Thanks to Tor Nightfire for the free early copy in exchange for my honest review
NOTHING BUT BLACKENED TEETH – Cassandra Khaw (Released October 19th, 2021)
Cassandra Khaw’s Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a gorgeously creepy haunted house tale, steeped in Japanese folklore and full of devastating twists.
A Heian-era mansion stands abandoned, its foundations resting on the bones of a bride and its walls packed with the remains of the girls sacrificed to keep her company.
It’s the perfect wedding venue for a group of thrill-seeking friends.
But a night of food, drinks, and games quickly spirals into a nightmare. For lurking in the shadows is the ghost bride with a black smile and a hungry heart.
And she gets lonely down there in the dirt.
My Thoughts: 3.5/5 stars
I need more horror novellas in my life – NOTHING BUT BLACKENED TEETH was my introduction to Cassandra Khaw and I will be looking for more from her now. The Japanese folklore, the spooky mansion, a wedding, and complicated friendships makes for a quick and interesting read. Don’t get me wrong, I love haunted houses and all that creepy stuff, but I don’t think I would be getting married in a mansion where the legend behind it was that a bride was buried underneath it and then the walls were packed by women that were sacrificed to keep the bride company. That just feels like a bad omen to be a bride in that house. While I really liked the story and the writing, the only thing that brought the rating down a little bit was that I got super annoyed with some of the characters, and that doesn’t happen often. Otherwise this was a solid horror novella that didn’t leave me confused or like I was missing a lot to the story.