Novella (20k words) Psychological horror / suspense / ghost story – When Layla's professor husband has an opportunity to spend the winter at an old motel in a seaside amusement park resort, she reluctantly agrees to run the pub attached to it while he works on his book. The arcades, food stands, souvenir shops and tattoo parlors are boarded over for the winter but the bungalows tucked in the dunes are occupied by artists and transients looking for cheap rentals. She faces a long, cold, lonely winter but a bunch of old guys she calls The Geezers soon begin regaling her with stories about the “old days” and about an ill-fated romance between the beautiful wife of a Boston mob boss and The Great Hercules, a sideshow strongman. She is also increasingly fascinated by an elusive roustabout who flirts with her and shows her the secret spaces in an old beachfront ballroom. As winter gets darker and deeper Layla's husband is both struggling with his writing and becoming suspicious of her behavior. What Layla doesn't know is that nothing is what it seems and her options are growing fewer every day. (Volume One in the Halcyon Beach Chronicles. Volume Two is Ghosts of a Lighthouse in Autumn.)
|Series:||Halcyon Beach Chronicles , #1|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||274 KB|
About the Author
She currently lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America's oldest seaport, and is writing another novel, Depraved Heart and another knitting book, Siren Shawls, Seaman's Scarves and Stories. More information on her work is at www.KathleenValentine.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
[author:Kathleen Valentine|833689] is fast becoming one of my favorite new authors. Although I have yet to read one of her full length novels, this is the third short story of hers that I have read. Although all three of the stories were very different, they were all compelling, rich stories with wonderful characters and story lines. In [book:Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter|12837614], Valentine wraps her mystery in the fog and gray weather of a tourist beach town in the off season. The setting is perfect for this eerie story with suggestions of something other worldly. Kudos, again, to Ms. Valentine. My next selection by her will certainly be one of her full fledged novels.
A chilling, moody story, best enjoyed with hot chocolate.