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Book: The Poor and The Haunted by Dustin Arwin McKissen

Book: The Poor and The Haunted by Dustin Arwin McKissen

categories: Book, Ghost, Suspense, Haunting, Scary, Literary Horror, Horror Fiction


Dustin Arwin McKissen

Author Dustin Arwin McKissenabout this book: IT, by Stephen King, was the first book I ever read, and I was seven years old. Since then I've loved horror. I think the genre and genre fiction gets a bad rap. My hope for this book is that I tried to include some bigger themes, like good science fiction does, because I think horror can do that too.

So, what is the book about? Ask the first reader to submit a review to Goodreads:

"I have literally just closed my kindle after finishing The Poor and The Haunted and I have a tear running from my left eye. This book filled my heart and touched me to the core, at a time that I really needed it. I expected horror, since that's where I found it listed. It's hard to say too much about what transpires without giving spoilers. I'll try.

Jimmy is a good man with a loving family. They're all good to each other. His childhood was another story. His parents were both mean, abusing, drunk and drugging bullies. His father committed suicide in a very bizarre manner. Life got even worse after his father's death when his mother's meth addiction led her to "servicing clients" in the old car parked on the lawn. Jimmy and his sister Kelly devoted themselves to each other. Their relationship makes life bearable.

Years later Jimmy has a family of his own and his daughter Jessica has just turned 12, the same age Kelly was when their father killed himself. At this point Jimmy starts having strange experiences. He's seeing and feeling someone near him. He has terrifying out of body type experiences. He's not sure if he should fear for his sanity or for his soul.

The author answers all of our questions and in such a way that my heart is full. Though I found this title under "horror", I would recommend this to those who don't typically read horror. I am so glad to have found it. I loved it!" -Mary J

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