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Mary: An Awakening of Terror

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The home being the site of an infamous serial killer that was gunned down by the police 49 years ago. Turning internalized patriarchy/misogyny into a literal possession was a brilliant, well-executed spine for the story. In his foreword to Mary, Nat Cassidy credits and makes a point in noting the strong mark King's titular figure left on him - up to the point where he, as a young boy, elevated her to a kind of matron saint due to her suffering, after seeing and being left shocked and awed by the sight of a bloodied, iconic Sissy Spacek playing Carrie White in the 1976 movie. On the flip side, it is brought up far too often and with such depth that it did get a bit boring after a while. It's menopause, now stop talking crazy and move along, I have another patient to see type of attitude.

It ended up being one of my favorites of last year, and is genuinely one of the most unique/memorable reading experiences period. I also included in the Acknowledgements page a list of the books that were inspirational to me when writing MARY. Nat is also a member of the multimedia production company, Gideon Media, whose hit podcast STEAL THE STARS, was co-produced with Tor Labs (an imprint of Tor Books). I’m a little reluctant to give a concrete number as to the amount of ARCs I got at ALA Annual in June, as the number is staggering and a little out of control.Edit; so here is my long review and I even wrote a longer one on my blog ( https://proteandepravity.

That probably sounds worst than it should, I didn't hate my time with the book I was just mildly bored, the writing wasn't bad but I didn't feel engaged or invested in anything happening. The main character is probably the most bland, unlikeable character I’ve ever encountered, and the absolute clusterfuck of a plot redeems nothing. How clever, (I thought) to take what is already a difficult transition in a woman's life and turn it into a horror novel. The cover and the description really sucked me in, and will likely do the same to other women of a certain age (yes that is me! In my case, I get a feeling that I am going to appreciate a book once I begin relating to the characters and to the writing style.It goes on forever and at times I just gave up trying to work out what was happening to whom and why. I didn't lose interest but I did find myself wanting to read faster or skim unnecessary details a few times. And the comparison to Midsommer was a big reason that I requested it, only to have about…zero parallels to the movie. It doesn't matter if you're into Stephen King, Octavia Butler, Jack Ketchum or Shirley Jackson, this is the place to share that love and discuss to your heart's content.

Teaming up with Eleanor, a local teen fascinated by true crime podcasts, she uncovers ties between her ghosts and the serial killer Damon Cross. In Arroyo, not only does she tackle her aunt who does nothing but tantalize her instead of helping but also a desert town full of religious freaks and a mysterious history involving a serial killer.Originally inspired by Steven King’s Carrie, the author began writing this horror novel when he was just thirteen years old. I was really happy that Cassidy put a thorough content warning before the story began, because I was able to prepare myself a bit before digging in, but even with the content warning I still had moments where I just had to put the book down for a bit.

Then it sort of peters out and turns into a draggy slow paced festival of weirdness that is too out there even for me.What you need to know: Mary's body has been going through some changes, she believes this is due to being perimenopausal. If you look for my bookshelf label "MARY Influences," you can see a whole motley batch o' books that helped inspire MARY. Born in North Carolina, raised in Arizona, and currently residing in New York City, Nat Cassidy in an award-winning horror playwright, horror novelist, actor, and musician.

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