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Sally Ann and Martha. Two women, searching for love. Finding terror.

During a terrifying storm, a gentle childhood is destroyed by a twisted man who promises love but delivers nightmare.

In the lightless depths of an underground labyrinth, unseen creatures lie in wait for an innocent traveler, cold skeletal hands stretched out in welcome.

There is horror in darkness - horror made greater when darkness loves us....

©1984 Elizabeth Engstrom (P)2019 Valancourt Books LLC

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Perfectly narrated Creepfest!

These novellas were absolutely incredible. Karly Hutchins nailed the voices across both stories in a way that complimented the writing; I ended up sitting in a parking lot in my car for 17 minutes just to finish listening to "Beauty Is..." I love this kind of horror, where the world building and the macabre and the human element all come together and leave you reeling. There aren't jump scares but I won't ever forget either of these stories and I can't wait to read more Engstrom now, especially if Hutchins is narrating.

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great stories!

Karly Hutchins did a great job reading these stories. I enjoyed the writing very much. It pulls you in right a way and doesn't let go. The stories were good, very original and each one different. I can see why Valancourt and Grady Hendrix wanted to reprint this and bring more awareness to this lady. I'm sure glad i bought Black Ambrosia as well.

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A rediscovered grotesque classic

80s horror fans will rejoice at this duology of novellas by Engstrom, which reveals allegiances to authors ranging from Clive Barker to Sherwood Anderson. Valancourt does fantastic work finding hidden gems of the horror genre, and this collection is no exception.

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A couple of fun dark stories!

The author did a fantastic job writing the two different stories in this book. The first story was very short and ended kind of abruptly, but the second story pulled you in right away with another great tale. The narrator did an awesome and entertaining job with all of the characters by giving them their own individual voices and paired with Elizabeth Engstrom great writing skills, takes us for a walk on the dark side, The sound quality was very clear, nice and even throughout, and I had no problem listening to it on my outdated phone inside my vehicle.

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Not great, but not bad

I was really into the first of the two stories, however it ended super abruptly and I was confused and shocked at what they considered to be an “ending.” The second story is a bit drawn out and semi predictable, but I was extremely invested from start to finish!

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ummm, just ummm.

I need to be gentle .I know the authors parents are probably very proud. But I must say take a pass on this one. It's like two potentially decent short stories got put in a blender.

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Great story

The darkness loves us you say? Well you live in a cave with only your offspring, it better.

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Mixed feelings.

The good first, the narration was great never had any issues at all and does decent voices for different people. The stories felt interesting but didn’t draw me in enough to care in the first 1/2 but had an interesting premise and the second half was the exact opposite being slow but didn’t really find a purpose. It wasn’t bad but not quite for me I guess.

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Amazing Story

This is one of my mother’s favorite books and now I get to listen to this story! Highly recommend!!!!! -K

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My head hurts

So i peaked at the reviews when i was about 2/3 through this book and couldnt understand why there was anything less than praise. When i finished it i thought i understood. The second story has one of the most perplexingly bad endings ive ever read. Still, i otherwise really enjoyed it.