UNSETTLING by Vincent Macraven


3 Novellas
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Fresh, original horror in three bone-chilling novellas.

This set of novellas takes readers into the frightening corners of haunted homes and possessed minds, as Macraven (A Diverse Gathering, 2012, etc.) explores man’s most intimidating fears. The tour begins in “Where the Dead Dwell” in an old Victorian home that once belonged to the Wilcox family back in the 1930s. The family is the first that the house watches, “absorbing feelings and deep emotions” from the parents and their daughter as they grow and change. Over time, the house ceases to be a mere structure and instead transitions into a container of evil, filling up with the spirits of the previous owners and haunting the new ones. Weaving among the generations of owners, family conflicts, secrets and fears rise to the surface as the house haunts its inhabitants with voices and images of lost loves. Each inhabitant must face down the evil that the house contains or live a life of terror. In “Watching Black Mountain,” a man rather than a property sets the reader’s fear in motion. Zachariah Prophet, a disturbed and troubled man, believes himself to be God. He devotes himself to brainwashing others into believing the same and furthers his own illusions with the assistance of illegal drugs. But as intoxicating as the power is, Zachariah is unknowingly headed to a tragic end. The collection ends with “The Devil Incarnate,” a brief story centered on Merrick, a detective haunted by the victims he couldn’t help. As he slips into a sort of madness, he finds himself drawn further into the world of his unsolved mysteries. Hypnotic in its delivery, this bold set of stories stalks the reader with haunting images and ideas that could stir up deep-seated fears. Ghosts, demons and spirits abound, as well as the frightening thought that we can be our own worst enemies.

Three riveting stories of evil, revenge and death.

Pub Date: Dec. 19th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4931-2317-9
Page count: 246pp
Publisher: Xlibris
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2014


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