Author Name: Ian James Krender
Publisher: Torquere Press Publishers
Cover Artist: Ali Futcher
Words: 97,600 Pages: 298
Categories: Fiction, Gay Fiction, Historical, Horror, M/M Romance, New Adult, Paranormal
Old houses hide secrets, sometimes dark ones.
In the 1970’s, London based family, Marjorie, Stanley and their theatrically bent son fall in love with a dilapidated Victorian seaside villa. Dreaming of a better life by the sea, they transform the property into a luxury guesthouse, ignorant of the tragic events that occurred there at the beginning of the century. They discover that their guests are not the only other occupants in the building.The souls trapped within the house offer the temptation of wealth and power, but all come with a deadly price. Stanley, supported by his ambitious wife, enters political office. Marjorie will stop at nothing to achieve her goals for her husband, no matter who gets in the way.
Thirty years later, an affluent gay couple, Jez and Graham, purchase the hotel, which now unoccupied has once again fallen into disrepair. They are blissfully unaware of the building’s grisly past. Jez falls under the influence of the spirits within the house, rapidly achieving fame, fortune, and a life beyond his wildest imagination, but the price is ultimately the corruption of his very soul.Bound by a common destiny, both Marjorie and Jez’s fates lie inextricably intertwined across time and connected to the house. Their gruesome realisation is that death is not necessarily a release.
Review by multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
This is a truly terrifying ghost story that reminds me somewhat of The Shining for it is set in a hotel and its malevolent inhabitants of the ghostly kind somehow manage to reach across the divide and influence those of the living.
There are two stories going on here.
The first story is set in the 1970s and the other in the 2006-7s. For the first story, we have Marjorie Wilson telling the story of how she, her husband Staley and son Christopher first set eyes on Pembroke House. They fall in love with the area and the place and had dreams of having a hotel.
The second story revolves around Jez Matthews and his partner Graham. Both men want to shed their life in the city and for financial security, they buy a closed down hotel after falling in love with it. This is the story that occurs in the 2006s.
Each of the characters involved get to buy the building that was once a grand home to Elizabeth Penbroke who, along with husband and supposed lover, died on the same day under gruesome circumstances. It is their ghosts that live within the walls of this grand home and it is they who play influence over the new inhabitants.
It all starts out quite normal for all, where first they go through the terrors of refurbishing an old structure then the joys of opening their doors to guests, the happiness felt when they realize their business is going to be a success, the elation they all feel when their personal lives are improving by the day, and the horrors when they realize that the ghosts are coming in to play but not in a nice way.
Both stories are told from different points of views and from the story teller's time period. Although this may sound confusing, it is actually not. I loved reading this style for it actually gave me a better view on how the different events fell into place, in parallels, from different time periods. What is most interesting is that what happens to one story will get reflected onto the next, but not.
Illicit affairs, betrayal, murder, ghostly apparitions and mystery galore is the true tale of this book. It took me three hours to read this and I could not even put this down to eat. Despite the shifting points of views that may sound horrific to other readers, the way this is written, this story should be told exactly the way it is, for it just increases the horror felt as each page is turned.
Horrifically recommend this read! Awesome!
I write this book in my twilight years. Though considerable time has passed since these tragic events occurred, there is no doubt in my mind that it will be controversial. Some people will suspect me of profiteering. However, if I am privileged enough to see this work published, then I will donate any proceeds to the affected surviving family members. The money would be of little use to me now, as I am elderly, and I have no heirs.
Perhaps writing this is a form of therapy, a way to assuage my own guilt. Goodness knows, I have spent much time reflecting on the 'what ifs.' Over the years, I have learned to forgive myself the errors of my past. However, I will never forget the pain that I have caused others through my poor decisions.
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