Welcome To The Dark House

Welcome To The Dark House

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What's your worst nightmare? For Ivy Jensen, it's the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it's bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams. And for seven essay contestants, it's their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake's latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn't even like scary movies, but she's ready to face her real-world fears. Parker's sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now. Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It's bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group-the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; "Mister Sensitive"; and the one who's too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting. Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.
By the time Ivy and Parker realize what's really at stake, it's too late to wake up and run.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 364 pages
  • 148 x 216 x 33.02mm | 544g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1423181727
  • 9781423181729
  • 1,391,136

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3Q 4P S Ivy, Parker, Taylor, Natalie, Frankie, Shayla, and Garth have shared their darkest nightmares with horror-film sensation Justin Blake. The effort has won them a weekend at the Dark House, a remote but opulent estate that they believe is the set of Blake's next blockbuster. With the exception of Ivy, all are hardcore horror film and Blake fans lured in by the promise of a possible connection to the director and their addiction to the thrill of fear. Ivy, on the other hand, is interested in Blake's promise that her participation will cure her of the incessant nightmare that has haunted her since the bloody murder of her parents six years ago. Quickly, the teens' circumstances devolve. Taylor disappears in the midst of unpacking. Warnings begin to appear. Is the weirdness afoot Blake working his creepy magic? The terror escalates when the troupe is left locked in an abandoned amusement park and told that each must experience the ride associated with their nightmare. Should they play along for the ultimate thrill? Or are the teens caught in a macabre trap? Stolarz's story unfolds in chapters told by each of the teens but is dominated by Ivy's perspective. The baggage these young adults carry-and their corresponding nightmares-are the crux of their particular horror and Stolarz's story. The tale's texture suffers from the frequent perspective shifts. The characters are sufficiently distinctive but tend toward the stock. By starting where the last voice left off, Stolarz keeps her plot rolling, and while not laden with blood and gore on every page, enough of such material exists to scare away the faint of heart. Teens in love with the thrill fear induces will enjoy Welcome to the Dark House, which has a satisfying ending and the promise of a sequel.-Lauri J. Vaughan. VOYA"
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About Laurie Faria Stolarz

Laurie Faria Stolarz (www.LaurieStolarz.com) is the author of Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, and Deadly Little Lessons, as well as Project 17; Bleed; and the highly popular Blue Is for Nightmares; White Is for Magic; Silver Is for Secrets; Red Is for Remembrance; and Black Is for Beginnings. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Stolarz attended Merrimack College and received an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston. Laurie lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
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3 25% (704)
2 9% (265)
1 4% (102)
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