Blood Red Roses

Blood Red Roses

by Russell James


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In the waning days of the Civil War, orphaned teenager Jebediah Abernathy becomes indentured to the notorious Beechwood plantation in southeastern Mississippi. There, the sadistic overseer Ramses rules, unchecked by owners who've been driven mad by the loss of their son in the war. Soon, slave boys mysteriously disappear. The ghost of Jebediah's father and an escaped slave sorceress lead Jebediah to the abductions' horrific truth, a knowledge that threatens to cost him his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543095012
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

Russell James grew up on Long Island, New York and spent too much time watching Chiller, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and The Twilight Zone, despite his parents' warnings. Bookshelves full of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe didn't make things better. He graduated from Cornell University and the University of Central Florida.

After a tour flying helicopters with the U.S. Army, he now spins twisted tales best read in daylight. He has written the paranormal thrillers Dark Inspiration, Sacrifice, Black Magic, Dark Vengeance, Dreamwalker, and Q Island. He has four short story collections, Tales from Beyond, Outer Rim, Forever Out of Time, and Deeper into Darkness.

His wife reads what he writes, rolls her eyes, and says "There is something seriously wrong with you."

Visit his website at and read some free short stories.
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Blood Red Roses 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Blood Red Roses is an entertaining ghost story set during the Civil War era. Jebediah Abernathy is left an orphan by the war, and then his family sells him to the owners of the Beechwood plantation, where he’s to work as a stable boy. Jebediah only knows little about horses, but he does the best he can. Treatment for slaves is tough, and even though he’s not a slave as such, that doesn’t seem to warrant a better treatment either. Ramses, the sadistic overseer, likes to crack the whip around at every chance he gets. And with the owners still blinded by the loss of their son during the war, Ramses’ rule is unchallenged. Then Jebediah discovers that men have gone missing from the plantation. They’re slaves, so their disappearance goes mostly unnoticed except by the other slaves. Jebediah grows worried that one day he might be next, especially when he finds out a secret connected to the plantation. With the aid of an escape sorceress and the ghost of his father, Jebediah might stand a chance against the dark powers at work. The author doesn’t shy away from making the characters go through horrible ordeals. A lot of emphasis is put on the harsh treatment of slaves, and on the way tragedy can cripple people and change them forever. The addition of ghosts and a sorceress was a nice though. Overall, the book is an enjoyable read, and the setting worked well. Jebediah is a solemn, grief-struck character, yet he’s also a fighter, and it’s easy to root for him. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Cat_Cavendish More than 1 year ago
i loved the way the tension mounted from the first page. Which way would it go? Who would be innocent and who guilty of the most heinous crimes imaginable? The atmosphere was dark, intense, frightening, as we saw young Jebediah's world through his eyes. Bleak, terrifying, lonely - but if that's all it had been, he would have been lucky. It wasn't. He wasn't. This Gothic horror, set in the deep south during the Civil War kept me glued to each page. If you love horror, this is for you.