Jeremy Shipp brings you The Atrocities, a haunting gothic fantasy of a young ghost's educationWhen Isabella died, her parents were determined to ensure her education wouldn't suffer.But Isabella's parents had not informed her new governess of Isabella's... condition, and when Ms Valdez arrives at the estate, having forced herself through a surreal nightmare maze of twisted human-like statues, she discovers that there is no girl to tutor.Or is there...?...
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The Atrocities Reviews
If I had to narrow down The Atrocities to just a few words, I would choose: surreal, beautiful and grotesque.
This is such an odd little book. It’s got the dread of Shirley Jackson mixed with the funhouse terror of Hieronymus Bosch.
From the moment our main character steps into a maze reminiscent of Italy’s Parco dei Mostri (park of the monsters), it’s clear that there’s something very wrong here.
The overtones are gothic, though the story is modern – and it’s very, very chilling.
It seems a little ...more
ARC generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
A governess is hired to teach a young girl, who she is told is a ghost. Weird, creepy and a little unnerving in spots; the house is full of disturbing art and items, while the family seems a little strange. 3.5 stars.
Actual Rating: ★★★.5
(A very positive 3.5... This one was hard to rate, due to the short length)
I have to say... for the first half of this novel--every time I stopped to reflect on my reading, I was thinking "what the actual heck am I reading?!"... This novel is super dark, super eerie, and sometimes, just plain super weird. And most of the time, I love that.. but there was just so much going on in this novel. The setting is over-the-top horrifying and dark.. creeping sculptures ("The Atrocitie ...more
This is a great one. The writing is top notch with an original and creative narrative for a gothic ghost story. The Atrocities starts with a teacher, Ms. Valdez, arriving at an estate, named Stockton House, with the intention of educating a girl named Isabella. She soon learns from her family that Isabella is dead and it appears that the parents have lost their mind and want her ghost to be educated. Ms. Valdez soon finds things to be more complicated. Stockton House has the vibe of this old got ...more
Turn left at the screaming woman with a collapsing face. Turn right at the kneeling man with bleeding sores the size of teacups.
What an incredibly atmospheric, beautiful, haunting little read this was.
Ms. Valdez is such a kindly narrator; despite being faced with absolutely bizarre circumstances, she never judges, only views the world around her with wary curiosity and, at times, heart-aching pity. She knows the pain of loss too well to be terribly surprised by the nature of her new occupation ...more
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When I picked out The Atrocities, I was specifically looking for that creepy story that, while not giving me nightmares, gives my spine chills or gives me goosebumps. I have a hard time finding these stories, ranging from just the creepy to true horror, so when I get in this mood, 9 times out of 10, I'm disappointed. The Atrocities wasn't any different.
I think, maybe, that the parts that were intended to be scary weren't actually scary because th ...more
What a strange little book this is.
Danna Valdez is summoned to Stockton House to home school young Isabella. Upon arrival she finds she has to navigate her way through a labyrinth of Atrocities. These are hideous sculptures of depraved images. When she is finally greeted at the front door and is shown around the mansion she can't help but feel eyes upon her. The artwork through out the house is just as sinister as the Atrocities she met outside. These images have the ability to cause horrific n ...more