What will you find in THE NIGHTMARE HOUSE?
It's release day, y'all!
AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!! It’s here!! It’s here!! It’s finally here!! This book is one of the most cathartic things I’ve ever written, and I hope so much that it finds it’s people.
Welcome to THE NIGHTMARE HOUSE!
What’s in this book?
Nightmares and spooks and fighting fear! If you like Coraline or Labyrinth or Small Spaces or Stranger Things, this book will hit your sweet spot.
Poetry of all kinds! Everything from sonnets to concrete poems!
Gorgeous illustrations by the amazing Angie Hewitt
Vincent Van Gogh and sunflower seeds
A flower shop, a potato bar, a house in the woods, and so much more!
Here are some very lovely things people have said about this book:
“[Penny’s] poems weave their way through the narrative, fortifying Allen’s own lyrical writing and adding to the overall message that strength can be found in words and creativity . . . Fans of Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener (2014) will find the Fear Maker alluring but may suffer some nightmares of their own after following Penny to his door. Allen deals in both beauty and terror, rendering this a sophisticated choice for horror readers.” —Booklist, starred review
“11-year-old Penny Hope’s anxiety manifests as a real-life monster under her bed in this ethereal novel . . . Poetic prose and visceral emotion infuse realistic depth into this mood-driven, allegorical portrayal of mental illness. Stark b&w illustrations by Hewitt employ a photo negative effect to accentuate Penny’s brooding poems.” —Publishers Weekly
“The first-person narration sparks sympathy—[Penny] is a girl tormented by fear who is, even with magic seeds and a notebook of poems, woefully unprepared to face a soul devourer on her own. Her eventual determined pursuit of the Fear Maker in his own domain is all the more powerful because readers will see how hard-won that determination is, and it may inspire them to peek beyond their own fears, seeing if those boundaries can be pushed just a bit as well.” —The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books
“Both a terrifying story for kids and a poetic fight song against the prison anxiety builds around the human heart, The Nightmare House is timeless, exciting, beautiful, creepy, and above all, full of the hope that lights even the darkest nights.” —Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times–bestselling author of Mine
“A gorgeous book with scares enough for the brave at heart and heart enough for everyone. I loved every page.” —Lora Senf, author of The Clackity
“The Nightmare House is a haunting and hopeful testament of art’s ability to fill our broken spaces. As readers watch Penny embrace her innate bravery, they will be inspired to do the same.” —Josh Allen, author of Out to Get You: 13 Tales of Weirdness and Woe\
Thank you all so much for celebrating with me. Thank you for reading. Thank you for being amazing.
This book carries a lot of hope inside it, even with all the monsters and fears and demons. I hope it helps.