Wednesday, June 7, 2023

How to Sell a Haunted House

In How to Sell a Haunted House, main character Louise resumes her strenuous relationship with her brother Mark after their elderly parents die in a car wreck. The reunion takes place in their parents' home in Charleston, South Carolina, where both of them spend time and energy dredging up their tumultuous childhood memories while warring and speculating over the proposed inheritance. But, the element that makes Grady Hendrix's haunted house book scary is a puppet. An evil, murderous, terrifying, and memorable little puppet.

After discovering repressed memories, Louise must come to grips with the fact that her parents were super weirdos and supernaturally gifted (cursed?). While her parents were loving and mostly appeared normal, behind closed doors there were a lot of bizarre things happening with porcelain dolls and clown puppets, the objects that 90% of children are deathly afraid of. Through a fast-paced narrative that incorporates some disturbing bloodletting and sadistic puppet mania, Hendrix hits his stride and thrills to the end.  

Hendrix isn't a stranger to hysterically funny horror. His novels like Horrorstor, My Best Friend's Exorcism, and The Final Girl Support Group are bestsellers due to the unique blend of satirical comedy and clever fanboy horror. How to Sell a Haunted House employs all of Hendrix's horror tropes, but still has a very personal, intimate story to share. 

If you want a not-so-traditional haunted dwelling tale, then this is an open house invitation you can't decline. Recommended!

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