Posted in 2020, children's fiction, Contemporary Fiction, John Connolly, Novella

#TheMonksofAppallingDreadfulness by @jconnollybooks

The Monks of Appalling Dreadfulness are the most feared assassins in the Multiverse.

They are ruthless. They are cunning. They can do interesting things with oranges.

Now they have been hired to hunt down and kill the demon Nurd, along with every friend he’s ever had.

But friends come in all shapes and sizes, and with all kinds of talents.

The Monks of Appalling Dreadfulness are about to meet their match . . .


The knight was wearing very shiny armour.



(@HodderBooks, 29 October 2020, 39 pages, ebook, bought from @AmazonKindle)




John Connolly is one of my favourite writers and I pretty much devour everything he writes so I had to get myself a copy of this single story when I stumble across it by chance when browsing the Kindle store on Amazon. I really enjoyed this story which is clearly aimed at the middle grade market. I read a lot of YA, children’s and middle-grade fiction so I’m used to the language etc. The Monks of Appalling Dreadfulness is very entertaining, and very wry and funny. The narrator is quite sarcastic about the characters and their sneers and asides were the best thing about the story. This is well worth a read as it’s entertaining.


I live in Glasgow in the UK with my partner. I work in the Financial Services. I like reading especially Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King. I write fiction and poetry. I enjoy watching TV (Grimm, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lip Service, The L Word etc). I like to play video games and am a fan of survival horror especially the Silent Hill franchise. I like to watch movies especially horror and anything where someone dies.

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