Ravenword And The House Of The Red Death

Ravenword And The House Of The Red Death

by Justin Michael Greenway


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This homage to Edgar Allan Poe and his masterful short story, "The Masque of the Red Death", definitely has all the imagery down pat! From the ravens, to the ruined castle, to the utterly macabre animated corpses, to the addled Professor Fichtenburg, the visuals are strong and eminently suited to the genre. It is very easy to imagine the Gothic and often grotesque scenes. Likewise, the action scenes are fast-paced, clear, and full of lively energy. The conflicts set up in the story make for a solid story framework. The plot progresses quite smoothly with each of these conflicts and builds, the tone and characterization are clear-and the dialogue is terrific! The overall pacing of the plot is consistent, smooth, and nicely developed. The structure is typical for the Gothic horror genre. The plot progression is linear, and the chapters move forward in a logical way. The opening is engaging and introduces Ravenword in an appealing way. The juxtaposition of the modern dialogue and characters with the old-fashioned Gothic castle setting is particularly satisfying. The first few chapters provide the reader with all the need-to-know information about the characters, conflict, and premise. The ending offers effective closure and resolution. The story is written in third-person omniscient point of view. We learn, view, hear, and understand everything as the Ravenword characters do. This sets up the feeling of suspense very well, as the reader is just as baffled as Ravenword by the strange goings-on and, like them, wants to uncover the mystery. The characters are described and developed consistently, and each character has a purpose in the plot. Characters are consistent, well-developed, and effective throughout. Parson is funny, strong-willed, and emotional. He delivers the most biting (and humorous) insults, but he retains a high likability factor. Agnot, too, is a well-drawn, strong character, one who is easily visualized right from the beginning. Both Billy and Grayson are mysteriously presented (pleasingly so). The dialogue itself is great. It offers a nice distinction, in its slang and modernity, from the prose of the narrative. As mentioned before, the reader will enjoy the juxtaposition of this modern-sounding dialogue and characters with the Gothic setting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692896839
Publisher: Wind Woven Pages
Publication date: 09/25/2017
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

One particularly stormy morning, Justin Greenway sat down to capture the ferocity of the inclement weather and the result was the opening scene of what was to become Ravenword & The House of the Red Death. The draft, however, languished on his hard-drive insulated by a sense of comfortable stability as it percolated. The ravaging of The Great Recession, however, changed everything.

Justin found himself among the millions who had lost everything and it is here that the story that began with the stormy morning years earlier sprouted from his hard-drive like a seed in winter. With little prospects, Justin relocated to his childhood home of Portland, Oregon, where he would navigate more years of struggle yet find the means to finish the thriller that turned into a horror story which he would title Ravenword & The House of the Red Death.

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