How to Sell a Haunted House
If I had to describe How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix as an ice cream flavor, it would be vanilla—with a ribbon of bubblegum, rocky road, almond fudge, and some crumbled Oreo cookies for good measure. What the title promises is exactly what you get, as Hendrix breaks from his typically wacky horror angle to play off of more traditional haunted house narratives. But as always, his wry, dry, and prying humor sets his storytelling apart. Our main characters—a dysfunctional brother-sister duo who find themselves needing to sell their parents’ house after their sudden and suspicious deaths in a car accident—are the types to open that closet door or go down that dark stairwell even when the reader knows it’s the worst possible move. But, to be fair, they know it’s stupid, too. That just won’t stop them. After all, they’ve got to sell that damn house because “capitalism’s got us over a barrel,” as the brother says. There wasn’t much in this book that took me by surprise, but I can’t in good conscience review it without mentioning *the flashback scenes.* HOW TO SELL A HAUNTED HOUSE peaks in moments of flashback which present deep, dark reflections on generational trauma and the ways we excuse our own wrong-doings, which will haunt me for a while to come. I mean, these are the kind of scenes that will play behind your eyes as you fall asleep. If you’re looking to curl up with a straightforward but unnerving haunted house book that will perversely delight you, look no further. Recommended by Wulfe
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.