The Haunting of Cabin Green: A Modern Gothic Horror Novel Kindle Edition
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"A spectacular read...absolutely gripping. I couldn't force myself to put it down. Taylor did an excellent and meticulous job creating this story, forming imagery...invoking real emotion on the part of the reader." - The Horror Report
"A breath of fresh air...instilling such a deep, feral fear of the unknown that Shirley Jackson would be proud. Taylor doesn't pull any punches, and she refuses to play it safe, something that the horror genre could use a lot more of." - Justin Hamelin, Rondo Hatton Award-Winning Horror Journalist and Author
"Takes [the] standard genre template and turns it upside-down..the crazy whirlwind that ensues is enough to make even the biggest horror fan a bit dizzy...unique...with a literary approach that combines modern and mid-twentieth century techniques." - Inquisitr, The Best Horror Books of 2018
"April A. Taylor's The Haunting of Cabin Green sucked me in from the first page... Taylor pulls the rug out from under her readers... a well-structured and integrated climax. I read this book in one sitting... fighting the urge to turn on all the lights." - Connal Bain, author of Blood Moon Fever
"Grief is the driving force in The Haunting of Cabin Green. Taylor weaves a haunting tale of a man who can't be sure if the desolate cabin he's staying in is full of ghosts or if his mind is playing tricks on him." - Popsugar, The 13 Most Chilling Horror Books of 2018
"I will never look at puzzles the same way again. The one is DARK. If you're looking for a happy ending or a more humorous take on the genre, look elsewhere. The subplot about Ben's mom is probably going to give me nightmares... there's a lot to like here." - Stephanie Rabig, Author of Sink or Swim: The Search for Aveline
From the Author
- ASIN : B07BJ78NNY
- Publisher : Midnight Grasshopper Books (April 17, 2018)
- Publication date : April 17, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 4765 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 232 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #214,486 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I enjoyed the non-linear narrative, the way Taylor sutures events from the past with the ongoing story of Ben, the central character, as he visits a remote cabin in the woods hoping to find time to reflect on the death of his fiancee. But, as with all great Gothic tales, that inward turn to self examination leads to a slow invasion of the paranormal into the "real" world.
I read this book in one sitting, staying up late into the dark night and frequently pausing to listen for sounds in my home and fighting the urge to turn on all the lights. If you're a fan of ghost novels like Harvest Home, The Haunting of Hill House, or A Winter Haunting, you will love this one!
What Taylor does so great in this debut novel is ramp up the emotional weight while also injecting the perfect amount of suspense-building dread, without sacrificing the quality of the story or character development. It's easy to get too wordy or lose yourself in a novel as an author, but Taylor handles this one fantastically.
As a reader, I’m a huge fan of description and Taylor makes sure you can see, smell and taste every piece of this novel. The visuals I got from this book are some of the more stark imagery I’ve enjoyed while reading in quite some time. Think Anne Rice meets Ambrose Bierce. Like any self-respecting ghost story, of course there’s a surprise to the ending. For the sake of being a spoiler-free review, I can only suggest that you pick this one up for your Kindle or bookshelf as soon as possible. Taylor doesn’t pull any punches and she refuses to play it safe in her debut novel, something that the horror genre could use a lot more of.
I enjoyed the concept of this story, and the author’s ability to describe his surroundings enabled me to picture the cabin in the woods, Ben boating and swimming on the lake, and sitting outside the small-town laundry and grocery store. I did not get a thrilling, psychological feel, though, and I kept waiting for things to “come together.”
It well describes the horror scenes, but there were too many such scenes which is the reason I gave it 4 stars.
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My next point of contention here is with the main character. Escaping the tragedy of the loss of his fiancé a mere week before their wedding day by retreating to an isolated cabin in the woods, I'm sure we should pity Ben. Initially I did, but his constant moping, whining and general "woe is me" attitude quickly began to grate. As the story progresses and strange things begin to happen I became more frustrated by his bury my head in the sand attitude, and poor decision making that led him down a increasingly worsening path. In the end end he didn't care if death embraced him, and neither did I. There are a few periphery characters, but I didn't find any of them particularly enjoyable or relatable. I primarily put this down to the stilted and unnatural dialogue already mentioned, and a very two dimensional way of storytelling.
As for the actual storyline, what a waste. There is an interesting premise at heart, and I enjoyed the jumbled chronology. Jumping between different points in the past and the present helped keep things fresh and interesting. But ultimately I think what should have been only hinted and suggested at for true horror to creep in was dealt with too heavy handedly, and what could have been explored to capitalise on the terror wasn't explained in any way that made sense. It was a double miss. Instead we were left with a supernatural tale that was messy, hard to follow, and dull. I was frustrated at the story by about a third of the way in, but I persevered in the hope the odd events would be cleared, I'm really not a quitter even with poor literacy. Just as I thought we would receive some explanation as to the point of the preceding pages, the book stopped. Dead, as it were. The cherry on the highly unsatisfactory cake. I imagine we are meant to be left savouring for more. Me personally, too many points of the story were given a little bit of attention, but not enough to bring any sense to the tale. For example, the backstory of his parents, which I'm sure was meant to add to the feeling of horror and doom, is tickled over in just a few pages, just enough so that we know there should be a point there, but with no development. The ending was pointless and frustrating, and I really wish I hadn't bothered making the effort to get through the rest of it.