Hobbs’s Horrific Arts & Gifts – Wendy Drinkwater

Where my horror fans at? I’m sure most of you raised your hands.

Thanks to the wonderful author for the copy in exchange for my honest review 🙂

HOBBS’S HORRIFIC ARTS & GIFTS – Wendy Drinkwater (out now)

First off, this cover is fantastic. I love the little monsters. Don’t let it fool you – this is not a happy horror story for kids.

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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

It’s always fun and exciting to be able to pick up a debut novel. Horror is a genre that seems to have all the same tropes, and don’t get me wrong, I definitely enjoy that consistency depending on which are used. HOBBS’S HORRIFIC ARTS & GIFTS is one that definitely stands out with how different the premise is. I will always love elements of the occult in this genre, and this one did not disappoint.

Jasper Hobbs has just inherited his grandfather’s horror store after he passed away. The store contains all kinds of items that are made by different horror artists, as well as antiques from Mental Pictures (a movie studio his grandfather ran). A horrible accident is what ultimately ended the studio – with the events to never be spoken of again.

To add to it, Jasper gets word that his ex-girlfriend Tabatha has joined Children of Olen. A cult that named themselves after one of his grandfather’s films, and that has been tied to vicious attacks. Will he be able to save Tabatha before it’s too late? What is the truth behind the accident that closed Mental Pictures?

I thought this was so unique and I loved the characters. You really get to know them and I found myself flipping through this one quickly. There’s some back and forth between past and present to help fill in the gaps as we go! This is an incredible debut and I can’t wait to see what else Wendy has in store for us.

 

What’s a common horror trope that you love? What’s one you’re sick of seeing/reading within the genre?

–Jess

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