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Works by Grady Hendrix

Horrorstör (2014) 2,281 copies
My Best Friend's Exorcism (2016) 2,076 copies
The Final Girl Support Group (2021) 1,965 copies
How to Sell a Haunted House (2023) 1,139 copies
We Sold Our Souls (2018) 756 copies
The White Glove War (The Magnolia League) (2012) — Contributor — 81 copies
Satan Loves You (1705) 76 copies
Ankle Snatcher (2023) 60 copies
BadAsstronauts (2022) 45 copies
Occupy Space (2012) 25 copies

Associated Works

The Auctioneer (1975) — Introduction, some editions — 419 copies
The Tribe (1981) — Introduction, some editions — 224 copies
When Darkness Loves Us (Paperbacks from Hell) (1985) — Introduction, some editions — 148 copies
Hell Hound (1977) — Introduction, some editions — 129 copies
Nightblood (1990) — Introduction, some editions; Introduction, some editions — 114 copies
Black Ambrosia (1988) — Introduction, some editions; Introduction, some editions — 110 copies
Rocket Fuel: Some of the Best From Tor.com Non-Fiction (2018) — Contributor — 78 copies
After Sundown (Fiction Without Frontiers) (2020) — Contributor — 42 copies
Howls From Hell: A Horror Anthology (2021) — Foreword — 21 copies
Attack From the '80s (2021) — Contributor — 7 copies


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Places of residence
New York, New York, USA
Cohen, Amanda (spouse)



Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book. I borrowed a copy of this on ebook from my library.

Thoughts: I did find this curious enough to finish but didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped to. Previous to reading this book I had read Hendrix's "Horrostor" which I found incredibly amusing and his "The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires" which I didn't enjoy as much. This book was okay.

Louise finds out her parents have died and is forced to leave her young daughter with her ex while she goes back to Charleston to deal with it. She arrives to find her deadbeat brother, Mark, trying to clear out the whole house and sell it without her involvement. That is when she finds out she inherited all her mother's art in the house, her mother the puppeteer whose art litters every corner of the house and she finds out the house might just be very haunted.

This is mainly a horror book, although it also delves into family issues of Mark and Louise trying to find some common ground together. If you are creeped out by dolls/puppets I wouldn't recommend it. A big portion of this book is about evil/possessed dolls and puppets. I in particular do not like dolls and puppets (I had a mom that collected dolls and it always freaked me out), so I almost stopped reading this on a number of occasions.

The story wanders quite a bit. We move from Loiuse's present back to events in her past. Then about halfway through the book we start hearing from her brother as well. The whole thing feels a bit disorganized. Then things gets a bit goofy as theories about how loving something makes it sentient are presented to the reader, The Velveteen Rabbit is referenced multiple times.

Like with "The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires" I found some of this darkly funny but also thought some of it was just out-right unpleasant and didn't enjoy all the meanness in here. A lot of the story feels very contrived as well. Things did wrap up okay though.

My Summary (3/5): Overall this was okay, I finished it. I liked watching Mark and Louise find some common ground as siblings. I did not enjoy the creepy haunted puppets and thought the explanation behind their existence felt pretty far-fetched. I don't really know why I keep picking up books by Grady, they are always just so-so. I guess I always find the premise intriguing but in the future I will probably steer clear.
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krau0098 | 49 other reviews | Feb 29, 2024 |
Grady is back! His past two books really hit the wrong note for me, but this is reminiscent of his first! So good, SO CREEPY, so fun. Loved it.
eboods | 49 other reviews | Feb 28, 2024 |
Fun fun fun. Realistic? Not entirely, but I was glued. It was a blast rooting for a group of degenerates to do what nobody thought they could. I’d highly recommend this quick read.
fedjbomb | 4 other reviews | Feb 27, 2024 |
Not much of a story. Seems to be a throw away. Grady could have done better than this. The hype was not worth it for the "Amazon Creature Feature" collection so far.
Kerrazyscott | 5 other reviews | Feb 26, 2024 |



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