Where Night Cowers

by Matthew M. Bartlett | Horror |
ISBN: 9781685100704 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 10/14/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, October 14, 2023
I got this softcover at the Merrimack Valley Book Festival in Haverhill MA. It's a collection of stories set mainly in the author's fictional locales, "witch-ridden Leeds" and "hex-haunted Hulse" (both in Massachusetts), where the local powers can attack without warning. Among my favorites:

"Monica in the Hall of Moths," evocative and eerie.

"If He Summons His Herd," in which one boy finds himself left behind when the powers that rule his town take a new friend instead.

"Leeds 2600" is about a girl whose favorite cousin - and protector - has vanished, after leaving her with a unique videogame that is supposed to help guard her from the local evils. Whether she's using it correctly is unclear, as is the whole question of her mental stability; the story dances nicely between the possibilities.

"Deep Into the Skin" is a brutally violent tale of a tattoo artist who's tried to stay clear of the eldritch happenings in his town, only to be tapped by a trio for a Ouija-board tattoo that, it turns out, will be a key element in a deadly ritual. Since one of his friends, another tattoo artist, died recently under bizarre circumstances, he realizes that if he doesn't go along with the trio's request he'll have the same fate - but, in the end, he may not have escaped after all.

"Mikeytown" is the kind of upbeat-disturbing that's even scarier than overt violence: two friends wind up making an unplanned stop in the titular Mikeytown, to find that it is apparently honoring a child named Mikey in every aspect of the town - street names, business names, the names of dishes at the diner... and woe betide anyone who disparages the invisible Mikey...

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Ivangile Rd in Salem, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, October 22, 2023

Released 6 mos ago (10/22/2023 UTC) at Little Free Library, Ivangile Rd in Salem, New Hampshire USA


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