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Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill, Volume 1: 03/14/23
How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix (2023) reads like a Goosebumps book for adults. Louise has made a life for herself and her daughter in San Francisco. The sudden and violent deaths of her parents call her home to deal with their estate and long forgotten generational trauma.
Louise's brother, Mark, whom she remembers as an unmotivated loser, wants to get through the process as quickly as possible. He's hired a junk removal company to clear out the house and has plans to have their parents cremated. Louise balks at his plans and forces herself into the process to great determent to everyone.
Louise and Mark's mother was a puppeteer. She made puppets. She bought puppets. She also had one in particular who already nearly cleaved the family in two.
Now if you are an adult of a certain age you might have grown up on R.L. Stine's books or had children who did. Maybe, like me, you read them when your kids did. If that's you, How to Sell a Haunted House will remind you of two books in particular, Night of the Living Dummy (1993) and Son of Slappy (2013).