New York Times bestselling author Grady Hendrix takes on the haunted house in a thrilling new novel that explores the way your past—and your family—can haunt you like nothing else.
When Louise finds out her parents have died, she dreads going home. She doesn’t want to leave her daughter with her ex and fly to Charleston. She doesn’t want to deal with her family home, stuffed to the rafters with the remnants of her father’s academic career and her mother’s lifelong obsession with puppets and dolls. She doesn’t want to learn how to live without the two people who knew and loved her best in the world.
Most of all, she doesn’t want to deal with her brother, Mark, who never left their hometown, gets fired from one job after another, and resents her success. Unfortunately, she’ll need his help to get the house ready for sale because it’ll take more than some new paint on the walls and clearing out a lifetime of memories to get this place on the market.
But some houses don’t want to be sold, and their home has other plans for both of them…
Like his novels The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires and The Final Girl Support Group, How to Sell a Haunted House is classic Hendrix: equal parts heartfelt and terrifying—a gripping new listen from “the horror master” (USA Today).
When I was young, I amassed a number of dolls: Whether porcelain, plastic, or rag, I spent many a playdate with my inanimate pals. But as I got older, my stance on the little guys soured. After all, their unchanging expressions and beady eyes—some blinking lazily under articulated lids, others disturbingly motionless—seemed at best an exercise in the uncanny valley and, at worse, a vacant shell ripe for possession. It seems targeted, then, that in-house favorite Grady Hendrix, a master of camp and nostalgia-driven horror, would spin a haunted house yarn laden with spooky dolls and their even creepier counterpart: puppets. Wielding the flair of infamous ghost stories, the fun of retro staples like Child’s Play, the atmospheric dread of gothic horror, and a heartfelt humanity all its own, this dual-narrated gem is both a dose of nightmare fuel and a meditation on how trauma and family secrets haunt those left behind. —Alanna M., Audible Editor