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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
My Cold Kentucky Home is a novelette written by Lori A. Moore. At almost one hundred years of age, Haskell tells a story which has never seen the light of day. The five-acre estate known as Hubertson had a hobby of collecting people’s souls. In 1920, it had claimed the lives of Robert and Constance Agee and their eight-year-old daughter, Emily. In 1978, Tommy Richter and his father, Karl, had lived in the house and paid with their lives. The most recent victims were in 2013, after Heather arrives at her childhood home on hearing of her estranged mother’s death. After the postman had reported a foul smelling odor coming from the premises and after noticing the uncollected mail from the post box, Heather’s mother’s body had been found in a decomposed state amongst her hoarded treasures. While trapped in the basement, Heather is attacked. Twelve people had died so far, all of whom had been inhabitants of the place at some point in the past one hundred years, but that number is just a drop in the ocean compared to what is about to come.
Wow, I’m sure I just whimpered. Lori A. Moore managed to get every single hair on my body standing on end with each of the deaths and the circumstances surrounding it. My Cold Kentucky Home is worded in such a way that I could easily visualize what was happening to each of the victims, both in life and in death. The final chapter in the book presents a history of Kentucky, which was heartbreaking, and in learning that this tragic history was responsible, I was horrified. Spanning over a century, My Cold Kentucky Home does not leave much to the imagination and is chillingly down to the last detail, causing me to literally jump in several places. Stephen King had best watch his back as the claim to his horror novel crown is about to be staked by Lori A. Moore. I recommend this book to mature readers who are fans of horror of the most macabre ... and who are not afraid of the dark when at home alone. I will most definitely be checking under my bed tonight.