EXORCISM, book three of The Ravencrest Saga, is available for pre-order in ebook at Amazon! Order it now and it’ll be delivered to your Kindle on Valentine’s Day – because nothing says I LOVE YOU like demons, ghosts, and kinky sex! The paperback will be available on the same day.

And if you haven’t caught up with the ghoulish goings-on at Ravencrest Manor, books one and two – THE GHOST OF RAVENCRESTand THE WITCHES OF RAVENCREST – are available in ebook and paperback at Amazon as well.

That said, here’s a little more about EXORCISM:

The Devil Comes to Ravencrest …

The Jazz Age 

In the 1920s, Henry Manning ruled Ravencrest with an iron fist. He held debauched parties that would have inspired Jay Gatsby himself. From the Manning fortune to a beautiful wife – the silent film star known as the White Violet – Henry had it all … including a loyal cult that worshipped the demon Forneus. 

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Violet lost her life putting a stop to the demented perversions that Henry and his demonic familiar visited upon Ravencrest …  but now that evil has returned. 

The Soulless Child 

In the night, an innocent maid is seduced by a demon lover. A child is born, but it is not of this earth. Father Antonio DeVargas is summoned as ghostly parties light up the old poolhouse and phantom screams rip open the night. Meanwhile, the White Violet wanders the halls of Ravencrest warning the inhabitants of death and disaster to come.

And the current master of Ravencrest, Eric Manning, is decidedly not himself …

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Midnight. The witching hour. Watery echoes in an empty building. The grand Greek Pool at Ravencrest Manor babbles and gurgles as chlorine-scented water flows like cool blood in veins and arteries. The moon, full and high above the arched glass ceiling, shines its light into the cobalt pool, casting splintered rays across the water. 

A spring and thunk from the tall diving board, then somehow, water explodes into the air. The sound ebbs and flows with movement.

But if no human ear is present to hear it, no eye to see it, can these things be real? Or are they merely tricks of light and sound, magic courtesy of Mother Nature? 

Soft golden lamps flicker to life. And then, music, faint but unmistakable, rises and echoes. Eddie Cantor. If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie.

Laughter. The sounds of a party, of voices, of champagne glasses clinking.

Then something white and serpentine slithers and stirs beneath the water like glistening cold silk, there and gone again in an instant.

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If Sherlock Holmes was confronted by dozens of shoes – filled with feet – washing up on the banks of the Thames, what would he do? I can only imagine that his methods would be the 19th century equivalent to Preston & Child’s Agent Pendergast’s.

I was attracted to Crooked River because of the severed feet. In the story, feet clad in identical shoes begin washing up on a Florida Beach. We’ve all seen news reports about such feet stumbling ashore, often in the Pacific Northwest, and there are many theories about these phenomena, most of them well, rather pedestrian, so that when Preston & Child decided to explore their own version of this mystery, I couldn’t resist.

If you’re unfamiliar with Preston & Child’s enigmatic FBI agent, it won’t be a problem. The authors have written this book so that you can walk right into the story and know and understand Pendergast and his beautiful but deadly assistant without floundering.

In Crooked River, Pendergast is partnered with Special Agent Coldmoon, and as we follow the three protagonists, we’re drawn into action and adventure so exciting that I, for one, missed out on a lot of sleep. But it was well worth it.

Crooked River is a complex tale that will have your heart pumping as you turn the pages. To say more about the story itself would be hard without giving spoilers, so I’ll leave you with this: If Sherlock Holmes were alive today and had access to the technology and science that Agent Pendergast does, I doubt he could solve the crime any quicker than Pendergast. But I would love to see him try.

In The Servants of Twilight, Dean Koontz is in top form as he thrusts the reader into the world of religious zealotry when a mother, Christine, and her son, Joey, are confronted by a very creepy old woman during what proves to be a not-so-typical trip to the store. The old woman in question, Grace Spivey (or Mother Grace, as she’s known to her followers) believes that young Joey is the Antichrist – and that he must die in order to save humanity. As Mother Grace’s efforts escalate, Christine gets no help from the local police and she enlists the help of a PI, Charlie, who quickly takes as much interest in Christine as he does in helping her protect her son.

It’s been twenty years since I first read this book, and having re-read it recently, it stands the test of time. With memorable characters, an intriguing plot, and descriptions so powerful you’ll feel the winter wind biting your bones, this is the good old-fashioned classic Koontz that put him on the map and made fans of millions. A solid, exciting, worthwhile read for anyone who loves thrillers, mystery, horror, and even romance.

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Aaaaand … here it is! The new cover art for book 2 of The Ravencrest Saga!

“Ghostly secrets abound. Tortured spirits wander the hallways. Star-crossed lovers walk the paths of time. Servants connive, and the heroine faces an uncertain future …Run, do not walk, to get The Ravencrest Saga. Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross take the reader on a delicious journey of twisted family secrets, troubled dreams, and barely-concealed passions. Wrap yourself in the silken robe of this story and escape to Ravencrest.”

-Sylvia Shults, author of Hunting Demons: A True Story of the Dark Side of the Supernatural

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So here’s what happened: When Tamara and I began writing Ravencrest, we weren’t thinking in terms of a series. We didn’t know if we’d enjoy it or if it would go over well enough with readers to justify continuing.

As it turned out, we absolutely loved writing it (and still do) and it was not only accepted by readers but quickly became our bestselling work.

So naturally, a series was in order – and because there’s so much going on at Ravencrest Manor, continuing the tale was an easy, natural thing to do. We were happy to keep going with it.

But excited as we were to dig back into it, tne thing we didn’t think about was the book covers and by the time we started on book #3, we realized the first and second book covers didn’t have a whole lot in common with each other. We loved the art on both of them but they just didn’t quite “match” as much as we thought they should.

So we had them redone. This is the cover for book 1, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, and tomorrow I’ll share the cover for book 2!

Happy reading!

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This Thursday, December 19th, at a special time 3 pm EST) our favorite ghost-hunting author Sylvia Shults will be stopping by Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! to discuss holiday hauntings and her book, The Spirits of Christmas!

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Sylvia Shults is the author of 44 Years in Darkness, Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, and other books of true ghost stories. She has spent the past twenty years working in a library, slowly smuggling words out in her pockets day by day to build a book of her own. She sits in dark, spooky, haunted places so you don’t have to. She lives a short, ten-minute motorcycle ride away from the haunted asylum that features in so many of her books. She considers it the highest privilege to share the incredible, compassionate history of the Peoria State Hospital.

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After battling an intense, lifelong fear of the dark, Sylvia decided to become a ghost hunter. (What WAS she thinking?) As a paranormal investigator, she has made many media appearances, including a tiny part in the Ghost Hunters episode “Prescription for Fear”, about the Peoria State Hospital. She is also the writer, director, producer, and host of the true ghost story podcast Lights Out, available on YouTube, iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spotify, and anywhere else great podcasts are found.

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Here it is … the cover for THE RAVENCREST SAGA: EXORCISM!

EXORCISM is the third book in the RAVENCREST SAGA. It’s prequels include The Ghosts of Ravencrest and The Witches of Ravencrest, both of which are available now at amazon!

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We wish you all a spirited Christmas and haunting New Year!

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Since reading The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston, it occurs to me that the real monster in question may well be the Italian justice system itself, which, at every turn, willfully fails to uphold its duty and administer justice. I first became aware of this very flawed judicial system during the Amanda Knox case (which Preston also talks about in this book) but I didn’t get to see the real inner “workings” of that system until I read Preston’s book. It was astounding, disgraceful, and actually embarrassing (a Satanic cult did it? Really?) the way Italian law enforcement deflected, denied, and overall abused its power in this case. 

And that’s just the background. Front and center is the monster of Florence himself, who killed sixteen people between 1968 and 1985 in the province of Florence. In this true crime narrative, we see the crimes themselves which Preston pens, as always, with a deft and masterful hand. The style in which he narrates is journalism at its best; it manages to remain fair and objective – a true feat, given that both he and his friend, the Italian reporter Mario Spezi, were at one point named the Monster of Florence during the course of this very absurd “investigation.”

I’m glad Douglas Preston wrote this book. It not only sheds light on the heinous crimes and the political atmosphere that influenced the investigation, but it makes me glad that I live in America where I don’t have to worry about being legally accused of witchcraft and devil-worship for taking an interest in unsolved crimes. That, at least, is some form of justice.

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Thursday, December 5th, at 8 pm EST, we’ll be chatting with author and associate movie producer. Listen in any time at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

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Joshua A.H. Harris is a writer, father, and recovering environmental attorney. He grew up in Laramie, Wyoming, served in the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa, and currently lives in the Bay Area. Joshua holds degrees from Brown University, UC Davis, and San Francisco State University. His writings have appeared in the East Bay Times, Gravitas (Pub House Books), Berkeley Times, and Ars Poetica. In 2014, he wrote Out of the Fog, a serialized novel released one chapter per week over the course of a calendar year (available at outofthefogjh.blogspot.com). In 2017, Joshua became an associate editor for La Vil: Stories from the Streets of Port-au-Prince, Voice of Witness (San Francisco). More recently, he wrote and published Common Sense 2019: A Bipartisan Call to Take Back Our Government, a political pamphlet that addresses the fundamental problem of money in politics. Joshua is also an associate producer of the following movies: Night Comes On (2018) starring Dominique Fishback and Tatum Marilyn Hall; House of Tomorrow (2017), starring Asa Butterfield; Lucky (2017), starring Harry Dean Stanton; and Columbus (2017), starring John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey.

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Inspiring in very strange ways, Clive Barker’s Coldheart Canyon is in a class all its own. It’s horror, yes, but it’s more than that. It’s sexy, definitely … but it goes deeper. It’s creepy, of course … but again, there’s more to it than mere ghoulishness.

Clive Barker is a master of the depraved and wonderfully preposterous; no one does it like him and, like his other work, this Hollywood ghost story managed to keep me enthralled while simultaneously repelling me … and I loved it.

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