The Kid’s Korner #12 ~ Keep In A Cold Dark Place

Posted: May 17, 2017 in Children's books, horror, reviews
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Welcome to The Kid’s Korner.

I decided to do this feature as I have so many great children’s books to share. From picture books, to books for beginning readers, to middle graders, I have plenty of fun ones.

I’m sure by now ya’ll know I love a good scare. Whether for adults or kids, I’m ready for some creepy fun. This book was right up mu alley.


 Keep In A Cold Dark Place

  by Michael F. Stewart



Genre: Horror / Children’s / Middle Grade

My Review

I can’t resist a good horror tale, and I very much enjoy ones spun for kids. I sure wish there had been more like this when I was young. But, you’re never too old to enjoy a gem like this.

Being a sweet, kind-hearted lass, Limpy doesn’t know any better when she places the box of eggs she discovered in the sun to warm. When one of the eggs hatches and out pops a cute little critter, she’s overjoyed. But then another egg hatches, and another. And what started as a kind act turns into horror.

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Picturing what hatches from one of the eggs, I immediately thought of an evil Tribble or, if you’ve seen Critters, one of those rolling furry things with the sharp pointy teeth. But that’s just when it and it’s litter mates first get started. They eat. They grow. They change. And they are always hungry, always eating. And they don’t discriminate. From produce to living things, such as, perhaps, a cat, it all looks good to them. What could be next? Maybe a human child? Or an adult? That’s more food.

I ate this story up faster than you can say Keep In A Cold Dark Place. There’s a sense of foreboding right from the start. Limpy is a delightful and resourceful young girl. The creatures are cute, then not so cute. And the writing flows nicely, the author keeping the atmosphere building and the tension high.

A scary good story for young lovers of horror and us older fans of things that go bump in the night.

  4 Stars

Thanks so much to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for a complimentary copy. My review is voluntarily given.



Reaching for her dream, Limpy unleashes a cute, fluffy, NIGHTMARE …

Keep in a cold, dark place. That’s what’s written like some ancient law on every bag of potatoes the family farms. And it’s where Limpy fears she will always remain.

It’s also carved on a box of spheres she discovers in the cellar. Spheres that hatch.

Cute at first, the creatures begin to grow. Then the chickens disappear. The cat is hunted. And something sets the barn ablaze. To survive, Limpy will need to face her greatest fear. The whole family will. Or they may end up in a cold, dark place indeed.



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  1. So I got this one cause it reminded me of Gremlins, but I can picture Critters now…lol. I also didn’t realize it was a middle grade story as I just thought it was a horror. So now I am really curious…lol.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      It reminded me of Gremlins too. Should have shared a video about that too. LOL Did you forget to read the fine print? LOL

  2. I did the same, Stormi. I knew it was middle grade, but it looks so darn cute, I couldn’t resist it.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. Heidi says:

    Oh this sounds super fun. I am going to look it up and see if I can read it aloud with my kids. Thanks so much for the fun recommendation.

  4. taylordeanbooks says:

    Looks like a very fun book. Love the references to tribbles, gremlins, and critters.

  5. Drangonfly says:

    my daughter is crazy about horror! I bet she’ll love this one :)