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Craving (Penumbra Novellas)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  28 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Mass Market Paperback, 87 pages
Published 2005 by Visual Print Enterprises
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Armando Dela Cruz
David Hontiveros is the author of "Penumbra," a trilogy of dark fantasy/horror novellas which includes "Craving," "Takod" and "Parman."

In "Craving," an expectant couple travels to live to a remote provincial town, trusting their doctor who advised for the trip.

A wordsmith wielding the most ecstatic of words, Hontiveros crafts a disarmingly eerie tale with fidgeting, edge-of-your seat suspense and a pace that shoots like thunder. I first met him in the annual Philippine comic convention last Oct
Dec 22, 2012 Jen rated it liked it
"Craving" was never on my "must-buy" book list simply because I had never heard of David Hontiveros or any of his work before. I know: I should seriously make a greater effort to learn more about the younger crop of Filipino writers out there. Thankfully, I was able to come across the book in ebay, while I was browsing for other stuff I could bundle with a book that was on my list. For Php50, I went ahead and bought "Craving".

I've always been a fan of paranormal/supernatural books (I Stephen Ki
Oct 15, 2014 D rated it it was ok
Shelves: filipiniana, horror
It wasn't bad. I just didn't really want to spend so much money on a novella. If the Penumbra novels had all been published in an omnibus, I'd probably think it's better worth for my money?

The author certainly knows how to set the atmosphere, though. Descriptions were beautiful--horrific sometimes, like the details about the oil on the Doctora's hands or the crying Anne heard from the very start. Those small details were what made the thing for me. Sometimes, something is more horrific when you
Mar 24, 2015 suzi rated it it was amazing
This is the first novella I've read from this author and I love it. I've always been partial to stories with mythological creatures especially those from my country. The story was a mix of Malaysian and Philippine folklore. I loved how the prologue and the epilogue , somewhat, mirrored each other. And I love the subtle hair raising effect of the prose. This is the kind of story I wish the writers of Shake Rattle and Roll1 were able to produce. Simple, complete, and with a Pinoy twist.

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Jun 22, 2013 Ivy Catherine rated it it was amazing
VERY LOVECRAFTIAN!!! I love it! I thought somebody is going to be eaten... but no... this one is different. This is something similar to H.P. Lovecraft's work.
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Jan 16, 2016 Amabelle (bico_belle) rated it it was amazing
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i like it! it was indeed errie and well-paced, the story was something new, different from Filipino horror stories i knew while growing up.
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