The Halloween Children
Brian James Freeman & Norman Prentiss
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The Halloween Children are watching—they’re always watching in this chilling novel of suburban horror from Bram Stoker Award winner Norman Prentiss and Brian James Freeman of Cemetery Dance Publications.
The accommodations at Stillbrook Apartments aren’t exactly glamorous, but they’re quiet, affordable, and well maintained. The handyman is usually available to help with a leak or a broken bulb, his wife and two adorable kids often tagging along. When occasion dictates, the neighbors gather to wish each other well and spread the requisite holiday cheer. Everything’s very nice. Very normal.
But as Halloween approaches, strange occurrences are happening all around Stillbrook. The children tell disturbing stories, bizarre noises bleed through the walls, and one abandoned unit is found to be inhabited by something sinister—something that’s no longer alive.
For the safety of the tenants, the Halloween party has been canceled. There will be no decorations or masks, no candied apples or witch’s brew. But without treats to divert the Halloween Children, they have no choice but to play some very nasty tricks.
Praise for The Halloween Children
“From the great, early slow build of the book to the terrifying, satisfying payoff, The Halloween Children is a complete success.”—October Country
“This is a disturbing, claustrophobic, enjoyable read that encompasses everything Halloween should be.”—Monster Librarian
“I highly recommend this book to fans of Halloween and horror!”—Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews
“A fantastic collaboration between two amazing authors, this is a book that will stay with you long after you close the [book].”—The Behrg Writes
Horrific Halloween Hijinks!
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest review.
Oh my God! Shades of The Shining which quickly disappear. Brian and Norm begin with a pretty benign story ... an apartment complex caretaker going about his rounds just before Halloween. Sprinkled in is the conflict between the caretaker and his wife over their disparate parenting styles pertaining to their son and daughter. The father favors the son while the mother favors the daughter. We are then introduced to some of the strange/odd/creepy tenants of Stllbrook Apartments.
The story is told from multiple perspectives, which are woven together seamlessly and propel the story forward at a breakneck (almost literally!) pace. We switch back and forth from the caretaker's journal, to his wife's counselor-assigned journal to recordings, emails and interviews. Not until the end will you discover what is truly happening and who is responsible for the horrific goings-on at Stillbrook.
Ultimately, this was a truly scary collaboration from two authors who are no strangers to horror. Definitely well worth the read ... but remember to keep the lights on!
This horror novel is a treat!
The authors of The Halloween Children are sneaky geniuses in the art of storytelling—adepts who snatch your attention, get you invested and immersed in the tale and then hint at something sinister in a subtle way that provokes dread, horror and suspense. It’s as if they flick a juicy “thought drop” into the pool of the reader’s imagination and then let the ramifications ripple into obsession, inciting intrigue and fear for the fate of beloved characters.
Harris, the Stillbrook Apartment complex’s handyman, is good father, but in all honesty, he favors the side of his son, Matt, where child discipline is concerned. His wife Lynn is searching for herself and struggling with inner turmoil, on edge and ruminating over their marriage––should they divorce?––and within the family’s dynamics, her daughter Amber delights her to no end, but her son Matt needs to be watched. Then there’s matter of the creepy neighbors, the tenants of Stillbrook: a spooky no-neck woman in a wheelchair who may be faking her injuries, the Durkins’ exotic, thousand-dollar bird that shrieks unearthly squawks that sound like someone being tortured—or murdered. Which is strange because there actually had been a grisly death within the complex that was kept hush-hush by management.
The story unfolds through Harris’ journal, Lynn’s journal (as assigned by a marriage counselor she’s been seeing in secret), recordings, digital transcriptions, email and interviews. The immediacy of this technique makes for a taut, fast-paced, enjoyable read. The Halloween Children kept my eyes glued to the glow of the screen, licking my lips and swiping digital pages into the wee hours after midnight. This horror novel is a treat!
THE HALLOWEEN CHILDREN
3.5 Stars. (For Me).......not exactly scary, but certainly Creepy. Creepy apartment building with a history, Creepy-weird family, and an absolutely spooktacular 5 Star Creepy book cover!
What really happened the night Halloween was cancelled? Well....you'll have to use your imagination and sort out the clues while you read this Creepy tale of things that go bump in the night (and thump thump thump in the day) to find out.
While a few screeching cries....whispers of "Help Me"....and an few extra servings of Halloween gore make the time go by, it's a sinister little Halloween story within the story that set my sparks a flying.
Remember....."The Halloween children are everywhere."
- Category: Horror
- Published: Jun 13, 2017
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 320 Pages
- Language: English