Hook House and Other Horrors

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If you own Hook House, it owns your soul.

On the rugged Washington coast stands an ancient house with a macabre history. Housekeeper, Mrs. Soule never ages, but fades in and out of shadows and appears in mirrors when she's not there. The stairwells, the storeroom, a third floor bedroom, all reveal murder and suicide for those with The Gift...the ability to see ghosts. Entering the grand door of Hook House is easy...leaving it is deadly.

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Overview

If you own Hook House, it owns your soul.

On the rugged Washington coast stands an ancient house with a macabre history. Housekeeper, Mrs. Soule never ages, but fades in and out of shadows and appears in mirrors when she's not there. The stairwells, the storeroom, a third floor bedroom, all reveal murder and suicide for those with The Gift...the ability to see ghosts. Entering the grand door of Hook House is easy...leaving it is deadly.

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Adult/High School-A bright and shining gem of a book for fans of horror and dark fantasy. Each tale dances quite nimbly through familiar tropes of the genre. But it's Decker's delivery, with its depth of character and chilling imagery, that lifts these stories well above the normal. "Hook House," for example, is a typical haunted-house tale, but it's uniquely driven by the strength of the central character. A family curse threatens to snare Sara, trapping her for the rest of her life in the family house just like her mother and grandmother before her. Ultimately, she fights against it to prevent her son from being trapped as well. In "Tarissa," a period piece set in colonial America, the title character's sister is burned to death for practicing witchcraft. While the core of the story focuses on Tarissa avenging her sister's death, it ends on a note that is surprisingly heartfelt and even hopeful. Decker dips lightly into humor with "The Clan." When a vampire moves into the house across the street from a powerful witch, a brutal yet comic feud develops. What makes the tale work so well is that while they have fantastic supernatural weapons to toss at each other, their personalities and complaints about one another are completely realistic and believable. Filled with plenty of spookiness and terror, the stories have just enough depth to appeal to readers who normally shy away from fantasy and horror.-Matthew L. Moffett, Ford's Theatre Society, Washington, DC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615728176
  • Publisher: Damnation Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2006

    Good lightweight fun!

    An easy read, great for commuting and before bed. Good lightweight fun, short stories to give you a tickle, a scare, without nightmares afterwards.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2006

    Entertaining Stories

    Very entertaining stories, some were fairly frightening, without the typical blood and guts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2006

    Genuine goosebump material

    Enjoyed every story, espcially, Hook House, Chazzabryom, A City In Italy, and Hicklebickle Rock. All the stories were well plotted and the printing production and cover art were very well done.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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