Incidents Around the House

A Novel

A chilling horror novel about a haunting, told from the perspective of a young girl whose troubled family is targeted by an entity she calls “Other Mommy,” from the New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box

“This book is the monster that lives inside your closet.”—Grady Hendrix, New York Times bestselling author of How to Sell a Haunted House

To eight-year-old Bela, her family is her world. There’s Mommy, Daddo, and Grandma Ruth. But there is also Other Mommy, a malevolent entity who asks her every day: “Can I go inside your heart?” 

When horrifying incidents around the house signal that Other Mommy is growing tired of asking Bela the question over and over, Bela understands that unless she says yes, her family will soon pay.

Other Mommy is getting restless, stronger, bolder. Only the bonds of family can keep Bela safe, but other incidents show cracks in her parents’ marriage. The safety Bela relies on is about to unravel. 

But Other Mommy needs an answer.

Incidents Around the House is a chilling, wholly unique tale of true horror about a family as haunted as their home.
“A gleeful, mean, old-school scare machine . . . You just have to turn the first page to set it off.”—Paul Tremblay, author of The Cabin at the End of the World and Horror Movie

“A masterwork of unadorned existential terror.”—Zoje Stage, USA Today bestselling author of Baby Teeth

“Josh Malerman is such an insidious architect. I call all of his haunted houses home, and this just might be his most devilish design yet.”—Clay McLeod Chapman, author of What Kind of Mother and Ghost Eaters

“This haunting exploration of the perils of childhood is a story that will stay with you for a long time to come.”—Gwendolyn Kiste, Lambda Literary and Bram Stoker Award–winning author of Reluctant Immortals and The Rust Maidens

“This book does worse than stay with you—it stalks you. Page-turning and nerve-burning—don’t read it after dark.”—Hailey Piper, Bram Stoker Award–winning author of Queen of Teeth and A Light Most Hateful

Incidents Around the House effortlessly draws the reader in for a deeply unsettling and genuinely frightening read. It’s a masterclass in scares.”—Brian Keene, bestselling author of End of the Road

Hereditary meets Skinamarink: one of my favorite books of the year.”—Sarah Langan, author of A Better World

“Terrifying, beguiling, bewitching, awesomely constructed, and a masterpiece of voice and dread.”—Nat Cassidy, author of Mary: An Awakening of Terror and Nestlings

“So gripping in terror, I couldn’t put it down. This is everything I'm looking for in a horror story.”—Laurel Hightower

 “This book has actual jump scares! Trust me: daytime only in a room with no closets.”—Sadie Hartmann, author of 101 Horror Books to Read Before You’re Murdered

This is what great horror does: Read it and it will never leave you. Josh Malerman is one of the best.”—Thomas Tessier, award-winning author of The Nightwalker, Rapture, and Fog Heart

"A triumph of craft and suspense.”—Sarah Gailey

“A disturbing bedtime story told by a broken child, this book IS the monster that lives inside your closet.”—Grady Hendrix, New York Times bestselling author of How to Sell a Haunted House

“A shocker, a modern horror classic that scared the absolute hell out of me.”—Jonathan Janz, author of Children of the Dark

“Perfectly frightening . . . feels like an otherworldly warning as much as a story.”—Johnny Compton, author of The Spite House

“One of the most terrifying books I have ever read . . . I promise it will leave your heart pounding.”—Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Hugo Award–winning author of HEX and Oracle
© Allison Laakko
Josh Malerman is a New York Times bestselling author and one of two singer-songwriters for the rock band The High Strung. His debut novel, Bird Box, is the inspiration for the hit Netflix film of the same name. His other novels include Daphne, Pearl, Spin a Black Yarn, and Malorie, the sequel to Bird Box. Malerman lives in Michigan with his fiancée, the artist-musician Allison Laakko. View titles by Josh Malerman

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A chilling horror novel about a haunting, told from the perspective of a young girl whose troubled family is targeted by an entity she calls “Other Mommy,” from the New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box

“This book is the monster that lives inside your closet.”—Grady Hendrix, New York Times bestselling author of How to Sell a Haunted House

To eight-year-old Bela, her family is her world. There’s Mommy, Daddo, and Grandma Ruth. But there is also Other Mommy, a malevolent entity who asks her every day: “Can I go inside your heart?” 

When horrifying incidents around the house signal that Other Mommy is growing tired of asking Bela the question over and over, Bela understands that unless she says yes, her family will soon pay.

Other Mommy is getting restless, stronger, bolder. Only the bonds of family can keep Bela safe, but other incidents show cracks in her parents’ marriage. The safety Bela relies on is about to unravel. 

But Other Mommy needs an answer.

Incidents Around the House is a chilling, wholly unique tale of true horror about a family as haunted as their home.

Reviews

“A gleeful, mean, old-school scare machine . . . You just have to turn the first page to set it off.”—Paul Tremblay, author of The Cabin at the End of the World and Horror Movie

“A masterwork of unadorned existential terror.”—Zoje Stage, USA Today bestselling author of Baby Teeth

“Josh Malerman is such an insidious architect. I call all of his haunted houses home, and this just might be his most devilish design yet.”—Clay McLeod Chapman, author of What Kind of Mother and Ghost Eaters

“This haunting exploration of the perils of childhood is a story that will stay with you for a long time to come.”—Gwendolyn Kiste, Lambda Literary and Bram Stoker Award–winning author of Reluctant Immortals and The Rust Maidens

“This book does worse than stay with you—it stalks you. Page-turning and nerve-burning—don’t read it after dark.”—Hailey Piper, Bram Stoker Award–winning author of Queen of Teeth and A Light Most Hateful

Incidents Around the House effortlessly draws the reader in for a deeply unsettling and genuinely frightening read. It’s a masterclass in scares.”—Brian Keene, bestselling author of End of the Road

Hereditary meets Skinamarink: one of my favorite books of the year.”—Sarah Langan, author of A Better World

“Terrifying, beguiling, bewitching, awesomely constructed, and a masterpiece of voice and dread.”—Nat Cassidy, author of Mary: An Awakening of Terror and Nestlings

“So gripping in terror, I couldn’t put it down. This is everything I'm looking for in a horror story.”—Laurel Hightower

 “This book has actual jump scares! Trust me: daytime only in a room with no closets.”—Sadie Hartmann, author of 101 Horror Books to Read Before You’re Murdered

This is what great horror does: Read it and it will never leave you. Josh Malerman is one of the best.”—Thomas Tessier, award-winning author of The Nightwalker, Rapture, and Fog Heart

"A triumph of craft and suspense.”—Sarah Gailey

“A disturbing bedtime story told by a broken child, this book IS the monster that lives inside your closet.”—Grady Hendrix, New York Times bestselling author of How to Sell a Haunted House

“A shocker, a modern horror classic that scared the absolute hell out of me.”—Jonathan Janz, author of Children of the Dark

“Perfectly frightening . . . feels like an otherworldly warning as much as a story.”—Johnny Compton, author of The Spite House

“One of the most terrifying books I have ever read . . . I promise it will leave your heart pounding.”—Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Hugo Award–winning author of HEX and Oracle

Author

© Allison Laakko
Josh Malerman is a New York Times bestselling author and one of two singer-songwriters for the rock band The High Strung. His debut novel, Bird Box, is the inspiration for the hit Netflix film of the same name. His other novels include Daphne, Pearl, Spin a Black Yarn, and Malorie, the sequel to Bird Box. Malerman lives in Michigan with his fiancée, the artist-musician Allison Laakko. View titles by Josh Malerman