The Girl from the Blood Coven

The Girl from the Blood Coven

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by Brian Moreland
     
 

Who—or what—killed them all?

In this short story prelude to The Witching House, the year is 1972. Sheriff Travis Keagan is enjoying a beer at the local roadhouse when a blood-soaked girl enters the bar. Terrified and trembling, Abigail Blackwood claims her entire family was massacred at the nearby hippy commune in the woods.

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Who—or what—killed them all?

In this short story prelude to The Witching House, the year is 1972. Sheriff Travis Keagan is enjoying a beer at the local roadhouse when a blood-soaked girl enters the bar. Terrified and trembling, Abigail Blackwood claims her entire family was massacred at the nearby hippy commune in the woods. But when Sheriff Keagan and his deputies investigate the Blevins House, they discover there’s more to Abigail’s story than she’s told them. Much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619218666
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
07/02/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
20
Sales rank:
49,803
File size:
721 KB

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The Girl from the Blood Coven 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 11 reviews.
MartyShaw More than 1 year ago
The Girl from the Blood Coven, by Brian Moreland, is a prequel that provides a little background info on the events that occur in The Witching House. While it’s not necessary to read the novella to understand what’s happening in the novel, horror fans will not want to miss this brief history of the house and the coven of witches  that lived there. I really enjoyed Blood Coven because it has the feel of a horror movie, with the action starting almost as soon as you start reading. Sheriff Travis Keagan is relaxing at a bar when his downtime is suddenly disturbed by a blood-covered woman appearing at the door. The girl, Abigail Blackwood, makes an ominous statement about everyone being dead at her house, and the dedicated sheriff wastes no time in going to the location to investigate. As is usually the case with horror stories, the sheriff doesn’t believe in the possibility of a supernatural threat. While the people that live at the infamous Blevins house are known to be witches, Keagan sees them as nothing more than a drug-taking hippie commune. Keep in mind that this novella takes place in 1972 so the hippie commune idea actually makes sense. Moreland does a good job of providing some tense moments in short amount of space, with my favorite moment being when Keagan and his deputy are exploring the crime scene at night, wandering through an unknown house littered with bodies, guided by nothing but the light from their flashlights. It’s a pet peeve of mine to see characters in either a book or movie explore a dangerous place at night because common sense suggests saving the sightseeing for daytime, but the author masterfully avoids that awkward horror trope by having a sheriff as the main character, since crime scenes have to be investigated with no regard given to the time of day or night. The Girl from the Blood Coven is a quick, entertaining read, perfect for whetting your appetite for the horrors that await you in The Witching House.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great writing! I was disappointed when it was over and eager to read the novella now. Much better than what I been finding in horror lately.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...prelude to upcoming novella, The Witching Hour! Moreland's writing is swift and nicely paced, looking forward to reading the aforementioned book!
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Good story