David’s Haunted Library: Hollow House

David's Haunted Library

30968911Willow Street was a place where nothing interesting ever happened. People went about their everyday lives and didn’t pay attention to the abandoned house at the end of the street. That was until the stench of a dead body came from the old Kemper home. Suddenly the lives of everyone living on Willow Street are forever changed.

News reporter Ben Traynor starts to investigate the death in the Kemper House and finds out there is much more here than meets the eye. The strong smell starts off a series of life altering events on Willow Street. Not only is the house cursed but so is the town and no one is safe from its influence.

Hollow House by Greg Chapman is a haunted house story on steroids. This is the first story I’ve read where the house haunts the whole neighborhood and it was this concept that made the story original. I’ve read a lot from Greg Chapman and was really looking forward to this book and it didn’t disappoint. What makes the story interesting is that it gets into the heads of everyone living near the house and they all react differently to the evil infecting the Kemper house and how they are on the surface is different then how they really feel.

One of my favorite characters in this book is a girl named Amy who is getting over a suicide attempt and trying to get her life back together. Though as she is contemplating why she prefers virtual friends over real friends she starts getting plagued by a spirit who wants to make her suffer. I felt Amy was a character that most teenage girls can relate to and was really rooting for her to find the happiness that she couldn’t find online. Another good character was news reporter Ben Traynor who comes across as a callous self-serving jerk early in the book. Later on, when faced with death we see a different side to him and despite his flaws, you learn to like him.  The characters in this story seemed so real and that was what kept me reading Hollow House.

Though I generally liked the book I did find the story to be confusing in places and I didn’t understand the ending. The characters in the book were so strong though that I never lost interest. I really enjoyed how complex all the characters were, they act differently in public than they do in their homes and when confronted with the supernatural they show what they are really like. This book is like a case study on what secrets can lie hidden in a small picturesque town. Greg Chapman knows how to create great characters and scare his readers. I look forward to reading more from him in the future.

 

 

Press Release: The House That Dripped Gore

(Slightly) New Horror Novel Released By Author and Independent Horror Film Maker, Dan West — The House That Dripped Gore

 

San Francisco-based horror author and independent film maker Dan West (Monsturd, RetarDEAD) is pleased to announce the release of his (slightly) new horror novel, The House That Dripped Gore

18492232    Welcome to the infamous Hull Family Mansion: a disgusting, squirming cesspool of horrific paranormal activity and murderous intrigue. The old rumors of the horrid house weave a salacious and sordid tale of demon worship, human sacrifice, cannibalism and Satanic sex orgies; just the sort of juicy material needed to entice an unethical, down-on-his-luck, paranormal investigator seeking a career-making case. Enter Stanley Matheson: parapsychologist and occult writer: a man referred to in his own professional circles as, “The mentally-defective ghost detective.”

Hired to lead the investigation of the awful, otherworldly activities taking place at the Hull Mansion, Matheson hastily assembles a team of fellow researchers whose strange eccentricities nearly rival his own. Reluctantly joining forces, this squad of bickering, mismatched ghost busters must unravel the murderous mysteries of the macabre mansion before each of them falls prey to the poisonous influence of the gruesome house of horrors.

Book Details:

The House That Dripped Gore

by Dan West

Published 12/01/2014

ISBN: 9781105641183

Pages: 185

Illustrated by the author

Genre: Horror/Humor

About the Author:

Dan West is a San Francisco-based comedy writer and comedy/horror filmmaker. He is the co-writer and co-director of the bottom-of-the-barrel exploitation films: Monsturd and RetarDEAD. The House That Dripped Gore is the very first of the Stanley Matheson Chronicles series, which also includes the chilling sequel And They All Died Screaming.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dwesthorrorcom

Print: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/danwesthatesyou

Kindle edition: http://www.amazon.com/House-That-Dripped-Gore-ebook/dp/B00DK0HD5C/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438658276&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=the+house+that+dripped+gore

Notable press quotes:

 “The House That Dripped Gore, spoofs The Haunting of Hill House and H.P. Lovecraft with a mix of reverence and full-steam-ahead insanity, aided by a hefty sprinkling of surreal tangents, dirty jokes, and obscure pop-culture references. You’ll laugh! You’ll cringe! You’ll wonder exactly what a ‘farting Ouija board’ might sound like!” (Cheryl Eddy) SF Bay Guardian

 “The House That Dripped Gore deserves to sit alongside the year’s best, like King’s, Joyland, Hill’s, NOS4A2 and Adams’, Deadbeat. It’s a remarkably entertaining piece of fiction that immediately yanks you right into the fold. It’s hard to escape.” (Matt Molgaard) – Horror Novel Reviews

 “Oh yeah … there’s also porn-loving corpses, demon-summoning secret societies, black magic cults, anally inserted puppets, metal reinforced bowler hats, and even Elton John. And Guess What? It all works beautifully and comes together in a really rich and layered story.”  (Scott Shoyer)—Anything Horror

Press Release: How To Live With That Creepy Shadowy Ghost in your Home

product_thumbnail (3)Living with the non-living.  Every writer in his or her creative writing class are taught the golden rule of writing: To write about what you know.

Horror writer Don Wright practices this golden rule in his new Book: How to live with that Creepy Shadowy Ghost in your Home.   This is a shocking DIY ghost busting testimonial.  Don Wright grew up living with numerous ghosts as a young child, He lived in several apartments and houses with some nice spirits and some not so nice.

It’s been estimated that countless individuals share their homes with ghosts. Don Wright’s DIY Book is the first non-technical common sense approach on how to deal with the Paranormal. If you think you might be sharing your home with a ghost then this book is a must have.

Available at lulu.com

For more information on Don Wright go to:  http://www.donwright250.blogspot.com

 

6 Food Items to Make Your Haunted House Spookier

For those of you trying to torture little children on Halloween night by building the best ever Haunted House, check out these sensory items to really creep them out.

  1. grapesPeeled grape eyeballs.
  2. Ketchup Blood.
  3. Spaghetti veins.
  4. Mayo pus.
  5. Crushed Oreo mud.
  6. Strings dipped in honey spiderwebs.

Do you have some other food you use for your Haunted House? Please share!

Endless Home

bigfrontcoverEHImagine being trapped in a house with no way to escape. The attic has a satanic altar, there are spiders with eyes on their backs running around, blood is dripping from the walls, paintings and dolls come to life and a phantom stalks the hallways. These are some of the horrors that you will witness in Kirk Warrington’s Endless Home.

The story begins with the main character Maya along with her boyfriend Neal, mother Thelma, sister Dawn and friend Leroy trying desperately to escape from the home of satanic serial killer Heston Graves. The windows won’t break and the door won’t budge. Things get worse for the unwilling house guests as the rooms start to fill with blood and they are forced to escape to the attic, which looks like a place where satanic rituals are performed.

Thinking that they have found safety in the attic, they start to look for a way out again and the wall opens up into a long hallway. The house is unnaturally large, there are doors that go on forever and behind every door knob is a nightmare waiting to be unleashed. Endless Home is like a haunted house on steroids and those trapped inside are going to have to go through hell and back.

One feeling I had while reading Endless Home was that this would make an excellent horror film. The imagery that the author uses is disturbing and you almost feel like your trapped in the house with the victims. There are some great suspenseful scenes in this book. I loved it when Dawn and Maya had to battle a room full of evil dolls and when creatures came out of  a painting to stalk the trapped house guests. I constantly had a feeling of unease while reading because I didn’t know what was going to attack Maya and the others next.

I also liked the depth of the characters in the story. You find out early on that Maya is pregnant with Neal’s baby but she’s not sure if she wants the baby or Neal. You felt sorry for her as she deals with everyone influencing her decisions and at the same time I felt mad at her for the way she treats Neal. One scene in particular that I really liked in the book was when it looks like Neal is about to die and Maya finds herself feeling sad, but then she gets mad at herself for feeling that way.

One of the  things I didn’t like about Endless Home was how all the characters got trapped in the house. I found myself rolling my eyes at the explanation given and I figured there would be more to it later on, but it never came. I would have also liked to hear more about Heston Graves in the story. I felt having a serial killer in the house would have added more suspense to the story but even without him there is a lot of good scares in this book. Endless Home has all the elements that you could want in a horror novel and was a really fun read, I highly recommend it.