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Don’t Ever Sneak Around Abandoned Cabins in the Woods: Why? Read The Witching House by Brian Moreland

Congratulations to Brian Moreland today on the release of his novella The Witching House!  Witches might be a new trending theme for books right now, but I’ve always loved stories of witches.  Even when I was little, and not allowed to watch, talk, or even think about scary topics (my mom didn’t like it and I had horrible nightmares of a genie), I WAS allowed to read stories of witches. Maybe it was due to Wizard of Oz, or my paperback Tilly the Witch book, but regardless my mom was okay with storybook witches.  I’d pretend I liked only good witches and then imagine myself dressed as an evil witch with only some redeeming traits. Ha!  I was thrilled when she sewed me a black witches costume and cape one year for Halloween when I was about 8-years-old, so much so, I still have it.


Continually over the years, I’ve liked, hated, and either way been enthralled by witches. When one of my favorite authors, horror writer Brian Moreland, decided to put out a novella called The Witching House, I was ecstatic to see what kind of evil tale he had come up with that surrounded witches.

The Witching House, by Brian Moreland, and its short story prequel, The Girl from the Blood Coven, was a completely original tale in which we are led to wonder who a demented serial killer might be that murdered 25 witches who lived as a coven in the Texas woods.  By the end of the prequel, I was entranced by some sick individual and needed to find out what heinous explanation he had for committing the atrocities we read. The shocking conclusion was enough to make me want to start right in on The Witching House IMMEDIATELY, which would take me forward into the present day.

The Witching House pulls us in at the start with a group of four, two couples, who go on a ghost hunt adventure. As I read, I catch myself waiting around every corner for something sinister to appear or happen. For a little while I am learning about the characters, especially Sarah and Dean, as Sarah works to overcome her fears. I listen to their banter and everything seems normal.  As a floor board creaks or a shadow is seen out the corner of an eye, the book begins to seep in creepiness.  Soon enough, we understand that the ghosts of the Blevins Coven are not the only supernatural forces in this cabin.  As well, everyone is not who they seem!

It was pure entertainment to explore the musty cabin with them and even experience the horror they begin to unravel.  Brian spins an unique and imaginative tale of what lurks in the basement of a secluded cabin.  Being always torturously petrified of my childhood basement, I now have proof of why! I want to share with you so badly what is lurking there and why the whole idea is so incredibly cool. But I can’t spoil it, because I really want you to read this book! You’ll love it!

Instead, I will say that I did LOVE the way that Brian connected the supernatural entity in the basement to nature. It has been one of my very favorite things that I’ve seen him do with a book yet.  Growing up in the woods, and with that eerie basement again where it was always damp and cold, mildew liked our old stone, and moss was forever on everything around our house, I could totally relate to how these parts of a property or home could also become a part of the supernatural as they take on a life of their own.

Brian manages to give us not only a fun story in these shorter works, but he packs in good magic vs. black magic and how they relate to each other, underlying themes of overcoming fear, attributes of cults in history and how they can lead to dangerous ends, family relationships (even strange ones), and romance! Plus he adds mystery, suspense, and additionally, hope! And curses….oh, the CURSE!

This book is a definite WIN, worth the money, and I urge you to read both The Girl from the Blood Coven and The Witching House before summer is over! They’re a manageable length for quick reading, but packed full of amazing prose that you won’t want to put down.  You’ll read them both in one sitting and they are pretty inexpensive too. I hope I see more exciting tales like this from Brian in the future.

I would highly recommend this novella to any horror genre lover, but also to any mainstream readers who want a more pulse pounding tale.  There is some romance, but not overly explicit, and he keeps it low on the blood/gore meter, which is why it’s great for overall reading by anyone who just wants a good creepy time.

* I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

The Witching House, Synopsis~

200_Witching_House_smallSome houses should be left alone.

In 1972, twenty-five people were brutally murdered in one of the bloodiest massacres in Texas history. The mystery of who committed the killings remains unsolved.

Forty years later, Sarah Donovan is dating an exciting man, Dean Stratton. Sarah’s scared of just about everything—heights, tight places, the dark—but today she must confront all her fears, as she joins Dean and another couple on an exploring adventure. The old abandoned Blevins House, the scene of the gruesome massacre, is rumored to be haunted.

The two couples are about to discover the mysterious house has been waiting all these years, craving fresh prey. And down in the cellar they will encounter a monstrous creature that hungers for more than just human flesh.

ORDER The Witching House at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Samhain Horror (30% off for limited time).

Author Brian Moreland, Biography~

368_Facebook_authorBrian Moreland writes novels and short stories of horror and supernatural suspense. His first two novels, Dead of Winter and Shadows in the Mist, are now available. The Witching House released August 6, 2013, and novel The Devil’s Woods will release December 2013. He loves hiking, kayaking, watching sports, dancing, and eating cookies. Brian lives in Dallas, Texas where he is diligently writing his next horror novel. You can communicate with him online at http://www.brianmoreland.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HorrorAuthorBrianMoreland

Twitter: @BrianMoreland

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1150022.Brian_Moreland

Brian’s Horror Fiction blog: http://www.brianmoreland.blogspot.com

Coaching for Writers blog:  http://www.coachingforwriters.blogspot.com

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Monsters Arise: David Searls Releases Yellow Moon, a Novel of Suspense Horror

YellowMoon72lgToday I want to give you some information on a novel that author David Searls has re-releasing through Samhain Publishing: Horror on June 4, 2013! It’s called Yellow Moon, and I’ve recently heard numerous times that this book is one of the best horror novels out there! You’ll be reading my thoughts on Yellow Moon sometime soon once I get it read, and also, I should have an interview with David to post in the near future.
A fellow Ohio dweller like me, and near to my vicinity northwards towards Cleveland, David is a great guy who’s made writing his living, as well as publishing several great books with hopefully more to come. You can read about Yellow Moon below as well as about David. He’s modest, but die-hard horror fans have raved about him for many years. Don’t miss this version of Yellow Moon with the AWESOME new cover!
Yellow Moon Synopsis~
When the moon rises, the monsters descend!One day, thirty strangers arrived in the small town of Cleary, Ohio. And five boys vanished during a baseball game in the park. Bizarre tunnels have appeared under the town, leading to a place no earthly eye has seen before.
Eventually the children will return, but the once-peaceful town of Clearly may wish they’d stayed away. For they will not be alone. They will bring with them unimaginable creatures, monsters only visible in the eerie light of…the yellow moon.
Other reviews for Yellow Moon:
“Creepy and atmospheric, Yellow Moon is full of small-town authenticity. It’s like an alternate universe horror version of The Andy Griffith Show. So dare the light of Yellow Moon and read it!”
—Joe R. Lansdale, author
“Searls is a horror writer who goes for imagination and suspense rather than regurgitated splatter.”
—Ramsey Campbell, author
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Pre-order or Purchase at www.SamhainHorror.com and get on SALE for limited time:  http://store.samhainpublishing.com/yellow-moon-p-7276.html?osCsid=4f801b1baefc380a8799c988bd915afb

Author David Searls, Biography~

David SearlsDavid Searls first had the novel Yellow Moon published by Warner Books in 1994. That was at the time the horror market was dying, so he wasn’t able to publish another work. He tried his hand at submitting mysteries and YA novels, but nothing got picked up.

 In the meantime, he worked as a copywriter at several Cleveland ad agencies, while also moonlighting, or sometimes fulltime freelancing, as a magazine and marketing communications writer. His magazine credits include Cleveland Magazine, Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine, The Writer, Super Lawyer, USAToday.com, People.com, Concrete Décor, Case Engineering (a glossy publication from the Case Western School of Engineering) and countless others.

 He was also a stringer for People, where he was able to cover such stories as a high school counterfeiter in Des Moines Iowa, a horse murder case in Kentucky, lawn mower racers in Mansfield, a murder case in Cleveland, and a famous (or infamous) child abuse case in northwest Ohio, to name a few.  He’s interviewed Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, and family members of other celebrities, in his time.

 In 2012, he had two novels released by Samhain Publishing’s Horror line which was newly developed. Those novels were Bloodthirst in Babylon and Malevolent. Both had originally been written right after Yellow Moon first got picked up in the 1990s. He constantly updated and revised them and was very pleased to have found a home for them with Samhain, especially Bloodthirst in Babylon, since that is his favorite of all his novels.

 Samhain Horror is re-releasing Yellow Moon on June 4, 2013, while David is still busy writing. He lives near Cleveland, Ohio.  You can reach him at davidsearls.com and on Twitter @davidsearls1.

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