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The Girl in the Video

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  333 ratings  ·  107 reviews
From the creator of This is Horror comes a new nightmare for the digital age.

After a teacher receives a weirdly arousing video, his life descends into paranoia and obsession. More videos follow - each containing information no stranger could possibly know. But who's sending them? And what do they want? The answers may destroy everything and everyone he loves.

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Paperback, 108 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing
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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Frankly, all the concept of digistalking horror is a bit lost on me: I can't imagine being tickled enough by any notifications to pay to them attention. Who are these people who have both patience and time for that?

Just check this out:
As soon as I turned the Wi-Fi on, the messages started flooding in, and the morning went to shit. Pro tip: if you want a chilled morning don’t turn the fucking Wi-Fi on.
First it was Instagram, a comment on my most recent photograph, a well-lit shot of the burger
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, review-copy
4.5 Stars
As someone who loves contemporary horror that incorporates modern technology and social media, I was eager to pick up this book and it did not disappoint! This was exactly the creepy little story I needed to read. I loved the details related to the couple’s relationship as they try to start a family. Likewise, the Japanese elements brought a rich layer of culture to the story, especially with the comparisons to books like The Ring.

As a novella, I thought this was the perfect length. Th
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
don’t open links from strangers.

This is a psychological thriller for the computer age.

An Englishman in Japan. Freddie (the story told strictly through Freddie’s eyes) makes a very stupid decision early on as he clicks a spam link. It’s an impulsive decision, but rather than infecting his computer with a nasty virus, the cryptic video of a dancing girl will instead upend Freddie’s entire life, potentially destroy his marriage, and quite possibly cost him his life as he becomes embroiled in a dang
Sadie Hartmann
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cemetery-dance
Review originally posted to Cemetery Dance April 13th, 2020
We all know Michael David Wilson from the infamous podcast, This is Horror. Michael is the one with the exceptionally wonderful British accent. If you haven’t listened to an episode, question what it is about your life that needs assistance and then at least start listening to This is Horror on a regular basis. It’s a great way to get your life back on track.

The Girl in the Video is Wilson’s first
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I love horror that centers heavily on technology or the internet, so this should've been right up my alley, but unfortunately, I wasn't a big fan. The writing showcases definite talent, but I couldn't seem to connect to what was happening well enough to care much about the outcome. The main character was tremendously unlikable for me, and the decision he made at the end was nothing short of irritating, leaving me feeling like I'd wasted the time I spent on the novella as a whole. I would definit ...more
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love novellas. I'm sure I'm not the first person to say this, but I think of the really good ones as "all killer and no filler". I would definitely use that phrase to describe THE GIRL IN THE VIDEO.

Freddie and Rachel are married British expats living in Japan. One morning Freddie makes a massively bad decision and opens a link in an Instagram DM. He watches a short video with a strange woman wearing a Hello Kitty mask. Weird and slightly arousing, Freddie doesn't worry too much about the video
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
"It was as if the video had unzipped my skin, slunk inside my tapered flesh, and become one with me."

The Girl in the Video is an intriguing horror novella by the creator of the This is Horror podcast, Michael David Wilson. I had a lot of fun reading this one! There's a solid creepy buildup, and I was hooked on this story. I love video / movie horror, and this was a great read along with stories like The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud and Aperture by Tim Meyer. I would absolutely love to see
The Grim Reader
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Michael David Wilson puts down the microphone and picks up the pen for a novella with Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing titled The Girl in the Video. Video killed the radio star.

For better or for worse, social media plays a huge part in our everyday lives. We use it to stay connected, to criticize, to critique, or simply to post pictures of what we had for dinner the previous night. Michael David Wilson uses social media as a platform for The Girl in The Video. We follow Freddie (an English ex
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: under-hyped, horror
What a great horror/thriller novel. It's short because there's no filler. Every scene is either super creepy or horrific or thrilling. It's basically about social media and stalking and sharing too much info online. More people should read this book! ...more
Michael Hicks
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
My review of THE GIRL IN THE VIDEO can be found at High Fever Books.

In Michael David Wilson’s debut novella, The Girl in the Video, Freddie makes a very stupid decision early on — he clicks a spam link. It’s an impulsive decision, but rather than infecting his computer with a nasty virus, the cryptic video of a dancing girl will instead upend Freddie’s entire life, potentially destroy his marriage, and quite possibly cost him his life as he becomes embroiled in a dangerous psychodrama with a dea
Richard Gerlach
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novella is something special. Funny, creepy, tense, emotional. The final line. Fuck. Review to come.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
The Girl In The Video is a novella by Michael David Wilson. If you’re unaware as to who he is, you really should check out his podcast, This Is Horror. There you will find a lot of great interviews with your favourite horror authors.

Moving on to the novella, the story starts with a married couple, Rachel and Freddie, eating breakfast. Freddie gets a message on Instagram (I think it was Instagram) showing a video of a girl in fishnets wearing a Hello Kitty cardboard cutout on her face. This video
Daniel Willcocks
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from MDW, and now I hate him.

The ultimate compliment a reader can give to an author is that they read the book in one sitting. I did just that. I read past my bedtime, I read into the night, I'm tired, but I have no regrets about being swept away with this story.

MDW manages to pull you in from the start, taking ahold of your collar and dragging you along the journey. You connect with the realness of the characters and can easily put yourself in their shoes. The best kinds of ho
Alan Baxter
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novella, horror
Compelling, tense, and disturbing, MDW has created a frightening story here that's only too possible in our over-connected world. ...more
Aaron Mcquiston
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Michael David Wilson is the founder of “This is Horror,” a website, publisher, and podcast that focuses on all of the greatest horror writing, reading, and reviewing that any horror fan can dream of. He is the host of the podcast with the same name, and if you are not familiar with the podcast, at least listen long enough for the way that he says, “This is Horror”, because he is from England so his pronunciation of “horror” is gorgeous. Also while listening to the podcast, I picture a thin guy w ...more
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girl in the Video is a contemporary thriller in which an English teacher living in Japan is sent a link to a strange video, this is followed by more increasingly weirder videos from this mysterious person.
I read this in one go as I didn’t want to put this down; I was on the edge of my seat throughout as the story unfolded at a fast pace. I don’t want to say more about this book as it’s pretty short and easy to spoil, what I will do is highly recommend it! It’s a tense, unnerving read that’ll
Jackie Cowgill (LanternsJourney)
This book was so creepy and I couldn't put it down. It was exactly the fast paced story I needed right now to combat my anxiety (curiously enough). I've been trying to stay off my phone because the news and everything coronavirus related is really wearing on my nerves. Well, if you want to stay off the internet, this book is perfect for that! The last thing you'll be googling is how to get off the grid and erase your internet presence.

Also, I know most readers wont connect on this level, but I
Ashley (bookishmommy)
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh. From the first page, I was hooked. You dont just give me a Lady Gaga reference and expect me to turn away!!?? NEVER! My heart was POUNDING until the very last page. I had a 6 year old talking my ear off the whole time and I still couldn't put this book down. Devoured in one sitting. It's shocking and unique. LOVED. ...more
Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
This was a quick, dark story that seemed all too real. ⁣
How do you tell if that anonymous video you just watched is a funny prank or a sinister obsessed stalker? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure: they know what you like and they like you...enough to kill! ⁣

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐! ⁣
Janelle Janson
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, horror, favorites
Review to come
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
"Tell me what you like."

A super quick and fun read on the perils of social media. In this digital age, pretty much all of your information is out there... whether it's voluntary or not. And when someone can stalk you from the comfort of their home... how creepy is THAT?!

Lesson learned: never click on a link sent to you from someone you don't know. I feel like this should be common sense but curiosity doesn't just kill the cat. I really loved how this one quickly spiraled. I mean, as a novella yo
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2020
This is a wicked little story that stays with you. Not a word or page wasted. I got some Black Mirror vibes reading this. Good Black Mirror vibes too, like seasons 1 and 2 good.
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horrorfest
This book is short, perfectly paced, weird and creepy. I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending, but I couldn't put the book down until I finished it. ...more
Phillip Smith
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Creepy enough to keep up the pace. But what I really liked about this story (besides the Japanese setting) was that the characters were so relatable and hapless. And you're put straight into the driver's seat, feeling the main character's confusion and vulnerability as the digital terror escalates. It certainly made me want to think about going off the grid. ...more
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and the author for sending me this advanced copy of The Girl in the Video 😊.

Michael David Wilson’s debut novella is a frighteningly realistic portrayal of how social media can cause profound and irreparable damage to the human psyche.

The Girl in the Video is about a teacher who receives a series of strange videos and messages, each one becoming stranger and more personal. With each video a damaging trail of emotions from arousal to paranoia to
liz williams
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
3.5 Stars- Check out my review on The Scariest Things!

Freddie, a young teacher and husband living in Japan, begins his days like most of us do- scrolling through his social media accounts to see who tweeted what, how many likes our latest Facebook post is getting and keeping our “fomo” in check on Instagram. However, one morning he notices a direct message on his account – a video link that all but begs him to click, the url hidden by the message “a late
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror-books
Michael David Wilson created a new fear, girls in Hello Kitty masks. If you get a random link, you probably shouldn't click on it, and if for some reason you did, if there's a girl in a Hello Kitty mask, just turn it off. Otherwise you are going to find yourself in a twisted world of increasingly haunting videos and promises of knowing what you like, which is never a good thing, and eventually go mad as you fear all technology.

But, in all seriousness, Wilson's first novella is an amazing, tense
Lydia Peever
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quick read with real insight into how easily people can be pulled into a mystery. The reader alongside! I found the twist in our expectations on young women and male figures of authority here deeper upon reflection, and the portrayal of an open and communicative relationship refreshing. Too many people rely on wrung out tropes so this had originality.
Horror DNA
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tony-jones
At 71 pages, the entertaining The Girl in the Video is a speedy read, easily devoured in one sitting; to avoid spoilers I will be vague with the plot. Freddie is a British ex-pat who lives with his wife Rachel in Japan and teaches English to local children. He leads a relatively contented life, but it is revealed early on that the couple have been unsuccessfully trying for a baby. After ten years together – five years married – they philosophically balance the failure to conceive with the abilit ...more
Cassie Daley
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
First, ISN'T THIS COVER GORGEOUS? I'd been seeing it on social media prior to its release and knew that I needed to get it the second it was available. I scooped it up with an Amazon gift card for my Kindle on release day!

This is a pretty quick book - a novella at around just 100 or so pages, it starts off with a bang and doesn't let up on pacing until the very end. I was completely absorbed by this, and literally read it on my iPad while sitting awkwardly at my computer desk. I picked it up int
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Michael David Wilson is the founder of the popular UK horror website, podcast, and publisher, This Is Horror. A professional writer, editor, and podcaster, Michael’s work has appeared in various publications including The NoSleep Podcast, Dark Moon Digest, LitReactor, Hawk & Cleaver’s The Other Stories, and Scream. His debut novella, The Girl in the Video, will be published via Perpetual Motion Ma ...more

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