- Genre: Horror
- Format: Audiobook
- Length: 1hr 23min
- Buy: Hannah-Beast: Dark Corners Collection, Book 1
Summary from Goodreads:
The fate of a lonely girl becomes part of a town’s shameful secret history in Thriller Award winner Jennifer McMahon’s terrifying story of guilt, retribution, and one tragic Halloween night.
Thirty-four years ago, on October 31, poor Hannah Talbott took part in a scavenger hunt gone violently wrong. The mean girls made sure of it. To this day, for a haunted local mother, the most unsettling Halloween costume of all is an urban legend they call Hannah-Beast. It’s a reminder of the past she can’t forget. Especially tonight when it’s come back, so close to home.
This was one of the many short stories I listened to while sick with Covid, and I’m happy to say that McMahon’s short fiction is as captivating as her novels. I was hooked from the opening lines and couldn’t stop until the spine-chilling ending.
If you have about an hour to kill, and you want to get your creep on, I couldn’t recommend this one more.
As with all of McMahon’s work, this is not a simple “scary story.” It deals with grief, guilt, and peer pressure in a way that I’ve only seen mastered by Stephen King before now.