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Margaret Willow has never met an eleven-year-old as dangerous as Natalie Glasgow. Natalie spends her days comatose, but at night she prowls her mother’s home, unnaturally strong and insatiably carnivorous. With doctors baffled, Natalie’s mother reaches out to Margaret, an expert in the supernatural. But even Margaret is mystified and terrified by Natalie’s condition. She’s ...more
Kindle Edition, 66 pages
Published August 2019 (first published October 2nd 2018)
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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5!!
The Possession of Natalie Glasgow is a quick little read, under 100 pages. The reader is thrust right into the middle of a drama: Natalie Glasgow is eleven years old and exhibiting some unusual physical and mental behaviors and an expert in supernatural phenomenon named Margaret is called in to assess the situation.
I'm a huge fan of short fiction. It's my opinion that it's the unsung hero of the horror genre--short fiction has saved me from the onslaught of a reading slump, rescued me when
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Mindi
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recently read this book as a group read with some of the people on the Night Worms blog review team. I had no idea what to expect. Wow, was I so pleasantly surprised.

I usually do the bulk of my reading at night in bed. My husband has to get up very early for his job, so he typically goes to bed around 9pm. I go with him and read while he sleeps, sometimes well into the night. The other night I read this book, and since it's only 104 pages long I had it finished rather quickly. I turned off the
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Emily
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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OutlawPoet
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You’ll definitely be surprised when you find out what exactly is haunting our little family!

This wasn’t at all what I expected and I loved that the author surprised me.

Well written and way too short for me! Lol – Yes, I wanted more!

Would love to read longer works by the author!

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Latasha
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
What's possessing Natalie?

A unique take on the possession story. What's possessing Natalie? Read to find out. I read this for The Ladies of Horror Fiction 1 year anniversary challenge.
The Book Dad
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Margaret grasped a clump of soil from her pile and let the grains sift through her fingers. Never underestimate the power of graveyard dirt. That power went both ways. She could have used it in her ritual last night, but the belladonna seemed more welcoming to a departed family member. It also gave strength to the presence of the dead."

This might be the best novella I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The Possession of Natalie Glasgow is a very unexpected take on the possession story we
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Jamie
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Possession horror is one of my favorite subgenres, so I was immediately intrigued when I first saw this novella show up on social media. Typically with this type of story, I’m expecting to read about demons, so I was surprised (in a good way) to discover that the author placed a different spin on this topic. I was looking for a quick and engaging read, and this novella did the trick.

As mentioned, I enjoyed the originality—specifically the fact that it went in a different direction than what I
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Lee-ann
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
“𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘦 𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘢 𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘥 𝘺𝘢𝘳𝘯 𝘣𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘧𝘶𝘳𝘺, 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘯𝘢𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘥. 𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘮𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧”

A tale of revenge, this was an enjoyable little read with an interesting spin on the idea of possession. Natalie, an 8 year old girl has been waking at night, possessed by an unknown force with an extreme strength and a hunger for raw meat. With doctors unable to help her, Natalies mother calls in an expert in the supernatural named Margaret to help save her daughter
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Alex findingmontauk1
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, lohf
Possession/haunting stories are a top 5 trope for me. I can just gobble them up and I am always ready for more. With that being said, a lot of possession books tend to be similar. But for me that is okay because I am already expecting it - if that makes sense. With The Possession of Natalie Glasgow, author Hailey Piper tosses an entirely new type of story at us. It is not your typical possession story. The story begins right in the middle of the chaos. A mother is smoking near the window while ...more
Steve Stred
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Edited as Review now live on Kendall Reviews!**

This is hands down one of the most original possession tales I have read. Ever. Full stop.

Sorry, that’s all I can say, because I can’t give away this fantastic twist. Well actually, it’s not really a twist. We know full well from the start that young Natalie Glasgow is possessed. Her father died some time back and now her mother is worried about Natalie. She is comatose all day, burning up with a fever, her mother opening the window and keeping
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Finally a possession book I really liked!!! Don't get me wrong, I've read possession books and liked them but have found some a bit tedious or boring. Don't ask me why. I have no answer for you. But give me one in 66 pages that is unique in story telling and something different from the norm and you have my full attention.

The only bad thing about novellas and short stories is sometimes the lack of character and potential story development. However, I think that's what almost loses my interest
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Cassie Lola (holo.reader)
I read this book with some of my fellow Night Worms reviewers for our #anightwormpossessed book party!

THE POSSESSION OF NATALIE GLASGOW is definitely one of my favorite novellas of 2019, wow! This little book is only 66 pages long, but it packs a huge punch. A wonderfully original and incredibly unique take on the typical “possessed kid” storyline, there’s no way to guess the twist to this story before you read it. I kept making little guesses while reading it, and jeez, I guess I never get
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Marcy
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
So let me start by saying that possession stories aren’t usually my kind of novels, but I decided to join in on a group read with some of my favorites and ended up enjoying it more than I thought. This story is very unique and it is well written, short and well, maybe not so sweet. It would be weird to call a book with the word possession in the title sweet. But unfortunately this is as far as it goes with me. The ending of this story just broke, I was not expecting it and once I was there it ...more
tattooedreader13
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quite possibly one of my favorite approaches to possession. The ending pleased me at a soul deep level. A man who made my stomach turn, quite literally got what he deserved, & I couldn't help but smile.
Michael
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reads like a horror/mystery

I loved trying to figure out what in the heck was going on. The novella gives just enough to keep you hooked, but no more...until its time for much more. Then it was emotional and scary and...if I say more I’ll spoil it. Love this read.
Mary
Nov 19, 2019 added it
Shelves: novella, supernatural
4.5 stars
....different and good.
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Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
When I saw the cover of The Possession of Natalie Glasgow I was hoping there would be a lion in the story and there's a lion alright! And not in any way or place you'd expect.



I loved how it wasn't at all a typical possession story with priests and church babble! Short, scary in a "wtf is happening" way and with a sweet ending. The writing was descriptive and had me in chills. Heather's love for her daughter Natalie seemed very real to me and eventhough you never find out exactly how the
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Sara Tantlinger
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Piper's debut novella showcases a very interesting possession story with a twist. I don't want to give the details away, but I really loved the concept and thought the idea was truly original. I would have loved to have seen more with the idea or to have gotten to know Margaret's story a little better since she plays such a crucial role in understanding Natalie's possession. Piper's writing demonstrates a strong focus on structure and details that I enjoyed very much -- I really can't wait to ...more
D.K. Hundt
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Possession of Natalie Glasgow , her debut novella, is the first book that I have read by author Hailey Piper, and it will definitely not be my last.

Piper writes a unique possession tale in just one hundred and four pages, the likes I have never read before. Definitely Recommend!

I won a physical copy of The Possession of Natalie Glasgow in a contest on Twitter. Thank you, Hailey Piper, for not only mailing me a copy of your book but personalizing it to me as well. I can’t wait to read more!
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V. Castro
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I watched The Exorcist when I was about 9 and since then I've been a firm fan of possession stories. There comes a point when you think you've seen it all. What a lovely surprise when I picked up this novella!
I won't go into too much detail to avoid spoiling anything, but this takes possession to another level. Yes, it's super creepy from the start, however, there is an emotional element that goes beyond what is good or evil. What I will tell you is that you feel connected to the main characters
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Laurel
This novella is quite simply, perfect. The pacing, the horror, the dread, the novelty, the ending - this is a masterpiece. Piper built dread from the first pages, and as everything comes together, it clicks like perfectly matched pieces. I love possession stories, and this is hands down the best I've read. Most inventive, most terrifying, most satisfying. That ending - shew. I will be waving this little beauty at everyone who comes in close contact for the foreseeable future.
Eddie Generous
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great fun! Like the Exorcist meets Jumanji meets...I don't know, The Lion King if The Lion King were more like Jaws? A fast paced horror-mystery where the answers don't meet up until all else is exhausted. Very accessible writing.
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary | "Empathy" - Look it up.
Review to come.

Disclaimer: We received a copy of this book from the author for review consideration.
Karlee (A Stranger Dream)
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Possession of Natalie Glasgow is a very unique take on your everyday story of possession. That's as far as I'm going with that sentence, but I will say there was an element of this book that really made me mad. It has nothing to do with the writing.. and if you'd like to know what it was, feel free to message me! This is a 3.5 star read for me which I rounded up to 4.
This is a well-written novella by Hailey Piper, and overall I felt generally pleased with this story. It's certainly different
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Brennan LaFaro
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Possession of Natalie Glasgow promises a new spin on the possession trope, and it absolutely delivers. Hailey Piper’s story clocks in at just over 100 pages, and is formatted to be devoured in one sitting. In that regard, it has a very cinematic quality.

We’re dropped right into the action on page one; 11 year old Natalie Glasgow is an average kid by day, but by night she sleepwalks, and every step rattles the house to its’ foundations. Not only that, but her destination is typically the
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Jo
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella, spooky-reads
Not what I expected. Very good.
Kami's  Korner
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Novellas are a beautifully tragic creation. The reader in us loves them because they are quick and often tell such vivid imagery with so few words. On the other hand, the reviewer in the reader needs just a little bit more.
This story is a refreshing take on possession. A part of you is riveted by the way this story flows so well and offers you a new kind of fear. On the other hand its ending leaves you asking yourself was that just enough or did I need more?
I think the beauty in any well
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Peritract
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s something inside Natalie. Something hungry and fierce and far more dangerous than the eleven-year-old girl it’s living inside. By day, an exhausted Natalie sleeps; by night, the thing inside her prowls the house while her mother cowers upstairs.

When doctors are unable to do anything, Natalie’s mother turns to more exotic solutions. The thing grows stronger as Natalie wastes away; there is not much time to find some kind of cure.

This very short; the author calls it a novella, but I think
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Matt (TeamRedmon)
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredible. Full review coming soon!
Valerie - Cats Luv Coffee
"Whatever set foot out there and made those heavy steps had to be far stronger and heavier than any eleven-year-old girl in the world.

And each step brought it closer."


In this horror novella, Natalie's mother, Heather, having exhausted medical reasoning for her daughter's strange nocturnal behavior and stuporous daylight affection, consults paranormal expert, Margaret. Natalie starts stalking the hallways of her home, a strange nightly occurrence of a child that is comatose during the daylight
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Hailey Piper is the author of horror novellas The Possession of Natalie Glasgow, An Invitation to Darkness, and Benny Rose, The Cannibal King. Her debut dark fantasy/epic horror novel, The Verses of Aeg, will be published by Bronzeville Books in late 2020.
She grew up in a patch of haunted woods in North America that filled her imagination with ghosts and monsters. Now a writer of horror and dark
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