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  Booklist Review

It's been less than a year since Ian Tremblin (an author in the R. L. Stine mold) held an overnight haunted-house writing contest for teens that went horribly awry. Having learned no lessons from the legions of horror sequels out there, Tremblin tries again in this follow-up to Daemon Hall (2007). Two surviving teens return to help judge three new contestants, with all attendees spinning creepy yarns for entertainment and, eventually, survival. The tales, of course, vary in effectiveness but overall come through in the most important criterion: shocker endings. Perhaps the best two tales are saved for last: one about a radio shock-jock whose reward to a loyal listener is a bit of a surprise, and the other about a tattoo collector who doesn't just collect the artwork but the skin it's printed on, too. Between the stories lies connective tissue about the teens discovering the truth behind the haunting of Tremblin's estate. An efficient delivery of the gruesome goods, goosed along by Polhemus' spooky illustrations.--Kraus, Danie. Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Despite the terrible events at Daemon Hall last year, horror writer Ian Tremblin is repeating his contest to discover and publish a talented young writer (Daemon Hall, 2007).Taking titles from a mysterious blank book that possibly belonged to Rudolph Daemon, Tremblin invites three contestants to join past winner and former mental patient Wade Reilly along with Daemon Hall survivor Demarius for an evening of storytelling. During the sharing of the first story, the six writers are suddenly transported to Daemon Hall, where horror still lives. Whether they tell tales of haunted Native American hunting grounds, construction deaths or possessed tattoos that stitch themselves onto a host, the authors must share their stories and survive the night. Nance again uses the frame to present an enjoyable compilation of fireside tales. While none of the individuals has a fleshed-out personality, the narrative format really doesn't demand them. Daemon Hall is reminiscent of many a haunted house, and the Faustian bargain that underlies the story is comfortingly familiar. Polhemus' stark artwork builds the mood, with heavy lines and crosshatching complementing the campfire nature of the tales.For a small summer-reading spine tingle, this is an excellent option. (Horror. 12-14)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
<p>A year has passed since that fateful night in Daemon Hall's house of horrors. Bestselling macabre author Ian Tremblin decides to hold another writer's contest but this time in the safety of his own home. Tremblin is excited to share with contestants a very old book he has recently acquired that once belonged to Rudolph Daemon, the millionaire builder of Daemon Hall who later went mad and killed his family. But the book, like the mansion, is powerfully evil and soon transports the group to theburned out shell of the haunted mansion. Flesh eaters, voodoo, a proficient sociopath, and the root of the house's malevolence are all part of the mix. Who will get out alive?</p>
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