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The Twisted Ones (2019, Saga Press) 4 stars

When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she …

Southern Horror That Takes Me Back

4 stars

An estranged, difficult grandmother passes, and her granddaughter is tasked with cleaning out the house full of trash and discovers a secret world in the process.

I loved T. Kingfisher's grasp of dialog and colorful characters, and the dog's part in the book.

The story hearkened back to memories of Jules Verne, HP Lovecraft, and the fantastical genres of years past, and it was quite a ride.

I'm looking forward to checking out her other works, as I finished this over a three day period.

Hidden Pictures (Hardcover) 5 stars

A mystery about a woman working as a nanny for a young boy with strange …

Stranger Danger

5 stars

Hidden Pictures tells the story of a young adult girl, Mallory, recently rehabilitated, who becomes a live-in babysitter to young Teddy, whose pictures begin to tell a story, and Mallory finds herself struggling to solve their purpose. I absolutely loved this book and found it hard to put down from the get-go.

When Things Get Dark (Hardcover, 2021, Titan Books) 5 stars

A collection of new and exclusive short stories inspired by, and in tribute to, Shirley …

Review of 'When Things Get Dark' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

As a fan of Shirley Jackson, I'd have to say that Ellen Datlow curated a most excellent collection of intriguing stories from an array of contemporary authors.

I was sad to have finished the last story, but now I know whom to go to for more.

The Last House on Needless Street (Hardcover, 2021, Viper) 5 stars

Review of 'The Last House on Needless Street' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I picked this book from the local store shortly after finishing Sundial, because I really enjoyed Catriona Ward's writing.

This was another thrilling page-turner about a young girl's disappearance in rural Washington state and the people who are involved in solving the mystery.

Catriona Ward is a force of nature behind the written word. She's fast becoming one of my favorite authors.

The Amityville Horror (Paperback, 1978, Bantam Books) 3 stars

28 Days of Terror in a House Possessed by Evil Spirits

In December 1975, the …

Review of 'The Amityville Horror' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was the first contemporary horror book I'd ever read. I can still remember reading in during the day in my bedroom. I didn't even pay attention to my mom walking up the stairs.

She leaned into the doorway and said, "Supper's almost ready."
I think I levitated three feet off the bed and shrieked.

The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (1989, Albert Whitman & Company) 5 stars

One warm night four children stood in front of a bakery. no one knew them. …

Review of 'The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This book was one of a handful that helped me graduate from children's books. It's was kind of a young adult or tween fiction of its time, and it was easily one of the favorite books of my childhood.