Literature | What I Read in March

The Nightmare Room

Author – Chris Sorensen

Genre – Horror | Fantasy | Thriller

The Nightmare Room

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Synopsis – New York audiobook narrator Peter Larson and his wife Hannah head to his hometown of Maple City to help Peter’s ailing father and to put a recent tragedy behind them. Though the small, Midwestern town seems the idyllic place to start afresh, Peter and Hannah will soon learn that evil currently flows beneath its surface.

They move into an old farmhouse on the outskirts of town—a house purchased by Peter’s father at auction and kept secret until now—and start to settle into their new life.

But as Peter sets up his recording studio in a small basement room, disturbing things begin to occur—mysterious voices haunt audio tracks, malevolent shadows creep about the house. And when an insidious presence emerges from the woodwork, Peter must face old demons in order to save his family and himself.

Published – 2018

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The Lighthouse Witches

Synopsis – When single mother Liv is commissioned to paint a mural in a 100-year-old lighthouse on a remote Scottish island, it’s an opportunity to start over with her three daughters–Luna, Sapphire, and Clover. When two of her daughters go missing, she’s frantic. She learns that the cave beneath the lighthouse was once a prison for women accused of witchcraft. The locals warn her about wildlings, supernatural beings who mimic human children, created by witches for revenge. Liv is told wildlings are dangerous and must be killed.

Twenty-two years later, Luna has been searching for her missing sisters and mother. When she receives a call about her youngest sister, Clover, she’s initially ecstatic. Clover is the sister she remembers–except she’s still seven years old, the age she was when she vanished. Luna is worried Clover is a wildling. Luna has few memories of her time on the island, but she’ll have to return to find the truth of what happened to her family. But she doesn’t realize just how much the truth will change her.

Published – 2021

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Author – C.J. Cooke

Genre – Fantasy | Mystery | Paranormal

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Captain of the Pole Star

Author – Arthur Conan Doyle

Genre – Horror | Short Stories | Gothic

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Synopsis – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of detective Sherlock Holmes, is the father of crime fiction. However, he was also an accomplished teller of tales featuring the weird, the supernatural, and the horrific, and ‘The Captain of the Pole-Star’ is one of the best examples of his weird fiction.

The Captain of the Pole-Star is a collection of strange mystery tales that are all independent, sometimes involving ship voyages, shipwrecks, amnesia, lost love, grand thefts, comedy, and fairy tales.

Published – 1890

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The Inmost Light

Synopsis – “The Inmost Light” is an 1894 short novel by Welsh author and mystic Arthur Machan, originally published along with “The Great God Pan” in John Lane’s Keynotes Series. The story follows a scientist who incarcerates his wife’s soul in a beautiful shining jewel. However, his wife’s uninhabited body becomes a clear invitation for something altogether unworldly, and the jewel too tempting for the opportunistic. 

Published – 1894

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Author – Arthur Machen

Genre – Horror | Mystery | Short Stories

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A Good and Happy Child

Author – Justine Evans

Genre – Horror | Mystery | Thriller

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis – Thirty-year-old George Davies can’t bring himself to hold his newborn son. After months of accepting his lame excuses and strange behaviour, his wife has had enough. She demands that he see a therapist, and George, desperate to save his unravelling marriage and redeem himself as a father and husband, reluctantly agrees.

As he delves into his childhood memories, he begins to recall things he hasn’t thought of in twenty years. Events, people, and strange situations come rushing back. The odd, rambling letters his father sent home before he died. The jovial mother started dating too soon after his father’s death. A boy who appeared one night when George was lonely, then told him secrets he didn’t want to know. How no one believed this new friend was real and that he was responsible for the bad things that were happening.

Terrified by all that he has forgotten, George struggles to remember what really happened in the months following his father’s death. Were his ominous visions and erratic behaviour the product of a grief-stricken child’s overactive imagination (a perfectly natural reaction to the trauma of loss, as his mother insisted)? Or were his father’s colleagues, who blamed a darker, more malevolent force, right to look to the supernatural as a means to end George’s suffering? Twenty years later, George still does not know. But when a mysterious murder is revealed, remembering the past becomes the only way George can protect himself–and his young family.

Published – 2007

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