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Sleep in the Dust of the Earth

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Sometimes they come back angry …

Ace’s life is satisfying in an ordinary sort of way. At twenty-five he’s deeply in love with his wife of two years, and he and Runa are expecting their first child. But when Ace’s mother-in-law passes away after a short illness, things take a turn for the weird.

Everyone in the family knows that Gretchen dabbled in the occult prior to her dea
Kindle Edition, 78 pages
Published February 25th 2019 by PCNY Books
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Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-fiction, horror
Sleep In The Dust of the Earth is a disturbingly fun little novella that caught me off guard in the best of ways.

It tells the story of Ace whose mother-in-law, Gretchen, has recently passed away. His family and his in-laws and their two creepy kids have gathered at Gretchen’s enormous and possibly haunted Victorian mansion to settle up affairs and say a final goodbye. And then things get mighty strange indeed!

Gretchen, who was reputed to have a fascination with the occult in her final years, was
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, novellas
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Emily Carter-Dunn
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Spine-tingling good and just the perfect length.
Candy Robosky
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sleep in the Dust of the Earth is reminiscent of Pet Semetery in so many ways. I found this story a bit disturbing in who is responsible for the strange goings on in this family as well as how clueless most of the family was until it was too late. It was creepy in a good way. I received this as an ARC and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.
Sleep in the Dust of the Earth is a short, entertaining read. The plot to it was intriguing and even though the ground trod felt familiar it also had a nice twist on the resurrection tale. The narrator had a bit of charisma to him but the characters around him felt a bit flat. Runa is Jason's wife and expecting their first child. Adele is Runa's 'hippie' sister and Karla is Runa and Adele's middle class, upwardly mobile sister. They just don't seem to step out of their given roles much. Karla an ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review....

This is the 2nd novel I've read by Anthony Hains and I was not disappointed.

Three sisters different from each other. Karla married to Wayne with 2 kids. Adele single, christian. And Runa, the youngest, married to Jason aka Ace, expecting their 1st child.

The girls father died of stomach Cancer shortly after coming back from a trip. His sickness was disheartening to his daughters particularly Runa. She was around more for it. He was
Laura Thomas
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, short-story
Sometimes. I will grab a book Just because of the cover Just look at it. Reminds me of the old school horror covers I couldn’t get enough of back in the day. Who am I kidding. I still can’t get enough of them.

So, the setting is a huge, creepy mansion. I’m always up for that The beginning is a family gathering to say goodbye to dearly departed Gretchen. Is Gretchen so dearly? What I gleaned from the synopsis is, probably not.

I read a lot of horror and throwing kids into the mix always makes it ex
Kathryn Pharis
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Reads like a short story....

I liked the story but it ended too soon. A lot more could have been added and/or explained. Reads like a Hitchcock movie or an episode from the twilight zone. If you like either one and enjoy shorty stories, I would recommend this book.
Rich Padzik
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can we raise the dead

Should we raise the the dead? What if only part of them comes back, is the soul a real part of of us.
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Anthony Hains is a professor emeritus of counseling psychology with a specialization in pediatric psychology. He retired in May 2018 after thirty-one years at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He is the author of a number of horror novels including Nightshade’s Requiem, Sleep in the Dust of the Earth, and The Disembodied. Anthony lives with his wife in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. They have one d ...more

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