Elderwood Manor, Christopher Fulbright, Angeline Hawkes
Publisher: Dark Fuse
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Things fall apart—Bruce Davenport knows this all too well.
On the heels of his wife’s death, laid-off and penniless with an eviction notice on the door, the only thing left for him and his four-year-old son Cody is Bruce’s childhood home, secluded deep within Ozark forests, haunted by the ghosts of his past.
After he receives a strange phone call from his dying mother, who has lived alone in the house for the past 15 years, Bruce reluctantly returns to the estate with his son.
But they soon find that something else dwells in the home, in the earth, in the woods. Unseen things are out for vengeance and blood. If they can survive the night, they may just find out what truly lies within the walls of…Elderwood Manor.
This is a difficult story to review for many reasons. It’s not your typical horror story and I would never want to give anything away for those who hope to read it.
Bruce has lost almost everything. His wife recently died. He lost his job, his home, his car. He has very little left. He does, however, have a four-year-old little boy named Cody who he will do anything in the world for. Down on his luck, he agrees to visit his childhood home after being gone for fifteen years. The call from his estranged mother for him to come home was odd, but he knew he had little choice. Driving there on fumes in a rundown car, he barely even makes it on gas to just beyond the large home he grew up in – and ultimately escaped from.
The minute Bruce and Cody walk into the old manor, the fear from Bruce’s childhood hits him full force. There has always been something about the house that terrified him, which is why he ran and never looked back. It doesn’t take long for things to start happening inside the home, the first of which is him finding his mother and she not being quite what he was expecting when he agreed to the visit.
After seeing his mother, Bruce and Cody are forced (due to weather) to stay in the old house overnight. They had run out of gas down the road and the icy conditions prevent them from getting to it until morning. The night inside the house becomes a waking nightmare, with Cody being in danger. Bruce has to fight like hell against the paranormal in order to save not only his child, but himself as well.
This is a nice story. The legend of the old manor is interesting and more than a little creepy. I am all about horror stories and I really enjoyed Elderwood Manor. If you are looking for something that keeps you turning the pages quickly and that will creep you out in many ways, I highly recommend this.
I look forward to reading more by these authors, both individually and together.
This book was provided by Dark Fuse via Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.