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Publication Date: 2011
Ever since his mother died of cancer, Charlie Walker has never believed in either God or the supernatural. Now, as Charlie and his family move into a rundown rental house and he takes six months from work to complete his horror novel, he finds himself becoming the ultimate method writer. Although he is focused on experiencing the situations of his characters for himself, the absolute last thing he expects from his future best-seller is for it to come to life. With moving furniture, message-displaying mirrors, and claims by his children to having seen things steering around the house, Charlie finds himself lost in his own manuscript. To escape, Charlie must identify what is real by finding the strength to turn to God.
Homemade Haunting focuses on a character who is lacking faith; therefore, its main idea is to show the readers how empty one's life can be in its absence. However, Stennett seems to take his time before truly showing the pain of an atheistic life. The haunting is routine: spooky mirrors, moving furniture, and unidentifiable noises. It is when Charlie's wife Rachel becomes demon-possessed that the book really begins to pick up.
Although most of the horror scenes from Homemade Haunting are typical, Charlie himself is a very complex character. With a wicked sense of sarcasm, Charlie's personality can easily be enjoyed. Well, until the haunting begins anyway. With an unstoppable drive to finish his novel, Charlie willingly puts the lives of his family members on the line, creating a selfish image for himself.
Homemade Haunting can easily be viewed as a spooky story rather than a blood-curdling thriller, thereby leaving it highly recommended to teenagers looking for a supernatural, spiritual test. Caitlin M. Vukorpa, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Amydeanne4 Stars Out Of 5horror with purposeMarch 31, 2011AmydeanneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I liked Rob's writing right away. I could get into this book from page one. I seriously think there is something going on about ghosts lately though, this is the third book I've read with the topic - using the same references and atheist names in it. This one is my favorite out of them. It was probably the scariest (got goosebumps) and got the most laughs out of it. While the main character is an unlikely hero you could sympathize with his plight.
It was easy to see how he got started and how it whirled into the downfall it had become. I think most issues begin like this in our lives - simple issues that get out of control and eat us up. It really had me thinking about things that we've invited into our lives and what I should be letting go of.
While I think the topic is controversial for most - he deals with ghosts and demons, and other evil things. I think Rob deals with it and makes it work in his story. He lightens it up with the humor (very tongue-in-cheek), but really the story is shroud in darkness and I think any middle class family could probably relate to. He gives details into how his thinking began and where he ended (how's that for being vague lol). I loved the sub-notes, and all the funny comments. I felt like he was talking to me (and if anyone knows me a rabbit hole usually happens after a sentence or two lol) I totally loved ending!
I'd easily pick up another book by Rob and read it! Kinda freaky but it had the power to shine the light on the darkness and uncover the mystery of it.
*review copy provided
BrendaWVAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Homemade HauntingMarch 26, 2011BrendaWVAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I am a big fan of mainstream horror, suspense, so when I was given the opportunity to review "Homemade Haunting" by Rob Stennett the title intrigued me, and the cover had me wondering what it was all about, but what I found inside the covers of the book was what really held my attention!
Charlie Walker lost his faith in God at the age of seven when God failed to answer his prayers to save his mother who was dying of cancer. Now thirty years later when Charlie is asked by his wife Rachel what he would like for his birthday, the answer he gives is that he would like to quit his job as a high school English teacher for six months so he can write a best selling horror novel. When she agrees they sell their home and find a cheap rental in Castle Rock. As he starts to write the first few chapters come easy, but then nothing,and he comes to realize that he can't possibly write about something he knows nothing about, so he decides to dabble in the supernatural for inspiration. His first foray into the supernatural is buying and using a Ouija board, which seems to work because the chapters are flowing again, but he is also experiencing some weird things in the house. When he confides in his wife about what he has been doing she jumps on board with him and soon she seems almost obsessed with the paranormal. It soon becomes a battle of spiritual warfare, and when Charlie's guardian angel shows up and allows him to see the demons that are wreaking havoc on his family, Charlie does the only thing he can do, he turns to God to save his family!
I really enjoyed this book! While this book deals with the topic of paranomal and "demons" the author writes it in such a way that it isn't really scary, he actually weaves alot of quirky humor into the story.I loved the footnotes peppered throughout the story and found myself reading them first thing when I found them on the page, and acutally had to laugh about the refrence to The Ghost Hunters on Sci-Fi, because its a show I watch regularly!
The thing that really jumped out at me throughout the story is just how easy it is to allow darkness into our lives,and once its there its not always so easy to get rid of. I found it very refreshing that I could read a story about the supernatural that also has a spiritual message woven in.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.