The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave

The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave

by J.H. Moncrieff


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Sometimes evil looks like a fuzzy teddy bear...

Still grieving the untimely death of his dad, ten-year-old Josh Leary is reluctant to accept a well-worn stuffed teddy bear from his new stepfather. He soon learns he was right to be wary. Edgar is no ordinary toy, and he doesn’t like being rejected.

When Josh banishes him to the closet, terrible things begin to happen.Desperate to be rid of the bear, Josh engages the help of a friend. As the boys’ efforts rebound on them with horrifying results, Josh is forced to accept the truth—Edgar will always get even.

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ISBN-13: 9780987712929
Publisher: DeathZoneBooks
Publication date: 03/06/2017
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)

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The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good horror story that is classic scary toy genre. Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love nothing more than to be scared to sleep at night after a reading a good horror tale and I was not disappointed by, "The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave", by J.H Moncrieff. Thanks for playing on my childhood fear of the closet - it's back! Thankfully, I have no stuffed bears in there... However, there's much more here than a scary story about an evil stuffed bear in the closet. Moncrieff's talent at depth of character is displayed here in the believable 10-year-old, Josh, through his abuse at the hands of his stepfather, dealing with his father's death, his need to protect his mother out of love, plus just life in the mind of a ten-year-old boy. His best friend, Sean, adds humour to the mix with his creative cursing, plus his adventurous spirit adds to the action in their dealing with, Edgar, the bear. This was a page-turner from beginning to end and I highly recommend it. I am anxious to see what comes next from up and coming author, J.H. Moncrieff. Move over, Stephen King, I have a new favourite horror author!
ChrysFey More than 1 year ago
Josh's mom pushes an ugly teddy bear on him that belonged to his stepfather when he was a kid. His stepfather is creepy. He is always eyeing Josh, smirking at him, and when he laughs, it gives Josh chills. This teddy bear is a nasty-looking panda bear with beady eyes and long fangs. Pretty soon, Josh realizes he should be deeply afraid of this teddy bear.... Edgar (the bear) does horrible things that gets Josh into trouble, and in turn his stepfather punishes him. I actually teared up while reading about those cruel punishments. My heart tore for Josh. I just wanted to protect him and beat the you-know-what out of the stepfather. J.H. Moncrieff has a real gift with all things that go bump in the night. She captured many childhood fears just in this short story (80 or so pages). It brought back memories from my childhood and the things I was afraid of. She is a pro at unraveling a spooky, often heart-breaking tale, and really did  a great job writing in the perspective of a ten-year-old angry and frightened boy. The end was a huge shock for me. I didn't see it coming, which is a HUGE compliment.  If you want to read a spooky story with twist after twisted twist, and great writing, look no further!
eternalised More than 1 year ago
The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave brings a pretty basic and familiar plot – a young boy gets a teddy bear and it turns out to be a demonic creature from hell that wants to hurt him – and turns it into an even more twisted version than the original. Familiar, yet with some imaginative new twists, this is a nostalgic horror novel that fans of the genre will definitely enjoy. Josh Leary is barely ten years old when his life turns upside down. His father passed away, and now he has to deal with his new stepfather. But Michael, his stepfather, is a wicked, cruel man, and Josh’s mother seems blind to the truth. When his stepdad gives him a fuzzy, menacing-looking teddy bear, Josh knows he’s not doing it to be nice. The bear is wicked. At first, Josh suspects his stepdad is behind it when the bear moves on it own, escaping the closet he threw it in, but when more and more strange things start happening, he realizes the bear may have some terrible powers of his own. Meanwhile, Josh’s life spirals out of control as his stepfather grows more dominating and subjects him to harsh punishments, and his relationship with his mother deteriorates. Can he save his family? While the story of the demonic teddy bear is certainly entertaining, it was the underlying story that really grasped my interest. Josh and his mom have a great relationship at first, but Josh is immediately wary of his stepdad, and time and time again, his mom dismisses his pleas and chooses his stepfather over him, while all along, Josh was right. When Edgar the teddy bear starts destroying things around the house, Michael blames Josh, and although she doesn’t want to, Josh’s mom believes him. Then the punishments starts, and God, sometimes it’s awful to read. That’s the true horror – not the demonic bear, but what Josh’s mom lets this man, this stranger, do to her son. That’s what chilled me to the core. Josh is an easy character to connect to. For a kid, he’s really mature, and he has the same fears all of us do. Michael is a cruel man, and he’s easy to hate, which was probably the author’s intention too. Josh’s mom is timid and fragile, but at times she shows some bravery. Other times, you just want to shake her and yell at her to choose for her child, to protect little Josh. She was a frustrating character, but again, I believe it was done intentional, and it was done well. The writing is great, and the plot is entertaining. Only the ending felt a little rushed. A solid read for horror fans. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
chrisbrogden More than 1 year ago
“The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave” had me hooked from the very first page. The characters are off-the-page realistic and you’re quickly drawn into their world, the writing is top-notch, and the bear is downright terrifying. I would have loved to have had a story like this to read when I was young, but I think I’d have been sleeping with the lights on for a long time. While the protagonist is a kid, this definitely isn’t a young adult book. Some of the scarier scenes are obviously intended for adult audiences, and the themes are mature ones. The story is an original twist on the haunted-toy motif. Ten-year-old Josh is given a creepy-looking stuffed panda by his new stepfather, and promptly decides that he wants nothing to do with the disturbing bear. He hides Edgar, but the bear doesn’t want to stay hidden. Josh’s attempts to get rid of the bear escalate, and rebound back on him with increased severity. Edgar, it appears, always gets revenge. The book works on multiple levels. It’s a seat-gripping ride as you follow Josh’s attempts to rid himself of the bear, but it’s also a nuanced look at the nature of evil. Is Edgar fundamentally evil, or is he reflecting Josh’s emotions back at him? Where does fear come from? “The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave” explores these issues with intelligence and compassion. In the end, I have to give it 5 stars because the writing was exceptional and I couldn’t put it down until I found out how it ended. I won’t give away anything about the ending other than to say—Wow! J.H. Moncrieff knows how to get inside your head, and is definitely an author to watch for. Can’t wait to read the next one!
Cat_Cavendish More than 1 year ago
What is it about some toys? They are made of soft, plush material or plastic, loads of stuffing, plastic eyes, sewn or stuck on mouths... but some of them at least seem to be more than the sum total of their parts. Many of us will remember the toy from our childhood that wasn't as comforting as the others. Maybe it was brand new, or maybe it was a hand-me-down, but there was something in the expression. It challenged or threatened, its eyes followed us around the room. It seemed to be watching us. J.H. Moncrieff has taken this basic premise and written a story that grabbed me and creeped me out from the beginning. The story is told from the perspective of a ten year old boy, Josh, who is still mourning the loss of his beloved father who dies two years earlier. His much loved mother has married again – a sinister and sadistic undertaker called Michael, who gives Josh a battered panda bear with a malevolent expression and yellow eyes. It soon becomes clear that Edgar (the bear) is far more than just an ugly face. Although it is told from a child’s perspective, I should stress this is NOT A YA book. This is adult horror. This novella is one of four winners of Samhain Publishing’s latest Horror anthology award, under the generic title ‘Childhood Fears’. It succeeds on all fronts and chilled and thrilled in all the right places. I loved it. One word of caution though, if you still possess a toy that unnerved you as a child, be very careful how you dispose of it…