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How to Sell a Haunted House

By: Grady Hendrix
Narrated by: Jay Aaseng, Mikhaila Aaseng
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Publisher's summary

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Wildly entertaining."-The New York Times

"Ingenious."-The Washington Post

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 read from “the horror master” (USA Today).

©2022 Grady Hendrix (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

“Grady Hendrix’s horror novels are a gateway drug to the genre...By weaving violence, family trauma and humor, Hendrix creates a texture that engages the reader emotionally and viscerally…[a] gripping, wildly entertaining exploration of childhood horrors.” —The New York Times

“It's tempting to point out the balance of horror and humor here, and the commingling of the two really is something else, but the true power behind How to Sell a Haunted House is in its emotionality, the sister-brother dynamic, the family matters. It's life and death in the childhood home, and Hendrix has masterfully rendered the journey from one end to the other.” —Josh Malerman, New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and Daphne

“A spirited nightmare story about death, but also, what comes after: grief, guilt, family secrets, and estate administration. Oh, also, did I mention the evil puppets?" —Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Accidents

Editorial Review

Reckoning with ghosts—paranormal and otherwise
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