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Tali's Horror Road Trip: Michigan

Several of Chad Lutzke's books on a table with a cup of coffee; Bruises on a Butterfly has a vivid purple and pink cover with a young boy that has butterfly wings

"Bruises on a Butterfly" by Chad Lutzke


*Thank you to Cemetary Dance and Chad*

Coming-of-age stories are my favorite. These stories portray strong bonds of friendship. It's something I could read forever and ever and never get tired or bored.

"Bruises on a Butterfly" by Chad Lutzke is an emotional coming-of-age story about three boys. Taylor, Kevin, and Jackie build a fort in the middle of a Michigan cornfield and decide to spend the night. Boys doing boy things.

Each boy is introduced, but Taylor's story stuck with me. I wanted to reach through the pages and hug him. Amidst the emotional story, there's body horror and a cosmic element.

It's truly incredible what Lutzke can put into such a short novella. He creates these well-developed characters so that readers feel empathy while moving the story along at a consistent pace.

I loved the story and the ending, and highly recommend it!

Additional reading in Michigan:

“Inspection” by Josh Malerman

“The Nightmare Room” by Chris Sorenson

“Kin” by Kealan Patrick Burke

“Pearl” by Josh Malerman

“Daphne” by Josh Malerman

“If you See Her” by Ania Ahlborn

“Suffer the Children” by Craig DiLouie

“Devil’s Night" by Curtis Lawson


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