The Underground Treehouse

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: October 12, 2012

VelveteenVelveteen Monroe’s life becomes a horror movie the day that Ron Simanski offers her a ride. She soon realizes that death will involve neither “rest” nor “ peace.” Velveteen has a full afterlife as leader of a team of soul collectors, but when events among the living threaten the existence of the City of Souls, it falls to Velvet’s team to avert the intersection—and destruction—of the realms of the living and the dead.

Even faithful horror fans recognize that the genre suffers from an acute case of Trope’s Disease. Time-tested elements within the horror formula (from zombies and serial killers to possessions and exorcisms) are recycled in the same incarnations until horror fans lose faith in the idea of a fresh take on a horror signature. Examining these conventions from a new angle without sacrificing legitimacy is a Sisyphean task, but Daniel…

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