How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix

In How to Sell a Haunted House, Louise and Mark are two estranged siblings who are forced to come together after their parents die unexpectedly to clean out their childhood home. The task proves to be far from easy as they soon find themselves grappling with family secrets, room after room of clutter, and of course, demonic puppets. Yes, this book is bonkers (no other way to say it), but it is also unexpectedly emotional. Though Pupkin deserves a prime spot in the creepy doll/puppet hall of fame, grief is by far the more tenacious foe. Through Louise and Mark’s struggles (yes, including the ones involving needle-wielding puppets and circular saws), we are shown the very real, perceived impossibilities that come with having to ‘move on’ from the loss of a loved one. How to Sell a Haunted House is a rare combination of campy horror and sincere sentimentality.