Wow, I got super behind on reviews so here comes another round of mini’s!! 🙂
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
For a book that is so popular I was expecting it to be better. It was atmospheric so I will give it that and it had a couple of semi creepy moments, but I was expecting something a lot spookier and found this to be a tad bit boring.
This could be because it’s hard to spook me in books and I can see how it could creepy out those who don’t read a lot of horror or if you are into more atmospheric horror than I am. I thought Mrs. Dudley was pretty creepy…lol.
If you think this will be anything like the new Netflix movie with the same name, it isn’t. It might have the same atmospheric tone but so totally different in storyline. The only thing I think is remotely the same was their portrayal of Mrs. Dudley. 🙂 Has a decent narrator.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope’s shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two inquisitive boys standing precariously on the brink of adulthood will soon discover the secret of the satanic raree-show’s smoke, mazes, and mirrors, as they learn all too well the heavy cost of wishes – and the stuff of nightmare.
I was surprised with this one as I wasn’t sure if it would be slow like other older horror. Now don’t get me wrong it wasn’t extremely fast paced and it had it slow start and moments but for the most part I really enjoyed it. It had a lot of atmosphere but it also had a lot of weird stuff going on that I liked. The creepy characters like the Witch, Mr. Dark and the Illustrated man really gave it an spooky feel.
I will never ever want to sneak into a carnival to see how it gets put up that is for sure! 🙂 I liked the narrator on this one.
The Maw by Taylor Zajonc
For fans of Clive Cussler and Michael Crichton, a thrilling tale of an underground expedition to the deep . . . and the ultimate struggle for survival.
Milo Luttrell never expected to step inside the mouth of an ancient cave in rural Tanzania. After all, he’s a historian–not an archaeologist. Summoned under the guise of a mysterious life-changing opportunity, Milo suddenly finds himself in the midst of an expedition into the largest underground system in Africa, helmed by a brash billionaire-turned-exploration guru and his elite team of cavers. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to finally solve a century-old disappearance of the famed explorer Lord Riley DeWar, an enigmatic figure who both made–and nearly ruined–Milo’s fledgling career.
Determined to make the most of his second chance, Milo joins the team and begins a harrowing descent into one of Earth’s last secrets: a dangerous, pitch-black realm of twisting passages and ancient fossils nearly two thousand feet underground. But when a storm hits the surface base camp, stranding the cavers and washing away supplies, all communication to the outside world is lost. As the remaining resources dwindle and members of the team begin to exhibit strange and terrifying abilities, Milo must brave the encroaching darkness to unearth the truth behind DeWar’s fascination with the deep–and why he never left.
I will start by saying that I think others might enjoy this more than I did because I sort of had it in my mind that there would be a creature in the cave and there wasn’t. So therefore when I found out what it was really about I was let down…lol. So don’t go into it thinking that and you might enjoy it more.
Milo is lied to and finds out when he gets there and finds out what it is they are really doing. Then they get in the cave and because of what is in there are left behind to fend for themselves and try and survive. They have no supplies and their flashlights will soon go out. They have no clue if anyone will even come back for them or anything and that in itself was kind of creepy.
Overall, it was an okay listen and I enjoyed the narrator but I was so hoping for a creature! 🙂