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Publisher's Summary

Something is calling Jacob Maelstrom back to the isolated home of his childhood - to the scene of a living nightmare that almost cost him his life. Ten years ago his sister slaughtered their brother and parents, locked Jacob in a closet...then committed a hideous suicide. Now, as the anniversary of that dark night approaches, Jacob is drawn back to a house where the line between the living and the dead is constantly shifting.
But there's more than awful memories waiting for Jacob at the Maelstrom mansion. There are depraved secrets, evil legacies, and family ghosts that are all too real. There's the long-dead writer, whose mad fantasies continue to shape reality. And in the woods there are nameless creatures who patiently await the return of their creator.
©2000 Michele Scalise (P)2018 David N. Wilson
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 03-04-18

Nwe take on the Haunted House

I had never heard of Tom Piccirilli, but the premise of this book seemed intriguing. I am a fan of J. Scott Bennett, so this was a double plus for me. I have really come to appreciate Bennett's style and ability, and am constantly amazed at how he takes hold of a story and molds it into something of his own. He does some great work here, and amps up Piccirilli's work to 11.

The story has multiple tiers to it. It is not a simple and straightforward haunted house story. There are also dark themes, such as incest, and other dangers children face that really steer the tale into some troubling waters. It is NOT for people with delicate sensibilities. The character are all, in one way or another, facing demons of their own, and a forced to deal with them as well as what is happening in the house. The only head scratcher is the turtle. Is it just a turtle, or is it something more? I never did figure that one out.

Either way, this is a dark story that makes you think long after you finish it. It kind of sticks to your soul like a stew does your stomach. It nourishes, but at the same time can be a little discomforting.

I did recieve a code for this book in exchange for a review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rabid Reader on 03-07-18

Twisted, unusual horror story

This is a twisting story that muddies the water between reality, fantasy and insanity. It’s a convoluted plot of horror story authors, twisted characters, axe murders, incest, ghosts and spirits that feed off the living. Throughout a lot of the story I was not sure who was dead and who was alive, who was sane or who was insane, and I still don’t know what the turtle had to do with anything. It’s confusing and yet somewhat captivating at the same time. At times the only thing that kept me going through the flashbacks, the hauntings and the erratic weaving of the story, was the great narration. The narrator was a steady voice that created tension and pulled you through the tumultuous sea of dead and crazy people in this novel. The author’s style of writing seems somewhat structureless and yet you still want to keep going just to see if it all makes sense in the end; with this story, I’m not sure that it did for me.

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