Autodidact: self-taught


Sarah Faire and the House at the End of the World

by V. L. Craven

Sarah Faire

It’s Halloween night and Sarah Faire’s best friend, Thomas, is being held at the house at the end of the world. He’s being held there by a well-dressed man who was handing out candy at the Halloween party in the park. Sarah can tell that this man has sinister intentions, but she has to help her friend. So she goes to the house at the end of the world, though it is very scary, to save him. For that is what friends do.

But her friend isn’t the only thing in the House at the End of the World. And the Other Things are at their most powerful on All Hallow’s Eve. Can Sarah and her friend escape the House at the End of the World?

Sarah Faire girl

Alex Giannini’s story is nicely complimented by Abigail Larson’s appropriately Gothic illustrations; spiky and elegant, they remind me of the Beetlejuice cartoon I loved growing up. Indeed, this would have been a favourite book if I had had it as a child. Spooky, but not too scary to be read to children.

It would have been nice to have a bit more information on how or why Thomas was taken by the well-dressed man, but perhaps those questions will be answered in future books. Sarah Faire and the House at the End of the World is a perfect Halloween story for the little ones and will, hopefully, set them on the right direction towards more spooky stories.

[I was given an advance copy of this book to review but was under no obligation to give it a good review.]

Bonus! Earlier this week (after I’d written my review) Dahlia Jane at Upon a Midnight Dreary wrote about meeting Abigail Larson at ScareLA . She also reviews the book. Check it out.

Extra Bonus! I’ll be interviewing Alex Giannini in the next couple of weeks so keep an eye out for that.


UPDATE: If you’d like to get a copy of the book, you can contact Alex directly here  (a.giannini(at)sbcglobal(dot) net). Each copy is $15 US.

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