Author: Chip Davis
Illustrator: Lynn Sposito
Genre: Humorous Horror
Tonya the librarian has an unusual passion for books, even for a librarian. When her books are harmed she takes it personally. When people turn up dead over damaged books, there are questions to answer. When the killer is a weresquirrel, the questions become more confusing.
There is a certain pretentiousness in classical literature. Elegant writing filled with meaning both astounding and sublime. This is not that. Not horrific enough to be horror, nor humorous enough to be comedy, welcome to Chip’s Dollar Dreadfuls. There may not be any fundamental truths, but there will be blood...so much blood.
Ah, what to say? I want to call this a sweet little romance between a librarian and a policeman. It is, sort of, if you disregard the vengeful weresquirrels who wreak havoc on all who make the dire mistake of messing with Tonya’s books. This is a book of contrasts, sweet women, vicious weresquirrels, romance, gore. It works, somehow.
And it works well. I loved the story. It’s short, but well-planned. Scary, but sweet and funny. I’d recommend Squirrel Bait for anyone who wants to read something utterly unique and delightfully dreadful.
I picked up this book during a free promotion.
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