The House of Dust

Inkshares. May 2021. 300p. ISBN 9781947848870. pap. $17.99. HORROR
While searching for a suitably off-the-beaten path spot to end his life, struggling journalist Brad uncovers something that he hopes will help him write a career-saving story for the true-crime magazine he works for. Missy is an exhausted former sex worker looking for her own sort of redemption. They end up in the decrepit former plantation house on Angel’s Landing in the forgotten town of Three Summers, TN. Both characters have terrifying experiences there; for instance, Brad watches the townspeople go about their business—going to church, to school, to the gas station—in the dead of night rather than during normal business hours. Missy and Brad struggle to find a way for all of it to make sense, and readers might too. But the uncertainty—whom to trust; what is real—accompanied by visceral terror that one can practically see, smell, and feel, will keep readers turning the pages.
VERDICT Buoyed by confident prose and cinematic imagery, this Southern gothic slow burn rewards close attention and will be a sure hit for fans of folklore and the occult.
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