A mother. A daughter. A demon…. Charla kept her unsettling hatred towards her daughter Amelie a secret for so long, but over time it became harder for her to quench her morbid impulses without raising concerns. One lonely dawn, Charla ...divorced, pained, unhappy... ignited events which invoked a horrible demon to disrupt her twenty-five year old’s picture perfect life. She put her terrifying scheme into action ... and the demon began its wave of hell.
"Mommy Dearest meets The Exorcist! Thrilling and deeply disturbing!" ---Francy Weatherman, internet radio show host
|Publisher:||Black Bed Sheet Books|
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About the Author
Alexander Beresford grew up in Los Angeles and part of the time in Maryland and Dallas. He now resides in South Florida with occasional escapes to a haunted cottage in Derbyshire England where he communicates with ghosts, drinks rum, and writes. He is a National Writer's Association Short Fiction Award winner, a proud member of the Horror Writer's Association, and he studied Creative Writing at FIU with creative writing director/author Les Standiford. Alexander has written plays, screenplays, a novella, and "CHARLA" his first novel. www.AlexanderBeresford.net
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There are two things that really drew me to Charla by Alex Beresford. The first item was a warning in the beginning of the book that said you shouldn't read the demonic summoning at the end of chapter two. Because if you do an unwanted demon will come into your life. The second item was the first line of the story which was: "She always hated her daughter." That got my attention right away how can a mother hate her daughter. Well Charla hates her daughter Amelie and has since day one. Amelie is now an adult and Charla has decided that its time for her to destroy Amelie once and for all. She does this by summoning a demon to ruin Amelie's life. Things start off slowly, the demon starts doing things like making noises, showing small glimpses of itself and then he causes Amilee to hurt herself. Little by little Amilee starts to lose her mind and then things get even worse. Amilee has no idea that her mother is the cause of all her problems or that her mother hates her, she gets some help from a friend but it may not be enough to stop the demon or her mother. Charla is one disturbing read. It starts as psychological horror and then turns into a hard-core horror fest. This novel is excellent but it's not for everyone. If you like romance don't look here, if you like comedy, don't bother, if you like sunshine and happiness forget about it. If you want a well written novel with fascinating characters and great pacing that keeps you on the edge of your seat, then Charla is for you. I loved how the action builds slowly throughout the book and the atmosphere was creepy. There is one scene I enjoyed where Amilee and a friend uses a Ouiji board on a stormy night that was subtle but scary. You knew something was going to happen but instead of the author delivering a big scare he hints at things to come by having a spirit communicating with them and then showing a glimpse of something which makes Aimilee question her sanity. I felt the scariest part of the book was how Aimillee starts questioning everything she believes. There is nothing scarier then doubting your sanity and Charla really showcases that fear. I think even if you took the demon out of this book, it still would have been a great psychological horror story. Another thing I loved about this book was the depth behind the characters. You kind of want to feel sorry for Charla after you hear her life's story but then you see what she does to her daughter and you can't. You also see Charla react to her husband wanting to divorce her and you can relate to her, but at the same time her attitude about how life has wronged her and how she reacts makes you hate her. Then there is Amilee who on the surface seems to have everything going for her, but then you see how insecure she is and you see how wrong her mother's perceptions of her daughter is and you feel sorry for her. If you read Charla your still going to be thinking about it long after your done with it. I think it's a powerful novel that takes your worst fears and brings them to life. If I had a list of favorite horror novels Charla would have to go on it, but its not for the faint of heart.
As you can probably guess from the cover blurb, this was one dark, twisted, seriously messed up story. Anybody expecting a happy ending is well-advised to slam the cover closed, throw the book down, and run like you have never run before. Whatever you do, don't try to interfere with mommy's deplorable schemes, and don't fool yourself into thinking you can save the sweet, beautiful Amelie . . . because you can't. Provided you're okay with those expectations, and can deal with the unrelenting horror of a cruel, malicious, vindictive, dangerously immature mother, then settle in for a tale that's as captivating as it is creepy. Charla is a book that starts with a declaration of hatred, and then descends ever deeper into depravity. Alexander Beresford has crafted an exceptionally well put together piece of storytelling here, with an atmosphere, a sense of style, and a subverting of genre expectations that reminded me in many ways of very early Dean Koontz. It's clear from the start that Charla is woman on the brink of oblivion. As much as she sees herself as a sexually voracious cougar, it's clear that her best days are behind her. Never mind her fading looks or her rampant alcoholism, her husband has left her for a string of other women, and her daughter is nearly old enough to make that sense of abandonment complete. She is a woman with nothing left to lose, and one whose only remaining pleasure in life is to watch other suffer. Unfortunately for Amelie, who remains blissfully unaware of the simple cruelties her mother inflicted upon her as a child, that suffering is about to become completely and utterly demonic. For a book that's largely about a woman watching her daughter suffer - mentally, emotionally, physically, and sexually - there are a lot of overlapping layers (and villains) to this story. With the possible exception of Amelie's best friend, Beresford doesn't let anybody off cleanly - her father is an admitted adulterer, her boyfriend believes sex isn't really cheating until they're married, and her doctor is a slimy as he is handsome. It's extremely chilling to watch as Charla takes advantage of the darkness inside them all, not just forgiving it, but capitalizing on it . . . embracing it . . . subverting it for her daughter's anguish. Like a car wreck of blood, bone, and chrome, you know you should look away, but you can't stop reading. Coming from a reader who is more apt to laugh at the religious melodrama of tales like The Exorcist than find them the slightest bit chilling, I must say the demonic element here was exceptionally well-done. Much of it is subtle and haunting, but by the time the demon comes to the forefront, betraying (and overpowering) the woman who summoned it, there is a tangible sense of dread. This is not just some invisible, malevolent spirit, speaking in tongues, this is a reach-out-and-rape-you monster of inhuman shape. While I'm sure many readers would prefer a cleaner, happier ending, I think what Beresford did here was just about perfect. The final scene is one that will haunt your dreams for a long while after, wondering if it really means what you think it means, and if he really was that cruel.
Charla Is a selfish twisted mother, A mother that always hurt her daughter as a child but didnt come right out and abuse her. She'd pull her hair while brushing and other ways of hurting her daughter Amelie didnt know what she was doing. Charla's husband divorced her and she really went mad, she couldnt stand to see Amelie happy so she summoned an evil spirit to come in the house and break Amelie. Amelie goes through hell and Charla gets taught a lesson this book was so scary it gave me the creeps. I was afraid to read this book when it had a warning not to read out loud what Charla says to get the evil spirit to enter her home. I just skipped over that real quick I didnt even read those words.This book was awesome Ive been reading a lot of horror and this really nailed it for me. It had me hooked I could barely put it down.