When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods in this chilling novel that reads like The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show.
When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother's house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?
Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more—Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants…until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself.
Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors—because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale.
From Hugo Award–winning author Ursula Vernon, writing as T. Kingfisher, The Twisted Ones is a gripping, terrifying tale bound to keep you up all night—from both fear and anticipation of what happens next.
T. Kingfisher, also known as Ursula Vernon, is the author and illustrator of many projects, including the webcomic “Digger,” which won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story and the Mythopoeic Award. Her novelette “The Tomato Thief” won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette, and her short story “Jackalope Wives” won the Nebula Award for Best Story. She is also the author of the bestselling Dragonbreath, and the Hamster Princess series of books for children. Find her online at RedWombatStudio.com.
Hillary Huber is a multiple Audie Award finalist, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, and an AudioFile Best Voice. She has recorded close to three hundred titles, spanning many genres. A huge fan of audiobooks, when she's not narrating one, she's listening to one!
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6 months ago
I loved every anxiety-filled minute of this!
6 months ago
Not a fairy tale, nor the retelling of a fairy tale. I was not expecting to take three days to finish this book, but I wasn't expecting to be so thoroughly creeped out that I had to set it down firmly and turn on all the lights in the house and the yard, either. Another vividly imagined world and some stunningly accurate human-canine conversations!
6 months ago
Hints of something eldritch mixed in with the mundane and occasionally absurd make this a unique book. I found myself yelling out loud more than once as something happened or at a particularly disturbing revelation. Fun set of characters, a believable and practical main character, and not much in the way of standard horror tropes. It's fresh and feels a little too close for comfort in a few ways.Fans of some older horror will recognize bits the original inspiration, but this goes so much further and explores the ideas in a far better way, in my opinion. Highly recommended!
6 months ago
How can I put this simply? I freaking loved THE TWISTED ONES!
It's a horror novel that crosses the line into dark fantasy and has much needed comic relief in places to reduce tension. And unlike some authors, the humor isn't stupid or juvenile.
The writing was flowed seamlessly with strong character development. I loved where the author led me (by the nose) and where I ended up (right where she wanted me).
If you're looking for something new and different to read, stop right now and buy THE TWISTED ONES. They don't get any better than this. It's coming this fall from Saga Press.
6 months ago
Melissa travels to Pondsboro, NC to clear out her grandmother's house after her death. Her relationship with her grandmother was complicated. The woman was mean, difficult and just....off. Turns out she was a hoarder, too. As she slowly starts to clear out the house, she finds her step-grandfather's diary and notices strange things about the surrounding woods. Weird rock carvings. Disfigured animals. Strange effigies. And the tapping sounds....always the tapping. Melissa -- Mouse to her friends -- and her faithful dog Bongo soon discover there are a lot more things lurking in the trees than just deer. Terrible, horrible things.
I live in NC. In fact, my house sits down in a quiet neighborhood with a dense stand of woods right across the road from our house. We live in the middle of town, but deer frequently come through our yard and bound across the street in front of my car. The hills around the small town where we live are covered with tall mountain trees. The forest is beautiful.....but also thick and dark in places. Perfect setting for a horror story. I kept comparing Pondsboro to where I live.....homey, southern people with some weird commune/quirky stuff going on. And.....some real evil crap hiding in the trees. Sucked me right in. To add to the creepy feel, I waited until it was dark outside and sat to read this book on my front porch. Each time Melissa saw something in the woods or Bongo bounded off into the trees, I looked across the road at the tall, dark woods and just let that "I feel like I'm being watched" moment sink in before I continued reading. Perfect!
I loved this story! Very creepy vibe and great suspense. The author said it was based a bit on an old horror story from 1904 -- The White People by Arthur Machen. I have never read this story....but I'm definitely going to find a copy!
T. Kingfisher is a pen-name for author Ursula Vernon, who writes children's books. While I have never read any of her books for kids, I'm definitely looking forward to more of her books for adults! This story was creepy, entertaining and quite scary in places (especially when I'm reading about the NC woods.....sitting quite close to the NC woods! lol)
**I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Saga Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
6 months ago
Thank you Saga Press and NetGalley for the ARC. I've heard a lot about T. Kingfisher/Ursula Vernon's writing and in particular, the humor. The humor in The Twisted Ones,a dark novel, lives up to the hype. It added some needed levity to moments of intensity. I finished the book so I enjoyed it will enough but portions of it fell flat. I needed more from the characters, except for Bongo. Everyone can love and understand and feel for Bongo.
6 months ago
“It’s a bit awkward figuring out how to sleep when there might be monsters outside. Do you sleep? Do you stay up all night and risk seeing them? Do you turn the lights on to scare it away or turn the lights off so that it thinks no one’s home?”
After the passing of her grandmother, Mouse has been set with the task of cleaning out her house. Set in the woods of rural North Carolina, Mouse is shocked to discover her not so well liked grandmother was secretly a hoarder. Boxes of rubbish and all sorts of nonsense is stacked floor to ceiling. Rolling up her sleeves, Mouse begins the process of disbanding years of clutter with no help except for her faithful coonhound, Bongo. But while sorting through the soon to be landfill fodder, Mouse uncovers her late step-grandfather’s journal, and within the pages is the rambling of a terrified man that had to live with a shrew for a wife, as well as hiding from what he referred to as “the twisted ones”. With each new day, Mouse begins to discover that perhaps her grandfather’s journal weren’t thoughts randomly written from a man suffering from dementia, but those of a man who had lived in genuine fear of his life…and when the scratches on the window pane and the knocking and clicking noises from the woods come closer and closer, Mouse begins to fear that she too may start to twist herself about like the twisted ones and lay down flat on the ground like the dead ones…
The Twisted Ones is an entertaining read that rambles about like an old ghost story told around a campfire. Enjoyed and would recommend to readers that appreciate tales of horror/fantasy with a back-story of folklore.
**I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
6 months ago
Kingfisher is a great storyteller and the story moves along drawing you into this, of course, unbelievable world. It's told in a folksy kind of voice which suits the setting of rural North Carolina perfectly. Mouse is an editor who was asked by her Dad to clean out her grandmother's house. When she gets there she realizes her grandmother is a hoarder and stuff is stacked everywhere, blocking doors and stairs and windows. This is going to be a huge job!
During the cleanup she finds her step-grandfather's journal which she thinks is full of nonsense, until some of the things he described start happening around her. This is such a fantastical tale that I never really got scared while reading it, just mostly grossed out by the descriptions of the things that existed.. I liked the folksy nature of Mouse and the practicality of Foxy, and, of course I enjoyed the dog, Bongo the coonhound.
This story was inspired by what I understand is a classic horror story called "The White People" which was written in 1904 by Welsh author Arthur Machen - and no, I haven't read that one.
Thanks to Saga Press through Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
5 months ago
It was easy to read and I quickly found myself at the end.
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