I Found Puppets Living In My Apartment Walls by Ben Farthing
★★★★★ - "I can't remember the last time a book scared me and made this nervous." Andrew Van Wey, author of Head Like a Hole
Johnny awakes. A puppet looms over his bed.
He recognizes the furry monster: Grandpa was its puppeteer on the children’s television show R-City Street. But Grandpa went missing a year ago. He disappeared from this very apartment building, which was converted from the old R-City Street studio.
Desperate to see Grandpa again, Johnny follows the puppet inside the building’s walls, ever deeper into a puppet-infested labyrinth...
I Found Puppets Living In My Apartment Walls is a horror tale from the “darkly inventive” purveyor of uncanny places and wondrous evils, Ben Farthing.
Who Knew Puppets Could Be So Unnerving?
Ben Farthing manages to take a premise that seems like it should be a made-for-children horror story and successfully translates it into something disturbing and disorienting to adult readers. The most impressive aspect is that he does so quite flawlessly. When two cousins begin the process of preparing to clean out the apartment of their missing--and presumed dead--grandfather, they're taken down memory lane in a way that neither of them could have anticipated. Their grandfather had been one-half of the puppeteering team behind a giant puppet on R-City Street (think Sesame Street), and the individual who supplied voices for some of the most well-known puppets on the popular children's show. The apartment is part of the converted studio where the show had been taped, before being canceled under mysterious circumstances, and there are secrets hidden within the walls. As the two cousins find themselves traversing a labyrinthine nightmare crafted from their childhood memories, they're forced to question the nature of reality, the danger of nostalgia, and who or what they can trust. This is an excellent tale, told by a fantastic storyteller.
Fantastic And Fun Mystery
As my first book from Ben this has inspired me to read his other works. The book manages to be edge of your seat enjoyable with the threat of the puppets and has a very well done message, especially in regards to the final act. Totally didn't tear up a little bit during the "why I wrote this section" nope not me. Highly recommended.
The first sentence of this book gave me the heebie-jeebies. Well, pretty much the entire novella did. Puppets creep me out, so this was not a book I read at night. Join Johnny as he dives deeper into finding out what happened to his Grandfather. A very solid read. Creepy, claustrophobic, and had some heartbreaking moments. This is definitely a title to check out! Give it a go! 4 severed fingers out of 5