This Book Kills!

A slaughterhouse, long closed and abandoned, is remodeled into a trendy condo development. Problem is, the fear and death that marked its former incarnation lingers, and the new residents are in for something darker than your typical overbearing HOA. To top it off, the only person who knows what’s happening is a five-year-old girl. That’s the premise of Abattoir, a new horror novel from local authors Emanuel Isler and Christopher Leppek. “It’s set up in many ways as a stereotypical ghost story,” explains Isler. “It’s all about atmosphere, the secret of horror.”

But don’t expect another tired tale of things going bump in the night, because there’s more to this story than is immediately apparent. “It’s kind of a haunted house on steroids,” Leppek says. “We’ve taken it a step beyond that. There’s a twist where there’s another dimension to this.”

Isler and Leppek will read from Abattoir tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue; a Q&A will follow. The event is free (the book runs $14.95). To learn more, go to or the authors’ website,
Tue., July 10, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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