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Posted July 7, 2012
I'm not a horror fan as a rule, but I heard the author read a se
I'm not a horror fan as a rule, but I heard the author read a segment from one of these stories and was captivated by her painfully shy, early-20th-century protagonist, the Gilded Age/pre-Depression New England settings and narrative style, and a perfect amount of detail to set scenes, describe artifacts, and send the reader's imagination into terrifying realms. to set one's imagination ablaze.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
For example, "The Venebretti Necklace" begins:
There were fingers in the wall.
I was lifting a box when I saw them, saw the gap between the bricks where the mortar had fallen away and then the whitish-yellow gleam of bone. I lost my grip on the box; it fell and broke, sending yellowing holograph pages in all directions.
Right there, you have the setting, the horror, and Booth's characteristic clumsiness.
The first-person narration works beautifully; you feel pulled into Booth's own intense, less than happy but eventful life.
If you buy this reprint edition, I recommend you skip reading the Introduction to the Second Edition, which contains spoilers, until you've finished the stories.