Don't Let Her In

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A village haunted by a nameless evil is visited by an outsider in search of answers, but will the answers found be worth the price that must be paid? Or should some questions remain unanswered? More

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About Adalind Monroe

Born in San Diego, California, and raised by actors, Adalind grew up playing in the shadow of the stage. Despite a genetic interest in theatre, her passion for the written word has characterized her life, from the first recorded horror piece ("We were almost scared to death, but if we had been scared to death we would probably be dead." - cir. 1990 approx.), to the thirteen year labor of love that is the epic high fantasy saga of Eleasia, writing is without a doubt her greatest love. Though she is contractually obligated to say that, in fact, her best friend is her greatest love, they both know the truth.

One of the few constants she can confidently claim in her life thus far (beyond far too many animals at any given time, and a loving and supportive family of crazy people), writing took a place of prominence only when she had to ask herself "What do I want to do with my life?" That constant that had so characterized her childhood, even more than being surrounded by actors, became the answer to any question you could ask her, especially when it makes no literal sense.

"Would you like fries with that?"

"No thank you; I'm a writer."

Though fantasy is without a doubt her dominant genre, her roots in supernatural suspense and horror have never lost their place in her heart. After discovering she was fully capable of writing short stories (a feat she believed utterly impossible, and laughable if suggested), she found her thoughts returning to the kinds of stories that had so captured her imagination when she was a child. Preferring to eschew the trappings of modern horror, Ms. Monroe's tales tend toward the sub-genres of "Weird Fiction" and "Psychological Horror" when not entirely drenched in High Fantasy. And if you're entirely unaware, she's widely recognized as an accomplished humorist. You can tell your friends.

Adalind lives in beautiful Southern Oregon with four cats, two dogs, two other dogs, and a lizard named Obi-Wan. The lizard is definitely a Jedi.

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Reviews

Review by: Walter Lazo on March 24, 2013 :
A great example of what can be accomplished with the short story form. This is one of the moodiest, most atmospheric stories I've ever read. It is an amazing story with very evocative imagery, which manages to build tension with every page. Very satisfying.
(review of free book)

Review by: Everett St.Ivees on Nov. 01, 2012 :
A concicse and capsulized work of the human condition when faced with not the unknown but the unknowing. Remarkably paced, this work of Ms. Montegna gives a incredible of amount of imagination fuel to start and quickly strips away away all the senses until one gripping truth remains. As others have stated this is not for those whom are into the traditional fare of horror but it finds it's place among those who have a particular taste for things more ceribral when it comes to it's well written if not eventual conclusion. The destination is familiar and the path well worn, but the forest still holds some dark forgotten resonance.
(review of free book)

Review by: David Blake on Sep. 20, 2012 :
I found this to be an exceptionally well written piece with lovely imagery and turns of phrase. It's very much a suggestive piece of horror, requiring the reader to contribute by way of imagination the necessary details which the text merely gives clues to. As such, the story will be somewhat different to everyone, and what satisfaction you get out of it will very much depend on how much imagination you are prepared to invest. Perhaps one to avoid if you are seeking a more traditional sort of ghost story.
(review of free book)

Review by: Maureen Henderson on Aug. 06, 2012 :
Larissa's imagery is almost poetic as it circles the eddy slowly drawing you in to the inevitable conclusion.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Grover Rockwood on Aug. 02, 2012 :
A very enjoyable short story. It will draw you in, and just as fast, you'll be at the end, but want more.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: ilsmatt on July 31, 2012 :
Larissa Montegna's prose is so seamlessly written that I personally wish you the best of luck in finding a way to separate yourself from the vibrant imagery once you have begun. The substantial quality of this work can not be readily expressed in a brief review, but note that after reading this, you will no longer feel that America is in desperate need of another classic, well-learned writer. We already have one and I started this review by typing her name.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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