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Appliances Included

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  3 reviews
How scary can appliances be?

For Mary and Lou Givens, their first house is the deal of a lifetime. And when the family cat disappears, rumors of their home’s past percolate to the surface.

People have been disappearing from the Given’s house for decades, never to be seen again. Are the rumors true, and what does it mean if they are? If only the house’s appetite could be quel...more
Published by Smashwords Edition (first published December 19th 2011)
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Aug 27, 2013 Greg rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
This was an enjoyable, if somewhat predictable, read. It's essentially another version of the story of a family moving into a new house and soon wishing it hadn't. Because this subgenre is common, it reminded me a little of Lara Frater's 'The real estate market', which I read only seven months ago. (Frater's story appeared in Necrotic Tissue no. 2, which I reviewed here.) I like the clever title of Souza's story and my only quibble with the writing is his phrase, 'an old ladies crazy stories', w...more
Emma Meade
This is a chilling, well written, haunted house story. If something seems too good to be true it probably is (something these people should have thought about).

When Mary and Lou Givens move into their dream home with their young son, it seems like the start of a new and exciting chapter in their lives, until the horror begins. What can go wrong when you move into a massive 19th century house that’s underpriced and much too big for the people living in it?

This was a great story and the most dist...more
Darcia Helle
Mark Souza has a tremendous talent for storytelling and the ability to leave a lasting impression. This short story has some great characters, a creepy plot, and a house with a history you won't soon forget. I would love to see this one expanded into a full-length book or even a movie. Fantastic concept!
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Dec 22, 2011 Mark Souza rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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Mark Souza lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, two children, and mongrel beast-dog, Tater. When he’s not writing, he’s out among you trying to look and act normal (whatever that is), reminding himself that the monsters he’s created are all in his head, no more real than campaign promises.
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