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The house was his, an unwanted and unwelcome inheritance. As a child, Tyler Torrence spent many miserable hours beneath its roof, hating his grandfather and the man’s housekeeper, Mrs. Waites. His only escape during those visits had been via the impossible bottles created by his granddad; bottles holding miniature worlds in which he could lose himself for hours. Sometimes ...more
ebook, 126 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Silver Shamrock Publishing
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Kimberly
3.5 stars!

BOTTLED is the first novella I have read by author Stephanie Ellis. The cover art immediately captured my attention, and the premise seemed to match up. Tyler, a divorced alcoholic, now lives with his mother--who he can barely stand. He has one son, Paul, that his ex-wife uses as leverage to get whatever she can from him.

What she--and his mom--want is the money they believe his grandfather, Julius, left to him after his death. The grandfather, and house, that had haunted and tormented
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Irene
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Tyler was a child his father disappeared, and his mother grew hateful and bitter. She often sent Tyler to spend time with his grandfather even though she herself would not set foot in his creepy old house, neither knowing nor caring how Tyler was treated there. At long last Grandfather is dead and the house belongs to Tyler... or does Tyler belong to the house? This could be the chance that Tyler needs to get back on his feet and out from under his mother's thumb or it could be a way to ...more
Brennan LaFaro
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
For just a moment, can we step back admire the artistic endeavor that is the cover to Bottled by Stephanie Ellis? Drink it in, pun very much intended. Now onto the chilling vintage within.
This is something of a quiet horror novel, at least until it's not anymore. Our main character is Tyler, who finds himself needing to spend one night in his grandfather's house, as part of a stipulation in his will. We've definitely been down this road before in some way, shape, or form. I anticipated early on
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John Lynch
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
First, let’s take a look at this beautiful cover. KPB makes some wonderful covers and this is one of my favorites, he’s outdone himself here.

With that out of the way, Let’s move to the book within. Bottled is the Silver Shamrock debut for Stephanie Ellis. It’s a modern take on gothic horror. It follows Tyler as he must face his past in order to be rid of it. One Night of facing down his demons for a lifetime of being free of them. As you can suspect, things don’t go quite his way.

Bottled is a
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Deborah Sheldon
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A noirish tale of modern-day gothic horror with a surreal, dreamy, nightmarish atmosphere. There are grisly bits, so if you're squeamish, be warned!
(N.B. I received an advance copy for review.)
Brad
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up for Goodreads.

A slow burn gothic horror story with an imaginative fresh take on the genre.

We follow Tyler who has inherited his grandfather's house along with all of the nightmares that reside inside. As a stipulation of the deceaseds will Tyler must spend one night in the house confronting his past demons before he can claim the inheritance and finally be free of his grandfather's shadow.

While reading this I felt like I was consuming a classic haunted house story from the
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Angie
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full review at:
https://mediadrome.wordpress.com/2020...

I’m really excited to dig into Ellis’ short works, and to see what future novels she has in store (hopefully something longer than 126 pages – she’s certainly got the talent, I think, to give us something bigger, and I think her stories would only benefit from having more space).
Alyson Rhodes
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an atmospheric slow build, a quiet horror with many layers which peel away to reveal the nightmare at its heart. It has an original idea too, one I've not come across before - of the 'impossible bottles' rather like those ones we stared at as kids with the tiny ships trapped inside. However these bottles - an army of them- lying around Tyler's granddad’s creepy old house- contain a myriad of miniature scenes, entire worlds and figures. Uncork one at your peril. Already we can tell these ...more
S.H. Cooper
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars bumped to three for Goodreads rating.

Stephanie Ellis' Bottled tells the story of Tyler, a divorced alcoholic and father to a son he rarely sees. His childhood was one marred by abuse, neglect, and the unexplained disappearance of his father, most of which occurred within the walls of his grandfather's large home. The only solace he had came from tiny, living worlds kept in glass bottles. After his grandfather's passing, Tyler is made to return to the house where so much of his
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