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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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Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Silver Shamrock Publishing
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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 ...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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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.)
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