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The Hollow Places

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  787 ratings  ·  405 reviews
A young woman discovers a strange portal in her uncle’s house, leading to madness and terror in this gripping new novel from the author of the “innovative, unexpected, and absolutely chilling” (Mira Grant, Nebula Award–winning author) The Twisted Ones.

Pray they are hungry.

Kara finds the words in the mysterious bunker that she’s discovered behind a hole in the wall of her
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Published October 6th 2020 by Gallery / Saga Press
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is something extremely dark, gory, twisted, inspired by H. P. Lovecraft’s story and I have to admit its dark humor and quirky, absurd characters acted like just left a Cohen Brothers movie fit interestingly well with its horrifying combination.

If you love the Twisted Ones, short stories of King, Lovecraft, Tremblay, this one is matched made in heaven with your dark, weird and nerdish soul!
There are two leading characters of the book carry the story from the beginning and making us get use
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
See the beautiful gif below of a willow tree woman all serene and peaceful...THIS AIN’T THAT BOOK!

First off, I had no idea this was the author of THE TWISTED ONES, I loved that book too! I live in my own little bubble. (I wish I could have my own bubble because - nevermind) This particular book went to my favorites list!! I love the hell out of it and I am preordering the paperback!!

I freaking love the characters! Kara (Carrot) moves in with her uncle at his WONDER MUSEUM after her divorce. Al
Melissa Buehner
All my reviews can be found on my blog, Bantering Books, at

Are you looking for a super scary read for Halloween?

Yes? Then look elsewhere.

Because T. Kingfisher’s newest horror novel, The Hollow Places, isn’t really a horror novel. And it’s not super scary.

It’s a fantasy. More accurately, it’s a humorous fantasy, with occasional moments of creepy, squirmy Weird/Lovecraftian horror. (And I do mean, occasional. The moments are very few and far between.)

But it works.
Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Gallery Books
This is a remarkably clever work of horror fiction with a marvelous sense of humor as well! I typically prefer my scary novels to be complex and intelligent, as I like the challenge of thinking through things more than straight up jump scares, and The Hollow Places has a great deal of smarty pants, thought provoking science fiction aspects mixed in with a good bit of gore. While I could have done with a little less dialogue clogging up the flow, I did whole-heartedly enjoy the way that the story ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
The Hollow Places is a super WEIRD, extremely well-written Horror story penned in Kingfisher's signature quirky style.

I think it's really hard to nail weird, yet she does it.

The humor and heart she is able to bring to her stories is absolutely top notch.

If you haven't read anything by Kingfisher yet, this is a great place to start.

Okay, with the low-key fangirling out of the way, let's get into the story, shall we?

Recently divorced, Kara, known as Carrot by her family and friends, returns to h
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
"Does your uncle know there's a portal to Narnia in his museum?"

Kara is living and working with her uncle after her recent divorce. When she finds a secret tunnel/portal in her uncle's museum, she and her friend Simon decide to check it out. Needless to say, they will wish that their curiosity did not get the best of them because entering the bunker/portal/tunnel leads them not to Narnia but to alternate realities which will have their hair standing on end, their hearts thumping and we will
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In time for your Halloween scares.


Well, thanks for destroying my childhood dream of stumbling upon a portal to another world, author. If I see one now I'm running like hell.


It's here! I am reading it! In bed with my cat to protect me from the creepy parts!


Yay! I won a giveaway for this! Not sure if it's coming in October (the scheduled release date) or immediately, but I'm looking forward to it. I really enjoyed her previous Weird Horror-inspired novel, The Twisted One
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Gallery books, T. Kingfisher and Netgalley.
This book was definitely my kind of strange! The theory "as convoluted" as it was, was even my kind of strange!
This tale and others like it are what keeps my mind occupied.
Some people have faith in all their religions. I don't. I have faith in science. I never think in terms of a god. I am cursed with Physics, alternative universes "not string theory!" and what happens to the soul! Yeah. No religion, but I believe in the soul!
I actually d
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Imagine that you take a job in your crazy uncle's taxidermy museum, bunking in the back, following a marriage that went sour, a life falling apart. And one day left to your own devices you find a hole in the wall and a corridor that can't possibly be there behind the hole. Physics says nothing could possibly be there.

We all think that it would be cool to travel to another world and meet Barsoomian princesses, firebreathing dragons, Humpty Dumpty, and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. But, maybe the
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, netgalley
Kara stumbles upon a portal in her uncles museum that leads to a terrifying world that seems to be full of other portals. These portals all lead into different worlds and universes. That premise alone is what got me to read this book - I hear alternate reality or parallel universe and I’M IN. This book gave me strong Stranger Things vibes like the similar world of the upside down. There was some quirky humor which I did enjoy but at certain times I felt that it tried a little bit too hard. I sti ...more

it's HERE!! and just in time for spooktober!!!

review to come!!
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, arc, novels, ebook

And I see from other people's reviews that I'm once again in the minority ...

I initially enjoyed this but I got really annoyed with the repetition, ignoring clues (some real TSTL moments here), and the stereotypical sassy gay sidekick (in the author's note she said he's based on real people and that she even toned him down ... but idk how many people would make jokes about anal and wear fishnets and a top hat while exploring another world. And how many times did it have to be pointed out tha
Sep 24, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF @ 20%

It's not's me. I'm just not into this. I think the humor is quirky and I enjoy that aspect, but it's not moving fast enough for me. All I'm doing is thinking about all the other books I would rather be reading and that's not fair to me or this book and the author who worked hard to bring it to print.

I encourage you to give this a try if you think it will interest you!

**I marked this as a DNF on Netgalley, so there will be no rating there. I also do not give a DNF a star rating
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The Hollow Places, a sci-fi/horror book was a solid 4 stars. The book centers around main character Kara, a young woman who goes to live with her Uncle Earl after her divorce leaves her penniless and no place to go. Earl is a kind and eccentric older man that owns The Glory to God Museum of Natural Wonders, Curiosities and Taxidermy in NC. Kara is to help her uncle at the museum while trying to get back on her feet. The museum itself is exactly as it sounds-a popular museum that is filled to the ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you NetGalley and Gallery / Saga Press for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

They Can Hear You Thinking
Pray They Are Hungry

It had been a while since a horror book had dug under my skin. Until now.

The Hollow Places is inherently creepy and otherworldly. Told through the very likable voice of Kara—Carrot—alongside her new and Mad-Hatter-styled friend, Simon, the story builds to an unusual crescendo that gives you a lot of food
THE HOLLOW PLACES is the second novel I have read by T. Kingfisher. This one takes place in Hog Chapel, North Carolina, in a store named the "Glory to God Museum of Natural Wonders, Curiosities and Taxidermy". Our main characters are Kara (Carrot), her Uncle Earl (owner of the "museum"), and Simon, the barista from next door.

"Eighteen years to the day after Uncle Earl accepted Bigfoot into his life, my marriage ended."

After Kara's divorce, she moves into the museum to help out her Uncle. Whi
Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

CW: divorce, cheating, death, gore, and general violence

This book is going to be a hit in the horror community. My thing is that I picked it up when I wasn't exactly in the mood for it. I was looking more for a book I didn't have to pay rapt attention to and that's totally my fault. I lost track of the plot and characters, which was a shame because when I started engaging more I wanted to know it. It's a very fast book. I read
Rosamund Hodge
It's basically Narnia meets ANNIHILATION, so I loved it.
The Nerd Daily
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Annie Deo

The Hollow Places is the latest remixed horror offering by Ursula Vernon, noted children’s author and graphic novelist who writes as T. Kingfisher for older audiences. After reading her fantastic first horror novel, The Twisted Ones, which was inspired by Arthur Machen’s 1904 horror short story The White People, I fervently hoped she would return to that well and was delighted to discover she had a new horror release due out later in 20
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This is a "Read Now" book on NetGalley right now, and T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon) is amazing. So I think I'll read it even though horror novels aren't generally my thing. :D
Junkyard Attic
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books
I received this book as an e-galley through Edelweiss. I loved The Twisted Ones, and if anything, The Hollow Places is even better. A small, weird museum and a terrifying otherworld? Sign me up. The characters are great, the horror is real, and you'll never look at willow trees the same way again.
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this was one creepy, strange ride. The main character, Kara, finds her way into a freaky other world and I’ve got to say, it was eerie and gave me some heebee geebees. The Wonder Museum is something I’d love to go see, making sure there aren’t any holes to anywhere else first! There are all sorts of oddities and interesting things for people to view in the museum, which sounds like so much fun!!

Anyway, Kara and Simon find themselves wandering around outside of
While staying with her uncle, who runs the Glory to God Museum of Natural Wonders, Curiosities and Taxidermy, Kara discovers a hole in the wall of the museum that leads to a dark and dangerous supernatural dimension.

Initially, I was really into this story. I loved the quirky tone. Horror laced with humor is one of favorite things and The Hollow Places certainly delivers on the comedic aspect. But I quickly found myself struggling to stay engaged with the book. It felt like it was bogged down wit
Jessica Woodbury
3.5 stars. THE HOLLOW PLACES and Kingfisher's previous horror novel THE TWISTED ONES go together nicely. They have a lot of the same strengths, but they also share some of the same weaknesses.

What Kingfisher is good at is making us feel like we are in someone's real life. Within a few chapters, Kara doesn't just feel like a real person, she feels like your friend. Kingfisher is ridiculously good at rooting her character in exact details, not just of what she does but how she feels. It is all inc
Lisa Wolf
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

In The Hollow Places, Kara (known as Carrot by her uncle and close friends) is recently divorced and without a place to live. Her uncle Earl runs a totally awesome-sounding small-town museum (Glory to God Museum of Natural Wonders, Curiosities and Taxidermy). It’s a mish-mosh place full of (yes) taxidermied animals, fossils, relics, weirdness, and whatever people choose to send him. Earl is a sweetheart of a man, a total believer in whatever strangeness he comes across, but also kind-h
Donna Hines
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
The 'Narnia' appeal is alive and well & is being taken over by 'The Wonder Museum'!
Ok, folks I've got a mixed bag with this one literally and figuratively.
One one end I was appreciative of the writing but on the other end I just was not 'won over' by the plot as it was just too 'far fetched' to be believable or partake in.
With this said, "Pray they are hungry" was a 'recurring theme.'
Because it's about spirits as much as it's taxidermy -imagine that!
Yes, with a whole new world just beyond that p
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Pray they are hungry”

T. Kingfisher’s ability to draw readers in with a sentence that they will not soon forget, continues in “The Hollow Places.”

For those who loved “The Twisted Ones”, “The Hollow Places” will not disappoint. Once again, Kingfisher’s characters endear themselves to the reader and you find yourself wishing that you knew them in real life. Kara (aka Carrot), the protagonist, finds herself newly divorced and needing to move back home. Before, Kara is forced to move in with her mo
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
On the heels of a divorce, Kara (Carrot, affectionately), is faced with moving back in with her mother or helping her uncle run his much beloved museum of curiosities. It’s an easy decision, but her uncle’s knee surgery soon leaves Carrot alone at the museum, where she discovers a hole in the wall that leads to another world. At first, the water-logged world full of cement bunkers and eerie willow trees is merely uncanny and impossible, but she soon realizes that it’s populated by horrific, unse ...more
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Much like I did with The Twisted Ones, I started reading this and just kind of... didn't stop until I'd finished it. If you liked The Twisted Ones, you'll like this too, as the two have a lot in common: a woman returning home to family only to find herself confronted with untold horrors, spunky and helpful neighbors who go above and beyond, sweet and unharmed pets, and absolutely indelibly horrifying images that you'll never ever be able to get out of your head. Seriously, if you thought the bon ...more
THE HOLLOW PLACES BY: T. KINGFISHER I think this book will stay with me for awhile, I'm afraid the willows have taken root. I know many people draw the obvious parallels with Lovecraft, but for me this one also had some vibes that brought up touchstones from The Mist (Stephen King) and a smidge of Pan's Labyrinth. Definitely that dark otherworldliness but also the religious and/or mythical undertones throughout.
Sometimes the vastness and imagination that goes into multiverses can be overwhelmin
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T. Kingfisher is the vaguely absurd pen-name of Ursula Vernon. In another life, she writes children's books and weird comics, and has won the Hugo, Sequoyah, and Ursa Major awards, as well as a half-dozen Junior Library Guild selections.

This is the name she uses when writing things for grown-ups.

When she is not writing, she is probably out in the garden, trying to make eye contact with butterflies

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