Publication Date: July 28th, 2015
Publisher: David Fickling Press
Age Group: Teens
Genre: Horror Short Stories
In an abandoned house, the ghosts gather. They argue, they laugh, and they tell their stories. Some tell their own stories, some tell stories they have heard elsewhere. Some of them are true, some are not. But each tale draws you closer. One by one, the storytellers depart, until suddenly it's just you and the narrator, alone in the dark...
I am not a fan of horror movies, even if I am with people. If I were to ever watch a horror movie I need to be in the comfort of my own home with my blanket, my pillow, and my stuffed sloth. But even then this is me...
But when it comes to reading a horror novel, I am so down for that. That whole saying, 'the book is better than the movie,' I have to agree. With books for the most part there are no images that give you a sense of what is going on visually so everything your imagining comes from yourself. Which in a way can be much more scarier. However that doesn't stop me. Shelton gives the reader thirteen different stories all with a different character, a different style of writing, and the scare factor increased the further along you got. But I all I wanted was more.
I think what kept me hooked on the book was the mystery as to why was Jack there. This feeling seemed to grow more and more as one more person finished their story, getting closer and closer before Jack would tell his story. Every story was between ten and twenty pages and the stories ranged from a person buying a murder house but not being able to find evidence that a murder happened to a struggling writer entering a house and not being able to stop writing...ever. I don't know if this bad or not but I think I laughed at some points but then something happened and I was holding my stuffed sloth.
This was a very fast but enjoyable read. I cannot stress enough that if you are looking for horror stories that will keep you up late into the night, Thirteen Chairs is for you. Shelton does a fantastic job in hooking me in and giving me goosebumps nonstop with every story.
I give this book 4 souls!