Friday, November 6, 2015

*Review* Horror in the Night by Mary Reason Theriot

Photo Credit: Goodreads
Genre: Horror
Published: October 24, 2012
Pages: 168
Ages: 16+


Gregory Ferris has been in the business of scaring people on a regular basis for years. He is very good at what he does. His haunted house is legendary. The public and media refer to him as the “master of horror”; wondering how he gets his Halloween props to look so life-like.

He takes pride in his work. With each prop he likes to let his imagination run wild. There are so many different ways to pose a body that would shock and degrade most individuals, but when you add them as an attraction in a haunted house for Halloween the masses can’t seem to get enough. It is a thrill to know that he can kill with complete anonymity, yet display his works of art for the world to see.

He is careful in where he finds his props. He has to be cautious in what he does. He has to make sure that none of his props could ever be recognized. This year he has decided to open a second haunted house. The money is too good. Then he meets her and falls madly in love. He doesn’t want to travel far from home anymore. What should he do? Can he be careful finding his props this close to home?


I was hired to provide post publication proofreading for this book. Because Ms. Theriot has hired me in the past, I believe she knew that a review would be written and posted here on the blog (because I know she has read previous reviews), but it was not part of our agreement. I just like to review every book I read, and reading is an integral part of proofreading. If you feel my connection with the book makes my review suspect, so be it, but this is my honest review. 

I was excited to be proofreading this book after reading Unrequited Love. Also, it's October which means I'm in the mood for anything horror related. The more creepy and gory the better.

Horror in the Night has an interesting approach to its gore. Because the book is written in omniscient third person, we jump around amongst various characters minds, and we spend about a third of the book (at least) in victims heads. Because we spend so much time in the victims heads, the really gory parts of the book are fade to black (like old school romance novel sex scenes) as the victims lose their sense of being and or consciousness. So you get to fill in the blanks of exactly what goes down to an extent. 

The descriptions of Gregory's props are vivid and ghastly. I had no problem picturing every room in the plantation in all their decorated glory. The haunted house sounds truly terrifying and I'd love to go to a haunted house like the one described in Horror in the Night, but not with the real formerly live people as props. 

Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars because the descriptions it contains are great and it kept me turning pages. - Katie 

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About the Author

A Louisiana native and have had the wonderful opportunity of living in various states during my husband's 20-year career in the United States Coast Guard.

I have been happily married for over twenty years and am the proud mother of two wonderful children. My youngest encouraged me to begin writing this year.

Until my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 2001, I worked in the Legal Field. Writing is great therapy for my own personal fight against MS.  

I truly hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

Challenge Scorecard

I retroactively used Unrequited Love to help complete my Series column two books requirement with this book, because there are two books in the series and I frankly sort of forgot I was supposed to be worrying about this when I wrote the review for Unrequited Love. I'm getting close to completing this challenge (I think those re-reads are going to kick my butt though.) 

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