Posts Tagged ‘Paranormal’

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Today (January 9th, 2020) at 8 pm EST, the inimitable Hal Bodner returns to Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Listen in any time at: alistaircross.com/guests

Hal Bodner is the author of the best selling gay vampire novel, Bite Club and the lupine sequel, The Trouble With Hairy. He tells people he was born in East Philadelphia because so few people know where Cherry Hill, New Jersey is located. The first person he saw ever saw was the doctor who delivered him, C. Everet Coop, the future US Surgeon General. Thus, Hal was ironically destined to become a heavy smoker.

He moved to West Hollywood in the 1980s and has rarely left the city limits during the past several decades. Hal is so WeHo-centric that he cannot find his way around Beverly Hills, the next town over. Hal has been an entertainment lawyer, a scheduler for a 976 sex telephone line, a theater reviewer and the personal assistant to a television star. He once owned Heavy Petting, a pet boutique where all the movie stars shopped for their Pomeranians. He also owned an exotic bird shop.

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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. 

Deal with the Devil

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 …

Excerpt:

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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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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Our gothic horror novel, The Ghosts of Ravencrest (book 1 in the Ravencrest Saga) is on sale for $0.99 in #ebook at Amazon today through the 20th!

THE GHOSTS OF RAVENCREST

(Book 1 in The Ravencrest Saga)

Ravencrest Manor casts long, black shadows across its grand lawns, through the surrounding forests, and over the picturesque town of Devilswood, below. It holds its memories – and its ghosts – close to its dark heart.

When governess Belinda Moorland arrives at Ravencrest to tutor Eric Manning’s children, it’s the most beautiful place she’s ever seen, but she soon learns that not only is it built on secrets, but its inhabitants keep plenty of their own – from the elegant English butler to the power-mad administrator, to handsome millionaire Eric Manning himself, who watches her with dark, fathomless eyes. But Belinda soon realizes that the living who dwell in Ravencrest have nothing on the others – the ones who walk the darkened halls by night … the ones who enter her dreams … the ones who are watching … and waiting … 

Ghostly screams echo as bony fingers clutch at her in the indoor pool. The spirit of a long-dead child calls to her. A trio of gibbering nuns haunts her, their mad black eyes blazing. Ravencrest is a house of spirits and Belinda is thrust into a world of waking nightmares where there is no distinction between the living and the dead.

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“The Ghosts of Ravencrest delivers on every level. Delicate, creepy, detailed, and beautifully crafted, this reinvention of the gothic ghost story into a sexy, sleek modern chiller is a marvel of suspense and atmosphere. A knockout of a horror yarn!”

– Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Invasion, Lucid, and Self Storage

Book 2 in the Ravencrest Saga, THE WITCHES OF RAVENCREST, is also available at Amazon.

Hello, you devilish little delights!

If you like murder (we know you do!), mystery (of course!), ghosts (who doesn’t??) and ghastly crimes (ummm, hello … we know who we’re talking to here!) then we’ve got great news of the spookiest kind:

To get your summer off to a sinister start, Alistair’s paranormal murder mystery, Sleep, Savannah, Sleep, is only $0.99 on Kindle from June 19th through June 25th at Amazon.com!

Sleep, Savannah, Sleep takes place in a mysterious little northern California town called Shadow Springs where residents keep to themselves (most of them, anyway), fog creeps through the graveyard at all hours, and a young woman with a shady past and a grim future disappears under very unsettling circumstances. And that’s just the beginning of the mystery …

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Sleep, Savannah, Sleep has been praised by readers and reviewers alike, including HorrorAddicts.net, who says: “Alistair Cross shows that he is a master storyteller by giving us memorable characters and a twist ending that you’ll never see coming.”

And now, from June 19th through the 25th, Savannah is all yours for just $0.99! If you’re a member of Bookbub, you’ll see it there. Otherwise, just go to Amazon.com. We hope you have a happy, haunting good time reading!

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Desecration, installment #3 in the Ravencrest Saga: Exorcism, is available now at Amazon! 

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A ghostly pool party is in full swing; maid Justine Chambers is hiding a dangerous secret; and governess Belinda Moorland and her partner in all things spectral, butler Grant Phister, realize they’re up against more than a mere evil spirit this time.

The Ravencrest Saga: Exorcism, is first released in serialized installments in eBook. To catch up on the story, you can get the first and second full-length volumes, THE GHOSTS OF RAVENCREST and THE WITCHES OF RAVENCREST at Amazon, as well as the first two EXORCISM installments, BEGOTTEN and INCUBUS.

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August 23rd – August 30th, SLEEP SAVANNAH SLEEP will be on sale in eBook for $0.99 at Amazon!

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The Dead Don’t Always Rest in Peace

Jason Crandall, recently widowed, is left to raise his young daughter and rebellious teenage son on his own – and the old Victorian in Shadow Springs seems like the perfect place for them to start over. But the cracks in Jason’s new world begin to show when he meets Savannah Sturgess, a beautiful socialite who has half the men in town dancing on tangled strings.

When she goes missing, secrets begin to surface, and Jason becomes ensnared in a dangerous web that leads to murder – and he becomes a likely suspect. But who has the answers that will prove his innocence? The jealous husband who’s hell-bent on destroying him? The local sheriff with an incriminating secret? The blind old woman in the house next door who seems to watch him from the windows? Or perhaps the answers lie in the haunting visions and dreams that have recently begun to consume him.

Or maybe, Savannah herself is trying to tell him that things aren’t always as they seem – and that sometimes, the dead don’t rest in peace.

Praise for SLEEP SAVANNAH SLEEP

“I really enjoyed Sleep, Savannah, Sleep — a spooky, suspenseful tale that delves with insight into the dynamics of small towns and grieving families. It is sure to please fans of both crime fiction and horror – and anyone who appreciates a good story. Alistair Cross’s deft narration and well-drawn characters will pull you in, and the pages will turn as if by magic. – Margaret Lucke, author of Snow Angel and House of Whispers
 
“Alistair Cross shows that he is a master storyteller by giving us memorable characters and a twist ending that you’ll never see coming.” – HorrorAddicts
 
“I read the last few pages with my jaw on the floor.” – Romi Reads
 
“Sometime in October, when I list my absolute favorite Halloween night reads, this book will be way up on my list! Probably #1.” – The Novel Lady
 
“The end of the book was shocking. To put it simply, I was shook.” – Paws and Paper
 
“Love this story, and of course, I expected to, since it was written by Cross. Cross has a talent for giving great stories while scaring the hell out of the reader. Love it!” – Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews
 
“Soap opera becomes murder mystery becomes horror novel … A couple of beautifully orchestrated 180-degree plot twists later we get to the almost-happy ending we expected from the beginning.” – Renaissance Writer
 
“From the word go, the book had me in its captivating world … I was blown over by the story!” – Book Vue
 
“Alistair Cross has a way with words and it shows … a wonderful novel to read late at night with only a small light on next to you.” – Mystery Sequels
 
“If you’re looking for a modern gothic tale you can’t go wrong with this book … I would definitely read more from this author.” – Bibliophile Book Club
 
“SLEEP SAVANNAH SLEEP hooks you with a small-town atmosphere that quickly turns ghostly cold. Beware a plethora of twists and turns …” – Michael Aronovitz, author of Alice Walks and Phantom Effect