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What We’re Reading #41

It’s Wednesday and the ladies of horror fiction have recommendations for you!

When Darkness Loves Us Book Cover

When Darkness Loves Us by Elizabeth Engstrom

Sally Ann and Martha. Two women, searching for love. Finding terror.

During a terrifying storm, a gentle childhood is destroyed by a twisted man who promises love but delivers nightmare.

In the lightless depths of an underground labyrinth, unseen creatures lie in wait for an innocent traveler, cold skeletal hands stretched out in welcome.

There is horror in darkness – horror made greater When Darkness Loves Us.

This long-awaited reissue of Elizabeth Engstrom’s 1985 horror classic features a new introduction by Paperbacks from Hell author Grady Hendrix as well as the original foreword by SF legend Theodore Sturgeon and the original cover painting by Jill Bauman.

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Audra’s Teaser Review

These two novellas, “When Darkness Loves Us” and “Beauty Is . . .” were my first encounter with Engstrom. Thanks to the Paperback from Hell series put out by Valancourt Books, everyone can read this incredible piece of fiction that was otherwise lost.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.


Catfish Lullaby by AC Wise

Catfish Lullaby by AC Wise

Lewis is a town of secrets.

There have long been rumors of something unnatural in the swamp, and more than one person has gone missing. Many blame the Royce family while others believe in a local monster, rising from the dark waters.

As a child, Caleb witnessed something inexplicable the night the Royce place mysteriously burned to the ground. As an adult, Caleb returns to take over his father’s role as sheriff, and the long shadow of the Royce family returns to haunt him. Caleb struggles to solve an eerily familiar crime and finds himself face to face with another old mystery–the legend of Catfish John.

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Alex’s Teaser Review

This story dives into childhood, family, preconceived notions of others, acceptance, small-town lore, and more. It’s amazing just how much Wise put into this novella and how impactful it is.

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.


Benny Rose Cannibal King Book Cover

Benny Rose The Cannibal King by Hailey Piper

Blackwood, Vermont has one legend to its name—Benny Rose, the Cannibal King. Every local kid knows him and tells his stories, especially on Halloween. When a new girl moves to town in the autumn of 1987, the legend inspires high school junior Desiree St. Fleur and her friends to pull a Benny Rose-themed prank. A few laughs and screams, and they’ll have a Happy Halloween.

But a vicious storm crashes into Blackwood and interrupts the festivities. Soon the girls find themselves trapped and hunted in a strange neighborhood where no one will help them. There’s nothing made-up about Benny Rose this Halloween night. The truth is coming, and it’s hungry.

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Emily’s Teaser Review

If you like small-town horror with local superstitions and good gore, I highly recommend picking this one up. I really enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to see what Hailey Piper does next!

Read Emily’s entire review at Goodreads.


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