"Fountain Dead" Book Review

Written by Jennifer Turner

Published by Unnerving

Written by Theresa Braun
2018, 291 pages, Fiction
Released on November 20th, 2018


All this end of the year hoopla has gotten me thinking about books, especially the ones that I have read this year. I experienced some really great literature in 2019 and Fountain Dead is definitely in the Top 10.

My favorite horror subgenre is the one of the houses that never sleep; I am fascinated by them and will read any and all stories on the subject. However, the author of this novel takes a well used trope and adds an original spin.

The book centers on Mark, a teen who has moved from his hometown to his new dream home, which is anything but pleasant. He finds himself drawn to an abandoned well that haunts his dreams, and starts receiving messages from a mysterious spirit in the house.

I’ll try to avoid major spoilers, but I want to share just a little bit of why I love this novel. Mark is coming to terms with his sexuality, a storyline that provides an intelligent undercurrent to all of the horror and gore. In a way, this character spends the plot essentially coming out to himself while fearing how it will affect him. I usually don’t like when authors mix horror with teen angst, but in this case it works.

Juxtaposed with Mark’s tale is the introduction of the house’s original resident, Emma Durley. Emma is an adventurous girl with a tragic past and her discovery of the horrors that reside in her home echoes through the novel.

Fountain Dead is set in the 1980s for Mark's story, while Emma’s timeline is the 1880’s, and author Theresa Braun blends the two centuries together very seamlessly. Usually when a book jumps back and forth between timelines, I find it annoying. In most cases it seems like the two plots are competing with each other and makes it hard to fully immerse into the experience of reading it. In this book’s case the stories complement each other perfectly.

This is an intelligent, genuinely scary and sometimes heartbreaking novel and Theresa Braun is definitely an author whom I hope to read more of in the coming year.


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Jennifer Turner
Staff Reviewer
Jennifer's love of horror began when she was five and her father let her watch A Nightmare on Elm Street. She is an avid bookworm and part time misanthrope who sometimes wonders if an apocalypse wouldn't be all that bad.
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