Jason and Erika were having a wonderful time at the Halloween carnival...until their swan boat in the Tunnel of Love capsizes amid heavy waves and blaring, maniacal laughter. When they come to, they're no longer in a carnival in Ohio, but standing at the edge of a sea in a raging storm. In the distance, atop a high, barren hill, looms an enormous castle. Instead of answers, Jason and Erika find only more impossibilities within the stone walls. The lavish rooms are lit only by torches and fireplaces, the decorations and furniture are a century out of date, and the mysterious host claims to not own one of those newfangled telephone inventions. Outside, in the storm and the dense mist, lurk strange, threatening figures. Inside, another couple seeking refuge think it must all be a nightmare. Perhaps it is. Or perhaps it's something much, much worse.
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About the Author
A life-long resident of New York's haunted Hudson Valley, JG Faherty has been a finalist for both the Bram Stoker Award® (The Cure, Ghosts of Coronado Bay) and ITW Thriller Award (The Burning Time), and he is the author of 5 novels, 9 novellas, and more than 50 short stories. He writes adult and YA dark fiction/sci-fi/fantasy, and his works range from quiet suspense to over-the-top comic gruesomeness. As a child, his favorite playground was a 17th-century cemetery, which many people feel explains a lot. You can follow him at www.twitter.com/jgfaherty, www.facebook.com/jgfaherty, www.jgfaherty.com, and http://jgfaherty-blog.blogspot.com/
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Castle by the Sea based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
This fast-paced novella sets a dark, surrealistic mood as it starts in a creepy carnival and shifts to a storm swept castle on the Maine coast. Jason and Erika fight through an array of horrifying events to stay alive, all of which make you shiver in your seat as you read them. Deftly written prose makes each scene pop to life as you read it. The mystery of the castle and its occupant unravels to a twisted shocking ending. JG Faherty is in top form with this one.
For a short novella, Castle by the Sea grabs the reader’s attention and does not let go. It begins in a carnival boat ride. Erika and Jason ride the Tunnel of Love, but the boat overturns and they end up in the stormy seas. They see a Castle and head to shore for safety. Another couple has escaped to safely at the Castle and they aren’t sure what is real and what is a figment of their imaginations. The way it was told was so creative and mysterious. Filled with twists and turns and horror and mystery, the author creates such a confusing and scary atmosphere (in a good way). This is my first time reading anything by this author and I really enjoyed it! For such a short book, it’s packed with a LOT of punch – I’d love to read anything by this author, again. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
In Castle by the Sea, young couple Jason and Erika go to a Halloween carnival, and seemingly have a blast. Until they decide to go into the Tunnel of Love, their swan boat capsizes, and they end up at sea during a storm. An enormous castle looms over them, and they make their way to the castle, hoping to be save there – although they have no clue what’s going on, and things seem to grow stranger by the minute. The castle host welcomes them, and turns out they’re not the only couple stranded there. But the other couple isn’t from the same time era as Jason and Erika. The castle’s owner, an eccentric man who seems to hide a lot of secrets, is less than forthcoming, and his timid maid won’t be of much help either. How can Jason and Erika escape from this castle by the sea? Is it all a nightmare, or something much worse? The book starts out with a bang – we’re at the carnival, and boom, Jason and Erika disappear and end up near the castle. There’s not a lot of build up, so there’s not an awful lot of suspense either, at least not until we get past the halfway mark. Although the book is meant to be horror, it never really manages to be scary. It all seems a little over the top, with the characters just up and disappearing. I much preferred the parts of the book that actually took place at the castle, rather than the parts at the carnival. At least at the castle there was a genuine mystery going on, of who roamed the halls at night, why people disappeared, and what their host was upto. I found this easily the best part of the book, and very enjoyable. The writing is entertaining, and the plot manages to surprise a few times, but the characters aren’t very likeable. I couldn’t connect to Jason and Erika, so I didn’t really feel for them as they tried to escape the castle and the nightmare unfolding around them. Had the characters been more likeable, I probably would’ve enjoyed it more. As it stands, it’s a fun read for fans of gothic horror, but it doesn’t pack much more than that. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Nothing is as it appears to be at this carnival - neither time nor space can be relied upon. Should Jason trust his eyes or his gut instincts? And what is reality anyway? This is a great, Gothic horror, with all the right twists, turns and blind alleys. The storm is relentless, the waves crash, the fear never lets up. Delicious!