The Neighborhood

A missing girl. A found fingertip. A puddle of blood without a body. A small town neighborhood full of rumors and imagination through the eyes of its youth. Their world is a combination of grass stains and dried mud—the badges of childhood, that often look like blood in the right light.

But you knew that part, right? Ok, time for details…

From Thunderstorm Books, Elemental Series (#9), the official release for this novella will be Horrorfind Weekend—along with Bob Ford‘s Samson & Denial (#8), and Mary SanGiovanni‘s For Emmy (#10)—in Gettysburg, PA, September 2 – 4. After that, it will be available on the Thunderstorm website.

What are people saying about it? Ahhh, well… in short, that you should make room in your con suitcase and/or be prepared to order it from Thunderstorm before they’re all gone. The longer version of those opinions would be…

5 out of 5 starts on Goodreads…

[…] In perhaps her most understated, restrained work yet, Owen builds her story and its suspense slowly, brick by brick, using even, smooth brushstrokes to paint a chilling portrait of a small little town where everyone is happy.

At peace.

Going about their business. And even though rumors spread like in any small town and everyone seems to know the tick and click of everyone else’s social affairs, certain things are not discussed. Some thoughts not entertained. The only shadows here in Neillsville hide in the corners. Ones townspeople are too willing to shy away from and ignore. Until the blood comes spilling out into their lives. […] (full review here)

From Dreadful Tales…

[…] a haunting, creeping, slow-burner of a story that will stay etched in your memory for a long, long time. […]

[…] An unsettling dread spreads from the words of this book, issuing forth a sort of dark aura that wraps around the reader, keeping them glued to the pages.[…] (full review here)

And there are several more review copies out there, comments to be added as they come in.

Now then, take a look at your neighbors. Their children. And tell me, what would happen if blood appeared on one of those white picket fences?


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