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Summary

This collection of 18 short tales, a novelette, and a short novel takes the listener inside the dark imagination of Elizabeth Engstrom, author of acclaimed horror classics like When Darkness Loves Us.

In these stories, you will hear about a woman asked to be complicit in her own mother’s death, a grandmother with a macabre hobby, a bizarre, phallic-shaped flower that portends evil for a married couple, a father whose son is caught up in a sinister government experiment. These are weird and unsettling tales that will linger with the listener.

In her introduction to this new edition, Lisa Kröger declares, “There are true horrors that await readers in all of Engstrom’s works...reminds me of another giant of horror literature, Shirley Jackson.”

©1992, 2020 Elizabeth Engstrom (P)2020 Valancourt Books LLC

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  • 18-01-21

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Wasnt a bad listen. I got the book for doing a review of it. while it started out kind of slow there were a few stoires that gripped me in there and a few I didnt. Around about 3 to 4 hours into the book some of the stories really got good. The books namesake, Nightmare Flower, was particularly unsettling in a delightful way. the Narrator, while using mostly her voice for the good majority of the stories, had moments where she pulled me in and got me to see what was going on in the story as if I was there. especially with the last two stories. overall this was a pleasant read, not something I might go back and listen to often. but if you like a mix of horrifying, melancholy, and sometimes bittersweet stories it is worth a listen