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  • ★★★★-4.5

Review: Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones (Spoiler-Free)

Maybe this is how it happens after high school, right? Or even on the ramp up to high school being over. You just drift away, and then it gets easier not to call, and then you forget the number, and then you see your old friend in line for the movie or whatever and you let your eyes keep moving, because it’s going to be awkward now.

A thrilling examination of growing up. I love short, weird horror and this delivered just that. Stephen Graham Jones is certainly climbing his way up there on my list of favorite horror authors.

This work really reminded me of Stephen King's The Body, though the content is quite different. What I found to be similar was the message at the heart of it.

I can certainly see why this is lowly rated—it's strange and gross and has an ending that makes you say, What?

But that's just what I like in my horror and if it's what you like in yours, you will enjoy this. Definitely for fans of Josh Malerman's A House At a Bottom of a Lake (though less atmospheric).

I don't have much to say because I don't want to give anything away when this novella is so brief, but I also do want to mention I was pleasantly surprised by the set-up. The title alone is not what you think.

book two: ten

book three: night of the mannequins


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