Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hollow House - by Greg Chapman - Much more than just a haunted house story

4 of 5 Stars     Review copy

Here's how to set the tone for your book.  One of the best opening lines I've read this year...

The stench of putrefaction leaked from the Kemper House into the air over Willow Street for three days before any of the neighbours noticed it.

Hollow House is much more than a simple haunted house story. What lurks inside 27 Willow Street affects everyone in the area in one way or another.

This is a dark and gruesome tale, with an ever-increasing creep factor as we learn more about The Kemper House and other buildings designed and built by architect, Eric Kemper.

Ben Traynor is a star reporter for the local rag and happens to live right across the street from The Kemper House.  He's the one that uncovers its history and his relentless investigation just might cost him his life.

In telling his story, Chapman manages to capture teenage angst to a T.  Sibling rivalry, parent/child relationships, they're all here and they all ring true.

With Hollow House, the author has taken a tired trope and breathed new life into the haunted house story form, leaving the reader with a captivating and enjoyable read.

Certainly recommended.

Hollow House is published by Omnium Gatherum Media and is available as a paperback and for the Kindle.  if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you may read it at no additional charge and if you're an Amazon Prime member you can read Hollow House for FREE through the Kindle Owners Lending Library.

Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist from Australia and in the last 5 years he's had 5 novellas published as well as a short story collection.  Hollow House is his long awaited first novel.  It's about time, Greg.

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