The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher

In my personal opinion horror and folklore go hand in hand. Whether, we are talking about folk horror or just folklore that is used in a horror story. It meshes so well. I want more folk horror and horror that uses folklore. We all need more. So when I started the The Twisted Ones I was super excited.

Synopsis: A woman and her dog go to clean out her dead grandmother’s house with some interesting consequences.

What I like: There is a heavy folklore element to the story and I LOVE THAT. I really enjoyed Kingfisher’s characters. As a reader I cared about what happened to Mouse. The pacing was really well done and the folklore narrative was inserted in the story really well. I liked how Kingfisher was able to draw a linear line between folklore in Wales to folklore in NC. There was a great deal of Welsh migration to that area and I really enjoyed that little tidbit.

What I didn’t like: The story became slightly slow about 3/4s of the way in. I thought it would have picked up a bit during this climatic part of the story but it didn’t.

Star Rating: 4 stars

My Thoughts: I really wish that more horror had folkloric parts to it. With the rise of folk horror I am hoping that we will get more of this in the future. For those of us the enjoy folklore it adds to the story and can bring a different element to the horror genre. I really enjoyed this book. If you really enjoy folk horror pick this one up.

Big Thanks to Saga Press for a review copy!!

2 thoughts on “The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher

  1. eriophora October 21, 2019 / 4:39 pm

    Folklore horror is just wonderful, and there are some excellent ones out there! Have you seen A Lush and Seething Hell by John Hornor Jacobs? It’s a book containing two novellas, The Sea Dreams it is the Sky and My Heart Struck Sorrow, the latter of which is heavily steeped in American folk songs and lore. The former is set in South America, cosmic horror combined with the real terror of fascism. Wonderful stuff!

    I might have to give The Twisted Ones a shot, too, since this sort of thing is so very up my alley.

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    • Toni_The_Reader October 21, 2019 / 4:58 pm

      I have been lusting after A Lush and Seething Hell!! I can’t wait to read it. I would totally suggest this if you like a little folklore with your horror. I would also have a look at Fiends in the Furrows. Which is published by Nosetouch Press. IT IS LUSH!!! Very very lush.

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