Nothing But Blackened Teeth

Written by:
Cassandra Khaw
Narrated by:
Suehyla El-Attar

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2021
2 hours 32 minutes
Cassandra Khaw's Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a gorgeously creepy haunted house tale, steeped in Japanese folklore and full of devastating twists.

A Heian-era mansion stands abandoned, its foundations resting on the bones of a bride and its walls packed with the remains of the girls sacrificed to keep her company.

It’s the perfect venue for a group of thrill-seeking friends, brought back together to celebrate a wedding.

A night of food, drinks, and games quickly spirals into a nightmare as secrets get dragged out and relationships are tested.

But the house has secrets too. Lurking in the shadows is the ghost bride with a black smile and a hungry heart.

And she gets lonely down there in the dirt.

Effortlessly turning the classic haunted house story on its head, Nothing but Blackened Teeth is a sharp and devastating exploration of grief, the parasitic nature of relationships, and the consequences of our actions.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Nightfire
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Jessi T.

It was a great short story. I listened to this on my drive to Texas, and I enjoyed it very much. I'm glad I picked this one!

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It was an okay quick read. The pacing towards the beginning was good but got more confusing throughout the rest of the book. There wasn’t really any buildup or character development so unfortunately I’m not entirely sure what I’m supposed to take away or gain from listening to it. Not bad, just not great.

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Holly C.

Worth listening too, but didn't quite meet the potential I thought it could have. Wonderful, creepy setting and plot, but honestly many of the characters were unlikable, or felt like afterthoughts. The prose and imagery driven writing dominates this book, which wasn't a huge negative for me. I thought it sounded like poetry and was a creative way to write. However, I would have loved more tension building or back stories for characters, ghosts, or both, instead of the characters spending their time cursing each other out. There is a lot of Japanese culture in this story, which is appropriate. Just be prepared to look things up if you're not versed in it. The ending seems abrupt, and honestly doesn't meet the potential of the tension for me. Overall: Worth a spooky listen, with a lot of imagery and prose. A lot of the language does worm its way in and make you feel uncomfortable and tense. However, It may not meet the expectations you were expecting with such a captivating plot, and you may have a hard time feeling anything for many of the characters in the end.

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