‘The Last Haunt’: the perfect quick, fun bloody read for Halloween!

October 24, 2023

TITLE: The Last Haunt
AUTHOR: Max Booth III
GENRE: Horror
AGE RANGE: Adult
PAGES: 115pg
PUBLISHER: Cemetery Gates Media

On the one-year anniversary of a young woman’s tragic death, an extreme haunted house attraction reopened its doors to the public. What happened next would forever traumatize a small Texas town. The Last Haunt is an attempt to make sense of the mysterious brutality that occurred on that fateful Halloween night. Constructed from interviews with the survivors, this oral history is the closest anyone has ever come to documenting the truth behind the McKinley Manor massacre.

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As someone who’s already familiar with the guy and “haunt” this book was inspired by, this was a SUPER fun read. The Last Haunt is a documentary-style story told through interviews about the death of a haunt-goer at the McKinley Manor a year earlier, as well as a bit of insight into how the Manor came into being and what the consequences of the young woman’s death were.

The Last Haunt is a very quick read that is PERFECT for the Halloween season, especially if you enjoy haunted houses. I’ve always loved haunted houses, but never been interested in “extreme haunts”, and I’m definitely one of those people who can’t help but question the motives compelling some of the minds behind those infamous places, so this little novella was right up my alley.

Between the unique storytelling format (with voices that actually felt distinct to each character, something not every author can accomplish), the absolute derangement of the mind behind McKinley Manor, and the suspenseful recounting of everything that went down, I really enjoyed The Last Haunt and I highly recommend picking up a copy. After loving this and We Need to Do Something, I’m landing solidly in the Max Booth III Fanclub and can’t wait to read more of his work!

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy! All thoughts are honest and my own.

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WARNINGS (click to expand):

violence, gore, drowning, death, torture, misogyny, ableism, cyberbullying

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