Book Review: Keep In A Cold Dark Place: Michael F. Stewart



Keep In A Cold Dark Place

Keep in a Cold, Dark Place
Michael F. Stewart
Publication date: May 18th 2017
Genres: Horror, Middle-Grade

Reaching for her dream, Limpy unleashes a cute, fluffy, NIGHTMARE …

Keep in a cold, dark place. That’s what’s written like some ancient law on every bag of potatoes the family farms. And it’s where Limpy fears she will always remain.

It’s also carved on a box of spheres she discovers in the cellar. Spheres that hatch.

Cute at first, the creatures begin to grow. Then the chickens disappear. The cat is hunted. And something sets the barn ablaze. To survive, Limpy will need to face her greatest fear. The whole family will. Or they may end up in a cold, dark place indeed.

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Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Limpy is a motherless child. She has big plans for her future if she can just figure out how to overcome not only her own fears but the fears of her entire family. Time’s a ticking though. Limpy’s family may lose their home and there are things lurking in the basement. Things meant to stay in the dark and when brought into the light begin to feed off the fears of Limpy and her kin.

This is a children’s book, but trust me when I say this scary story will give adults the chills too and that’s a good thing! Author Michael F. Stewart does an excellent job of building this story which draws you in right from the start. Limpy is such a sympathetic character. She has a lot to overcome and you find yourself rooting for her and her dysfunctional family. You want Limpy, an underdog, to succeed. If anyone deserves a break, she does.

This horror story is a nail biter to the very end. The age range for this book says 9 to 14-year-old, I don’t think I’d let my 9-year-old read this though, It might give them nightmares. I’d say 11 and up could handle this well penned and enjoyable story.

I think this book would do well in audio form. I hope the author considers it. This book was gifted to me in exchange for an unbiased review!


Michael F. Stewart is winner of both the 2015 Claymore Award and the 2014 inaugural Creation of Stories Award for best YA novel at the Toronto International Book Fair.

He likes to combine storytelling with technology and pioneered interactive storytelling with Scholastic Canada, Australia, and New Zealand’s, anti-cyberbullying program Bully For You. In addition to his award winning Assured Destruction series, he has authored four graphic novels with Oxford University Press

Canada’s Boldprint series. Publications of nonfiction titles on Corruption and Children’s Rights are published by Scholastic and early readers are out with Pearson Education.

For adults, Michael has written THE SAND DRAGON a horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire set in the tar sands, HURAKAN a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle, 24 BONES an urban fantasy which draws from Egyptian myth, and THE TERMINALS–a covert government unit which solves crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next.

Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he was the Ottawa Public Library’s first Writer in Residence. To learn more about Michael and his next projects visit his website at or connect via Twitter @MichaelFStewart.

Michael is represented by Talcott Notch.

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