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The Halloween Children

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  329 ratings  ·  122 reviews
The Halloween Children are watching—they’re always watching in this chilling novel of suburban horror from Bram Stoker Award winner Norman Prentiss and Brian James Freeman of Cemetery Dance Publications.

The accommodations at Stillbrook Apartments aren’t exactly glamorous, but they’re quiet, affordable, and well maintained. The handyman is usually available to help with a
Hardcover, Signed, Limited Edition, 189 pages
Published October 2014 by Earthling Publications
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Amalia Gavea
"If my jokes had anything to do with what happened to our family that Halloween, I’m really sorry. I wish I could take it all back."

When you behave as if your children are idiots, when you don't respect their individuality and try to appear smart with jokes that are colder than Siberia during the winter, when you threaten and refuse to listen, then the fault lies with you. That's what's given to Harris and Lynn, two of the main candidates for the Worst Parents Ever in the History of Literature
4.5/5 stars!

Beautifully conceived and executed, The Halloween Children is a great and spooky read for anytime of year!

Husband and wife- Harris and Lynn, each tell their own story in alternating chapters. Lynn's chapters are addressed privately to her marriage therapist, and they contain a litany of complaints about her spouse and the way he parents their children. Harris' chapters tell the story from his point of view, but well after certain "events" have occurred. What those events are you'l

THE HALLOWEEN CHILDREN, by Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss is number ten in Earthling Publications annual Halloween series. As you can tell by the title, this book was the perfect read for a gloomy, Halloween night.

It all begins in the Stillbrook Apartments Complex. This collaborative novel starts out immediately with a stark, oppressive atmosphere, that continues to build dramatically throughout the course of the story. The tension was such that I couldn't put this book down--literally,
3.5 Stars. For Me.....not exactly scary, but certainly Creepy! Creepy apartment building with a history, Creepy-weird family, and an absolutely Spooktacular 5 Star Creepy book cover!

What really happened the night Halloween was cancelled?'ll have to use your imagination and sort out the clues while you read this Creepy tale of things that go bump in the night (and thump thump thump in the day) to find out.

While a few screeching cries....whispers of "help me"....and a few servings of Ha

Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new October classic. (Yes, I am aware that it is March as I am writing this review.)

As Halloween looms, tensions are building between the members of the Naylor family. Relations are getting woefully strained. Fractured. Violent. To top it off the annual Stillbrook Apartment Halloween party has been cancelled. That was the last straw. The Halloween Children are not going to like that at all. Looks like the Naylor’s family woes are the least of their worries. There are much darker forces at wor
joyce g
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Super creepy!!! Will recommend highly. Thank you Netgalley and author Brian James Freeman for providing me with the opportunity to read an ARC of this spooky book.
I’m giving The Halloween Children a solid four stars because it created a smothering sense of creepiness and managed to maintain it throughout the entire story and it held my attention from beginning to end. You know from the beginning that something terrible is coming but you’re never sure exactly what form that terribleness is going to take and when it’s finally revealed in all its gruesomeness it is quite terrible indeed!

But this isn’t a five star read for me because it is told by two very un
Krystin Rachel
Update: 2018.01.10:

Straight up: This is dumb.

Harris is a handyman for an apartment complex. He's pretty lame for a lead character and, for a husband/father. His wife, Lynn, does something too, but really all I could pay attention to was what a cold-ass bitch she was. Literally outright favouring one child over the other, playing as thought he other is the Antichrist because he's too much like his father. Ohhhhhh, you mean the man you decided to have children with and are still married to? Liter
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect for October 31st, but who has that kind of patience. In fact, reading this on a dreary rainy fall like April day was kinda like paying a visit to a favorite celebration ahead of time, sort of a sneak preview. This collaboration (I'd love to know how it works exactly) delivered all the eerie thrills you'd expect without skimping on any of the story's literary counterparts. In fact, it's a terrific story about the joys and dangers of parenting and the scars it leaves deliberately or inadve ...more
May 21, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This hardcover edition is signed by Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss.
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the tenth book in the Halloween series published by Earthling Publications. Harris, Lynn and their two children, Amber and Matt live at the Stillbrook Apartment complex. Lynn is a service rep for a computer company and works from home. Harris is the handyman for the Stillbrook apartments. The manager of the apartment complex decided to cancel the annual Halloween party that they have every year. The story is told from three different views. Harris, Lynn and Jessica, a tenant who is email ...more
The Behrg
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The Halloween Children are watching me. They're watching us all ..."

This novella reminded me a bit of a Jack Ketchum story. The first 2/3 of the book is spent exploring the characters - in this case a quite dysfunctional family. A constant sense of dread continues to build as questions are strung throughout the narrative like carefully placed decorations, until you reach the end which comes screaming at you like a freight train lifted from its tracks.

The narrative point of views, in flipping f
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, arc

An enjoyable short read that would have been a treat to read at Halloween. It’s not full on in your face gore but more a slow builder letting the tension drive at you and then leading to the final punch which is aiming to give you a shock.

The style of writing was engrossing, slipping between narratives showing the different viewpoints from the Mum and Dad and funny how they would interpret the interactions of the other. The delusional dad and the passive aggressive mum each viewing their
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, own, halloween
Very freaky and a great book to read to start the month of October.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Halloween Children is that kind of exquisite little horror novel that stays with you long after you reach the end.

Interspersed with a very visceral tale of graphic horror, we witness the horror of a family falling apart. As you read a series of journal entries, emails, and interviews, you realize that our perfectly normal little family is rotting from within. And you wonder what exactly is real and what isn’t.

Note that this isn’t the type of story that wraps everything up neatly. Different r
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a different style of writing as the story is told from a husband and wife's point of view in each chapter as they attempt to explain what happened to their children leading up to Halloween night. Both parents decided to cancel Halloween for their two children as punishment for something the children did, but by doing that, the parents started a chain reaction of events that lead to a Halloween tragedy.

Most of the beginning up to the middle of the book w
Andi Rawson
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite possibly the best Halloween book I've ever read, reading The Halloween Children has become my yearly tradition. Since it was originally only available as a signed/limited edition from Earthling Press, I was somewhere north of stoked when Hydra decided to release this as an e-book. I was even more thrilled when I got approved for a NetGalley ARC.

How well do you know your neighbors? The residents of Stillbrook Apartments have a Halloween party every year, but as this one approaches, the gen
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Children in horror - you can't really go wrong there. There is nothing as creepy as a child in a horror story. Two? Even better (or worse, as the case may be).

Most of story is in the blurb itself, but the way it is told changes this from an okay story to a pretty good one. The Halloween Children starts from the end, from a digital transcription where an interviewer is talking to an unnamed victim. You know something horrible is going to happen, but you have to be patient and wait for it.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Worth the read, I must say. This novelette about the evil that children do on Halloween gave me goosebumps more than once. Both Prentiss and Freeman have the perfect touch to build up the plot to a satisfying chilling climax. If you ever wonder how writers can still come up with original ideas nowadays then look no further than this title. Well-written, scary, and a heck of a fine characterization, THE HALLOWEEN CHILDREN is the s
Michael Hicks
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, netgalley
I received a copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley over the summer, but given the awful state of affairs with my perpetual TBR stack I didn't manage to get to this novella until now. But damn if October certainly isn't a mighty fine time to read something like The Halloween Children.

Early on in this story, authors Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss write about how an apartment complex is the perfect setting for a haunted house. You don't need an ancient Native American graveya
Norman Prentiss and Brian James Freeman wrote what may be my favorite Halloween story ever. I first read it in 2015 when Norm agreed to his first interview for this blog. When I saw that Hydra was going to release it on kindle, I found I needed to help spread the word!

What’s going on inside the gated community apartments? Nothing, if management has its way. No parties, no decorations and certainly no trick or treating. The annual potluck is canceled. It’s to be just another night.

But at the apa
Frank Errington
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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For more than a decade publisher Paul Miller celebrates his favorite holiday with the release of one novel of flat-out horror, usually featuring classic terrors such a s monsters and haunted houses rather than psychological suspense or real-life horrors.

This year, it's the story of The Halloween Children, written by Brain James Freeman and Norman Prentiss.

"The Halloween Children are everywhere and they know our fears" - written in black marker on a bench outside the Still brook apartm
The Halloween children. A weird tale with a lot of interesting mentions that never gets explored.
Spoiler-free review of THE HALLOWEEN CHILDREN by Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss


This review is for an advance reader copy received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

October is my favorite time of year. As a life-long lover of all things horror and Halloween, the Fall season holds a special place in my heart. I never read THE HALLOWEEN CHILDREN during its initial, limited release back in 2014, so I immediately jumped on the opportunity to review an ARC for its 2017 release
Robert Mingee
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, 2015-harc
Man, what a perfect Halloween read! This one was incredibly creepy, with a sinister tone underlying the whole thing. I loved the format, which was essentially a series of journal entries alternating between a husband and wife who clearly had marital/child issues, with some cryptic email exchanges thrown in for good measure. The horror builds perfectly as new things are revealed and the situation spirals out of control, building to a very satisfying conclusion.

This is a very worthy addition to th
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Halloween in June? I guess so. This eerie Halloween tale which is a bit on the nasty side is being published in its first trade appearance this summer. It seems a little early but since Christmas is now getting celebrated beginning in October, I guess we can start Halloween a little early. In fact after reading this, it may be a wise idea.

Not that the timing matters. A good horror story is welcomed any time of year. Brian James Freeman and Norman Prentiss has written a neat little horror novel i
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Slightly disturbing and gory this book was a page turner. If I was 15 years old this book would definitely have been a 5 star book. I definitely think the target audience is a younger age bracket--maybe 16 to 20 years old. However, even at my current age the story was able to creep me out. This is a perfect Halloween scare book. The ending is a little over the top but the suspense the authors built in to the book is perfect. My anxiety grew and grew until I just wanted it to be over with and fin ...more
Nov 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2017
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The Halloween Children are everywhere and they know our fears"

This was a hair raising tale perfect for a Halloween read or any time of year if you love horror like I do.

Lynn and Harris seem like a typical married couple, living with their 2 young children Matt and Amber in an apartment building where Harris is the on site handyman. Lynn is a combination stay at home mom and computer tech support operator for a company that enables her to work from home.

"When did you realize something wasn't
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Brian James Freeman sold his first short story when he was fourteen years old and his first novel when he was twenty-four. His short stories, essays, novellas, and novels have been published by Warner Books, Leisure, Cemetery Dance, Borderlands Press, Book-of-the-Month Club, and many others. His newest book-length work of fiction is The Painted Darkness, which was published in December 2010 by Cem ...more