A Podcast Review of the CreepyPasta-Turned-Novel PENPAL!
In 2011, under the name 1000Vultures, Dathan Auerbach posted a series of short stories on the NoSleep page of Reddit. Within a year he turned his stories into a novel, and after a successful Kickstarter campaign, he published them as Penpal. Now, on my podcast Book Club Shmook Club, we're reviewing that amazing, independent horror novel!
My sister Kristen and I have been doing Book Club Shmook Club for about 3 and a half years now, and I'm shocked it took us this long to get to Penpal. I stumbled across the original short stories probably 5 years ago, and I instantly fell in love with them.
Penpal is told from the point of view of a man reflecting on his childhood, and how what he thought were innocent, carefree days were actually dark times. Unbeknownst to him, his whole life he's been hounded by a murderous stalker. Every time he heard a strange sound while he was playing in the woods, every time he encountered a "weirdo" out in the world, it was this stranger.
Penpal is creepy. It's stressful. It's original. It's heartbreaking. It's stomach-churning.