Penpal Book Review

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments by

How much do you remember about your childhood?  Really, think about it.  For many, it’s a rather uneven slideshow of sporadic events and if you think about it, it can be rather chilling to ponder on what exactly you don’t remember.  What may have happened to you or someone you know that your brain isn’t allowing you to remember?  And should you even try to remember?  Or maybe leave well enough alone?

This is what one is facing when sitting down to read Dathan Auerbach’s Penpal.  The novel actually started its life as short installments on Reddit’s NoSleep forum and after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Auerbach was able to produce the expanded versions of the stories in novel form (and of course, I always love seeing independent artists succeed in their projects).

Penpal tells the story of a man exploring seemingly unrelated events of his childhood.  As he relives the memories, it becomes evident that they are all pieces to a puzzle.  A puzzle that reveals a truth that might make him wish that he never bothered in the first place.

I like the structure of Penpal.  The chapters are more in the form of short stories, each one revealing a little more of what’s to come at the end.  Auerbach creates likeable characters and chilling atmospheres.  There are times when the story drags a little and I personally would have liked some more details regarding the end’s big reveal.  But overall, it’s an entertaining read.  If you’re a gorehound looking for a fix, this may not be for you.  But if you’re looking for something that can resemble the simpler, classic kind of campfire ghost story, then check this out.

Also check out Dathan Auerbach’s website at where he gives you links to his Amazon, iTunes, and Nook pages.


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About the author

Tiffany Apan is a critically acclaimed independent recording artist, a stage/film actress, author, and award-winning producer/writer. You can find more about her at her Official Website (, Blog (, Twitter (, Facebook (, and her production company website ( She can also be found on IMDb and her music releases on CDBaby along with iTunes, Amazon, and other digital retailers. She also does freelance writing, and editing. Her own stories are available at Smashwords (, Barnes and Noble NOOK (, Amazon (, and other retailers. Her novel series, The Birthrite Series, is also available in both ebook and paperback form.
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