Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay until death. Whoever comes to stay, never leaves.
Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Blind and silenced, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's beds for nights on...more
***Apparently I also need a trigger warning for assholes with too much time on their hands. If at any point while reading this review, you find yourself frustrated with my opinion - a lone rural librarian with absolutely no influence on the author's bank account or sense of self-esteem - and decide that ...more
It started out really good and creepy with the witch just randomly showing up in people's houses just standing there with her eyes and mouth sewn shut and her arms chained to her sides. I would freak clean out. BUT, it just didn't go anywhere for me and I didn't like some of the stuff in the book and that's about it.
I'm really happy so many of my friends loved this book but it just wasn't for me. Sucks, I was hoping ...more
extry points given to me, by me, for choosing a book that has been in my house for more than a year.
extry points given to me, by me, for piggybacking this onto my october is spoooooooky reading goals.
As in so many fairy tales, the cruelest part is often overlooked. It’s not the depravity of the witch, but the mourning of the poor woodcutter over the loss of ...more
I may have lost my ever-loving mind. BECAUSE the place where I work is probably haunted. I'm about 97.8% sure it's haunted. Then I pick up a creepy ass book to read.
After figuring out that I couldn't read this either before I went into work, during work or when I was thinking about work...I finally got a couple of days ...more
Oh, how scary could this be, I asked myself. It can’t be as creepy as everyone says, I foolishly thought. Seriously, a story about a three-hundred-and-fifty-year-old witch who just appears wherever she wants around town, and all everyone does is throw a dish towel over her face or otherwise pretends she’s not there. The whole business sounded more comical than frightening, to be honest.
Well, fast forward to about a ...more
Hex starts off really well, the creep factor was so high that reading it at half five in the afternoon felt far too close to bedtime for comfort. For me, it's not so much that it features a witch, but that the witch acts more like a ghost. Who can turn up in your house, at any time. Awful. Just awful.
Living in Black Rock is not fun: ...more
A town cursed by a witch or a woman cursed by a town?
This was an odd book that has certainly provided me with a lot to think about.
Welcome to Black Spring. A charming little village set in the Hudson River Valley.
Picturesque as can be, an outsider would have a hard time imagining the horror the town's citizens endure every day.
The Black Rock Witch, a 17th-Century woman, murdered by her contemporaries after having her mouth and eyes sewn shut, lurks amidst the townsfolk ...more
Ratings are a mixed bag for HEX, and I must admit, there are a few portions of the novel I didn't care for that have to do with animals (but it's brief and easily skipped). So overall (for me) one fine CREEP-FEST...and a great October read!
Welcome to Black Spring....the small town is cursed....her name is Katherine van Wyler aka The Black Rock Witch. Her history is Dark, Sad and dates back to 1664. She's a horror of a...more
What a fantastic story.
There are numerous reviews with the plot on here, so I shan't add to that, but I just want to say that this book blew me away.
It was creepy and it was horrific, but what made this book different to so many horrors that I read is that the supernatural wasn't to blame. Yes, there was always a supernatural presence there, but the real atrocity, the real horror, is how people treat each other.
Whilst I expected some of the ending, the final sentence was ...more
The story isn't half bad. Just the opposite. It's half good. The plot and pacing and horror is really effective once you get past the halfway mark. But that ...more
What does he not care for? Characters.
Also, I feel like -- ladies.
There are four (third person) POV characters in this book.
1. Concerned father
2. Rebellious but kind-hearted teenage son ...more
I'm not going to get into the plot much as this book came out several years ago and everyone knows it's about a witch. She haunts the town, but her type of haunting mainly consists of showing up at weird times and places, creeping the ...more
BUT, here's the problem with this book. I liked no one in this book, the descriptions got a bit too wordy and I lost some of the scare factor at the end. I was just happy that the (view spoiler)[town burned to hell and everyone died. Does this make me a bad person?!
It's sad that I was cheering for the witch at the end. Maybe that was the point of the whole book? (hide spoiler)]
It was also a bit ...more
The good: Wow, what a different horror story--one that's actually chilling. It's so rare to find a horror novel that's unique. The ending is crazy and I loved it. Don't read this book if you want good characterization or strong writing (the translation is a bit stiff), but if you're looking for a disturbing plot, give this a try.
The book was translated from Dutch to English, so from the start I thought the writing was odd, with off-of-the-beat misplaced idioms alongside the manner of speaking that someone has having learned English from action movies (the narration reminded me of how the Star Wars character Jar Jar Binks spoke), with odd cadences and peculiar constructions in places. Still, it was a terrific book for 200 pages. The ...more
Tense, cruel and horrifying: Hex was so impossible to put down, it was almost as if the book was stitched to my hands. (Ha!) Because this dark modern tale of a witch with sewn shut eyes haunting a small town starts out light, but slowly grows into a disturbing monster.
“The Black Rock Witch is always here. She confronts us with her presence like a fenced-in pit bull. Muzzled, never moving...more
I'm soooo disappointed in this. The concept is absolutely awesome and by all accounts it provides the backdrop for what should've been a classic. The writing, pacing and descriptive powers of the author let it down badly.
It's hard to put my finger on exactly what went wrong. The writers descriptions are so strange and random at points that it sucked me out of the story. 'his smile rose like a cloud of carbon monoxide...'. I'm pretty sure that gas is ...more
This is a masterclass in how to write contemporary horror. This has everything that I enjoy in a good horror story. It feels new and different to your average horror. I really like it when someone takes a classic, overdone theme and breathes new life into it. This is what we have here. I LOVED it.
The story is about a witch/ghost that haunts an American town. Although, when I say ‘haunt’, I sorta mean that she just exists there. The town has their own emergency decree and organisation ...more
The Black Rock Witch AKA Katherine just insinuates herself into your life while you are reading this book – there was one night that I woke up in a cold sweat absolutely certain she was stood at the end of my bed. Took half an hour and a compulsive check of every room in my house before I was convinced she ...more
Right away, I have to mention that the plot of this book is entirely unique and original. The author imagined a very dark story and managed to turn the tables on me after reading the synopsis on the back and thinking the evil entity was going to be supernatural. (you'll see)
I experienced many emotions ...more
Ok, first off, disclaimer. I do not like horror stories in any medium. Nope, nope, NOPE.
Imagine my surprise when I woke up the other day and had a need for exactly what I just told you I avoid at all costs. Yeah, I have no idea how or why that happened, but I embraced it and went with the flow by picking up HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.
Hex was a hit in his home country the Netherlands and also in Belgium, but was written in Dutch with Dutch settings and things that Dutch people would identify with ...more
The story certainly ...more
Black Spring is a town in the northeastern United States, with a witch that has controlled the town since the 1600s. Even though the town lives in the 21st century, in some ways they are still following rules from Puritan days. If ...more
I have been looking for a good ghost story for some time now. One of those stories that I am unable to read at night, or risk going to bed hiding under my blankets.
After reading some good reviews I picked up Hex, hoping that it was the thing I had been looking for for some time.
Welcome to Black Spring.
Black Spring is a town under a curse. Katherine van Wyler is the Black Rock Witch, a supernatural ...more
But beyond the creepy, lurking presence of someone long dead, someone who is the cause of many deaths within this town, is a story of small-town hysteria.
Small town hysteria was what saw Katherine ...more
Wow! I am amazed at the way this book kept me in total fear the whole time. It's insane how scared words can make someone and the ...more
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