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Life in a Haunted House

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Cover which manages to both perfectly illustrate the novel inside and to imply something completely different to the actual story I ll the novel inside and to imply something completely different to the actual story I ll to explain that contradiction Our young protagonist Brendan is so much a fan as to be obsessed with the b movie horror films of director Bud Preston and I love that this book cover looks just like one of those film posters However the Life In A Haunted House storyline is a multi layered coming of age tale far sophisticated and deep than the artwork would suggestBrendan is the perpetual school new boy and misfit His chance encounter with eually isolated weird girl Melissa looks as though it will allow both children to actually experience friendship bonding over the discovery that Melissa s house was where Bud Preston shot all his films However first Brendan needs to learn that sing someone to further your own obsession isn t the same as being their friend however tempting the immediate acuisitions might bePrentiss has written a sympathetic and tterly convincing portrayal of the intersection of these two lives and I found it easy to believe in both Brendan and Melissa Their interactions with parents and other children provide a strong framework and if I were a horror film fan I suspect I would have recognised many of the scenes and settings at least by type Life In A Haunted House
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have a horror streak depicted mainly through scenes that border on reality I can imagine this novel having wide appeal and being recommended by word of mouth to horror fans and enthusiasts of irky cult fiction Review of LIFE IN A HAUNTED HOUSEby Norman PrentissMulti layered and riveting LIVING IN A HAUNTED HOUSE is coming of age plus parental rifts plus potential mental disorder plus high school targeting the odd one out plus film mania or obsession or devotion friendship or not truth telling or not I love stories where the characters gaslight each other or where the author gaslights the reader so that I have to discern truth from illusion facts from lies All the way through I held to one perceived truth but was buffeted throughout by characters claims of That never happened That doesn t exist I never said truth but was buffeted throughout by characters claims of That never happened That doesn t exist I never said I don t know you and so forth By the end all had been Coercive Devices unraveled and rewoven and I finished the novel with a feeling of great satisfaction of a story elouently delivered of an author who made this reader live the story vividly I enjoyed this for the author s effort than the execution The author clearly loved writing this novella and probably put a lot of personal stuff in it That s what comes through and keeps you engaged The story itself really doesn t have a ton going for it but the characters are drawn well and have lifeI must confess that I freuently see this author s works linked with Kevin Lucia and Richard Chizmar and the line and as a horror and coming of age genre fan I really haven t been able to jive with any of their works I think some As THE STONE STAIRWAY and THE DUNGEON OF COUNT VERLOCK But Brendan’s film fan obsessions threaten tondermine his new friendshipbefore he can truly nderstand what it means to spend LIFE IN A HAUNTED HOUSEPrentiss continues to chart his own path through the horror genreA poignant. .
I didn t enjoy this book as much as others I have read by this author Odd Adventures with my Other Father was amazing but it was okay I think I was expecting too much it seems to be geared towards a late middle school early high school audience that being said i ve really enjoyed everything being said I ve really enjoyed everything I ve read by Mr Prentiss and look forward to stories by him This was not particularly memorable or niue as far as psychological horrorthrillers go It wasn t terrible but I ve been down this road many times I think this would be better if there was depth of character and if what was happening was a bit subtle This is not a ghost story in the supernatural sense The closest things to ghosts are the memories of the characters that are part of the house that brings them all together It is a coming of age story about a young boy and his fascination obsession perhaps with his favorite low budget movie producer The movies were his special connection to his father who is now divorced from his mother and living in another state The movies also help to form a bond of friendship perhaps or perhaps less with the daughter of the director Brenden and his mother move a lot because of her job Therefore Brenden is always the new kid at school and seldom makes friens before moving somewhere else The latest town seems like it is going to be even worse when he makes a social blunder at school But then he meets the daughter of his favorite movie producer She invites him to her house where he is thrilled to recognize the setting No Love Lost Weather Warden used in so many of the low budget movies he watched with his father Brenden forms a friendhip of sorts with Melissa despite the fact that neither seem to want to advertise the friendship in publicWhat follows is the tale of this friendship itsps and down and the conseuences of it all There is many points of did this really happen was it Brenden s imagination or maybe the start of a psychosis or something else All of coming through the filter of Brenden s narration This is what makes the story both interesting and at times frustrating As The Reader Must the reader must out what to believe The character of Brenden is very well fleshed out of course Other characters seem to fleshed out as well but as you read the story you come to the realization that you are only getting a shallow look at those characters and their motivations This "isn t sloppy writing though It is just the way Brenden sees life and other people I would "t sloppy writing though It is just the way Brenden sees life and other people I would liked to have heard from Melissa especially in the book s conclusion I would rate this as 35 starsAs a side note the author has wriiten a series of short stories about the fictional low budget movies that are talked about in the story You do not need to read these stories to enjoy or nderstand this story but they seem that they would help flesh out the world of the story See of my book reviews on my blog Literary FlitsLife In A Haunted House has a fabulous schlock horror. Brendan has always been fascinated by the low budget horror films of Bud Preston Imagine his surprise when he moves to a new town and discovers a high school classmate is the daughter of his favorite director Melissa Preston’s home contains exciting secrets about such strange films.
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Eople are wired differently I am a huge Ronald Malfi fan and find a lot of King influence in his work Whereas huge Ronald Malfi fan and find a lot of King influence in his work Whereas three nnamed earlier seem much Koontz I don t know if that s helpful to anyone else Do you remember being a teenager Do you recall the awkwardness of talking to the opposite sex the pettiness of other teens the need to fit recall the awkwardness of talking to the opposite sex the pettiness of other teens the need to fit and failing with every attempt the humiliation that ensues and the social clumsiness Norman Prentiss captures all that in LIFE IN A HAUNTED HOUSE with so much clarity you can t help but recall your own teen years Prentiss is very skilled at creating layers for the narrator that leave you wondering what is real The protagonist Brendan narrates skillfully leave you wondering what is real The protagonist Brendan narrates skillfully reality memory and fantasyBut it s than that because there are haunted houses and then there are Haunted HousesBrendan is fascinated with Melissa Preston or rather with her home and its past She is the daughter of Brendan s favorite low bud Melancholy NostalgiaNot what I was expecting but better wonderful even A heartfelt trip through adolescent awkwardness and the nostalgia of horror film fandom Heroes are revealed to have feet of clay and Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living ulterior motives threaten to spoil friendships in a bittersweet bildungsroman of remembrance and regret Highly recommended LIFE IN A HAUNTED HOUSE is a coming of ageghost story written in such an easy to read style you ll be finished before you ve even begun to put a dent in your chairIt s the base storyline for some of the free short stories you may have seen offered by author Norman Prentiss They don t need to be read in any particular order but this one explains who Bud Preston was and how his movies were made Anyone who has watched those old cheaply made but fun to watch horror films can appreciate this novelThat s the basic plot There are a couple of interesting subplots that might just leave you wondering if this is also partially imaginary another regarding parents not seeing eye to eye and a tiny bit of boygirl stuff Nothing racy Enjoy this with your kidsI received my copy of LIFE IN A HAUNTED HOUSE from the author and hope you buy a copy today We all want magic of some kindLife in a Haunted House is a multi layered marvel as intricate a novel as one could hope to conjure and yet despite its carefully constructed narrative it reads as a simple coming of age story something Prentiss has long mastered Paying tribute to B horror movies and the nostalgia that children these days will never fully appreciate Prentiss plays aite clever sleight of hand keeping our attention focused where he wants it while the real story develops around Berlin in Lights The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler 1918 1937 us engulfing the reader before they re aware of what s occurredBeautifully drawn characters full of heart and courage but also flawed in a way that make them real combined with annconventional telling and The Mystery of a Hansom Cab unreliable narrator It all addsp to an experience you won t soon forget This is a story you won t want to end. Ly moving sometimes funny and oftentimes bittersweet human portrayal of a young man trying to make sense of his parents’ divorce his place in the world and the true meaning of friendshipI can do no less than give Life in a Haunted House my highest recommendation Cemetery Dance Onli.

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