it isn't bad, just I have no idea why they would even change the art in the first place.
If I were to run across Brett Helquist's artwork somewhere else and they were not tied to this books and my childhood nostalgia, I would really like them quite a lot. I am interested in his work and would read other books he does the artwork for. In fact, I love the art in A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Original Covers & Art
Updated Covers & Art
Comparison of their art style: Stephen verses Brett
As you can see, both are very good, but people who grew up with the original might agree with me in saying Stephen's is much more frightening and belongs with the text.
It's that time again: Halloween Bingo! This is the second year I will be participating, and hopefully this time I won't get bogged down in reader's block. Below is my custom Halloween Bingo card (thanks, Moonlight Reader!), and my novel choices. At the moment this is a working list; things could certainly change depending on my mood . . . I tend to be pretty indecisive in regards to my TBR.
The Dead Will Walk: The Walking, by Bentley Little
Ghost: Ghost House, Clare McNally
Werewolves: The Nightwalker, by Thomas Tessier
Terror in a Small Town: Haven, by Tom Deady
Diverse Voices: The Good House, by Tananarive Due
Haunted Houses: Burnt Offerings, by Robert Manasco
Vampires: They Thirst, by Robert R. McCammon
Murder Most Foul: Sweet Aswang, by Anthony Hains
Monsters: What Do Monsters Fear?, by Matt Hayward
In the Dark, Dark Woods: In the Woods, by Tana French
Witches: Grimm Memorials, by R. Patrick Gates
Amateur Sleuth: Penpal, by Dathan Auerbach
Supernatural: Mister B. Gone, by Clive Barker
Darkest London: Incarnate, by Ramsey Campbell
American Horror Story: Desperation, by Stephen King
Classic Horror: Psycho, by Robert Bloch
Genre Horror: Video Nasties, by Duncan Ralston
Modern Masters of Horror: Sour Candy, by Kealan Patrick Burke
'80 Horror: By Bizarre Hands, by Joe R. Lansdale
Chilling Children: Suffer the Children, by Craig DiLouie
Serial Killer Spree: Whispers, by Dean R. Koontz
Demons: The Unborn, by David Shobin
Terrifying Women: The Devil Crept In, by Ania Ahlborn
Gothic: Candles Burning, by Tabitha King & Michael McDowell