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Publisher Description

"Wickedly creepy." - Kindle Reviewer, Dawn K

"Horror in its finest hour." - Amazon Reviewer, Cathy DiZi

"I dare you to try and put it down." - Amazon Reviewer, Thomas Donnelly

"Haughnt will get you hooked ... can't wait for more. This author is right up there with Stephen King." - Amazon Reviewer, Carol

A creepy, fast read of desperation and fate, magic and murder.

From award-winning author David C. Cassidy comes a terrifying story with nail-biting suspense, a non-stop thrill ride with twists and turns from start to finish. Curl up and enjoy this modern retelling of the classic tale of a deal with the devil—with a stunning climax that is sure to shock you.


As his estranged father lies on his deathbed, horror novelist Paul Steele is stunned by the old man’s admission: Many years ago, he committed a ghastly crime and was never caught, his freedom bartered in a black-magic spell. On his last breath, he warns Paul that he should expect a visit from a mysterious stranger. “He’ll be coming son. A dark man. A man from the shadows.”

Soon, a chilling figure appears outside Paul’s home during a late-night thunderstorm—a vile and sinister man called Haughnt. When Paul confronts him, he is horrified to learn that not only does Haughnt possess unimaginable magic, but has come to collect on his father’s debt. Given two choices, both unspeakable, he must find a way to break an unbreakable contract, a curse sealed in his family’s bloodline. Stifled at every turn, as time ticks away and Haughnt’s relentless grip tightens, Paul faces a cold reality: We’re all damned. It’s just a question of when.

Fiction & Literature
February 7
David C. Cassidy
Smashwords, Inc.

Customer Reviews

MightyMouse04 ,

Great Short Story

"We're all damned, Mr. Steele. It is only a question of when."
These words are all too real for Paul Steele. Because of a decision made by his father many years ago, the Steele family must live under a curse that saved Paul's father from serving a life sentence. However, it can be argued that the alternative gave Paul's father and his descendants another kind of life sentence.
It is up to Paul Steele to try and rid his family of this evil curse, but time is limited.
This story is a quick read, but it is far from disappointing! Because of the author's excellent attention to detail, the reader is easily taken in and can feel the anxiety and fear right along with Paul as the story progresses.
We can feel the overwhelming sadness when Paul weeps in despair. We can feel the fear when Paul glimpses the image of an act of savagery in an ancient book--an image that possibly depicts his future. We can feel the hope and excitement when Paul makes his biggest plan.
This short story is a page-turner for sure! Also aside from being a suspenseful tale, it powerfully demonstrates how humans are affected by high stress and desperation.
I enjoyed this read very much, and I definitely look forward to getting lost in another of Mr. Cassidy's books!

profmmartin ,

Great Story!

David C. Cassidy takes you first hand on a journey into the darkest depths of humanity in Haughnt Book 1. You'll feel every emotion as Paul Steele seeks release from a curse before it's too late. Well written, storytelling at its best!

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