Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman & Norman Prentiss

5 of 5 Stars      Review copy

Good news, if you missed out on the limited edition publication of The Halloween Children by Brian James Freeman & Norman Prentiss, Random House/Hydra will be releasing it in both hardcover and e-book formats this June.

"The Halloween Children are everywhere and they know our fears" - written in black marker on a bench outside the Stillbrook apartments.

From a survivor..."When did you realize something wasn't right that Halloween night?"  After a long pause.  "When I discovered that so many of my neighbors were dead."

The story is primarily told through the eyes of Harris and Lynn Naylor, parents of Mattie, their son, and daughter, Amber.  A couple with distinctly different parenting styles creating an interesting dichotomy as Harris favors Mattie and Lynn favors Amber.

Harris works as a handyman at the Stillbrook Apartments where his boss has just decided to cancel the complex's traditional Halloween party.

The Halloween Children is suitably creepy and scary with voices in the walls, a dead body that just disappears, and a story by Amber Naylor, as told to her Mother, called, "The Bad Place."

I found this Halloween treat to be delightfully disturbing and along the way, there are some wonderfully gruesome surprises.

Again, look for The Halloween Children on June 13, 2017, in both hardcover and e-book formats, from Random House/Hydra.

From the author's bios...

Brian James Freeman - Brian sold his first short story when he was fourteen years old and his first novel when he was twenty-four. His novels, novellas, short stories, essays, and interviews have been published by Warner Books, Cemetery Dance Publications, Borderlands Press, Book-of-the-Month Club, Leisure, and many others.  Brian lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, two cats, and two German Shorthaired Pointers. More books are on the way.

Norman Prentiss - Norman is the author of Odd Adventures with Your Other Father (A Kindle Scout Selection), and he won the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction for Invisible Fences, published by Cemetery Dance.

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