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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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Andrew Fowlow
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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 se
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Peter
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
The book starts extremely creepy depicting a possessed girl (always had to think about The Exorcist). Margaret (a kind of witch) is helping Heather (Natalie's mother) to find out what took possession of her daughter. Is it a demon? When catholic props fail they know it must be something else. Are their any clues in Heather's late husband's study? He was a big game hunter (died ten years ago) and the untouched room is still full of trophies... Well written, extremely eerie and compelling. You can ...more
Sadie Hartmann
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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Iseult Murphy
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Tense and atmospheric

An interesting story about a little girl possessed and the lengths her mother will go to in order to save her.
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A desperate widow is at her wits end. Her young daughter is acting strangely and getting stranger by the day. She’s silent by day and roams the halls at night making far more noise than humanly possible and only raw meat seems to settle her for a little bit. The doctors are useless and perplexed and are exactly zero help with this increasingly terrifying situation. Mom says screw them all and calls in an expert in the supernatural. Margaret arrives and she’s stumped as well but she’s also tenaci ...more
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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Kimberly
4.5 stars!

THE POSSESSION OF NATALIE GLASGOW is the first novella I have read by Hailey Piper. As impressed as I was by this one, it certainly won't be the last!

We begin right in the midst of the action, where a mother has called in a "supernatural specialist" to try and find out what is possessing her daughter every night. The doctors are baffled, and Heather Glasgow--who lost her husband only ten months prior--will do anything she can to save her daughter.

I won't give away anything about this n
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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.
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J.D.
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Summary

In 1976, Heather is desperate to find out what is wrong with her 11 year old daughter. The doctors are baffled by her unusual and disturbing behaviour at night and sedated-like sleep throughout the day.
It isn't until Margaret shows up that Natalie's tormentor is revealed and dealt with.

Personal opinion

I thought this was an awesome and original possession story.
The beginning starts out very creepy and was impossible to put down once I started.
Being a shorter story (104 pages) it doesn't
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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 a ...more
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 e
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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 bef
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Sarah
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
“You’re never desensitized to the strange. It’s always fresh. And when it’s scary once, it’ll be scary again.”

This satisfied my specific need for a well-written novella about possession that I could easily read in one sitting.
The twist in the tale (who/what is possessing Natalie) makes it stand out and you absolutely feel compelled to reach the ending. I look forward to reading more of Hailey Piper’s short horror stories in the future! She appears to have a knack for eeriness and creepiness.
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Richard Gerlach
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Most original possession story I’ve ever read!
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 th
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Jessica
Tense, heartbreaking, and creepy. This was such a great ride.

4.5⭐️
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 a
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Cassie Daley
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 tire
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Heather Horror Hellion
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book does not play around.

The first page you are thrown right into the fight. I think a lot of authors couldn't make it work but Hailey just makes it come across so smooth. The book is fast paced and short, but in that time a whole story is perfectly crafted and important background information is given without slowing down the action.

I loved everything about this book. The characters were well written, the story was different, it causes you to feel different emotions. I was anxious, sad, a
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Roxie |The Book Slayer| Voorhees
This was simply splendid! Full RTC
Marcy Reads on IG
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 wa ...more
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 re ...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 mor
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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.
Kasey Ashton
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. ...more
Karla Kay
"She was a deer in the woods, separated from her herd, while a creature fierce and terrible loomed over her."

Looming, looming dread! That's how this starts out and continues through the whole story. A little 11 year old girl, possessed. But by what, no one knows. It was a big surprise when I figured out what it actually was. And then there was just sadness, oh, my heart!

There isn't really a way I can explain much about the story because it would completely spoil it. It was unique, a bit forebod
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Anna
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this novella! In only a bit more than 100 pages Piper created a story that I could picture clearly in my mind. I was thoroughly creeped out and I love the twist, I truly wasn't expecting that answer to the "possession" of poor Natalie. I highly recommend this story, one of my favorite horror things I've read this year! I already have more by this author queued up on my Kindle. ...more
Kelly| Just Another Horror Reader
3.5 stars rounding up for Goodreads

A very unique take on the possession trope. I really enjoyed the first half but the second half left me with some unanswered questions. I also would have liked more character development and back story. All and all a solid read and I’m looking forward to more from this author.
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Hailey Piper is the author of horror novellas The Worm and His Kings, The Possession of Natalie Glasgow, and Benny Rose, the Cannibal King.
She grew up in a patch of haunted woods that filled her imagination with ghosts and monsters. Now she lives with her wife in Maryland where she haunts their apartment making spooky noises. In addition to the works listed on Goodreads, she's a contributor to Dai
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