The Halloween Children
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
What really happened the night Halloween was cancelled? Well...you'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...more
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 ...more
But this isn’t a five star read for me because it is told by two very un ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Most of the beginning up to the middle of the book w ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is a very worthy addition to th ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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