Laurel Hightower

Teoksen Below tekijä

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Tekijän teokset

Below (2022) 104 kappaletta
Crossroads (2020) 87 kappaletta
Whispers in the Dark (2018) 19 kappaletta
We are Wolves: A Horror Anthology (2020) — Toimittaja — 12 kappaletta
Silent Key (2023) 10 kappaletta
The Day of the Door 10 kappaletta

Associated Works

Dark Matter Presents Human Monsters: A Horror Anthology (2022) — Avustaja — 35 kappaletta
Slash-Her: An Anthology of Women In Horror (2022) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
Diabolica Americana: A Dark States Horror Compendium (2021) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Gothic Blue Book VI: A Krampus Carol (2020) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Hell Hath Only Fury (2022) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta
Were Tales: A Shapeshifter Anthology (2021) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta

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Maa (karttaa varten)
United States of America



It's filled with all that makes a good paranormal/horror story... the weird, the bizarre, the unknown, and the unexplainable, and more chills than you can imagine. Addy is haunted by the voice of her ex-husband. No, he isn't dead or "on to the other side". His voice isn't even anything supernatural. His words just constantly sound off in her head at unexpected times. His unwanted opinions and his equally unneeded judgements are her constant companions. But this story isn't about that jerk. There is another man whose voice is currently present in Addy’s life as well, he's on her CB radio. Mads, a trucker...a complete stranger who appears to be a really nice guy. He's been helping Addy through the mountains of West Virginia as the weather quickly begins to deteriorate. Things don't go as planned for Addy and Mads. Raise your hand if that surprises you. Addy is dealt both psychological and physical blows, and she soon finds herself trapped in an unescapable nightmare. There are many, many, truly creepy, spine-chilling moments in this story. The small cast of characters, the isolated and desolate road, and the darkness all blend in to form into a palpable sense of claustrophobia and isolation. While traveling with Addy it's easy to forget that it's "just a story", and you will soon find yourself looking around, over your shoulder. You will soon forget that you're safe in your house, or your bed or your car. Through Addy you almost become her and start to feel the weight and the presence of the darkness, the tingling, crawling sensation of being watched, of hidden eyes tracking your every move. The author, Laurel Hightower did a magnificent job of dropping the reader into the pages and between the covers of the book...and, just when you think you are safe, and it really is ONLY a story...slamming it shut! This is Horror AT IT"S BEST...absolutely solid gold.… (lisätietoja)
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Carol420 | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 14, 2024 |
This fast-paced novella has so many surprises packed into its pages, it's hard to believe so much can be packed into a short book, but Hightower's writing is tight and powerful, and she has a talent for the most haunting of scenes. Admittedly, there were moments where I wished for more description or that things had moved just a bit slower, but on the whole, I enjoyed this and I'm sure I'll seek out more of the author's writing.

Recommended for horror-lovers.
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whitewavedarling | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 9, 2024 |

Addy is on her first solitary road trip since her divorce, traveling through West Virginia under less-than-ideal circumstances to meet friends at a horror convention. She’s a reluctant long distance driver, her vision isn’t great in the dark, it’s starting to snow, and there’s a grinning lunatic in the middle of the road whose presence shakes her to her core.

Enter Mads.

A chance meeting at a truck stop unites Addy with a kind divorcee who happens to have a spare CB radio and is willing to be her guide through the tricky territory known by truckers to cause all manners of havoc, including electrical vehicle difficulties. Addy reluctantly accepts the helping hand, but when Mads’s truck jackknifes over a guard rail, it’s up to her to be the savior.

What unfolds next is a series of bad-to-worse events that push Addy to her absolute physical and emotional limits. This action-packed ride over the edge succeeds on so many levels. Brilliantly introspective, Below is a horror fight song for every woman who has ever felt under a partner’s control. Highly recommended.
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bfrisch | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 3, 2024 |
I loved this fast-paced little horror novella. It felt very cinematic and I can't stop thinking about how I want someone to adapt this for the screen! Without giving too much away, I got major "The Descent" vibes from this, yet it still felt original. Very much its own thing.

We follow our recently divorced female protagonist as she runs into issues driving through West Virginia on her way to a horror convention. Things go awry quickly and we experience the terror from the intimate perspective of the main character whose challenges could be seen as metaphoric just as much as they could be viewed as occurring in reality (I love when stories allow for both interpretations at once like that). The protagonist is likeable and easy to root for.
This is book has some great action and surprises packed into such a small page count. The pacing was perfect. As an avid horror fan, the horror elements absolutely delivered. Creepiness coming from multiple angles with the occasional shock sprinkled in.
I think it's safe to say this is my favorite horror novella.
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