Lost Hollow constable Graham Gordon just walked into his abandoned childhood home for the first time in twenty years. Local teenagers have been spreading rumors about disembodied screams coming from inside. Now, thanks to a rickety set of cellar stairs and the hateful spirit of his dead father, he might never escape.
Meanwhile, Channel 6 News feature reporter Afia Afton—whose father is the victim of a local decades-old hate crime—is meeting with town administrator Patsy Blankenship. Her mission is to develop a ghost story feature for a special to air on the station's Halloween broadcast. When Patsy tells her about the screams at the Gordon place, the past and the present are set on a collision course with potentially catastrophic results.
Can Graham come to terms with his father’s past and redeem his own future? Can the murder mystery that has haunted Afia for most of her life finally be solved?
It’s a fight for the future and the past when spirit and flesh wage war at the Gordon place.
An admirable, albeit simplistic, critique of racism and toxic masculinity pervades this well-crafted horror novel from Thorne (Plant). Newly elected Lost Hollow, Tenn., constable Graham Gordon, who is white, sets out to rehabilitate his family's dilapidated former property, which the townspeople believe to be haunted. On one of his visits, a mysterious force pushes him down the stairs into the dank cellar, where his body is overtaken by his father's ghost. Lee Gordon was a racist, sexist, and brutally abusive drunk when he was alive, and he's no different in the afterlife. As Graham and Lee fight for control of Graham's mind and body, Lee reveals that he is responsible for a string of decades-old murders. Meanwhile, black newscaster Afia Afton returns to Lost Hollow for the first time since she was 12, when her father was murdered in an unsolved hate crime, to write a Halloween fluff piece about the town. While following a story lead, Afia stumbles on the possessed Graham in his basement, giving rise to a heart-pounding series of events. With the right amount of gore and a permeating sense of dread, this work proves Thorne to be a gifted storyteller. (Self-published.)
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Honestly, the best horror story I have read in a long time. This author is an excellent writer and this story had me glued to the pages. Definitely a compelling read.
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