The Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle is a book we think about a lot during the Fall. It has the perfect aesthetic! For Halloween it is the perfect horror romance full of ghosts and legends and all other kinds of paranormal weirdness. And it has that slightly melancholy breathlessness of Autumn. Where everything is dying off, ready to renew again in Springtime. It also has a romance that manages in equal parts to thrill me and frustrate me and leave me physically unable to tear myself away from the page. Unless I am hiding behind the nearest available cushion as it’s on a scary part!
In this guide the Experiment in Terror series we are going to cover everything you need to know no matter where you are in the reading process. Perhaps you’ve read it already and want to see who we imagine as the key character. If so, check out our fantasy cast. Uncertain whether it’s your cup of tea? Have a quick peek at the series synopsis, it will give you the jist of the series without giving anything away. Or perhaps you aren’t sure which novella or book comes next? Well, we have the Experiment in Terror series reading order laid out for you.
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A (very) mature new adult urban fantasy series that is scary, sexy and relatable, filled with the supernatural and things that go bump in the night.
In a large, flaky nutshell, the Experiment in Terror Series is an eight-part sci-fi/fantasy/horror series that revolves around a pair of ghost hunters. Well, aspiring ghost hunters, anyway. After filming a creepy experience in her uncle’s dilapidated lighthouse, 22-year old Perry Palomino becomes a YouTube and internet star overnight. She attracts the attention of Dex Foray, a producer and cameraman for a site that specializes in various webisodes, who convinces her to be a host for a low-budget ghost hunting series. The only problem is, neither Perry or Dex are entirely “with it” — I mean, they see ghosts, after all.
And when the duo isn’t wrestling with their very notion of reality, they’re grappling with a working relationship that’s deep-cut with sexual tension. As the series moves on, leading Perry and Dex to new locales and supernatural situations, their lives become more and more intertwined, where they discover that ghosts aren’t the only things that can haunt them.
Excerpt from Karina Halle’s Experiment in Terror series website.
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Our thoughts on the Experiment in Terror series
The month of August 2013 will forever remain the month that the Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle took over our lives’. We couldn’t rest until we had consumed every single book in the series; we were women possessed. The whole month went by with all our texts focussed entirely on the Experiment in Terror series. To give a flavour of the texts in question…
“OMG have you gotten to this part yet…”
“I can’t BELIEVE Dex/Perry did that…”
“Hands off bitch, Dex is mine!”
We couldn’t help it! Karina Halle has done a fantastic job of wrapping horror and romance together in a terrifying and sexy package then throwing it at us for our delight and enjoyment. There are some genuinely scary and creepy moments in these books. In fact, there were points in these books where I had to put them down, take a deep breath, remind myself that ghosts aren’t real, then go back in.
Then there were moments when our hero or heroine, Dex or Perry, had done something that made me wanna sigh like a teenager or throttle them for acting like teenagers. I had to put the book down and take a few moments to calm myself down for that as well! The Experiment in Terror series engages your attention and sucks you in. Even when you are annoyed at the characters, you still have to read on! And I loved it. Dex and Perry are human and make very human mistakes making them feel real and relatable.
For more of me gushing about this series, check out recommendation post: Horror Romance: Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle
1. Darkhouse | Our review
2. Red Fox | Our review
2.5. The Benson | Our review
3. Dead Sky Morning
4. Lying Season
5. On Demon Wings
5.5. Old Blood
5.7. The Dex Files
6. Into the Hollow
6.5. And With Madness Comes the Light
7. Come Alive
8. Ashes to Ashes
9. Dust to Dust
10. Come Back Haunted
11. In The Fade
The races you’ll find in the series
Every book is so unique. You never know what kind of horrifying mystery Dex and Perry will be looking into next.
There is so much to look forward to in the series. As well more sexual tension than you can shake a stick at, brilliant one liners and emotional moments that rip your tear ducts wide open there are also the monsters. Lots and lots of monsters. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the Experiment in Terror series is fully of the evil-Casper types, although they appear in terrifying and twisted abundance. Karina Halle also explores other monsters that may lurk under our covers (hehe see what I did there?!). So here is a glimpse of the creatures you can expect to pop up in the series ready to scare you into sleeping with the lights on.
Profession: Ghost Hunter/Cameraman/Producer on the internet series Experiment in Terror
Medical History: He is on meds for seeing things that aren’t supposed to be there. He practically rattles when he walks. If you throw in mood swings and a very chequered past he is the poster boy for poor mental health.
Appearance: 5’7″, dark hair and dark eyes. Dex isn’t typically handsome, but he is very compelling
Fantasy Cast: Daniel Bruhl
Profession: Receptionist….Daydreamer….soon to be TV presenter of the internet series Experiment in Terror
Medical History: She has a history of drug and alcohol abuse, You can add in a dash of crazy dreams and a tendency to see things other people can’t. Low self esteem due to perceived weight issues and her general weirdness
Appearance: Long dark hair and blue eyes, short and curvy. Her fasion choices usually involve leggings and band t-shirts
Fantasy Cast: Kat Dennings
Maximus “Max” Jacobs
When we meet him: Red Fox (Experiment in Terror #2)
Profession: Ghost Whisperer
How do we know him? Max is an old friend of Dex’s. He used to be in Dex’s band Sing Swing Sinatra. Max always shows up at the right (or wrong) time and there may be more to him than meets the eye.
Appearance: Max is big and broad with fiery red hair
Fantasy Cast: Toby Stephens
Profession: Ada is still in school and she runs a very popular fashion blog
Who is Ada? Ada is the younger sister of Perry. She doesn’t seem to have inherited any of her elder sisters paranormal talents, but who knows what can happen in the future?
Appearance: Ada is slim with long blonde hair and an awesome fashion sense
Fantasy Cast: Elle Fanning
Profession: Jennifer is one of the two presenters of the successful internet show called Wine Babes. Wine Babes pair cheap wines with cheap meals and fast food
How do we know Jennifer? At the start of the Experiment in Terror series Jen is Dex’s girlfriend. They met Wine Babes as Dex used to be the cameraman and producer
Appearance: Jen is tall, blonde, svelte and beautiful. And damn does she know it.
Fantasy Cast: Diane Kruger
Profession: Rebecca is one of the two presenters of the successful internet show called Wine Babes. Wine Babes pair cheap wines with cheap meals and fast food
Relationship History: Rebecca is a lesbian and has just started a new relationship. She is all loved up and head over heels
Appearance: Dark hair, with a wicked 50s style, always perfectly dressed and perfectly made up.
Fantasy Cast: Sophie Ellis Baxter
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Updated on 15 September 2022