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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,102 ratings  ·  272 reviews
The fate of a lonely girl becomes part of a town’s shameful secret history in Thriller Award winner Jennifer McMahon’s terrifying story of guilt, retribution, and one tragic Halloween night.

Thirty-four years ago, on October 31, poor Hannah Talbott took part in a scavenger hunt gone violently wrong. The mean girls made sure of it. To this day, for a haunted local mother, th
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Published September 27th 2018 by Brilliance Audio
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Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hannah-Beast(Dark Corners collection) by Jennifer McMahon is a Halloween tale highlighting the perils of complicity. What goes around comes around!
Diane S ☔
3.5 I love Jennifer McMahon, her books are always different, surprising, she takes risks in her fiction, which I admire. Plus, this was an Amazon narrated prime freebie, so I couldn't resist. First scary book I have listened to, and the you g girls voices in this I find hard to forget. "Say Boo! Hannah beast" "We love you Hannah Beast." Oh, the cruelty of young girls.

So this seriously creeped me out and the very unexpected end was horrible but apropos.
(Context: Dark Corners is a set of 7 individually published short stories from the Amazon Original Stories imprint. After learning they’re all free to read for Prime members, I settled down to devote a Sunday afternoon to working through them.)

In 2016, Amanda is at loggerheads with her 13-year-old daughter Erin, who wants to dress as 'Hannah-beast' – apparently a local custom – for Halloween. In flashbacks, we learn where the story came from: Halloween 1982, with a group of bullies (of which A
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Hannah-Beast is the first story in the Dark Corners Collection, a collection of seven short stories offered up as Amazon/Audible Original content. I love listening to original horror stories on audio, so I jumped right on this collection! Glad I did -- each story is creative and different.

They say that urban legends and myths are based in fact. In this short story (I lean more towards novella really as the audio version of the story is just over an hour long....a bit lengthy for a short story),
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
A good short story for spooky October.
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This was a pretty good one. I think it's my first story by Jennifer McMahon.

Centered around a horrible event that happens in the main character's childhood on Halloween night, it flashes back and forth between past and present. As you learn what happened in the past, the tension builds fairly effectively.

I felt sorry for the bullied girl in the flashbacks. She was definitely naive, but children can be so cruel that it wasn't completely unbelievable either.

The ending was a decent one as well. Not
Ellen Gail
It's short. It's creepy. It's free.

Stuff is set on fire. Things (pumpkins) are stabbed. Kids are assholes.

What more could you want? Just read it*

*or don't I mean I liked it but I have terrible taste and low self esteem and you probably should just go because this review is all downhere from here.

Sick, not scary

This is the third of the Dark Corners Collection and so far I have only liked one. I don't find bullying a girl to death and committing 2 other murders in the process to be just a Halloween Prank committed by a group of "cool" girls. And the ending was so sad and awful but I knew how it was going to end. I also think that in light of what happened, this town would have banned the Hannah Beast costume or at least more parents with any common sense would have made their children cho
This was very spooky, perfect for October!
Sep 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lol what did I just read

Halloween is optional. This story makes no sense. Why on earth would the mom even “celebrate” Halloween after what happened in 1982? Why wouldn’t she just say “that girl was my friend and it’s not okay to dress up like that on Halloween.” Best quote “It was after six, already full dark.” Full Dark.
You should definitely check this out if you like creepy, freaky, odd, scary or even strange dark fiction.

This is a perfect (very short) Halloween shortie.

I was shocked by how the story ended for 2 people (kinda 3)!

Read it or listen for free on KU. I think listening is most likely the best way to experience Hannah Beast.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this short story from Jennifer McMahon a lot. I didn't see the end coming at all, it gave me goosebumps. Perfect for Halloween!
You know that something is coming but it still gets you.

Wow. This was an excellent short story. Building an atmosphere and characters that you care about. It scared me and made me immensely sad at the same time. Looking for more by this author now.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror, thriller
Great short story, perfect for Halloween! Side note- the narrator's voice drove me insane, but other than that, a solid story.
Beth Roberts
Short fiction is so difficult to pull off effectively, especially horror fiction.

Jennifer McMahon is one of my favorite literary horror novelists. I love her understated, quiet way of slow-moving, inevitable dread.

Because this is short, straight-up horror, that slow building tension is lost and the whole thing rushes forward with no real surprises.

Four stars for being a well-written, believable account of the origin story of a Halloween urban legend.

A note on the publishing: kudos to Amazon for
Holly Letson
I found this story to be fairly boring. It didn't really keep my attention.
Maranda (addlebrained_reader)
Jennifer McMahon is a master

This may be a short story but it had my heart pounding and left me shaking my head, stunned. Jennifer McMahon is a master storyteller. Her prose is gripping and fear inducing. Wow.
Quentin Wallace
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a dark creepy story that made for a perfect Halloween read. While it was sad at times, that added to the horror and the overall feeling of dread that grew and grew as the story went along. Great ghost story that was familiar yet fresh at the same time.
This is a short story where things aren't what they seem. Where a childish prank turns ghastly and haunts those involved well into adult hood.

Super scary? No. Held my attention for the 49 pages? Yes.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
TW: suicide

I'm hoping for a story in this collection to scare me, but this one didn't. It was just sad and cruel, and I felt that Hannah's last chapter was in poor, poor taste. And I thought Amanda was so stupid about everything. That would not have happened at the end if she had just told the goddamned truth (but bonus points for it shocking me).
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
I liked the time jumps, they helped build some tension between the two stories. Of course her daughter dressed up as Hannah, that was so plain to anyone who's ever been told by their parent to not do something and then immediately did it when they were out of sight.

Actually not a story about a haunting, just a story about a person who suddenly (and inexplicably, if you think about the fact she's only now thinking about that night but then it's a narrative so that's how it has to come together)
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
are u a scary story halloween fan?

Oh my goodness, what a great idea ...from the 7 books the ones I did enjoy the best were "The Sleep Tight Motel" 1st & "Hannah-Beast" 2nd, if you know anything about Beth... I love mysteries ...but I don't really enjoy the scary parts. I love parts of Halloween. but the happy scary part. I think my understanding of these stories were meant to be short and quick ... maybe to get you hooked to read more from the author of you so desire?!
♡Meme♡Reads love♡
Well, I thought this was pretty good for a short which I don't usually read I like my books to be like an Everlasting Gobstopper.

This was about a Mom who with her friends did a very very horrible bullying type of thing when they were younger on Halloween. Innocent kids were murdered. Basically, she what she did came back to haunt her and not in a good way.
Karma♥Bites ^.~
Looking to get into Halloween mood?

This SS is part of Amazon's Dark Corners collection. All 7 shorts (each w/ with audio) are available via Kindle Limited.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part of Amazon's Dark Corners Collection.

This is more a sad story than a scary one. It does make me wonder what the other "mean girls" from 30 years ago are doing now. Mel seemed like a psychopath.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No scary but still a good story

This story unfolds quickly but provided enough suspense to hold me until the end! The character development was good, I felt so sorry for poor Hannah! Another great read provided by my Kindle Unlimited subscription.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chilling....excellent read for Halloween.
Creepy and chilling Halloween read!!
Holy shit I didn't see that ending coming 😮
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