Hannah-Beast (Dark Corners collection)
The fate of a lonely girl becomes part of a town’s shameful secret history in Thriller Award winner Jennifer McMahon’s terrifying story of guilt, retribution, and one tragic Halloween night.
Thirty-four years ago, on October 31, poor Hannah Talbott took part in a scavenger hunt gone violently wrong. The mean girls made sure of it. To this day, for a haunted local mother, th...more
So this seriously creeped me out and the very unexpected end was horrible but apropos.
In 2016, Amanda is at loggerheads with her 13-year-old daughter Erin, who wants to dress as 'Hannah-beast' – apparently a local custom – for Halloween. In flashbacks, we learn where the story came from: Halloween 1982, with a group of bullies (of which A ...more
They say that urban legends and myths are based in fact. In this short story (I lean more towards novella really as the audio version of the story is just over an hour long....a bit lengthy for a short story), ...more
Centered around a horrible event that happens in the main character's childhood on Halloween night, it flashes back and forth between past and present. As you learn what happened in the past, the tension builds fairly effectively.
I felt sorry for the bullied girl in the flashbacks. She was definitely naive, but children can be so cruel that it wasn't completely unbelievable either.
The ending was a decent one as well. Not ...more
This is the third of the Dark Corners Collection and so far I have only liked one. I don't find bullying a girl to death and committing 2 other murders in the process to be just a Halloween Prank committed by a group of "cool" girls. And the ending was so sad and awful but I knew how it was going to end. I also think that in light of what happened, this town would have banned the Hannah Beast costume or at least more parents with any common sense would have made their children cho ...more
Halloween is optional. This story makes no sense. Why on earth would the mom even “celebrate” Halloween after what happened in 1982? Why wouldn’t she just say “that girl was my friend and it’s not okay to dress up like that on Halloween.” Best quote “It was after six, already full dark.” Full Dark.
This is a perfect (very short) Halloween shortie.
I was shocked by how the story ended for 2 people (kinda 3)!
Read it or listen for free on KU. I think listening is most likely the best way to experience Hannah Beast.
Jennifer McMahon is one of my favorite literary horror novelists. I love her understated, quiet way of slow-moving, inevitable dread.
Because this is short, straight-up horror, that slow building tension is lost and the whole thing rushes forward with no real surprises.
Four stars for being a well-written, believable account of the origin story of a Halloween urban legend.
A note on the publishing: kudos to Amazon for ...more
Oh my goodness, what a great idea ...from the 7 books the ones I did enjoy the best were "The Sleep Tight Motel" 1st & "Hannah-Beast" 2nd, if you know anything about Beth... I love mysteries ...but I don't really enjoy the scary parts. I love parts of Halloween. but the happy scary part. I think my understanding of these stories were meant to be short and quick ... maybe to get you hooked to read more from the author of you so desire?!
This was about a Mom who with her friends did a very very horrible bullying type of thing when they were younger on Halloween. Innocent kids were murdered. Basically, she what she did came back to haunt her and not in a good way.
This SS is part of Amazon's Dark Corners collection. All 7 shorts (each w/ with audio) are available via Kindle Limited.
I'm hoping for a story in this collection to scare me, but this one didn't. It was just sad and cruel, and I felt that Hannah's last chapter was in poor, poor taste. And I thought Amanda was so stupid about everything. That would not have happened at the end if she had just told the goddamned truth (but bonus points for it shocking me).