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She'll eat you up.

A hungry ghost escapes from a dark realm into the human world, where it enters the unconscious body of a woman named Sam. When Sam appears to miraculously awaken from her accident-induced coma, her lesbian lover, alcoholic ex-husband, and well-meaning family must come together to try and stop the ghost from devouring everything Sam once loved.

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Paperback, 226 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Black Spot Books
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Montzalee Wittmann
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Hungry Ghost by Dalena Storm is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. I found this to be a unique ghost story! I liked the originality of it! Different levels of beings, lots of twists and turns, a very creative plot, unusual characters, and good creepy vibes! Liked this book a lot! It has a lot going for it if you are looking for something new in the genre!
Katie Gallagher
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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Thank you to NetGalley and Black Spot Books for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review. The Hungry Ghost debuts June 11th.

This debut novel from Dalena Storm had my immediate attention with its title. Hungry ghosts are paranormal entities in the Buddhist tradition that emerge only in specific circumstances, such as when someone is violently killed—something I’m sure Storm knows, having graduated from Williams College wit
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The Nerd Daily
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Seven Jane

Arriving just in time for Novella Month, with a diverse and LGBTQ cast of characters, is debut-author Dalena Storm’s The Hungry Ghost, a chilling tale of love, lust, and desire and the often blurred line between them.

In The Hungry Ghost, a woman named Sam is caught between her alcoholic (and rather pathetic) ex-husband Peter; her young and determined would-be paramour, Madeline; and her own trepidations over letting anyone else inside
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 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
I was agreeably surprised by this novel as it proved to have a quite unexpected depth and richness of quality. Not strictly an LGBT narrative, not only metaphysical, not simply a metaphor of love attempted and failed (although it encompasses all and each of these), at heart I found it a treatise on writing and creativity, an exploration of how Imagination creates Reality. I tremendously enjoyed it and I know it will remain in my imagination while I ponder what tulpas I may create.
Rachel Dawn Drenning
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was one weird, trippy tale. I enjoyed it immensely. If you are into strange stories that make you think, this one is for you. Loved the cat in the tale. 💕 This was really impressive for a debut novel. Hope the author writes more because I can only imagine how well she will do in the future. This book won't be for everyone as it has a lot of moments that you must interpret for yourself. Including the ending. ...more
Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
The Hungry Ghost was unlike anything else I've read.

Sam is recently divorced and not sure what she's looking for, but decides to go on a date to see an old student she kissed and crushed on just to see how it plays out. Madeline, the student, is absolutely smitten with Sam and is annoyed she's had to wait this long to get a date! Madeline is channeling her feelings into a novel she's writing about a hungry ghost. Sam is her hungry ghost and she wants to be gobbled up by her. The date goes well,
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Mary
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Interests in astral travel, reincarnation, afterlife, soul, asian legend
"Why did you get born as you? Why did I get born as...this?" asks the Hungry Ghost.

The Hungry Ghost has something for everyone (almost). It is listed under horror, but I would say horror is a small part of this this genre-collage. Dalena Storm has provided us with the Asian myth and legend of the Hungry Ghost itself, mystic and dreamy magic of Sam's conciousness while in her coma, love....straight, lesbian mother/daughter love and the love of animals, the soul and afterlife and reincarnation, a
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Keith Chawgo
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Storm’s debut novel is a curiosity within itself as it mixes genres and subgenres to become its own characterised genre. On paper or on book, in this case, this shouldn’t work but it remarkably works on so many levels.

The book reads like a domestic fiction which leads us to characters who are unhappy with their lives. Failed relationships, new relationships that are having difficulty getting jump started and people trying for a little bit of happiness. The story unfolds in a very realistic mann
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Dorie
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
The Hungry Ghost
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#TheHungryGhost. #NetGalley

Ghosts. Lesbians. Ouija. Kittens. HELL YEAH!

Original creative, and diverse characters drive this unique and excellent ghost story. It has twists of eeriness and circumstance made this hard to put down- I read it in one sitting!

Sam, a writing teacher in Boston, lays in a coma after a car accident with a semi. Her unconscious body awakens, but is possessed by a hungry ghost that has escaped the dark side
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Sheela Kean
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short and well written, this is a great read for a little something different. I really liked the story with its roots in the old chinese legend and the visuals of the ghost and its hunger felt vivid and creepy. I would have liked to get to know Sam a bit more before the accident, I didn't feel much connection between her or the other characters but with a lot of it just revolving around the ghost, I didn't really think about it until afterwards. ...more
Bin Blogs Books
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, own-ebook
One of the strangest, most alluring tales of possession, regret and horror I've ever read, Dalena Storm offers up a world very similar to ours with a bizarre stretch of the imagination.

I'd definitely recommend this book to those of you who'd like to read a good story just outside your comfort zone.
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Jammin Jenny
I received this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review. I liked this story quite a bit. The paranormal aspect, ghosts feeding on human spirits, and spirits inhabiting other beings, was a bit farfetched, but all in all a fun summer read.
Sci-Fi & Scary
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to come.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.
Sue Wallace
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The hungry ghost by Delana Storm.
This was a fantastic read with some great characters. I found it unique. Different. I liked Madeline and Sam's characters but I wasn't sure about Peter. Didnt know if I liked him or not. It didn't have the ending I liked but I did like the ending. 5*.
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Heather Bennett
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Hungry Ghost was a bizarre well written book, that was very entertaining. The author manages to pull off this unique story and characters.
Bunnie Bleaux
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
What... what just happened? The Hungry Ghost was one of the most ridiculous books I have ever read. I swear I mean that in the best of ways.
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Sam gets into a car accident and falls into a coma. As her loved ones gather around her each day wishing her to wake up, Sam is experiencing some sort of spiritual walkabout. Her “soul” decides to enter the body of an unborn kitten, and a malevolent spirit enters her body. This hungry ghost wants more than just hospital food, it craves flesh.
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I seriously
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Vigasia
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was the most bizarre book I've read after The Library at Mount Chair some 2 years ago. And the most gender binding. At first I thought it will be a romance novel, but it happened to be more a horror mixed with paranormal thriller.

Th story is about a woman - Sam- whose body, after serious accident, was inhabitet by a hungry ghost , while her soul got into a body of a little kitten. Yeah, i know it sounds weird and it is, but tha't not at all bad, because the story is not only about Sam, it's
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Lindy Ryan
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Arriving just in time for Novella Month, with a diverse and LGBTQ cast of characters, is debut-author Dalena Storm’s The Hungry Ghost, a chilling tale of love, lust, and desire and the often blurred line between them.

In The Hungry Ghost, a woman named Sam is caught between her alcoholic (and rather pathetic) ex-husband Peter; her young and determined would-be paramour, Madeline; and her own trepidations over letting anyone else inside her heart (or her newly-earned freedom, for that matter, bein
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Aaron Mcquiston
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The concept of the hungry ghost has been around for centuries, mostly in eastern religions but has sneaked into Christianity as well. The concept is that a demon-like creature inhabits a realm of the living and crave so much that it destroys everything. This concept is prevalent and strongly illustrated in Dalena Storm's debut, "The Hungry Ghost." The story of Sam, a woman who is vulnerable to becoming a vessel for this hungry ghost through a coma, becomes the focus of the hungry ghost, a creatu ...more
Betsy
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I am giving The Hungry Ghost 3/5 stars. The premise of the book is that there is a ghost that enters into the body of an unconscious woman named Sam. The main reason that I give this book a rating that I would consider to be average is due to how obscure this whole story tended to be. There is the definition of obscure that is inevitable when dealing with things like ghosts, comas and dreams because paranormal material can be bizarre. Hungry Ghosts definitely delves into the category of being ob ...more
Susan
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Sam ‘s car is hit by a semi in the rain, she ends up in the hospital. She is in a coma. In another realm, a ghost searching for food sees a light and follows it into Sam’s body. Sam ends up being born as a kitten — the cat mother doesn’t want this kitten. Fortunately, Jimmy feeds and loves her. Jimmy is the proud owner of a shop that has second hand cats. Yes, they are cats that he has rescued off the streets. They are loved and fed by him among other cat necessities. Before Sam had her acc ...more
Gini Rainey
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one interesting, spell-binding, ghost-type book that will definitely hold your attention. What happens when a ghost has been a ghost for a very
long time and hasn’t had much to eat? Well, apparently it gets very hungry and being a ghost, it can’t eat food on its own. So according to Ms. Storm it does the next best thing. It finds a host body of someone on the way out and makes itself at home.

This is what happened to poor Samantha who was in an unfortunate and tragic accident. Her unsuspe
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Lulu
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in return for a fair review.
The author bio on the back of the book says she studied fiction but enjoys the space between genres. This book is just that - somewhere between paranormal/thriller/mystical/horror/folklore. For the most part, it works!
The story was very slow to start, I thought, but once the ‘hungry ghost’ escapes its purgatory it’s full on to the end! I loved the folklore style element and the inclusion of ‘Jimmy’s Used Cats’ - what
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Tracy Cavanah
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A hungry ghost escapes from a dark realm into the human world, where it enters the unconscious body of a woman named Sam. When Sam appears to miraculously awaken from her accident-induced coma, her lesbian lover, alcoholic ex-husband, and well-meaning family must come together to try and stop the ghost from devouring everything Sam once loved. Meanwhile, elsewhere in Boston, a mysterious new kitten has just been born who holds the key to understanding what has happened to Sam.

Will Sam’s loved on
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Moreau
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Hungry Ghost is gorgeous, imaginative, poetical, and a fast read. It dodges all the genre cliches to produce something fresh. The cover is a bit misleading. It is more magical realism than thriller. That is to say it reminded me more of García Márquez or Haruki Murakami than Stephen King. A very promising debut novel from a new writer which bodes well for future work. Plus each character, while flawed, turns out to have something good about them in the end. A book with a real heart. I will b ...more
Karlen HK
*An ARC of this book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

This is a creative and creepy little ghost story! The characters are surprisingly complex for as short as the book is and I appreciated that kind of attention from the author. Bianca, the mother, is a real roller-coaster of infuriating and completely sympathetic, as mothers truly can be. The ending was completely satisfying. A quick, weird, and fun debut novel.
BMR, LCSW
I got an ADC from Netgalley and Black Spot Books for review.

This is a very short novel, I read it in a couple of hours yesterday.

The protagonist is possessed by a cannibal(?) ghost, after a terrible car accident (semi vs compact car). There's a twist involving a cat. I didn't understand much of anything else that happened. Maybe if I were more familiar with Buddhism or something, it would have made more sense?? IDK...
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Allanah Korin
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I went into this book with the idea that it was going to be a corny horror book that would just be fun to read. While it does have some silly and corny scenes, that just added to the atmosphere of the novel. Dalena Storm has the ability to make you laugh at one part and then gasping in a second as the mood starkly shifts. Frankly, the novel was thrilling and I couldn’t put it down. Every second I wanted to know what happens next. Storm draws readers into the world she has created and it feels li ...more
Laura
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can honestly say that I agree with the other reviewers in that this book was bizarre but still had a way to captivate the reader. The ghost takes over and the fight begins. The author keeps you interested with the characters contained within the book. The girlfriend and the alcoholic father both trying to see it for what they know it cannot be. Maybe not a 5 star for me but very close.
Veronica
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
The story took a minute to come together but once it gained momentum, it was easier to get through. The storyline was different than what i expected. The ending was a bit abrupt but I could see a sequel being written.
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Dalena is a writer and educator who lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Her undergraduate training at Williams College was in Asian Studies with a Religious Studies Concentration, and her experiences in the study and practice of various religious and spiritual traditions, as well as her travels throughout Asia and Europe, influence much of her writing. She earned her MFA in Fiction from Benningt ...more

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