‘Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world.
Hamlet ~ William Shakespeare
Happy Halloween folks 🧛♀️
Now if you really knew me you would know that I do NOT do horror…EVER!! I can, however, cope with ghost stories and I do sometimes love to read books that have a dark, brooding atmospheric thing going on 👻👻
So I have a few books here today that I have read over the last while which I recommend if you are looking for something less horror and more bump.
Hope you all have a spookilicious Halloween 😱💀👻☠
Written by WC Ryan (aka William Ryan) A House of Ghosts is published by Bonnier Zaffre. It really is a classic mystery with a very intelligent plot. I found it to be mysterious, captivating and very entertaining. (Read my full review HERE)
Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives.
At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons who were lost in the conflict. But as his guests begin to arrive, it gradually becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends on the island, the guests will find themselves trapped. Soon one of their number will die.
Purchase Link ~ A House of Ghosts
Follow WC Ryan (Twitter) ~ @WilliamRyan_
Karen Maitland is the author of A Gathering of Ghosts, published by Headline Review. It is a medieval thriller, a dark and gothic novel folks, set in 1316, a time when Europe was in the midst of a terrifying famine. This was one chilling, dark and eerie read… (Read my review HERE)
1316. On the wilds of Dartmoor stands the isolated Priory of St Mary, home to the Sisters of the Knights of St John. People journey from afar in search of healing at the holy well that lies beneath its chapel.
But the locals believe Dartmoor was theirs long before Christianity came to the land. And not all who visit seek miracles. When three strangers reach the moor, fear begins to stir as the well’s waters run with blood.
What witchcraft have the young woman, the Knight of St John and the blind child brought with them?
The Sisters will need to fight for everything they hold dear as the ghosts of the Old World gather in their midst.
Purchase Link ~ A Gathering of Ghosts
Read more about the author ~ https://karenmaitland.com/
Anna Mazzola’s The Story Keeper was released earlier this year with Tinder Press and is a sizzling, period novel set during the Highland Clearances during the 1800s. For me it was the perfect sinister read, with the atmospheric content so fabulously depicted. (Read my full review HERE)
Audrey Hart is on the Isle of Skye to collect the word-of-mouth folk tales of the people and communities around her. It is 1857, the Highland Clearances have left devastation and poverty, and the crofters are suspicious and hostile, claiming they no longer know their stories. Then Audrey discovers the body of a young girl washed up on the beach and the crofters tell her that it is only a matter of weeks since another girl has disappeared. They believe the girls are the victims of the spirits of the unforgiven dead.
Initially, Audrey is sure the girls are being abducted, but then she is reminded of her own mother, a Skye woman who disappeared in mysterious circumstances. It seems there is a link to be explored, and Audrey may uncover just what her family have been hiding from her all these years.
Purchase Link ~ The Story Keeper
Follow Anna Mazzola on Twitter ~@Anna_Mazz
The Coffin Path is the third novel from critically acclaimed novelist Katherine Clements. Published by Headline Review, it’s described as ‘an eerie and compelling seventeenth-century ghost story set on the dark wilds of the Yorkshire Moors’
You’ll feel the shivers up your spine with this one folks as it brings within it’s pages a terrible sense of foreboding, as the Yorkshire moors come alive. Superstition and fear is rife. (Read my review HERE)
Maybe you’ve heard tales about Scarcross Hall, the house on the old coffin path that winds from village to moor top. They say there’s something up here, something evil.
Mercy Booth isn’t afraid. The moors and Scarcross are her home and lifeblood. But, beneath her certainty, small things are beginning to trouble her. Three ancient coins missing from her father’s study, the shadowy figure out by the gatepost, an unshakeable sense that someone is watching.
When a stranger appears seeking work, Mercy reluctantly takes him in. As their stories entwine, this man will change everything. She just can’t see it yet.
Purchase Link ~ The Coffin Path
For more ~ https://www.katherineclements.co.uk/
I hope one of these titles appeals and please do let me know if you decide to read any of them. I would love to hear from you.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL 🍁🍁