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“I’m struggling to think of a author that uses metaphor more beautifully...his narrative prose is currently unequalled..." - from The Slaughtered Bird "Think Stephen King's Misery, Du Maurier's The Birds and a twist of Single White Female, a thrilling cocktail, masterfully made." - Goodreads review "I left her when she was eight. Just a child. Too young to be alone. “I’m struggling to think of a author that uses metaphor more beautifully...his narrative prose is currently unequalled..." - from The Slaughtered Bird "Think Stephen King's Misery, Du Maurier's The Birds and a twist of Single White Female, a thrilling cocktail, masterfully made." - Goodreads review "I left her when she was eight. Just a child. Too young to be alone. I killed myself because I could never atone for the things He made me do. There is something wrong with my family, you see. A fear runs through us, through our blood. A fear that circles above us, shredding the sky and clawing at our hearts, and now, from a deathless realm, I am forced to watch as my lonely daughter is tortured by the life I gave her to endure. No father should see the things I've seen, but then no father should do the things I did. Forgive me Angela." ANGELA, a bleak and unflinching tale in which we meet a lonely, middle aged woman who must live with the legacy of her family's dark secret, the madness that grows in the absence of love, and a closet full of delicate skeletons. ANGELA is available as part the collection TERMINAL by the same author.


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“I’m struggling to think of a author that uses metaphor more beautifully...his narrative prose is currently unequalled..." - from The Slaughtered Bird "Think Stephen King's Misery, Du Maurier's The Birds and a twist of Single White Female, a thrilling cocktail, masterfully made." - Goodreads review "I left her when she was eight. Just a child. Too young to be alone. “I’m struggling to think of a author that uses metaphor more beautifully...his narrative prose is currently unequalled..." - from The Slaughtered Bird "Think Stephen King's Misery, Du Maurier's The Birds and a twist of Single White Female, a thrilling cocktail, masterfully made." - Goodreads review "I left her when she was eight. Just a child. Too young to be alone. I killed myself because I could never atone for the things He made me do. There is something wrong with my family, you see. A fear runs through us, through our blood. A fear that circles above us, shredding the sky and clawing at our hearts, and now, from a deathless realm, I am forced to watch as my lonely daughter is tortured by the life I gave her to endure. No father should see the things I've seen, but then no father should do the things I did. Forgive me Angela." ANGELA, a bleak and unflinching tale in which we meet a lonely, middle aged woman who must live with the legacy of her family's dark secret, the madness that grows in the absence of love, and a closet full of delicate skeletons. ANGELA is available as part the collection TERMINAL by the same author.

30 review for ANGELA: A modern gothic horror novella

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maida

    Bird girl. A really exceptional story. I have to admit I have never experienced anything alike. It had some ideas I have had in my mind from who knows where, but this specific combination of all these elements felt unique to me. It is very very dark. And it is very very well written so that I was drown right into Angela's world and I could not breath again until I stopped listening for a moment. The narrator did a very good job. I loved the narration. The only part that was a bit weird to me was th Bird girl. A really exceptional story. I have to admit I have never experienced anything alike. It had some ideas I have had in my mind from who knows where, but this specific combination of all these elements felt unique to me. It is very very dark. And it is very very well written so that I was drown right into Angela's world and I could not breath again until I stopped listening for a moment. The narrator did a very good job. I loved the narration. The only part that was a bit weird to me was the imitations of the women's voices. It sounded a bit funny at first, but later on I found them fitting. And sad and... They did not feel like parodies, they felt... tragic. Beautiful. . . . (view spoiler)[ They can't imagine the deep obsidian seam that runs through the bedrock of families like ours, or the horrors that take place on the other side of the walls they share with us, or in the shadows at the bottom of their boring gardens, because Angela is not alone, and nature has a dark heart. (hide spoiler)] . . . I really want to read Angela again sometime, once I have recovered.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    "This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com." A very good and somewhat subdued tale of loneliness, secrets and unrequited love. All Angela wants is to be loved. To be understood. To not be alone anymore. It’s been too many years with just her and her birds. It’s human companionship that she craves. A very well done short at only 2hrs and 7min. The narrator really added to the darkening atmosphere with his spot on caden "This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com." A very good and somewhat subdued tale of loneliness, secrets and unrequited love. All Angela wants is to be loved. To be understood. To not be alone anymore. It’s been too many years with just her and her birds. It’s human companionship that she craves. A very well done short at only 2hrs and 7min. The narrator really added to the darkening atmosphere with his spot on cadence and tone. Solid all the way around. 4+ Stars and Highly Recommended!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ana on the Shelves

    Found this by pure luck and it was a pleasant surprised. Gotta read more of Adam M. Booth works! Would recomend to anyone that likes darker talles.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    Definitely a page turner. Angela put me in mind of Annie Wilkes (Misery) in some ways, Angela is desperately lonely with a harrowing childhood that has haunted and twisted her mind throughout adulthood. Society mocks her, her work is the only normality in her life and she is in love with her work colleague, the one person that shows her a hint of kindness. Her psychotic behaviour and relationship with her birds is very disturbing, but you can't help but sympathise, deeply disturbed, depressed, a Definitely a page turner. Angela put me in mind of Annie Wilkes (Misery) in some ways, Angela is desperately lonely with a harrowing childhood that has haunted and twisted her mind throughout adulthood. Society mocks her, her work is the only normality in her life and she is in love with her work colleague, the one person that shows her a hint of kindness. Her psychotic behaviour and relationship with her birds is very disturbing, but you can't help but sympathise, deeply disturbed, depressed, and desperately longing friendship. Think Stephen Kings Misery, Du Maurier The Birds and a Twist of Single White Female, a thrilling cocktail, masterfully made.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Hard to follow at times The book is depressing as all get out. I wish it had gone into more detail. Interesting transition from beginning to end.

  6. 4 out of 5

    A.J.

    Wonderful except for places... The whole supernatural aspect should have been left out. This was a wonderful case study into insanity, but the demonic nonsense was unnecessary and did not fit with the rest of the story. There was also the weird bit with the man at the door - who was he, what did he do, none of this is answered. Would have been a great tale if not for the supernatural additions which felt very forced.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ramsha Hassan

    This book is really creepy and disturbing gave me chills if you read at night it will definitely bring you nightmares

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Acula

    Interesting gothic horror with beautiful prose.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Samanta Luna

    It was a really good dark novella. It was both sad and creepy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dua

    This was a weird story that left me pondering more questions then it had answered. I wish the author had given us more about Angela's past, her parents, and "the curse" on their family. One might argue that there's no supernatural stuff going on and it's all in her head, but the narrator, who is her father, proves otherwise. I think the story would have held together better without the supernatural elements. Also the prose was a bit weird, I didn't understand what was going on at times. It does This was a weird story that left me pondering more questions then it had answered. I wish the author had given us more about Angela's past, her parents, and "the curse" on their family. One might argue that there's no supernatural stuff going on and it's all in her head, but the narrator, who is her father, proves otherwise. I think the story would have held together better without the supernatural elements. Also the prose was a bit weird, I didn't understand what was going on at times. It does give you chills though, especially if you're reading at night, and it's very depressing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was one of the most unusual books I've read in awhile. It was very dark but intriguing- there was a lot that was left open to interpretation. (At times to the point where the story got a bit difficult to follow.) I would like to read a prequel about the father and her childhood. Definitely worth the listen. This is one of those books that stays with you long after its finished. I received a free copy of this audio book from the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an unbiased revie This was one of the most unusual books I've read in awhile. It was very dark but intriguing- there was a lot that was left open to interpretation. (At times to the point where the story got a bit difficult to follow.) I would like to read a prequel about the father and her childhood. Definitely worth the listen. This is one of those books that stays with you long after its finished. I received a free copy of this audio book from the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Twisted A very twisted tale ,about loneliness and mental illness ,it keeps you reading and wanting more so yes, give it ago .

  13. 4 out of 5

    Deedra

    This was a weird one.Very dark and brooding.Great narrator in Rob Goll.I was given this book free for an honest review

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brian Mcclain

    Short creepy gothic horror story. Enjoyed and recommended. Got audible code in exchange for review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca eley

    Sinister and brings back memories of a debeaker

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Butcher

  17. 4 out of 5

    Peter John

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mark Walsh

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy Taylor

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

    Aden

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Douglas

  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

  27. 4 out of 5

    Teri

  28. 5 out of 5

    Abby

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  30. 4 out of 5

    David

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