How to Sell a Haunted House
Oh my sweet lord, this book! Grady Hendrix has written so completely disturbing and hilarious. What a ride! Hendrix really takes the time to establish his characters before launching into all-out mayhem; it’s an incredibly well-written novel. There was a moment when I literally screamed “OH NO!” I listened to the audiobook, and it has established Mikhaila Aaseng as one of my favorite narrators. She captured the terrifying puppet Pupkin so well. I’m chuckling to myself just remembering.
I finished it, and I loved it. I can’t wait to see the impact this novel makes later this year. Click here for my full review.
Comfort Short Stories
I found a phenomenal radio documentary on BBC Sounds about female horror authors, Haunted Women. It features the likes of Daisy Johnson, Susan Hill, Mariana Enriquez, and the son of the late, great Shirley Jackson. Every so often I’ll get incredibly sad thinking about how Jackson died so young, not knowing just how talented she was. So, I read one of her short stories, Like Mom Used to Make, to bask in her awesomeness. Which then led to me re-reading Mariana Enriquez’s terrifying Adela’s House, and Karen Joy Fowler’s brutal The Pelican Bar. I find such comfort in well-written short stories. Which are your favorites?
Our Share of Night
Mariana Enriquez’s epic novel is released in the US today, and I’m only just getting around to reading my ARC. I started it last year, and stopped reading for some reason, but I’ve picked it up again and I’m entranced. It’s so incredibly messed up. Although I do have to keep a note of who’s who in the grand cast of characters. Have you read it yet?
New Releases This Week
Johnny Compton’s amazing The Spite House is released today. As is Eastbound, a short, thrilling novel set aboard a trans-Siberian train. Written by Maylis de Kerangal, and translated by Jessica Moore, I devoured this in one sitting. Click for my full reviews.
That’s it! On a personal note, I was fortunate enough to hear Fran Lebowitz speak last night. If you’re not familiar with her work I highly recommend everything she has written, and her documentary series on Netflix.
Also, I don’t want to to ruin any surprises, but some ARCs on Edelweiss may have revealed what the latest series of McNally Editions is going to include. EEEK!
How has your reading week been?