“The Possession of Natalie Glasgow” and “Benny Rose, the Cannibal King” from Hailey Piper
Today’s blogpost and rambling is going to feature two books, I know, crazy right! But it’s my blog and I do what I want! Anyways, back to business, today I am featuring two rather short books from the same author, the author in question is Hailey Piper. So, without further ado let’s begin:
“The Possession of Natalie Glasgow”
Heather Glasgow’s daughter, Natalie is not well, she spends her daytime sleeping, at night she prowls their house growling and eating all the raw meat in the kitchen. With medical science not having any answers, Heather gets the help from Margaret Willow, a midwife to some and witch to others. Margaret is set to discover the truth to Natalie’s strange behaviour.
I must admit I am a bit picky when it comes to possession stories, for me possessions become old hat quickly, so it is always refreshing when someone brings something fresh and new to the table of possession horror, though I will not say what is different in this tale, because then I would spoil the big reveal. So instead I am just going to say, go buy this book and find out for yourself! What this story does well is that it starts from the get-go with tension and it doesn’t give it up. No slow burn to be found here!
It is not a long tale, the book clocks in on around 100 pages, so you will probably do as me and finish it in one sitting. To be honest that is the biggest flaw with this book, I wish it was longer, would like to see more of the possession manifesting in Natalie and could also do with a bit more backstory of Margaret, just feel like there is more to her.
All in all, it’s a great little tale
I give this book a strong 4/5 raw slabs of meat!
So, as soon as I finished this one, I went straight from this book to the next one, which was:
“Benny Rose, the Cannibal King”
It’s Halloween, it is 1987 and a few teens are having a party in a small neighbourhood in a small town named Blackwood, where a cannibal is said to roam and eat the young people that are out on Halloween. What could go wrong? Well, for local teen girl Desiree St. Fleur and her friends, things go awry when they try and pull a Benny Rose themed prank on the new girl in their school during a party, it seems there is some truth in the local legend and Benny Rose is real. As the weather gets worse, they find themselves trapped in a neighbourhood filled with old folks and a supernatural cannibal killer.
Boy am I glad I read this one right after “Possession”, it has it all I would ever want from a book featuring a killer cannibal! The action is fast paced and tense. It features a great cast of characters, the interactions between Desiree and her group of friends are well written and believable. This book also features realistic reactions to seeing one’s friends being violently slaughtered in front of them. It’s volent and gory but it is not gratuitous. Steeped in atmosphere, both then in 80s atmosphere and in overhanging dread. finally, a truly terrifying and disturbing monster in the form of Benny Rose. It features one of the more memorable endings I have read in recent times, just wow and ouch, believe me, it is a gnarly one!
Let me get more into Benny Rose as a monster/antagonist, he is truly terrifying, wandering around naked and lanky with a distended belly, pale white skin that burns at the touch and moving around slowly but determined. Black eyes that follow you. You know he is going to get his prey in the end. Easily one of the more memorable creatures I have read in recent times.
Also, having the group of friends trapped in a cul-de-sac during a storm gives this tale another layer of fear, it brings a feeling of claustrophobia, they can try to run but not truly escape. It ramps up the tension even more.
Just a slight sidenote, this is book 3 in the Rewind-or-Die series from Unnerving. Each instalment in the series are from a different author. If “Benny Rose” is anything to go by, then I think the rest of the books in the series would be well worth checking out!
I give this book 5/5 gnashing teeth.
So, these two books showcase Hailey Piper talents, all I have to say is, read these books and be on the lookout for future releases!