Book The Eighty-Fourth

Locke and Key by Joe Hill

The Locke family suffers a tragedy when their patriarch is murdered by disgruntled students, prompting the family to move to the ancestral “Key House”, your old fashioned haunted house type of thing.

This is great. It is an old school haunted-house story, but it has the freshness and genuine spookiness that Hill showed in his novel Heart Shaped Box. The story moves along at a decent pace, and the characters are well rounded and sympathetic. And most importantly, unlike most of the nonsense on the shelves, it’s a horror that is genuinely creepy, and knows that there’s a difference between something being bloody and being scary…

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