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The Twisted OnesWhen A Young Woman Clears Out Her Deceased Grandmother S Home In Rural North Carolina, She Finds Long Hidden Secrets About A Strange Colony Of Beings In The Woods In This Chilling Novel That Reads Like The Blair Witch Project Meets The Andy Griffith ShowWhen Mouse S Dad Asks Her To Clean Out Her Dead Grandmother S House, She Says Yes After All, How Bad Could It Be Answer Pretty Bad Grandma Was A Hoarder, And Her House Is Stuffed With Useless Rubbish That Would Be Horrific Enough, But There S Mouse Stumbles Across Her Step Grandfather S Journal, Which At First Seems To Be Filled With Nonsensical Rants Until Mouse Encounters Some Of The Terrifying Things He Described For Herself Alone In The Woods With Her Dog, Mouse Finds Herself Face To Face With A Series Of Impossible Terrors Because Sometimes The Things That Go Bump In The Night Are Real, And They Re Looking For You And If She Doesn T Face Them Head On, She Might Not Survive To Tell The Tale From Hugo Award Winning Author Ursula Vernon, Writing As T Kingfisher, The Twisted Ones Is A Gripping, Terrifying Tale Bound To Keep You Up All Night From Both Fear And Anticipation Of What Happens Next

!!> EPUB ✼ The Twisted Ones ✷ Author T. Kingfisher – Anguillais.us
  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • The Twisted Ones
  • T. Kingfisher
  • English
  • 01 September 2018
  • 1534429573

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  1. says:

    i don t usually dig folk horror i find it too understated too quaint and stylized to be entertaining, let alone scary, but this book is refreshingly modern and legit creepy i wasn t scared scared, since whatever part of a person that regulates the ability to be scared by books movies seems to be broken in me, but i can wholly appreciate effective horror atmosphere, and this is FULL of skin crawlingly memorable images and phrases, and some wonderful surprises i ve read several short stories on i don t usually dig folk horror i find it too understated too quaint and stylized to be entertaining, let alone scary, but this book is refreshingly modern and legit creepy i wasn t scared scared, since whatever part of a person that regulates the ability to be scared by books movies seems to be broken in me, but i can wholly appreciate effective horror atmosphere, and this is FULL of skin crawlingly memorable images and phrases, and some wonderful surprises i ve read several short stories online by t kingfisher ursula vernon, but this is my first foray into her full length work course, from right here where i sit writing this, i can see no fewer than THREE full length books of hers i bought ages ago with every intention of reading immediately, and yet have not gotten around to reading, because whatever part of a person regulates the ability to read every book they buy is also broken in me BUT ANYWAY, i had very high expectations for this based on her short stories, so i was distraught when i missed grabbing an ARC at BEA, arriving mere moments after the copies had been distributed i m forever grateful to saga press for alleviating my whimpering grief by sending one my way it s every bit as good as what i ve already read of hers, showcasing her strong overall sense of storytelling everything from character, voice, atmosphere, and the frequently overlooked element of pacing in horror, pacing is key.oh, and that doggie.having just read a fantastic GOOD BOY dog in The Ten Thousand Doors of January, i was delighted to come upon another one so soon, and i m not sure if i amin puppy love with Bad or Bongo i do know that 3 4 of the folded over pages in this book, which indicate my appreciation for a phrase or scene, are bongo related, so i think he s pulling ahead, but shhhh, don t tell bad Bongo sat up and came over to the window He licked the screen and seemed puzzled that it tasted like wire You re not smart, I told him He wagged his tail and licked the screen again, on the off chance that it had become tasty.i love the narrator s voice, i love her indulgent protective relationship with bongo, her deep understanding of his individual character and his breed s a redbone coonhound idiosyncrasies, and she s a perfect horror heroine neither too open nor too close minded, neither too fearless nor too helpless she s authentically capable in the face of an unfathomable situation this also has a hoarding component to it, and is the second horror novel i have read on that theme after alan ryker s The Hoard and MAN, is hoarding a situation with unlimited horrific potential three words creepy doll room shudder hoarding is an ordinary horror, and she s very good at making the mundane seem ominous In the morning sunlight, it was pretty obvious that the porch had been a dumping ground for old furniture, gardening equipment, and what looked like an ancient grill All the corners had been filled in withjunk It was really kind of impressive She hadn t just hoarded she d made walls and ramparts out of her possessions, like she was expecting a siege.the only complaint i have is that there is an overlong chunk devoted to a found journal that was written very much in the folk horror tradition, which dragged for me because i wanted to get back to the action and thecompelling narratorial voice exposition wise, the journal is necessary, but it went on and on and i was not loving it however, there s an author s note at the end that explains what that journal was referencing and, not being a folk horror fan, it was something i d never read, although it is likely a piece collected in ANOTHER unread book i have languishing over here , and she even addresses the specific way she approached the construction of that part, which, even though i was kind of zzz during my reading of the actual part, i found her explanation inspiration very interesting, indeed do not skip the author s note she is a hoot and a treasure oh, and the cover does that thing i love, like Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone which is kind of ALSO folk horror, but i loved it , where there are seeeecret words glossily superimposed on the cover which you can see in my review here , and i appreciated very much that they bothered to replicate that feature on an ARC so many reasons not to miss out on this book despite meticulous planning, i somehow missed out on this at BEA, but i m so glad i swallowed my pride, ignored my already teetering to read list and straight up begged the publisher for it, because it was everything i dreamed it would be gratitude for now.review to come.come to my blog


  2. says:

    In the backwoods of North Carolina stood the house of Melissa s estranged dead grandmother Melissa aka Mouse, with her Redbone Coonhound Bongo in tow, arrived in her pick up truck to clean out the house as per her father s request Grandma, a nasty piece of work who was mean as a snake was a hoarder The house was a virtual firetrap storage bins piled knee high , newspapers piled in neatly tied stacks , and a room of dolls, dead dolls with hyper realistic faces peeking out from behind In the backwoods of North Carolina stood the house of Melissa s estranged dead grandmother Melissa aka Mouse, with her Redbone Coonhound Bongo in tow, arrived in her pick up truck to clean out the house as per her father s request Grandma, a nasty piece of work who was mean as a snake was a hoarder The house was a virtual firetrap storage bins piled knee high , newspapers piled in neatly tied stacks , and a room of dolls, dead dolls with hyper realistic faces peeking out from behind boxes One box was full of papers Mouse riffled it briefly but no stock certificates fell out Well, a woman can dream Frederick Cotgrave, deceased as well, had been married to grandma but occupied his own nearly empty room in stark contrast to her hoarding ways A small black journal on his nightstand piqued Mouse s interest The writings were bizarre Too dangerous to sleep in the woods any They ve got my scent nowI made faces like the faces on the rocks In Mouse s words, If Bongo had been scared of the house, I might have leftBongo thought the place was grand There were things to sniff Wrong Strange occurrences started to mirror Cotgrave s musings.Creepy, harrowing secrets from long ago start to slowly surface Mouse counted on Bongo for comfort She befriended Foxy, a tall hippyish woman, who wore a riot of mismatched colorsomehow all pulled together Ageless Foxy lived on a nearby commune Tomas, Foxy s housemate, told Mouse to be careful of things in the woods around here Writing under the pen name T Kingfisher, Hugo Award winner Ursula Vernon delivers a frightening, creepy horror novel The Twisted Ones additionally portrays the loving bond between Mouse and her dog Bongo and their dependence upon each other to quiet their fears How will this chilling, roller coaster of fear, anticipation and emotion conclude An engrossing, nail biting tome I highly recommend.Thank you Gallery Saga Press and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review The Twisted Ones


  3. says:

    I am NOT generally a fan of horror novels, but I am a fan of T Kingfisher aka Ursula Vernon , and that was enough to convince me to give this a try And it is seriously creepy This book has a great main character, Melissa or Mouse, with an appealing voice and an excellent job I m a freelance editor I turn decent books into decently readable books and hopeless books into hopeless books with better grammar It s a living.Mouse has a truly wonderful and loyal if sometimes dimwitted coonh I am NOT generally a fan of horror novels, but I am a fan of T Kingfisher aka Ursula Vernon , and that was enough to convince me to give this a try And it is seriously creepy This book has a great main character, Melissa or Mouse, with an appealing voice and an excellent job I m a freelance editor I turn decent books into decently readable books and hopeless books into hopeless books with better grammar It s a living.Mouse has a truly wonderful and loyal if sometimes dimwitted coonhound dog, Bongo Her grandmother has recently passed away, and Mouse has the thankless task of cleaning out her grandparents house It s even worse than normal, since her grandmother was a a horrible person, and b a hoarder But as it turns out, that s not the worst thing about staying in her grandparents house.This story takes the 1904 classic horror novella The White People as its launching point If you ve ever read that story, you really need to read this If you haven t, you should at least give it a quick skim before jumping into this one it s free on Project Gutenberg The Twisted Ones is kind of a modern day sequel to The White People Full RTC


  4. says:

    In my mind I roughly categorize supernatural horror into two main groups Babadook style horror and Cabin in the Woods style horror.Babadook style horror is the kind that starts out right off the bat with a low grade, unceasing tension, and it usually follows one orVery Unhappy People You see the characters and think do they really need to go through evenshit Their lives already kind of suck But the story often relies at least to some extent on the narrative mystery of is this s In my mind I roughly categorize supernatural horror into two main groups Babadook style horror and Cabin in the Woods style horror.Babadook style horror is the kind that starts out right off the bat with a low grade, unceasing tension, and it usually follows one orVery Unhappy People You see the characters and think do they really need to go through evenshit Their lives already kind of suck But the story often relies at least to some extent on the narrative mystery of is this supernatural or is it budding psychosis Or maybe a metaphor for something else entirely It s usually a bit of a downer.Cabin in the Woods style horror starts out lighter, sunnier, with average folks just living their lives Once the crap starts hitting the fan, there s not usually much prevarication about whether or not the horror is supernatural Part of the horror comes in the knowledge that even though these characters are relatively good people, even though they are making ok decisions, this thing is going towreck their world. It focuses on the huge transition we were so happy and normal yesterday and now nothing will ever be the same ever again The Twisted Ones is definitely the latter, much to my delight The story centers on a 30 something editor, Mouse, who journeys to rural North Carolina to clean out her estranged grandmother s house at her father s behest When she gets there she s exasperated to find that her grandmother had been a hoarder, and every room of the house is filled with hangers and newspapers and bags full of bags Every room, that is, except for her step grandfather s bedroom, where she finds his creepy diary full of creepy prose that seem to worm their way into her head.Now the first thing I ll say is that the overall tone of the book is lighter for a bigger chunk of the book than I would have expected from looking at the cover The blurb describes it as The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show, which I find to be an odd choice for a variety of reasons has anyone in the target demographic even seen The Andy Griffith Show, for one , but I think it s trying to give you the idea that the story s not all grimdark horror all the time Oh don t get me wrong, this is definitely horror It goes into some deliciously weird directions, and it pays off satisfyingly in the end.But for the first part of the book its appeal is in the narrator, who s one of the most engaging, relatable characters I ve read in a while I loved how irreverent and low key snarky Mouse is without her voice ever feeling forced or self consciously jokey, and I found the plethora of descriptions about her lovable dumbass of a dog to be super endearing.It also becomes clear pretty quickly that Mouse uses humor and denial to cope with all the weirdness going on So while I think the bits of humor especially when paired with the first person past tense, which by definition assures the survival of the narrator , tend to insulate the horror a bit, I do think that it all makes sense for the character And that s the thing everything here makes so much sense The story does such a great job of gradually building up the creep factor in a really believable way Every beat of the story happens for a reason, everything that happens feels like a natural extension of what happened before I love that it never had me screaming over stupid plot or characters decisions and let me just enjoy the ride.And enjoy it I did Overall I loved the clever writing, engaging narrator, expert plotting, and serious creep factor Plus, I devoured it in like 24 hours which I haven t done with a non romance in quite a while, and a weeks later it s still giving me that oooh yeah, that was good feeling


  5. says:

    Kingfisher is a great storyteller and the story moves along drawing you into this, of course, unbelievable world It s told in a folksy kind of voice which suits the setting of rural North Carolina perfectly Mouse is an editor who was asked by her Dad to clean out her grandmother s house When she gets there she realizes her grandmother is a hoarder and stuff is stacked everywhere, blocking doors and stairs and windows This is going to be a huge job During the cleanup she finds her step grand Kingfisher is a great storyteller and the story moves along drawing you into this, of course, unbelievable world It s told in a folksy kind of voice which suits the setting of rural North Carolina perfectly Mouse is an editor who was asked by her Dad to clean out her grandmother s house When she gets there she realizes her grandmother is a hoarder and stuff is stacked everywhere, blocking doors and stairs and windows This is going to be a huge job During the cleanup she finds her step grandfather s journal which she thinks is full of nonsense, until some of the things he described start happening around her This is such a fantastical tale that I never really got scared while reading it, just mostly grossed out by the descriptions of the things that existed. I liked the folksy nature of Mouse and the practicality of Foxy, and, of course I enjoyed the dog, Bongo the coonhound This story was inspired by what I understand is a classic horror story called The White People which was written in 1904 by Welsh author Arthur Machen and no, I haven t read that one.Thanks to Saga Press through Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review


  6. says:

    4 spooky stars I really enjoyed this one Then I made faces like the faces on the rocks, and I twisted myself about like the twisted ones, and I lay down flat on the ground like the dead onesThis is a retelling or rather, a sequel to Arthur Machen s 1904 short story, The White People You don t need to know anything about the original story to enjoy this novel, though I hadn t read it when I read this novel though I did go back and read it later The book alternates between dark fantasy 4 spooky stars I really enjoyed this one Then I made faces like the faces on the rocks, and I twisted myself about like the twisted ones, and I lay down flat on the ground like the dead onesThis is a retelling or rather, a sequel to Arthur Machen s 1904 short story, The White People You don t need to know anything about the original story to enjoy this novel, though I hadn t read it when I read this novel though I did go back and read it later The book alternates between dark fantasy, horror, and weird fiction, with some family drama and comedy thrown in for good measure What I didn t like about The Twisted Ones 1st person narration Just a personal choice What I liked about The Twisted Ones Everything else Great writing Good pacing Funny in parts, scary in parts Great characters I love you Foxy A really creepy monster.A simple summary would be that Mouse goes to clean out her deceased grandmother s house, there are some spooky occult happenings, and she ends up crossing over into another world fairyland, possibly There are a lot of dark, mysterious powers at work, as well as a lot of family history, that come together in a suspenseful way Recommended for horror and fantasy fans.I received this review copy from the publisher on NetGalley Thanks for the opportunity to read and review I appreciate it


  7. says:

    Release Date October 1, 2019 Genre Horror FantasyUnfortunately, this book just didn t do it for me I love the MC because she had a great personality and a snarky attitude but I didn t care how the book feltfantasy than horror Sure there were a few moments that gave me the chills especially at the beginning Then I made faces like the faces on the rocks, and I twisted myself about like the twisted ones, and I lay down flat on the ground like the dead ones but those chills didn t Release Date October 1, 2019 Genre Horror FantasyUnfortunately, this book just didn t do it for me I love the MC because she had a great personality and a snarky attitude but I didn t care how the book feltfantasy than horror Sure there were a few moments that gave me the chills especially at the beginning Then I made faces like the faces on the rocks, and I twisted myself about like the twisted ones, and I lay down flat on the ground like the dead ones but those chills didn t last Perhaps I m asking too much as the story may be targeted better towards those who enjoy fantasy I do not Or maybe the book slump I have been in hasn t completely gone away Either way I just didn t love this one and it was an okay read for me I think those who can go into the story with an open mind will enjoy this oneI personally thought it would be a scary horror novel and was surprised it wasn t, but that doesn t mean others won t like it So take my review with a grain of salt and read it for yourself if the blurb catches your attention


  8. says:

    Thank you Netgalley for the ARC of this book This was a great, mysterious tale The book pays homage to Arthur Machen s short story The White People It was definitely a page turner A lot of humor in this one The main character s personality I adored Definitely recommend.


  9. says:

    Insanely, effectively creepy 4 solid, scary stars


  10. says:

    I received a free e ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Saga Press Trigger warnings death, animal death, gore, blood, violence, rape implied , abduction, guns, fires.When Mouse agrees to clean out her dead grandmother s house in rural North Carolina, she has no idea how bad it is Her grandmother was a borderline hoarder, and the house will take weeks to clear out on her own, with no internet, a sketchy cell phone signal, and no close neighbors other than a nearby hippie commune She I received a free e ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Saga Press Trigger warnings death, animal death, gore, blood, violence, rape implied , abduction, guns, fires.When Mouse agrees to clean out her dead grandmother s house in rural North Carolina, she has no idea how bad it is Her grandmother was a borderline hoarder, and the house will take weeks to clear out on her own, with no internet, a sketchy cell phone signal, and no close neighbors other than a nearby hippie commune She stumbles on the diary of her step grandfather, Cotgrave, who, by the end of his life, had descended into paranoia and dementia He s convinced that the woods are haunted by creepy beings called the twisted ones When Mouse discovers a hill that couldn t possibly exist covered in unsettling rock carvings, she fears he may have been right.This is a solid horror novel with Wicker Man vibes, but with better plotting and a main character you can actually pull for I m not a fan of The Wicker Man, so take that with whatever grain of salt necessary It was a cult is my least favorite plot twist after It was aliens Mouse is fairly average, and that s what I like about her She reacts realistically to pretty much every horrifying situation, and most of the time it s luckthan cleverness that saves her life Her eye for editing is also a fun detail, and her devotion to her dog, Bongo, is probably her defining feature Bongo is the second most well developed character, and I learnedabout coonhounds than I ever could have imagined It s a little too much sometimes, but I was just complaining in my review of Violet that women in horror novels don t have enough protective instincts for their children If they had half the protectiveness for their kids that Mouse has for her dog, they d be in good shape I approve I also enjoyed Foxy, the aging, sassy hippie.The writing leaves something to be desired It s consistent with Mouse s first person perspective, but it s a littlecasual than I like in my novels There s too much of her inner thought process, which is scattered and full of questions and hindsight reflections, and not enough narrative That spersonal preference than anything though, and it has the benefit of putting us completely inside her head The pace is overall good, and the only time it lags a bit is in the middle when Mouse is reading her grandfather s manuscript It doesn t add a lot to the plot that couldn t have been better streamlined and summarized, but the author s note adds some interesting insight into why it s included.The best part of this book, of course, is that it s genuinely creepy The first half effectively builds atmosphere with the discovery of the rocks, but it s really the stick and animal monsters that steal the show Major Here There Are Monsters vibes, if that s your thing Kingfisher has a knack for capturing the uncanniness of her creatures and, for once, that doesn t fade thewe see of them 10 10 would not want to see one outside my window at night As always, I find the answers to questions less interesting than the questions themselves, so the ending doesn t quite live up to the suspense It s somehow just less than I expected However, I appreciate that Kingfisher resists falsely invoking Native American mythology to explain her horrors It s one of thecreepy and original horror novels I ve read lately, recommended for people who are bored with the usual slash hack thrillers or the typical vampire zombie werewolf etc paranormal horror It s different I ve never read anything else quite like it.I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com

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