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The Bone Key: The Necromantic Mysteries of Kyle Murchison Booth

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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.

    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.

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