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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Homemade Haunting - Rob Stennett



Released March 2011

Rob Stennett
Zondervan

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

As a teen, I read a steady diet of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I adored their books and couldn't get enough. This led to me a local author, Joe Citro, and a lifelong fascination with horror novels.

Rob Stennett's Homemade Haunting is a little milder with a Christian aspect. After his mother's death, Charlie Walker stopped believing in God. After all, he spent hours praying that his mom would improve and she died anyway leaving Charlie's dad to raise their son alone. Now married, Charlie finds his lack of faith put to the test.

Charlie takes a hiatus from his teaching job to work on his novel. This means moving to a smaller home, but Charlie's wife and kids go along with the plan. When Charlie's research turns to a Ouija board, his wife is nervous and asks him to get rid of it, but he sneaks it to the basement and opens a whole world of demonic forces. Now to save his family, Charlie must turn to the God he doesn't believe in.

I won't put Homemade Haunting as being one of the creepiest books I've ever read. Stephen King holds that spot with his evil clown Pennywise from It. However, I did find myself entranced with the book and ended up reading it in one sitting. Homemade Haunting's first-person narrative draws the reader into the story and you really feel like you're part of the story as it unfolds in front of you. There's also a slight story-within-a-story feel with the novel Charlie is writing taking shape during the book. Quite honestly, I'd love to see that story published too because it's got great potential to be creepy.

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