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Review by Anniek
Dylan meets Kelsey when she's assigned to be his class project partner. Kelsey is a weird girl. She keeps to herself, wears gothic Lolita fashion and is allergic to water. Kelsey won't use any technology from after the 19th century, so she keeps an inkwell in her schoolbag and a quill, so that she can write notes. During a Halloween party Dylan finds out that not everything is as it seems. Why is he hearing voices coming from a closed well?
Drowned Silence is a gripping novelette. I would have loved it to be longer, because I liked Kelsey a lot and think she is a character that would do great in a full length novel. She's incredibly weird, but endearing at the same time. She is always being herself and I think that's unique when you're a teenager. I liked the combination of her personality with events that spooked me. Amy McNulty has written a thrilling and horrifying story and I absolutely loved it.
Drowned Silence is a creepy story about ghosts and scary incidents. It's perfect for when you don't have a lot of time, but still would like to get lost in a story.
About Amy McNulty
Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently writes professionally about everything from business marketing to anime. In her down time, you can find her crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.
1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm a writer, editor, and total geek. Stories--movies, TV shows, anime, manga, comics, games, and books--are my favorite thing, which is why I love creating some of my own.
2. What makes your heart beat faster?
A really engrossing book or watching some of my favorite movies, even for the twentieth time.
3. Which horror monster do you fear the most?
Freddy Krueger. I know he's funny in some of the later movies, but that first movie was so scary. I love dreaming and I can't imagine not being able to sleep because that nightmare man might kill you in your dreams.
4. If the zombie apocalypse would happen today, what would you do?
Probably get eaten pretty fast. I'd just stay home until I ran out of food to start. Ideally, I'd find a group comprised of nice people to help me out, but I've seen enough zombie fiction to know the live humans are the real danger.
5. What's your favorite horror movie?
A Nightmare on Elm Street or It Follows
6. What's your worst nightmare?
Being chased by someone (and I usually don't even know why).
7. If your book was made into a movie, who would play the lead characters and why?
Hmm, not sure... Most of my favorite actors are too old for the parts.
8. What inspired you to write horror stories?
I don't write them that often, and I actually used to be too scared of horror to even read/watch horror things until a few years ago. But after seeing A Nightmare on Elm Street, I was in awe of how terrifying the genre could be even without getting too gross. I love the spooky atmosphere of non-gross-out horror films. It's not really a horror film, but years ago, I saw the movie Rebecca and that conveyed some of that same feeling.
9. What do you like the most about the horror genre?
It's a way to explore feelings of helplessness and confusion without actually being in danger.
10. What can we expect from you in the future?
I don't have any more horror works on my to-do list (yet). I'm writing the sequel to my dark YA fantasy, Fall Far from the Tree, next. It's not a horror series, but it does explore the darker side of humanity.
One very lucky reader of With Love For Books will receive a signed paperback copy of Drowned Silence, that also includes Josie's Coat, by Amy McNulty.