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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
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Published January 21st 2020 by Silver Shamrock Publishing
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Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story. The characters were real. Tyler had problems but he was very realistic as was his wife and mother. The story flows easily. The writing is very good. I would sit down to just read a little and look up and it was a couple hours later. I liked the story. It was really interesting. I liked the some things were not explained. I would certainly read more by this author.
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
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 tra ...more
Tracy Robinson
Feb 25, 2020 marked it as dnf
Shelves: tbr-own
This one just isn't a good fit for me so I am setting it aside for now. The premise is interesting but something just isn't clicking for me. There are some good reviews out there for this one and I will check out other works from Ellis in the future. ...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
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
"He figured long ago anything to do with the house was cursed and he was more than happy to rid himself of it."

I had been really excited to check out Bottled, but unfortunately, this one didn't really end up working out for me. I think it's going to be a great pick for readers who enjoy a lot of slower-paced and atmospheric gothic fiction, but I just wasn't the right reader for this one.

There was lot of reliance on dreams as a storytelling device, and this eventually gets frustrating for me whe
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 ve
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Surreal, haunting, and unique. Full review to come when I'm not about to go to bed. ...more
Well Read Beard
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books
3.5 stars

Smart, slow-burn, dread building horror that leaves you trapped in its pages.

I think this book is smarter than I am. I think this book is touching concepts of pacing and narrative that are unfamiliar to me as a horror reader. My first thoughts on the book were that I wasn't crazy about the first 90 pages but I enjoyed the ending. The book is only 137 pages long. Then I sat back and let it stew, I thought about it, I read a couple of other reviews.

After reflection, I think this might be
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.)
Kirsty Bookworm86
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review for 'Bottled' by Stephanie Ellis

Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Silver Shamrock Publishing and IBPA

This is the first book that I have read by this author. I would be interested in reading more of her books.

I was originally drawn to this book by ite intriguing cover and fascinating blurb and after reading the book I feel they both relate well to it.

I was drawn straight into the plot and sucked straight in and couldn't escape like its characters. A unique storyline that really capture
Eddie Generous
Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Review to appear in Unnerving Magazine #12
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
Miranda miranda_crites
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a child, Tyler spends a great deal of time at his granddad’s house. His father has disappeared, and his mother never realizes the torment and abuse Tyler receives while visiting his granddad, as she never sets foot inside the house.

In a special room, Tyler’s granddad builds “worlds” inside of crystal bottles. Once uncapped, Tyler spends hours of entrancement inside those worlds; it’s almost as if the bottles contain hallucinogens. The housekeeper, Mrs. Waites, shows him no mercy and leaves h
Amanda (spooky.octopus.reads) Turner
Tyler is haunted....

He's haunted by his past struggles with alcoholism, the Gothic haunted house he inherits, the house's abusive housekeeper, and his grandfather's impossible bottles.

Bottled, by Stephanie Ellis, is a slow building horror with eloquent and vivid detail paid especially to descriptions involving the setting creating an overwhelming and foreboding sense of dread. I felt that the book had a vintage "feel" to it, even though the setting was certainly more modern. I think the descrip
Brandon Stanwyck
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s a set-up we’ve seen before. A man returns to the place of his childhood trauma—in this case, the house of a late grandfather—for closure, and indubitably old wounds reopen as mysterious and horrific things ensue. Now, there’s nothing wrong with a rehash so long as it’s told well. And, for the most part, Bottled is pretty well told. Ellis definitely knows her way around a word processor. She also has a keen awareness for mood and atmosphere.

Unfortunately, her character development leaves muc
Marcy Reads on IG
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up for Goodreads.

The claustrophobia in BOTTLED was real.

Definitely a slower paced book but in the best way possible. We follow Tyler fighting a battle against a house that has been haunting his family for generations, in the hopes that it doesn’t get to his son, Paul. While I enjoyed the majority of this book it was a bit confusing at the beginning as we’re thrown into the middle of Tyler’s somewhat sorry life. I found myself having to go back and forth because I kept getting the few
Aiden Merchant
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been blowing through a steadily growing collection of Silver Shamrock titles this year, and I'm glad I've been going backwards to read earlier releases along the way (instead of just skipping them). Now, you may see the date I read this novella and be confused by my previous statement, seeing as this story was recently released. However, Silver Shamrock has been putting out a new book or two on a monthly basis this year! That means you miss one, you fall behind several pretty quick. But now ...more
Jan 12, 2021 marked it as dnf
Thank you to Netgalley & Silver Shamrock Publishing for providing me with a copy of Bottled in exchange for an honest review.

DNF @ 65%

I really didn't want to DNF Bottled, but it's a novella & it's been sitting on my currently reading for about a month & I have 0 interest in picking it up again. It's 2021, and I'm not forcing myself to finish something that I'm not enjoying this year.

There are some scenes that were fairly creepy & the idea was pretty original. However, I just didn't care about a
Christopher Stanley
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's Women in Horror Month and where better to start than with Steph Ellis's new novella, 'Bottled'?Ever since her previous outing (the superb novelette 'Asylum of Shadows'), I've been hoping she would try her hand at something longer, and this proves that 'Asylum' wasn't a one-off.

The premise of 'Bottled' is simple but horrifyingly effective: Tyler inherits his grandfather's creepy mansion but, to assume full and unconditional ownership, he must spend a single night at the property. This is the
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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).
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
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, read-2020, horror
Tyler never wanted to return to his grandfather’s house. For him, it is a place of childhood misery and abuse, witnessed by the ever-present housekeeper, Mrs Waites. But during every visit, Tyler found a bottle, created by his grandfather, containing scenes of delight for any young boy. And in these he finds a brief escape, enraptured by bright, shiny worlds. After being forced by his mother, determined for Tyler to inherit her father-in-law’s fortune, to endure these visits for years, Tyler fin ...more
Heather Miller
“…somewhere in this house was a bottle containing his father’s soul. A fact of which he remained convinced. Somewhere behind a door, imprisoned in a never-ending darkness. Why else would he hear his voice at those moments when Tyler needed him most? He had crossed the line of denial and illusion, accepted the reality the house presented to him.”

After a childhood of fear and abuse, and an adulthood spent trying to drink it away, when Tyler’s grandfather finally dies it is nothing but a relief. Bu
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bottled by Stephanie Ellis tells the story of Tyler Vitrum, an unemployed 42 year old divorced father who blames his misfortunes on his recently deceased grandfather, Julian. Julian was a wealthy eccentric man who had a special talent to create beautiful and amazing miniature scenes in bottles. As a youth, Tyler would visit his grandfather and would spend hours staring into the bottles, dreaming of being inside the elaborate scenes. The bottles were the only reprieve that Tyler had from his gran ...more
Originally posted on the book blog Creature From the Book Lagoon.

*Possible triggers: Child abuse

This was a very creepy little book. I don’t even know where to begin!

I loved it. The plot was so unique. So creative! Those touristy bottles with things inside them… their own little worlds. Ugh I can’t say too much about this book without giving little spoilers, so this review will be a little shorter then normal.

The author really did a fantastic job of capturing emotions. First we have the creepy at
“He told me he liked to bottle his spirits, see them build their own prisons. He wanted a collection such as ours. That was his price and I paid it willingly. For my husband, my children, their future, as any.”

2020 was a year that offered a significant amount of grim literature for ones taking. ‘Bottled’ is a somewhat overlooked novella that fits this category.

Tyler is an alcoholic who still lives with his mother, and much to his detest, is forced to accept his grandfather’s inheritance, which i
Josh Hedgepeth
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review

I didn't like this very much. It is the story of a man returning to his grandfathers old house. Once he arrives, strange things begin to happen and learns there is more to the house than he thought.

The ideas in this story are cool, but they aren't new. Houses as a living force are something I've seen several times before (e.g. the Shining, the Good House, White is for Witching, etc.)
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 This is a slow-building story with plenty of atmosphere and an unnerving sense of the unknown. I was drawn into the descriptions of the haunted house. When Tyler enters the house, it feels as if he is transported back in time and the flashbacks with his grandfather add to the displacement. The writing reflects his claustrophobic, anxious feelings. There are no jump-scares but a mounting sense of dread.

The book focuses mainly on Tyler's relationships with his grandfather and other family memb
Richard K. Wilson
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who is easing into 'Horror and ghosts' and does not want to have nightmares
First off, i wanted to thank NetGalley for the ARC ebook edition....however,I am so so sorry i forgot to leave feedback! So here goes.

For this book only being a short 126 page Novella I was disappointed that it was not a 600 page book. Yes, the story of Tyler, his son Paul, his grandfather and his keeper; Mrs. Waites, hooks you in, then suddenly STOPS! This is a well, thought of but a slow burn horror story of a young boy, Tyler who is demanded to visit his grandfather as a child and he hates it
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