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And i thought it really happened to narrator’s bestfriend!!! However, I think part of it was to get rid of the sister because the narrator didn’t have a sister. jess_reads_books Book Reviews July 31, 2018. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Before long, it was adapted into illustrations, audio recordings, and short films; and that was before it was revised and expanded into a novel! Why didn’t he pursue him? Had to google whether or not it was a true story haha. Maybe if the police were getting close to discovering PP? “Yeah I got the feeling that the stalker was Mrs. Maggie’s son,”. That’s part of the charm and mystique. The killer is just some random psycho, not another character in the story. Maybe he picked up a thing or two from Ms. Maggie. Maggie confuses the boys for her two sons (who are, obviously, brothers). That she confuses them for her (now grown) children is telling. if you look at the police report carefully you can see that it says witness on it. December 30, 2015 in Featured Articles //, December 28, 2015 in Featured Articles //, Fear the Future: 10 Great Post-Apocalyptic Horror Novels, Read Kevin Wetmore’s ‘Halloween Returns’ Contest Winning Story “Ben Tramer’s Not Going to Homecoming!”. ( Log Out /  Did he know himeself? I will say that I did not read any reviews before picking up the book because I trusted my coworker on his suggestion and the book was so cheap (Kindle version is $4.99!) I love them because you can generally finish one installment in about ten minutes. hey guys, asked Dathan about this specific detail, and here’s what he told me: “think that might spoil some of the fun, man! The walkie-talkie under the bed belonged to the narrator. “We know that the stalker tried to make Josh seem like the narrator by dyeing his hair and turning his attention to him when the narrator became unavailable”. Only thing I could come up with was to hurt the narrator. Jonathan Maberry, Ramsey Campbell and 16 Other Amazing Horror Authors Tell Us What Books Terrify Them! Short, but scary. It’s implied that Boxes is killed by the stalker. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. How was the narrator unavailable? Given the short nature of the story (252 pages) and the multitudes of praise (123 reviews at the moment and a five-star rating) I … This is telling. This makes Maggie’s loneliness and memory issues more realistic (I thought). Each story introduces a related element that is important to the next. He took his best friend. Maggie- Maggie’s story was one of the more confusing in the series. ... All nit-picking aside, if you love scary stories, you need to read this book. The PP, nervous about being caught, would have likely allowed this to deter him for a time. Additionally, I don’t really get the “You Left” comment by Josh. That's it. I’ve read the book and checked out MCP’s reading of it. Time flies when you're having fun! It’s also implied that Josh had decided to finish the boys “Map” from their childhood as a gift to the narrator. If not, maybe he was trying to be so clever the book would be discussed endlessly, and in that he was right that it would be analyzed more. While Maggie may not be “all there”, her presence does seem to protect the narrator and Josh. If you can piece together the significance of the events, you’ll know that the PP starts stalking the narrator after the balloon project which happens sometime in the narrators kindergarten year. There’s a Quentin Tarantinoesque disjointedness exercised throughout the novel, as Dathan keeps readers leaping around a wide timeline. Some have speculated that it wasn’t Maggie but the PP following the narrator, but I don’t think so. First off, our story isn’t told in what could be labeled proper chronological order. Unfortunately, this becomes the main problem with Penpal. Also consider John Wayne Gacy (Gacey?). When the boys sneak out onto the lake in “Maps”, I suspect Maggie appears on the porch when she hears the commotion out on the lake. She had Alzheimers so she probably didn’t remember what Tom looked like. Good interpretation and thanks for pointing it out to those who hadn’t worked it out yet. Book Review for iHunt: Killing Monsters in the Gig Economy by David A. Hill Jr. Book Review for The Demon of Decay by Alex C. Gates, Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Dathan Auerbach’s ‘Penpal’ Will See Cinematic Adaptation! And while individually the chapters are creepy and unsettling, the novel as a whole falls a little flat. On September 30, 2020 By BookishKash In Book Reviews. The insanely popular social outlet Reddit.com has proven a fantastic tool with which to share my writing, but it’s also introduced me to a few aspiring authors, and one damn talented individual by the name of Dathan Auerbach. Who knows, maybe you will find your Marie Antoinette on this list of the best sites to find pen pals. A good read for high-school students and below. Our mysterious antagonist is quiet, nearly invisible to suspecting eyes, completely discreet and surprisingly savvy. Have you looked into the interview I conducted with him? Fear of going through with his obsession was possibly a motivator (also, he probably didn’t have such a strong conviction to kidnap by this point. Anytime an author casts a child aside, thrown to the jowls of a man-eater, the fear takes on a tangible nature. It was then picked up and recorded in audio form by the award-winning Nosleep podcast. (It reeked of death, so it must have been more than just one old lady. I also think Auerbach tries so hard to lead us astray in the end scene that he really is cheating. This is an eerie tale that pits pure evil against genuine innocence. Perhaps that’s the narrator’s name? An old lady inviting kids into her house for ‘snacks’? He was disturbed enough by their experience in the narrator’s abandoned house that the friendship atrophied. In “Balloons” when an unnamed man returns to the snow-cone stand three times (I’m assuming the mysterious man is the PP), it is Josh who receives the “FOR STAMPS” dollar and gives it to the narrator. In Penpal, a man investigates the seemingly unrelated bizarre, Most have their own lives and find it hard to visit their elderly parents. However there is just one question I can’t get out of my mind- WHAT HAPPENED TO BOXES? Even though it is implied that the narrator is the target of the PP, Josh is present in every interaction. Boxes darting out the door is also heroic in it’s own way. However, when viewed as a whole it becomes limited in its ability to scare. What a delight to see all the discussion here and have it be as recent as the end of 2015, I loved this story and am very happy to know people are still picking it up and reading it. You’ll likely guess, based upon the novel’s title alone, that this story focuses on a “penpal” who isn’t exactly… normal. But Alzheimer’s (like just about all dementias) is progressive….When you have it, you don’t level off at a certain degree of confusion, and continue living alone years later, still able to dress and feed yourself, let alone make cookies or shop for a shark float. Has it really been almost two months since my last book review? Once she was out of the way, he remained at her house for weeks until the police finally investigated the stench emitting from the house and discovered the grisly scene; which more than likely included tons of mutilated animals. Also: This story has me installing (pet immune) motion sensors in my basement and crawlspace! Check out our most recent Penpal Books reviews now! I guess it is just one of those special books! Watch Queue Queue. The police report states everything that Dathan(or whoever you think it would be) went through at the beggining of the “stalking” from the way it started to when he found the pictures with him in it. This is a hauntingly rewarding novel that I’ll read again in the future. She could have been a sexual predator; a fact that the narrator’s mom felt was too complicated for the narrator to understand at his age. Her presence protects the narrator from the PP, and it is something she pays for with her life. I am also late to this party and generally agree with and am thankful for most of the explanations above. I just finished the book and am glad I found this site to help answer some of my questions. Download the ‘Halloween Returns: A Fan Fiction Anthology’ Now for Free! The narrator’s name is never given. The primary meat of the story is preceded by a strange, obviously tacked-on introduction where the narrator explains why there might be discrepancies. So the fact that a six-year old boy is more puzzled than terrified by the events of Penpal is believable. The book has been awarded with , and many others. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Can somebody help? There are clues about each, loud hints, and in Samantha’s case, logical threads, but no satisfactory “aha!” moments. )This theory could also explain how the stalker got the idea to keep Josh contained for a very long period of time. I’ve discovered new novelists, and become familiarized with veterans who had long evaded my attention. When she runs through the home to walk along the front lawn as the narrator goes home, I think it’s a protective gesture. But I’m guessing it doesn’t make his books more popular. In fact, I assumed that the book would be a series of unrelated, short stories and started to read it as such. Mothers may have been less hyper-vigilant in the ’80’s but they weren’t that nonchalant. When the narrator asks to come inside, I imagine her protectiveness of him takes over and she says no. Anyways, now that I’ve finished the book, curled up into a fetal position,cried in the shower, and spoken to a therapist- I think I’m ready to talk about it now. I thought it was significant that the narrators notes that his mom brought home boxes before he started kindergarten. How such an altercation would have ended, it’s hard to say. He took the girl he adored and he took his best friend’s family. He seems found of the narrator (in his own…cat-ly way), he alerts the family to danger, and like the others who love and protect the narrator by foiling the PP’s plans, he pays with his life. After all, he had plenty of practice with animals. I just am an answers type person and am always looking for the reasoning and why things happened. The initial chapter became incredibly popular, and author Dathan Auerbach expanded his narrative to include additional chapters, eventually gathering enough… At least this is from the mouth of the writer and I couldn’t have (we couldn’t have) gotten that kind of resolute answer without you asking for us! Then, why did the PenPal take Josh and keep him alive while stalking the narrator but eventually killing Josh. PenPal by Dathan Auerbach is a hell of a ride. Em is a twelve-year-old girl in a floating community off the Gulf Coast. As for why she was murdered, well for the first time she refused to allow the boys into her house (probably sensing something wrong with ‘Tom’ or maybe even regaining some of her memory and realizing that the stalker was definitely not who he said he was.) When the narrator leaves the presence of Maggie’s house, it is Josh who lets him into the house (almost as if the two are “changing guard” over the narrator). Adding onto the Ms. Maggie is a sexual predator theory, maybe she kept those boys trapped in her house. ( Log Out /  After all, it was made clear that the narrator could not enter that lady’s house. This is an eerie tale that pits pure evil against genuine innocence. Change ), The 100 Scariest Horror Novels of All Time. June 28, 2017 July 5, 2017 In My Humble Opinion: Book Reviews With Syd. Better yet, Chris and John were never her sons, they were boys she had abducted before. Penpal began as a series of short and interconnected stories posted on an online horror forum. Also, I noticed on the police report on the last page that it has the name “Joshua” in the top section. In general, the faults of Penpal are minimal. ( Log Out /  He frequently heads straight under the house, which is what eventually alerts the narrator’s mother to the fact that the PP has been camping out under there. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. (I’m a ditz, sue me.). A lot of fans wonder why the PP kept not going through with his kidnapping attempts until this point. Seems kind of like the “I have free candy!” phrase doesn’t it? I quite literally was not able to put it down and stayed up hours later than I planned because I had to keep reading. It seemed like a pretty important part of the story since they talked so much about her there for a while. How many more did he take prior to his obsession with Dathan? PenPal came as a suggestion to me via Amazon, I didn’t know anything about it’s creepypasta origins when I purchased it. She now knows what the PP looks like, and this is significant to what happens next. Abhorrent Admirer: The stalker towards Dathan.While we never see him in face to judge him as unattractive until the end at least his obsessive personality surely makes him monstrous. Since Maggie frequently refers to the boys by her sons’ names, it makes sense that she’d refer to any grown man who approached her by her late husbands name. The loose strings are for the most part tied by the final pages, save for one detail that still has me scratching my head a bit: what is the relevance of Veronica’s (Josh’s sister) position (which isn’t bestowed any focus until the story has just about wrapped) and fate in context of the grand tale, and what’s the story behind the enigmatic automobile? Here are 10 Classic Scary Stories to Read for Free! What’s in all those foul-smelling garbage bags that the police in haz-mat suits carry out of her house after she dies? I love the fact that Auerbach keeps it nebulous. ( Log Out /  In fact, this distance-writer is a twisted individual with an unexplained yet potentially fatal obsession. That’s the best way to describe this book. The fact that the last chapter is a muddled mess that seeks to “solve” the mystery did not end things on a high note for me. The initial chapter became incredibly popular, and author Dathan Auerbach expanded his narrative to include additional chapters, eventually gathering enough to form a short novel. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I wish Auerbach had made a clearer connection to Mrs. Maggie rather than just having her sons look like Josh and the narrator. It’s hard to say how much of the PP Josh had been able to piece together. Both give reasons for the stalker to kill her. Kinda like when Ridley Scott stepped up and said that Deckard was a replicant. He proves himself time and time again to be a sacrificial and loyal friend. When the boys go out on the lake at night in “Maps”, Josh’s presence keeps the narrator from being alone in the woods with the PP. Could there be anything else in those bags? There is a lot of confusion as to why the PP suddenly switches focus from the narrator to Josh (presumably at the end of “Boxes”). P.S. Very mediocre. Remember the crawlspace. In order to sign up all we ask is your e-mail address, birthday, sex, and country. Just a cool cat. Hello and welcome to the review of Pen Pal Book: the newsletter.Here's the basic information that I came across to: PenPal Book, Issue 29 "It is hard to find people who still like to do snail mail, so I have a newsletter I send out in January, April, July & Oct. « Horror Novel Reviews. Book Review: Penpal by Dathan Auerbach. I like the theory mentioned above that the stalker sent Mrs Maggie out to invite Dathan in to lure him in, but subconsciously something felt wrong so she told the boy to leave. I just finished it and I have some nagging questions that maybe another reader picked up on! So I guess this just means I’ll have to re-read it. I spent a lot of time thinking about Ms. Maggie and her demise. What is the book about? The stories were adapted for The NoSleep Podcast's debut season in 2011 and narrated by Sammy Raynor. The key phrase here is this: Josh is present. . In “Boxes” when the boys go to the narrator’s old home, it is Josh who safely secures the narrator under the house while he goes inside the abandoned home. For Maggie to follow the narrator down the lawn fits her character’s actions throughout the stories. I think that Boxes is a character in his own right. His intentions aren’t clearly outlined until the latter portions of Auerbach’s story, but I’ll give you this much to chew on: this guy isn’t some simple pervert with mere sexual gratification on his mind; so forget about giving Chris Hansen a call, this is one perpetrator that isn’t showing up with booze and rubbers to meet an under-aged girl. I think I’ll reach back out to Dathan and see if he wants to talk about this point specifically. ‎In an attempt to make sense of his own mysterious and unsettling childhood memories, a man begins to reconstruct his past. I stumbled upon this book last autumn while I was scouring the internet for scary novels in anticipation of Halloween, and was immediately intrigued by the creepy-ass cover art. The story, which entangles readers and seizes complete attention early, functions on a multifarious level and is assembled in unorthodox but well calculated fashion. Penpal <— THIS ONE IS TOUTED AS ONE OF THE SCARIEST BOOKS (at least per the scary-book lists online right now), and OMG look at all the awesome reviews.HOLY MOLY. lol. The fact that the narrator is only around six years old for the majority of the novel is compelling. Penpal often comes off as disjointed. I still don’t know how the Mrs Maggie stuff fits in to the larger picture (maybe her sons were killed by the same guy) but I was thinking Josh and the fat kid Alex (who had a crush on Veronica) would have had motive to at least run her over and destroy that relationship. Also, how did PP know the narrator was going to the movies? As he grew bolder such antics from the cat wouldn’t do much (the cat being declawed), he probably went ahead with kidnapping the narrator. Book Review: PenPal. Food for thought. This horrifying act leads to Josh’s murder and the destruction of his family. When Boxes goes missing, Josh and the narrator BOTH reminisce over his loss. PENpal Products & Value Packs PENpal Basics: How to use the Recorder Pen Books Guaranteed to Work With PENpal Using PENpal To Foster ELL Oral Language Development. This book… A dog would bark at an intruder coming into the house and with a dog barking, the mother would have woken up to catch PP removing her son from his bed. That would mean that she would probably see the PP leaving the woods, taking the narrators shirt and putting the drawing into the narrators pants-pocket. Also, when they find Josh’s body in clothes too tight, it is because it is the narrator’s old clothes from when the killer took up home in his old house. We encourage everyone to send a private review of their Book Pen Pals experience at the end of the academic year, so we can highlight where things are working and fix anything that isn’t. The two are inseparable throughout the bulk of the book. After I finished the book at about 12:30am I was up for at least another hour thinking of it — a little freaked out but mostly trying to figure out all of the things I still had questions on. Pointing this out in case anyone feels the stalker was duped/fooled into being placated. It began as a series of installments on reddit.com's Nosleep forum. Penpal is a 2012 self-published horror/thriller novel and the debut novel of the American author Dathan Auerbach. ), but while a bit of murk does seep into the page on occasion, Dathan does a fine job of ironing out the majority of the wrinkles. On a less frustrated note, thank you Matt. I assumed that he killed Veronica to hurt both Josh (because he was in the passenger seat) and the narrator (because he cared for her). Obsession- particularly pedophiliac sexual obsession, is something that builds over time. I know I’m coming late to the party, but this past summer was the first chance I’ve had to read PenPal before Grad school started back into full swing. I will try to help you guys out a bit. Anyways, despite her illness, Maggie seems to protect and care for the boys the best she can in her condition. In an attempt to make sense of his own mysterious and unsettling childhood memories, a man begins to reconstruct his past. The short-form horror format has limitations that make the transition to long-form narrative a difficult one. Makes you think “how often do I actually check down there?”. Because of how close the narrator and Josh are, we can assume that the PP knows Josh just as well as he does the narrator. Watch Queue Queue My favorite sections were “Footprints”, “Balloons,” and “Boxes”. Really late response lol, but the “Penpal” killed Miss Maggie. It acts quickly, like chloroform does, and I believe was originally dripped onto a cloth over the patient’s face. It seems like it took a while for the stalker to catch up to the raft, so I’m guessing that the stalker pretended to be Ms. Maggie’s husband, he told her to invite the boys in, and then set out to scare the boys so that they would run back to their docking spot (Ms. Maggie’s house). Since her husband died during a night run, it’s possible she is confused by the PP coming out of the woods at night and possibly believes that he really is “Tom” at first. Although the ending could be improved I did enjoy this first attempt. “Also, he should’ve explained why the stalker left the walkie-talkie (in a jacket, I believe) under the narrator’s bed.”. Firstly, i really don’t understand why the narrator wasn’t given a name! Not to disparage small children, they are brilliant in their own way, but it is utterly improbable that two unsupervised six-year old boys could build a full-sized raft. Also, about the two sons; the twisted part of me thinks that maybe Ms. Maggie’s sons never really ‘disappeared’. Otherwise, it would be odd for PP, who up until this point has not been shown as having any significant means of transport, would show up in a car on the correct road. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Book Review: Penpal by Dathan Auerbach (2012), The Ten Most Disappointing Books I Read in 2018 – One Year, One Hundred Books, Book Review: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (2004), Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James (2017), The Faerie’s Bargain: Chapter Seven: The Decision, Follow One Year, One Hundred Books on WordPress.com. They are referring to his friend because he was a witness. The narrator doesn’t state that he noticed a difference in stride of footfall of the person walking behind him- Something that he would have given that the PP is a large man (possibly wearing shoes) and Maggie is a small, frail, barefoot woman. I also buy that they managed to lead the PP to Josh’s house at the end of ‘Boxes’ and therefore re-focus him on Josh, assuming he no longer knew where the narrator lived. She may have abducted two boys for an extended period of time, naming them Chris and John once they were held captive. Ether, for those too young to recognize it, is a liquid anesthetic used in the days before modern gases. . As far as the police report I was curious about that too…and would be kind of ironic to have them look similar, have the same name — could be why Josh was used as the substitute. Read 60 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. You’re in, you’re scared, you’re out. Penpal is a chilling tale with an ending that is both satisfying and unexpected. Posted on August 30, 2012 in Authors A-L // 35 Comments. The entire narrative functions under this practice, and ordinarily, this method makes for murky details and character confusion, but in the case of Penpal, the structure works quite well. At the time, he was in his new home, so the stalker knew where he lived, right? When Josh attends the narrators birthday party, he seems only vaguely aware of what has been happening to him. It seems like he ran out of answers himself and decided that, yeah, we’d have to write the end ourselves, for real. He would only show the name Joshua on there for the fact that joshua was talked about and a known character in the story. My decision to examine Auerbach’s inaugural effort proved not only time worthy, but insanely fruitful. This has been the best place to be honest…No where else I asked questions/looked for questions and answers has proven helpful in the least! Constantly seeking adventure, always teetering on the brink of defiance, but undeniably kind and attentive, it’s easy to attach yourself to the exploits of this character – that possesses traits that actually remind me a bit of myself as a boy – both as an innocent kindergartener as well as maturing teenager. Still, why would she hesitate to let the narrator into her house to meet him? -.- Oh and if the the Penpal was still having fun stalking the narrator with his text “See you again, Soon.” Why did he decide to die with Josh in the end? As characters enter the story and leave, it’s important to note how they “interrupt” or “block” the narrators’ encounters with the PenPal (PP). I kind of had that feeling that Dathan wanted to leave it open to interpretation. When Miss Maggie said “Tom is home” and then died. Review #20 Penpal has a rather interesting origin story. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. His constant “being around” is declarative to his love of the narrator. Ummm, does he have any reason to chop her up? Thinking about the cats I’ve had in my life, while not as forcefully protective as a dogs size allows them to be, I do believe that cats are protective of “their” homes and people. I don’t think it burns the skin the way chloroform does, but maybe with long or repeat exposure…? I’m sure the PP was sneaking into the narrators room to hold/touch him, until he worked up the nerve to full out kidnap him). Not me. This video is unavailable. It’s heavily implied at the end of “Boxes” that the PP followed the boys all the way to Josh’s house. But maybe she thought her son was her husband because of the age (due to her Alzheimer’s). A cat isn’t able to press the walkie-talkie button to “speak” to Dathan’s walkie-talkie. Read the latest Penpal Books reviews from Kogan.com customers. Also, I think “Tom” was the stalker guy, and that he cut Ms. Maggie to pieces. And you know me, I’m all for finding that next super-scary, sleep-with-the-lights-on book… especially right now, on … 14 reviews for PenPalWorld, 1.8 stars: 'I tried it for several months, and I could say it's a bad site: in fact I received a message from a guy who told me he had some sexual problems (he enjoyed making some taboo things I couldn't describe here), and a few young people who texted me for a week. Plot feels contrived; somewhere between a genuinely scary story and its lampoon for entertainment’s sake. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. In fact, throughout the stories, at times that the narrator would have been the sole person interacting with the PP, Josh is always around, keeping the narrator from being alone with the PP. I have the same question as Jade. Your review took the words right out of my mouth, expect you were much more coherent and eloquent than I would have been. 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