Dark Inspiration

Dark Inspiration

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by Russell James
     
 

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Doug and Laura thought they bought Galaxy Farm, but the old house is possessing them instead.

Doug and Laura Locke are New Yorkers who need a fresh start, so they move to Galaxy Farm, an old thoroughbred stable in Tennessee. There Doug finds inspiration to write his epic novel and Laura renews her love of teaching. They also rediscover the

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Doug and Laura thought they bought Galaxy Farm, but the old house is possessing them instead.

Doug and Laura Locke are New Yorkers who need a fresh start, so they move to Galaxy Farm, an old thoroughbred stable in Tennessee. There Doug finds inspiration to write his epic novel and Laura renews her love of teaching. They also rediscover the love that first drew them together.

But the home has many secrets. There’s a graveyard hidden at the property’s edge, and tragic deaths stalked the previous owners. Doug has become entranced by the abandoned taxidermy he discovers in the attic. And Laura falls under the spell of the ghosts of twin girls she meets in the old nursery. Only a local antiques dealer senses the danger. She has gruesome premonitions of horrible events to come. She knows she must convince Laura of the threat before the dark force in the house can execute its plan. But time is short, and something seems to be very wrong with Doug…

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Publishers Weekly
James’s unremarkable debut is a conventional haunted house story with a premise that too often recalls Stephen King’s The Shining, which James name-checks in passing. When New Yorkers Doug and Laura Locke decide to relocate to rural Tennessee in an effort to revive their failing marriage and careers, they purchase a majestic old farmhouse, sight unseen. The house’s dark history, including the deaths of twin five-year-old girls, and its bizarre secrets, such as an ancestral graveyard and a menagerie of taxidermied animals in a hidden attic, begin to have an insidious effect on its new owners. The “ghost girls” in the nursery enchant Laura, while Doug, an aspiring novelist, becomes possessed by the murderous spirit of the house’s previous owner. While the narrative is fluid and engaging, it’s flattened by undeveloped characters, a formulaic plot, and an exciting but somewhat predictable conclusion. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609286569
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
270
Sales rank:
379,175
File size:
819 KB

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Meet the Author

Russell James was raised on Long Island, NY, and graduated from Cornell University. He flew Blackhawk helicopters with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division for five years. He now works as a technical writer during the day and a novelist at night. He and his wife live just outside Orlando, Florida.

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Dark Inspiration 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
DMiller1414 More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine who is really into horror recommended this book. He was right. I could not out it down. Doug and Laura Locke move to a an old house in Tennessee to try to focus on saving their rocky marriage. But the house won’t let that happen. Incidents at the place sent shivers up my spine as I read them. Laura meets sweet twin girl spirits, but Doug taps into something much darker. Their lives go downhill and Doug begins a terrifying hobby up in the secret attic. Even secondary characters like psychic Theresa Grissom and loathsome Vernon Pugh are well-detailed and interesting. You’d only want to meet Theresa in real life. The ending came on fast and furious with twists I did not see coming. If you don’t mind staying up late with a book and you always knew that there was something chilling about taxidermy, this is the book for you.
CoffeeBreakandaGoodBook More than 1 year ago
I love a good creepy story and Dark Inspiration is full of a lot of different, spooky, elements. Laura and Doug buy and move into an old house that happens to have some otherworldly inhabitants already living inside. Laura is sweet, even though she tends to bait her husband during arguments. She acts first and thinks later, which gets her into trouble. As for Doug, I did not care of his character at all. He was self-centered, egotistical, and full of himself. I found it easy to understand why he went down such a dark path, since he was already so awful to begin with. But, what he eventually does left me with such a creepy feeling! Ugh! Even so, I found Doug to be the most interesting character within the entire story. The book has a good pace and plenty of detail. There is a little bit of everything within the pages – spirits, psychics, possession, and a little bit of history throughout. I did find that the ending was a little rushed and wish more explanation was given as to why things ended the way they did. However, it is a good story and anyone that enjoys horror or ghost stories will enjoy it, too. *Copy provided for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. 2/3 the way through I thought I knew the ending. I was wrong. Keeps you guessing. 470 great reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago