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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Mark is uprooted from his home and high school in the Twin Cities and forced to move with his family into a Victorian in Nowhere-ville. Busy with the relocation and fitting in, Mark’s parents don’t see what’s unfolding around them—the way rooms and left behind objects seem alive with a haunted past.
Of course, Mark keeps his ghostly encounters to himself, all the while sin
Kindle Edition, 187 pages
Published November 20th 2018 by Unnerving
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When Mark and his family move into an old Victorian home, he can feel right away that something is off with the property. He's immediately on edge.

There is a fountain in the courtyard that Mark has seen before in a dream. Spoiler Alert: It wasn't a good dream.

When odd things begin happening around the house, his suspicions are confirmed. This house is haunted as hell.

Unfortunately, for Mark, he seems to be the only one who notices; his parents and sister are oblivious to the disturbing atmospher
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Teen angst. Check. Old Victorian mansion. Check. Ghosts. Check. Two timelines. Check check!
I love YA novel and I love horror - combine the two and YAY for me!

I really enjoyed the two timelines. I may have even enjoyed Emma's timeline best as she's a feisty woman going against the grain and basically being a bad ass. Mark is living in teen angst - moving away from his best friend, who he has a crush on and is still discovering his sexuality. I actually wish we had explored this a little bit more
Candace Robinson
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The coolest part about this book is the timeline style in which it's written. We get Emma's POV from the 1800s (Which is awesome), and then we get Mark's POV from 1988 (Which is also awesome). And there's some cool ghosty paranormal business that goes down!

Mark was hands down my favorite character. He had a fun personality to where he felt like a real teen boy and said some pretty hilarious stuff. Also, there was great diversity with his character. Emma was also a well-developed character—you le
Fans of twisted tales of darkness, this one’s for you! Theresa Braun has brewed up a chilling tale that transects time and is perfect for young adult readers on up!

FOUNTAIN DEAD splits itself between Mark’s POV in 1988 and Emma’s POV in 1862. What manner of evil can cross decades and bring their stories together?

When Mark’s family tore him from his friends to move to an old, Victorian home, he is about to find that the rumors of its haunting are more than mere ghost stories. If walls could talk
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Fountain Dead blends YA and horror in this multi-timeline, multi-perspective story. Part of the story takes place in the 1860s and the second part takes place in the 1980s. I do not want to give anything away about either timeline, but with the two we have a combination of teen angst/sexuality issues, haunted houses, ghosts, Native Americans, and perhaps even some slight possession. There is definitely a lot going on here - one may even wager there is too much going on.

At times I was unsure of w
Leo Robertson
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A stunningly ambitious time-traversing ghost story, following two different generations (1860s, 1980s.) An excellent and complex concept pulled off with aplomb!

More than just the same house links these characters. The themes of their lives intertwine and dovetail seamlessly as Braun expresses the roles fate forces us to play in life and how these tests teach us who we are--and aren't. As the plot drives forwards, it becomes clearer how two generations in the same house, at different times, will
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mark is not too happy his parents are forcing him to move to nowhere-ville. His mother wanted to move away from the Twin Cities to a place where everyone should live where the doors can be kept unlocked. Hence, the move to the middle of nowhere. But, the old Victorian home they have chosen to move to has secrets of its own. Secrets that lead Mark to discover as he tries to protect his family from the evil lurking inside. What happened to this old home that has the potential to destroy a family o ...more
Steve Stred
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
** Edited as Review is now live on Kendall Reviews!**


This one first caught my attention through a twitter post announcing a number of new releases from Unnerving. Unnerving is one of those top-notch smaller publishers that strive to put out top-notch product, so I was excited.

Coincidentally, this was one of two books I was able to get through during a recent bout of staying home from a head cold, and this one also jumped between two-time periods.

At the heart of this tale is ghost story whic
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

Fountain Dead is a YA ghost story with two interconnecting timelines and a creepy Victorian house at the forefront of the story.

It's 1988 and teenage Mark is forced to leave his life in the Twin Cites behind when his family moves to a creepy Victorian home in the small town of Winona. Mark gets bad vibes from the house almost immediately, especially when he notices a decrepit fountain in front of the house.

In a se
Audra (ouija.reads)
I am always on the lookout for good haunted house narrative, but this book was not for me.

The book is set up with two alternating storylines—one of which is not even discussed in the cove copy—and I found them to be very disjointed. One is set in the early 1860s following a young woman determined to be a teacher and the other takes place in the late 1980s following a boy whose family has just moved to a new town and a creepy old house. Even though the narratives do eventually intermingle, each
Catherine Cavendish
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly engrossing story set in two time periods – 1862 and 1988 – but in the same house. In the latter, we get the story of Mark who has been reluctantly moved with his parents from the Twin Cities to a backwoods small town, into a Victorian house that oozes sinister atmosphere. His parents though are so engrossed with their own lives, they fail to notice what is going on around them, or that the house is affecting their daughter Tausha. It is up to Mark to find out what is going on – and he ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Don't ever let any one thing rule your life."

I read a short story from Theresa Braun in an anthology last year & I really loved it, so I was very excited when I heard about this book. Unfortunately, Fountain Dead didn't have the same result for me.

I feel like there was a solid framework for a good haunted house novel, but the pieces weren't fully woven together. It was disjointed, and I think a little too much was going on. There were two timelines, and the second character wasn't even introd
Gerardo Delgadillo
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 stars

Two points of view. Two timelines. Too interesting!

That’s what I liked about Fountain Dead. Very engaging prose that kept my attention through the two POVs. We “live” through Emma’s eyes in 1862–how people survived at the time and all that she had to go through. Then, we switch to the future with Mark in 1988, when Walkmans, spiked hair, and shoulder pads ruled. Gorgeous writing in alternating POV chapters make this book fun and creepy! Which is good, because horror, right?

Now, w
Didi Oviatt
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW what a creepy thrill ride! I was a little hessitant to read this, only because I've been on a bit of a romance kick. It's been a while since I dove into anything paranormal, but because I really enjoyed Theresa Brauns short tale, 'Dead Over Heels' did I ultimatly give it a go. I'm so glad I did too, this was just the change I needed! Move down the bench romance, because I'm back into horror for probably a few more books after this! I might even visit something Ahnia Alborn (my favorite horro ...more
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
Forced to move by his parents to a new town, to a new house is probably every teenagers nightmare but that’s just the beginning for Mark. He knows there’s something not right with the house, especially the basement and the neglected fountain outside but his parents ignore his pleas.

As ghostly visions and strange things start happening in the house, Mark must delve into the past and uncover the house’s secrets.

I want to reiterate the fact this is definitely the more mature end of the YA spectrum
Sherry Fundin
“…killing rich Indians.”

The greed and ugliness of humanity arises when they hear of gold, and corruption makes it easy to steal from those that have it.

Mark and his family are moving…straight into his nightmare. My curiosity is aroused and I ‘dive’ in.

Mark wondered, “A house can’t be alive…can it”

Warning bells rang in his head, but finances deemed this is their new new home.

We flip from the 1860s to the present and Emma shined in the past and Mark in the future. He pays attention to the details
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the alternating timelines between the late 1980s and the 1860s. The characters from both time periods had distinctive elements I appreciated that propelled the plots forward, and I'm a sucker for a well-told haunted house story. ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
f you've been following me for any length of time, you know that horror is one of my preferred genres. You also probably know that I'm well aware of how rough it is to fit this genre into the YA spectrum. Authors who write YA horror have to walk a very fine line, and that's not an easy feat. So, I have to start this review with kudos to Theresa Braun for mastering that. This book may be on the upper spectrum of the YA group, but it's still firmly there.

This is a dual timeline book, with Mark set
S.J. Budd
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mark is uprooted from his home and high school in the Twin Cities and forced to move with his family into a Victorian in Nowhere-ville. Busy with the relocation and fitting in, Mark’s parents don’t see what’s unfolding around them—the way rooms and left behind objects seem alive with a haunted past.
Of course, Mark keeps his ghostly encounters to himself, all the while sinking deeper into the house's dark, alluring, and ultimately terrifying history. As romantic entanglements intensify, the para
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, review-copy
Fountain Dead was one of my selections for the Ladies of Horror Fiction readathon. Unfortunately, the format of Fountain Dead didn't work for me. The timeline in Fountain Dead shifted back and forth between 1988 and the 1860s. There was a lot of jumping not just between timelines but also within the narrative of each section. It was hard to keep up with what was happening. I wasn't able to properly lose myself in the story or the lives of the characters.

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May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fountain Dead by Ms. Theresa Braun is fascinating read for those who enjoy, mystery, suspense, and of course a bit of the paranormal. I particularly enjoyed the way the author ties together different time periods, 1860's America at the time of the Civil War and America during the late 80's. Being from the Gen X generation, the eighties hold a special place in my heart as a time of coming of age. Much of the music and other pop culture references were sentimental for me. The story revolves around ...more
Horror DNA
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jennifer-turner
All this end of the year hoopla has gotten me thinking about books, especially the ones that I have read this year. I experienced some really great literature in 2019 and Theresa Braun's Fountain Dead is definitely in the Top 10.

You can read Jennifer's full review at Horror DNA by clicking here.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Fountain Dead, we’ve got a coming of age story woven into a ghost story, or is it the other way around? Both, perhaps. However you want to describe it, Braun makes what could be a confusing format, with both time jumping and POV shifts, work.

Initially, I wondered how she’d make the multiple timelines and POV work for the story, rather than against it. While a reader might find the shifts a little disconcerting at first, as you read, the story’s secrets are revealed in a way that keep you tur
Dec 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark and his younger sister Tausha move into an old estate with their parents. On the property there sits a fountain full of putrid green sludge. This fountain totally gives Mark the creeps, and not only because of the smell and the gross green gooey water. It's just "off" somehow.
Soon enough Tausha begins to act strange and mom starts sipping on the alcohol a bit more than before. Mark and his new friend Hexx have to get to the bottom of it before Mark's whole family goes down the drain.

This wa
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun book.

It isn’t scary, but it is extremely interesting. You have two timelines here and it takes a bit before you see how they intersect.

I loved our main character. He’s simply wonderful and you’ve got a bit of a coming of age story going on with him.

The book is atmospheric and gives us some eerie elements.

Glad I read this one!

*Downloaded from KU
Tracy Robinson
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
***review soon***
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A huge thank you to the author for sending me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review!

Mark, our main protagonist, has moved into a Victorian home in Winona with his family. Having to leave behind his best friend and settle into a town that is small and not very friendly, Mark begins having weird situations arise with the house itself. His parents seem oblivious to it all, while his little sister may be getting caught up in things too. Our story jumps perspectives, from Mark's presen
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
True rating 4.5 stars!

Have you ever wondered about the history of a house? About if what has transpired there would have left a mark? Well, if that is an idea that interests you then you will love reading Fountain Dead! This story is told with two different timelines reflecting the thoughts and feelings of two different teens who resided in the same house as well as the paranormal interaction between them as the ghost of Emma interacts with Mark in present day. I absolutely loved the past-presen
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, paranormal
With two timelines, two stories, and two POVs, it’s like Fountain Dead is two fantastically creepy ghost stories in one! How cool is that?

This book is hard to pin down in terms of genres. Though it is clearly a paranormal tale, one of the MCs is a teenager, which adds a YA element, Emma’s story during the Civil War adds a bit of historical fiction, and the story is also for more mature readers, who can handle some gore, making it horror. But regardless of what you categorize it as, the blurred g
Kristina (Books-and-dachshunds)
**Disclaimer: I did received a copy of this book from the author for review purpose. This has in no way, shape or form affected my opinion on it**

full review on the blog !

It had started to become really interesting at about 70% in the book; as of which I would’ve had finished the last 30% in one setting, if it wouldn’t had been so late already. The actions started to make more sense and I was eager to finally discover what was up with that fountain and what in hell that beast was – although the
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What can we say about Theresa? I mean other than the fact that she's weirdly obsessed with smiley faces :-). Like, seriously obsessed >:-*. It's kinda scary :-O.

I think she thinks she's from Renaissance England or Venice or something. I never could figure out which one it was. (She's really b

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