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The Haunted

The Haunted

Written by: Michaelbrent Collings
Published by: CreateSpace
Page Count: 274
ISBN-10: 1475066945
ISBN-13: 978-1475066944
Where to buy: Amazon, and other fine book retailers.

Publisher’s Comments: They have the beginnings of a perfect family. A husband, a wife, a baby on the way. But something will stop them from being happy as they move into their new house: the power of the undead that roam the halls of their home. The demons that have come to claim them. The darkness that seeks to destroy them. The haunted.

Dear readers and fellow devotees of the weird and horrorific,

Today we offer you a very short review, by Heather Royston, on the novel “The Haunted” by author Michalebrent Collings.

In keeping with the spirit of brevity of the review itself, I’ll let you get right to it…

-Marc

Admittedly, when I received my copy of The Haunted, by Michaelbrent Collings, I was a little disappointed. The mailman had jammed it into my mailbox and as a result it was a bit mangled. So after an angry phone call to the post office, I put it on my desk under some heavy things to try and repair the damage. I got most of the bend out of the book but sadly the covers are still bent and creased and it doesn’t quite lay flat. This is the only real complaint I have about this book, which really has nothing to do with the book itself.

The Haunted started out throwing me for a loop from page one. The book actually starts on the left side. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that starts from the left page in my entire life. There was at least a three second beat where I was very confused about why the the first page seemed to start in the middle of a thought. After realizing that I needed to turn my head a bit, I had a nice giggle and started reading. I was immediately snatched up and thrown into the tale of Sarah and Cap (so called for his love of Captain America).

In this world, Sarah and Cap are moving into a new home, recently purchased to house their growing family. Cap is unloading their moving truck and Sarah is inside unpacking boxes and thinking about her pregnancy. Already though, she is filled with a feeling of dread about the house, a feeling of “off-ness.” The author does not waste any time in letting you know that something is wildly wrong here in this house. Events continually escalate and culminate into a twist ending that, while not totally original (and what is these days anyhow), I still didn’t see coming until it actually happened.

Final Thoughts:
Once I started The Haunted I couldn’t put it down and I found myself making special time to read it, ignoring other things I could have (probably should have) been doing just so I could see what was happening. Sure it’s got a few problematic turns of phrase and there are a few times I wanted to slap the characters, but would it really be part of the horror genre if it didn’t have those things? I had a great time reading this book and I am quite interested in picking up the rest of this author’s works. I was intrigued to learn that Michaelbrent Collings also does screenplays, and I want to look and see if he’s written anything I’ve seen.

I am pleased to award The Haunted 4 out of 5 tentacles.

Heather Royston, Minion/Reviewer

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