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It Lives In The Basement by [Foley, Sahara]
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Sahara Foley's horror collection, It Lives in the Basement, is guaranteed to bring a smile of delight to the face of any horror fan lucky enough to pick this book up and read it. I love horror, but having grown up enjoying the works of Poe, Lovecraft and Derleth, rarely come across horror tales that reach the sublimely scary heights those classic authors mastered. This series of interconnected tales does just that. Foley's work is also an inspired police procedural at the same time, as the Omaha police follow a most unusual suspect in a series of disappearances and a particularly brutal murder. Foley's story is marvelous! The plot sizzles with tension, and the characters are compelling and real people you quickly come to care about. It Lives in the Basement is as good -- and as terrifying -- as it gets, and it's most highly recommended.   Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

This is one of the scariest stories to come along in a while. Gripping, horrifying, and almost over the edge of belief, It Lives in the Basement by Sahara Foley keeps you turning the pages as you continually look over your shoulder. The characters are diverse and dedicated to their mission and you just wish you could get their attention to help them through the non-stop action. This is certainly well worth reading, as long as you lock your basement door and keep the lights on. Great book! I couldn't put it down.  Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite.

Product Details

  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1530050170
  • Publisher: Creativia; 7 edition (January 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DX82WDO
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It Lives in the Basement should be required reading on Halloween night especially when out camping the woods. This novella is a great monster story guaranteed to ensure that you never see a toilet in the same way again or ignore that little flutter in the shadows you think is a trick of light.

The author starts us on this dark journey with a cold opening that tells us immediately what we're in for. Police Lieutenant Flynn has been called in to investigate the disappearance of John Sempek and Pat Forbes, a couple living with their three cats in a house on South 18th Street. When he discovers a notebook left by John, Flynn like the reader, is immediately drawn in.

The novella can be broken up into three separate acts beginning with Lt. Flynn's journey into John Sempek's mind through his notebook. John is a writer who is aware that his imagination can sometimes lead him astray. As a result, he uses this as a way to explain some of the curious things that are taking place in his house. Of all the characters in this novella, it is probably John that speaks to us best since his dismissal of the lurking horror, is something we would do ourselves when confronted by a similar situation.

The second act that introduces us to Detective Pete Alvarez coincides with the death of an immigrant in the same locale some years later. Alvarez is your classic exposition character who is rather one dimensional. His part in this tale is to tell the reader what kind of menace we're dealing with and he seems to have little interest in his peers beyond how they can assist him to catch his white whale.

That being said, kudos to the author for the creation of a truly disturbing creature.
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The cover of this book caught my interest, the first time I saw it as did the title. I am a huge Stephen King fan and I love horror. Who can resist picking up a book called ‘It lived in the basement’. And I wasn’t disappointed. Though the story is short, it is engrossing. It has been well written and keeps your attention throughout. For the best experience, switch off the lights, get under the blanket and read it with a flashlight. Sahara Foley has an exceptional style of writing and I hope to read more horror stories from this talented author.
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VERY scary read -- reminds me of the days when our parents allowed us to sleep in the backyard in a tent and we read things like this with a flashlight! PERFECT Halloween read for children! The story is very well crafted and fun to read. First the cats are missing, and what was that I just saw out of the corner of my eye? Then two people are missing. The detective characters are funny and a bit frustrated. I highly recommend this one for anyone who loves a GOOD SCARY STORY!
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"It Lives in the Basement," by Sahara Foley begins with a bang. The noises in the house initially attributed to typical "settling" causes are followed by brief, peripheral glimpses of...something. The cats disappear without a trace, followed in short order by increasingly ominous occurrences that leave investigators stymied. This horror novella, divided into several chapters that combine to provide a multiple-years long tale of mystery, murder and terror is a good and quick reading pleasure.

Police detective Flynn is the first to investigate the disappearances and, over a number of succeeding years, he is followed by a series of investigators, all of whom are drawn to the house at 1921 S. 18th Street to examine seemingly unsolvable mysteries and gruesome murders. Eventually, the detectives follow a trail that leads them, years later, to a swampy area miles from the original crime scene.

The methodology used in presenting this story is interesting, unusual and well presented. With the exception of Sergeant Alvarez, the characters are not as well as developed as they would have been in a full length novel, but certainly sufficient to carry the plot line and keep the reader invested in their fates. More fully developed, Alvarez proves to be a source for tracking down the enigmatic killer. How he comes to some of his conclusions is not crystal clear, but his assumptions and facts help drive the story forward. At times, I found the dialogue a bit stilted and unrealistic, especially Alvarez's language. Though his speech patterns took some getting used to, and after deciding that this and his word usage was intentional, it actually fleshed out his character and set him quite apart from the other actors. "It Lives in the Basement," is an enjoyable and satisfying read that I would recommend for all fans of suspense horror stories.
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John Sempek and Pat Forbes are missing from their home. Also gone are two white cats and a black kitten.

Grumpy, sarcastic, and sometimes funny, Lieutenant Flynn is investigating the disappearances.

Events escalate, taking the reader on horrible ride.

After the story ends, Sahara Foley tells the reader:

"These are my late husband’s tales. His Legacy. His children. Ironically, they could only be born upon his death. I have done my best to make them presentable for public reading. I hope I have made him proud of his children.

"Thank you for reading these tales and bringing the characters back to life. As I journey down this chosen road, to give birth to his remaining children, I would really appreciate any feedback and reviews you can offer."

Here's my review, Ms. Foley. Your husband left a great legacy. And you're doing an excellent job as the keeper of the legacy.
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