Novella Reviews: Night of the Mannequins & The House on Abigail Lane


I recently read two novellas that are perfect for spooky season reading. Below are some quick mini reviews for them!

NIGHT OF THE MANNEQUINS by Stephen Graham Jones:

This is a fun, campy horror story about a group of teenage friends who attempt to pull a prank at their local movie theater. The prank goes terribly wrong and suddenly all hell breaks loose. Did something supernatural just happen? Is a psychopath on the loose?

This novella channels all of the best aspects of a good, campy horror movie. Written from the point of view of a teenage boy, Sawyer, the reader is able to get into the psychological aspect that makes him tick. We get to go along for the ride as Sawyer’s world slowly starts to unravel. There’s a lot of great humor mixed in with darker themes in this small story! 4⭐️

THE HOUSE ON ABIGAIL LANE by Kealan Patrick Burke:

Abigail Lane was constructed just like any other development in 1956 with cookie cutter homes and manicured lawns. There’s something not quite right about number 56. People have vanished as soon as they go upstairs, leaving behind small treasures: a ring, a phone, an eye. Over a 60 year history strange events have been attributed to the house and the truth behind these events remains unknown.

Kealan Patrick Burke is the master of novellas! I have read several of his short stories and every single time I am blown away by how much detail he packs into so few pages. ABIGAIL LANE is a brilliant haunted house story that will certainly unsettle you as you read it. For anyone who has ever been intrigued by the paranormal or stories like Amnityville, this novella needs a spot on your TBR! 5⭐️

NIGHT OF THE MANNEQUINS: Amazon | Book Depository

THE HOUSE ON ABIGAIL LANE: Amazon | Book Depository

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