Saturday, January 21, 2023

Nine of the best killer dolls & puppets in books

Grady Hendrix is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter living in New York City. He is the author of Horrorstör, My Best Friend’s Exorcism (which is being adapted into a feature film by Amazon Studios), We Sold Our Souls, and the New York Times bestseller The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires (currently being adapted into a TV series). Hendrix also authored the Bram Stoker Award–winning nonfiction book Paperbacks from Hell, a history of the horror paperback boom of the seventies and eighties, and the non-fiction book These Fists Break Bricks: How Kung Fu Movies Swept America and Changed the World.

Hendix's new novel is How to Sell a Haunted House.

At CrimeReads he tagged nine of the fictional "dolls and puppets you should go out of your way to avoid," including:
Fats (Magic, William Goldman)

Every time a killer puppet listicle pops up, William Goldman’s homicidal dummy makes an appearance, so I hate including him here. However, this book is so delightfully unpleasant that it’s impossible to leave off. Magic is more talked about than read because the opening 30 pages are deeply disorienting, and if you make it off the beach there are still a couple of confusing time jumps to come, but hang in there, because it all comes together in the end like two steel jaws snapping your hand off at the wrist. The body count is low, but the emotional stakes get driven right through your heart.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue