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An American Haunting

An American Haunting

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by Scott A. Johnson

An American



An American Haunting, Scott A. Johnson's delightfully frightening debut novel, rips away the boundaries between real-life and fiction in its truth-based, spine-tingling exploration of evil. Making one last attempt to build a financially stable life for his family, Gabriel Rosewood borrows money from his parents to buy a quaint, fixer-upper in the historic district of San Marcos - never imagining the beautiful old building harbors a deadly evil.


At once touching and terrifying, the tale of the house and its occupants remains profoundly moving as an examination of one family's struggle to connect while bursting the seams of the horror genre with its authentic characterization, surreal descriptions and complex plot progression.


The first few pages trigger an explosion of terror that continues to exude energy for the length of the book, delving into the supernatural forces that have ruled the house since its construction and the town's dogged determination to hide the truth.


The plot centers on the self-doubting Gabriel and his dangerous attempt to protect his loved ones and prove his worth as a father and husband. These motivations lead Gabe away from his skepticism and into the thick of evil.


The endearing characters range from Lizzy, Gabriel's lonely and left-out ten-year-old daughter, to Trish, his warm, loving wife, and include such oddballs as the cranky and reluctant guardian of the San Marcos Historical Society, a professor studying paranormal psychology, and a gifted self-sacrificing medium.


In the tradition of Stephen King's The Shining, An American Haunting is a nail-biting and insightful Texas horror story sure to leave horror fans deeply affected by its curious message of fear and hope.


Scott A. Johnson was born and raised Lake Jackson, Texas, a swampland coastal town rife with folklore. Scott's short stories have been published in several magazines, including The Corpse Magazine, Alien Skin Magazine and All Hallows. He also writes a column, "Cold Spots," for the Horror Channel Web site. Scott lives in San Marcos with his wife, Tabatha, and two daughters, Anna and Zoe. He continues to work in the Department of English at Texas State University-San Marcos.

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Harbor House
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6.28(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.84(d)

What People are Saying About This

John Blair
"Something abides in the house on the hill in Scott Johnson's gripping and terrifying debut novel. It's a story that probes our deepest fears - how familiar things can turn on us in the dark, how vulnerable children are to the machinations of evil, how madness and old violence seep like oil through the veneers under which we try to hide them. An American Haunting is a deliciously scary book."
Drue Heinz Award winner for American Standard
Owen Egerton
"Thanks to Scott Johnson's novel, my wife no longer showers."
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Miles Wilson
"An American Haunting takes us to the dream house on the hill, where the only thing worse than your dreams is waking up. Scott Johnson reminds us that the world is older and stranger than we know, and that the bonds of human affection are more powerful than death. Don't read this book alone."
Debra Monroe
"A lively, compelling novel set in a small, ordinary town and peopled by characters with troubles as familiar as our own: a shrinking paycheck, a growing family, in-laws who don't understand us. An American Haunting merges the daily with the supernatural, the ancient with the contemporary."

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An American Haunting 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very spooky and enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the movie based on this book. I like the book