Penpal began as a series of short and interconnected stories posted on an online horror forum. Before long, it was adapted into illustrations, audio recordings, and short films; and that was before it was revised and expanded into a novel!
How much doMore Penpal began as a series of short and interconnected stories posted on an online horror forum. Before long, it was adapted into illustrations, audio recordings, and short films; and that was before it was revised and expanded into a novel!
How much do you remember about your childhood?
In Penpal. a man investigates the seemingly unrelated bizarre, tragic, and horrific occurrences of his childhood in an attempt to finally understand them. Beginning with only fragments of his earliest years, you’ll follow the narrator as he discovers that these strange and horrible events are actually part of a single terrifying story that has shaped the entirety of his life and the lives of those around him. If you’ve ever stayed in the woods just a little too long after dark, if you’ve ever had the feeling that someone or something was trying to hurt you, if you remember the first friend you ever made and how strong that bond was, then Penpal is a story that you won’t soon forget, despite how you might try. Less
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Sandhouse rated it did not like it
This is like reading a exceedingly long reddit post. That’s because it started as one. Most of this author’s fans are redditors and I guess they think it merits five stars because they’re used to reading reddit comments all day and yes, as a reddit comment it is exception. Read full review
Mike F rated it it was ok
almost 3 years ago
After reading Penpal, I really can’t understand the high ratings or the glowing reviews.
The book is written with a formality of language that is unnatural. It seems that words are often used in a manner to attempt to impress the reader more than clearly or fluidly relay s. Read full review
Dulcetpurr rated it it was amazing
about 4 years ago
Recommends it for: people who play slender, people looking for a good halloween read
I finished this book in two days, and when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it. I stayed up until midnight last night just to finish it, and then when I was done, I did something I haven’t done in decades. I left a lamp on when I went to sleep. I’m 31 years old a. Read full review
Aaron Wittwer rated it it was ok
over 3 years ago
There is a ridiculous amount of hype around this book. Just look on amazon. There are 216 five star reviews right now and only 21 one/two star reviews. Reviewers fawn over how disturbingly horrifying the story is. How original it is. The gut-wrenching ending. Etc. My inte. Read full review
Pam Grimes rated it it was amazing
almost 3 years ago
I read Penpal in 100 degree weather and still got chills, now that’s great storytelling! Dathan grabs the reader’s attention with the tenacity of a dog in possession of a juicy bone and doesn’t let go until the final climax. Every chapter ends on a cliffhanger that leaves. Read full review
Melissa rated it it was ok
over 2 years ago
I wrote a review of this yesterday that I wanted to let simmer a bit before posting. Of course, now I can’t find it on my computer I’m sure it was totally much more brilliant than this attempt is, but I’m so tired of thinking about my own thoughts, I’m putting this. Read full review
Tim rated it did not like it
almost 4 years ago
I made the mistake of buying into the hype of almost 100% 5 star reviews on Amazon, knowing full well that the book started as a Reddit Thread and that those reviews were probably the full-throated support of the community. I really wanted to like it, but this isn’t a nov. Read full review
Courtney Wells rated it it was ok
Well, I wanted to like this – I did. It’s an interesting story with some genuinely creepy moments but the execution left a lot to be desired.
1) All the reminiscing and waxing philosophical really bogs down the action and suspense.
2) Only a handful of interesting and scar. Read full review
Ashley rated it it was ok
about 3 years ago
A potentially great creepy story hidden beneath a steaming pile of deuce. The writing is bad. Like, really bad.
The author attempts to use nonlinear progression to tell the story, which can be incredibly effective if it is well-executed. In this case, though, it creates a. Read full review
The Other Heather
rated it really liked it
over 2 years ago
Recommends it for: people who like being scared the old-school way.
Maybe it’s a North American thing, or a generational thing, or. something. but here’s what I believe makes PENPAL so masterful at getting under a reader’s skin: It could’ve been your childhood in these pages.
Take mine, for example. A Canadian child of the ’80s who grew. Read full review