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Knock Knock von S.P. Miskowski
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Knock Knock (2011)

von S.P. Miskowski

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"Beautifully written and relentlessly suspenseful, it's a great book to curl up with on a cold winter's night. Just be sure to keep the doors locked and all the lights on!" -Lucy Taylor, THE SILENCE BETWEEN THE SCREAMS "...more than a great read; it is a fascinating meditation on the nature of horror. There are supernatural elements to the book, yes, but the setting (an impoverished, ruined logging town) and the main characters (three school girls with hopes and dreams made improbable if not impossible by their realities) are a beautifully rendered commentary on the cyclical nature of real-world human tragedy." -Molly Tanzer, A PRETTY MOUTH "Starting slowly the book builds to a crescendo, first giving us innocent children on a jaunt in the woods and then taking the story forward to where they are fallible adults, exposed to the machinations of the evil they have unwittingly released. Eventually the story achieves a momentum all its own, rushing headlong to a shattering finale, and the prose, which Miskowski uses with such care and accuracy throughout, in the final pages attains a fever dream intensity, so that we can't trace any clear divide between reality and the skewed perspectives of the characters, the two blurring into each other, everything viewed through a blood red filter and in the light cast by flickering flames." -Peter Tennant, Black Static "With her distinct voice, Miskowski takes you deep into the back woods of America, where shadows chase you and people do the unthinkable." -Angel Leigh McCoy, Wily Writers At the center of S.P. Miskowski's novel-length fairy tale are three restless girls, best friends stuck in the backwater of Skillute, Washington in the late 1960s. Their neighbors and families are petty or poor, or both. They warn the girls not to wander into the dense forest. Something evil lurks there, people say. The girls are not convinced. During a playful oath, they wander too far into the woods. Their mistake unleashes a malignant spirit that terrorizes Skillute for the next fifty years.… (mehr)
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I read this book with my Shelfari horror group. I enjoyed it!

Knock Knock is the story of three young girls that brought something to life. Something that will follow them for the rest of their days.

I thought this a well written story with good character development. I got to know the three women rather well over the course of their lives, and I enjoyed that.The pacing was okay- there were a couple of portions that dragged a little bit, but the ending more than made up for the slow spots.

I enjoy not being able to predict the ending of a book and this one ended in a surprising way. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. Recommended for fans of supernatural horror. ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
I hated only giving two stars for this, but for a horror novel, it was slow and repetitive with a very banal ending. Otherwise, for fiction, the the prose is great and has great editing. ( )
  DonCranford | Dec 3, 2013 |
I have a sense of unfairness while reviewing Knock, Knock as I read it on the heels of a far deeper novel and the prose here pales in comparison. I'll be as objective as possible, while being subjective as necessary.

Fantasy/Horror, with no other pretensions. The scene is an impoverished town in northwest USA, near Seattle, but the ambiance could just have easily been anywhere Appalachian or backwater, Deliverance banjo dueling Tennessee. After awhile, those kind of towns are difficult to find interesting. Does hillbilly witch lore exist in the northwest? It would feel more authentic if the ritual details sprung from an American Indian heritage. In any case, additional details of the spells, herbs, and superstitions would have helped deepen the effect. But I digress. Desperation. Poverty. Accents. Lack of education. Got it.

Placement of the story during a time of transition when witchcraft is essentially dying out is interesting. The generational baton was passed to Marietta, and rejected. In fact, her family's magic appeared no stronger than snake oil, at which point I wondered whether the novel would go the way of [b:Witches on the Road Tonight|9316890|Witches on the Road Tonight|Sheri Holman|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1318106291s/9316890.jpg|14200041], where the witch lore was revealed to be mere superstition and stage shows. Miskowski, however, toys with the idea a bit before whipping off the veil and revealing that the evil in her novel is quite real. By this time, the lone witch is over her head and the final battle fulfills the promise that was fumbled in Witches on the Road Tonight. Like The Exorcist, we are left with the chilling thought that upcoming generations have no protection against evil entities with a maniacal desire for life. All that, and murdered children, babies, and puppies. How could I not care? 3.5 stars.

Perhaps it was the writing. While adequate, and edited---nothing magical. Far too many repetitious phrases used to describe certain characters or situations. I winced and wished Miskowski would had reached more often for a thesaurus. That is the unfair part. I've allowed previously read novels to hinder my enjoyment of this one. Still, Knock, Knock is a worthwhile read for witch lore horror fans. ( )
  ChanceMaree | Mar 29, 2013 |
Spooky things are where you least expect them. Quite woods, little children, small towns.
What a great book. Couldn't put it down, even a few bad dreams. ( )
  tomwise | Oct 6, 2012 |
Knock, Knock by S.P. Miskowski is a fascinating tale of what not to do and the consequences not only for you, but for others nearby.

Three young girls decide to perform an ancient ritual against the advice of one who knows better. They go to the center of an old wood and make their blood pact calling up 50 years of terror.

Fact of the matter is that Knock, Knock frightened me as few horror stories do anymore. It has a strong psychological affect on you and you find yourself jumping at what used to be normal noises. Now they are harbingers of the evil coming for you.

The author has done a wonderful job with his first novel and should have a promising career scaring the pants off readers.

Knock, Knock by S.P. Miskowski is available as paperback or Kindle. Get it! ( )
  battlinjack | Mar 10, 2012 |
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"Beautifully written and relentlessly suspenseful, it's a great book to curl up with on a cold winter's night. Just be sure to keep the doors locked and all the lights on!" -Lucy Taylor, THE SILENCE BETWEEN THE SCREAMS "...more than a great read; it is a fascinating meditation on the nature of horror. There are supernatural elements to the book, yes, but the setting (an impoverished, ruined logging town) and the main characters (three school girls with hopes and dreams made improbable if not impossible by their realities) are a beautifully rendered commentary on the cyclical nature of real-world human tragedy." -Molly Tanzer, A PRETTY MOUTH "Starting slowly the book builds to a crescendo, first giving us innocent children on a jaunt in the woods and then taking the story forward to where they are fallible adults, exposed to the machinations of the evil they have unwittingly released. Eventually the story achieves a momentum all its own, rushing headlong to a shattering finale, and the prose, which Miskowski uses with such care and accuracy throughout, in the final pages attains a fever dream intensity, so that we can't trace any clear divide between reality and the skewed perspectives of the characters, the two blurring into each other, everything viewed through a blood red filter and in the light cast by flickering flames." -Peter Tennant, Black Static "With her distinct voice, Miskowski takes you deep into the back woods of America, where shadows chase you and people do the unthinkable." -Angel Leigh McCoy, Wily Writers At the center of S.P. Miskowski's novel-length fairy tale are three restless girls, best friends stuck in the backwater of Skillute, Washington in the late 1960s. Their neighbors and families are petty or poor, or both. They warn the girls not to wander into the dense forest. Something evil lurks there, people say. The girls are not convinced. During a playful oath, they wander too far into the woods. Their mistake unleashes a malignant spirit that terrorizes Skillute for the next fifty years.

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