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Orson Scott Card – Homebody Book Review

I bought a house recently and never would I have thought that an audiobook of a novel written in 1998 about a house haunting would strike so true.

I didn’t read anything about the book prior to its purchase and as I went along, the story unfolded as a sweet, sometimes uplifting, sometimes saddening, tale of becoming.

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Dean Koontz

The Neighbor – Dean Koontz Short Story

This lovely 30 page story is just a prequel to Dean Koontz’ much anticipated novel: The City. The year is 1967 and the trio that would unravel the mysteries in the second book are just twelve. Amalia and her brother Malcolm Pomerantz are living with their parents next to an abandoned house. Their lives are simple, filled with Jazz and not talking to their parents.

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Bentley Little * Houses Book Review

I’ve read Bentley Little * The Walking and I was enthralled by the prospect of another good horror novel, so I bought loads of Bentley Little novels, thinking I’m going to pick one up as the desire to read something grim and scary appears on my horizon. And it did. Pretty soon, I found myself looking at a cover of a haunted house and an evil-looking child on it. Yes. That would do.
The Japanese knew what they were doing when they started casting children as the object of terror in movies (The Ring, Grudge) and Stephen King did it too (Pet Semetary, The Shining, Children of Corn).
There is something scary about the idea that a pure representation of a child, all innocent, with no knowledge of the world, can be pure evil. Bentley Little went a bit further and created the corrupted idea of Donielle (also known as Dawn) – a girl of ten wearing a dirty shift dress, bare footed and with an innocent face. This girl is the creepy factor in the book as she appears unannounced in doorways, rooms, alleyways, lifting up her skirt and asking people to look at her genitals and perform crude sexual acts with her.

The creepy/murderous child trope goes back to The Bad Seed, from the most kid-centric decade, the 1950s.

Children are “innocents.” So the more they stray from that, the more frightening it is for all of us. For an innocent energy to be “taken over” is the gravest of abominations the world can reap upon us. Adults are expected to be corrupt and evil, in a way. Children are the last hope for good.
Dee Wallace, Actress, The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, Cujo, The Frighteners

Donielle is mean-spirited, cruel and a pure psychopath in the clinical sense. Besides being malevolent, she is dangerous when crossed and she kills a few. The book should have been called “The Girl” or “Dolls”. It was truly scary.

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Stephen King

Willa – Stephen King Short Story (Just After Sunset)

The story is the first one in the collection Just After Sunset. In the endnotes in the collection called “Sunset Notes”, King writes of this story: “This probably isn’t the best story in the book, but I love it very much, because it ushered in a new period of creativity for me – as regards the short story, at least. Most of the stories in Just After Sunset were written subsequent to ‘Willa’, and in fairly quick succession (over a period of not quite two years).”

A railway station in the middle of nowhere. David is looking for his girlfriend: Willa. They were on their way to their own wedding, when an accident made them stuck at a small railway station. Now Willa is missing and none of the other fellow passengers know where she is. Although the next train is so supposed to come any minute, David leaves the railway station to search for Willa…

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Stephen King

Riding the bullet * Stephen King short story

“I know something now that I didn’t before. The worst stories are the ones you’ve heard your whole life. Those are the real nightmares.”

riding-the-bullet (1)I really liked this book because the whole concept was really unique. No one really writes a book about hitchhiking.  The story grabs you by the throat from the first lines, because it has such a true feel to it. Stephen succeeds in giving Alan Parker such a believable background, that when the hammer hits the pain is extremely powerful. At the end the story struggles a bit, but since it gives you something nasty to think about it still stays bearable.

There were hidden messages through out the book and the details and ongoing journey made it interesting. In addition, this is a very short read that didn’t drag on whatsoever, so if you don’t have much time but want to read something unique and interesting, then this is probably the book for you.

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Sneakers * Stephen King Short Story

Sneakers” is a short story written by Stephen King. It was first published in the 1988 anthology Dark Visions, and later included in King’s own 1993 collection Nightmares and Dreamscapes.

Recording studio executive John Tell spies a set of old dirty sneakers underneath a men’s room stall, which nobody else seems to notice, and he eventually comes to realize they belong to a dead person. He at first assumes that the shoes belong to a fellow employee or a delivery person, but when he visits the bathroom again throughout the week, he notices that not only have the shoes not moved, they are now surrounded by the bodies of dead flies and other bugs.

Ridiculous man in a pair of ridiculous sneakers. Such a ridiculous man hardly deserved to live.

8115843256_79999696ae_b.jpgEventually, Tell discovers that the shoes were the trademark of a dealer who supplied the local talent with cocaine, and who was killed in the bathroom stall during an apparent robbery. Tell finally confronts the ghost, who informs him that he was brutally killed by Jannings, Tell’s boss, a drug addict who was heavily in debt to the dealer at the time. Jannings used the stolen cocaine to fund his rehabilitation and his rise to executive management. This prompts Tell to quit his job, telling Jannings he is a “worthless bastard” before he goes.

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Worlds Beyond * Ian Wilson

“There is one consistent feature to stories of so-called “ghosts”, it is that they almost invariably seem to have their roots in some tragedy from the past.”

Worlds Beyond is the title of a thirteen-part TV series which explores the world of paranormal as it has been revealed in the lives of countless “ordinary” people across five continents. While the TV show has a more “commercial” vibe to it and tends to sensationalize the happenings, the book are based on the real cases and research from the Society for Psychological Research and we can see many of the hauntings debunked.
This important contribution to the study of paranormal proves the wisdom of the great psychologist Jung who remarked

“I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud”

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The Haunting of Ashburn House * Darcy Coates * Book review

I really liked this book and I’ll tell you why! There is nothing better than a gothic-style house, a newcomer that finds there is a gruesome secret behind it and the moment they find out it’s haunted and they’re in mortal danger. There were several pieces of literature lying about my house concerning haunted houses (do you remember the one that was made into several horror movies (Amitiville Horror), or The Shining from Stephen King). This one was good because the mystery surrounding the previous owner was hearsay mostly and you discover along with the character what really happened.

The story revolves around Adrienne – a poor ghost writer ($20 in her hand to last her until the next paycheck), her fluffy cute coon-mix cat Wolfgang (from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) and her inheritance. Even though her mother insisted they had no living relatives, a great aunt called Edith leaves a mansion for Adrienne to come and live in. Having little to no choice, she moves in and finds that the house has electricity only on the first floor, the second floor hallway is filled with portraits of the same people and there are messages inscribed in wood in several locations of the house.

“No mirrors”

“Is it Friday? Light the candle”

“Remember your secrets”

“They are still dead”

This sounds like a good beginning for any horror book.

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Lost Boys – Orson Scott Card Book Review

From bestselling storyteller Orson Scott Card comes a gripping story of terror within a small town. Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina with high hopes. But Step’s new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and eight-year-old Stevies school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers’ concern turns to terror. Young boys whose names match a list of Stevie’s nonexistent friends have mysteriously vanished from Steuben. And as evil strikes out from the most trusted corners, it’s suddenly clear: Stevie’s next on the list.

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Your heart belongs to me * Dean Koontz book review

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“I know you’re smart, clear-thinking, free of political dogma, and without envy. If I’m not safe with you, then I’m safe nowhere except alone in a room.”

If a man would tell me this, I would be definitely going for drinks later on with him.
Enter the world of DotCom billionaire Ryan Perry and his extraordinary story of paranoia and mistrust and a stalker that wants his heart. Literally.