Posts Tagged ‘Tamara Thorne’

In honor of the spooky season, you can get two ghost-laden Thorne & Cross novels in ebook for $0.99!


Haunted is Tamara’s classic ghost story containing a bevy of spirits and horrors – from good-hearted dead hookers to a headless sea captain, a voodoo priestess, evil dolls, cold spots, sex dungeons, lonely lighthouses, and more succubi than you can shake your stick at. Can horror writer David Masters and his intrepid daughter, Amber, survive the terrors of Baudey House? Read Haunted to find out!


In Alistair’s paranormal murder mystery, Sleep Savannah Sleep, newcomer Jason Crandall moves his family into the old Victorian in Shadow Springs with high hopes for a new beginning – but after beautiful young socialite, Savannah Sturgess, goes missing, he’s plagued by haunting visions and terrifying dreams. By day, strange things happen in the old house; mysterious footsteps, chill phantom breezes – and the nights are even worse. Is Savannah herself trying to tell him that the dead don’t always rest in peace? Get your copy of Sleep Savannah Sleep to find out.

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Gretchen is a thriller that will also appeal to lovers of horror. It’s told primarily from the point of view of Lucy, a teen who has spent her life on the run with her mother. Lucy has always been resigned to her fate – changing states, changing schools, keeping secrets – but now she’s beginning to rebel.

As the book begins, Lucy and her mother relocate to house in the country outside a small town. Their new landlord, a concert pianist, and his daughter, Gretchen, welcome them, and despite their eccentricities, Lucy wants to stay. From there, the eccentricities and Lucy’s discomfort grow, and the story – a fascinating mystery – unfolds.

The pages of this tight and twisted tale flew by – I could hardly turn them fast enough. Highly recommended.

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I didn’t mean to read The Institute so fast. I meant to make it last, but with King, that’s usually impossible. I was eager to read this book because it’s vintage King. There’s a good whiff of Firestarter in the book simply because of setting and subject matter, but the story is handled quite differently. In Firestarter, certain bad guys, like Rainbird, really stood out to me, but here, they’re more of a troop, but each is well drawn and memorable in true King style.

The kids are well-drawn as well and very easy to tell apart. What The Institute has in common with the novel, It, is simply that it features a group of kids drawn together to fight for themselves. These kids are misfits for the most part and this plays out in wonderful ways.

Our primary hero is a super-intelligent boy named Luke. When I was near the half-way point in the book I was beginning to wonder if things were going to get more interesting. (Not that it wasn’t interesting, but I wanted a change of scenery.) There’s no need to worry. There’s more. Lots more.

The book explodes into a long climax mid-way and all the details carefully planted in the first half come into play. It becomes impossible to set the book down. And it all leads to a terrific and satisfying ending. The Institute is going to make a terrific movie one day. I can’t wait to see it.

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I first read The Haunting of Hill House as a child when I happened on it at the library. It changed the course of my reading and my own writing. I’ve reread it half a dozen times over the years. Recently, after at least a fifteen-year hiatus, I read it again. It’s as wonderful as ever, and it held a few forgotten surprises, too.

The 1960 movie is very true to the book but it leaves out a mysterious scene that happens late in the book. Theo and Eleanor go outside and encounter a child’s birthday party. They see a dog; perhaps the same creature that leads the men away from the house early in the book. And then they see something else that sends them running back to Hill House in terror.

The chapter ends there and when it picks up it’s obvious they’ve told the men what they saw – but Jackson never informs the reader. I don’t know how I ever forgot about this delightfully creepy twist, but now it haunts me. What did they see? I’m going to read the book yet again very soon because of it. I had just turned 11 the first time I read it and I was struck by the stone lions and the cup of stars almost as much as the scrabbling at the doors and the phantom hand-holding.

I saw only a ghost story back then and I adored it. Later, I understood the psychological aspects as well as the sexual ones but preferred to remember my more innocent impressions. This time, in full maturity, I loved it for everything it contained. It’s a beautiful, elegant tragedy and probably the best ghost story ever written.

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If you’re a horror movie fan, you know the terrorverse well. The terrorverse is the universe of the horror movie and certain rules apply, as famously pointed out in the movie, Scream. How to Survive a Horror Movie goes further and the chuckles are in the recognition of the rules and tropes.

The more you like horror movies, the more you’ll enjoy this book. I flipped first to my favorite genre – the Haunted House – and the checklist for confirming a house is haunted had me chortling. It lists such things as “Do the faucets or showerheads bleed?” and “Does the temperature suddenly plummet if you discuss remodeling?”

My favorite line in the entire book is here, too: “When you reach into the refrigerator, does your arm appear in another part of the house?” The various chapters cover all the genres, from slashers to killer vehicles, to vampires, and demons. There are tips on monsters – terrestrial, ocean, and outer space, and what to do about them as well.

The second edition of How to Survive a Horror Movie – Seth Grahame-Smith has been updated to reflect the classic horror movies of the last ten years or so as well as all your favorite older ones.

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The Secret Life of the Movies is a colorful and entertaining treat for movie lovers. It includes little known trivia from movies ranging from the silent era to brand new films. There are lots of movies of every type included and I was especially pleased to see my favorite genre – horror – well represented.

From the well-known fact that Halloween’s Michael Meyers mask was a spray-painted Halloween mask of Captain Kirk to the little known fact that when Harold Lloyd famously hung from the arm of the clock on a skyscraper (well, 9 stories up in actuality) he was really hanging on with only his left hand – he wore a glove over his mostly missing right hand – the book is a wealth of trivia.

This is the kind of book that makes a perfect gift for movie lovers. It would be great on a coffee table or perfect as bathroom reading. It’s written with humor and is quite entertaining.


The Remaking is a very original ghost story. Told primarily in first person present tense – my lease favorite writing format – it was nevertheless very hard for me to put down. It’s a page-turner.

The book opens in 1951 with a storyteller recounting a local urban legend about a witch and her daughter who were burned at the stake in the early 1900s. The tale is known as The Little Witch Girl of Pilot’s Creek. We then move to 1971 and meet Amber, a nine-year-old girl who has been cast in the role of the witch girl in a low budget horror flick. We remain in her head as the very creepy story of the production unfolds. Then, we jump to 1995.

The movie is being remade and Amber is now in her early thirties and playing the role of the mama witch. Finally, we move to the current day and enter the head of a podcaster who tracks middle-aged Amber down to find out what really happened during those cursed movie productions.

The book is very well written and quite original. The horror is psychological and – very possibly – supernatural. We’re primarily in Amber’s head. She put me in mind of Eleanor Vance in The Haunting of Hill House, but here the thoughts are unrelieved and unrelenting. It’s a disturbing read for fans of psychological horror.

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