Much like a lot of horror movies these days, there are some books that have gone the way of literary CGI. Instead of telling an interesting tale, they sometimes ramble and chose blood and guts over good story telling. That’s not to say there isn’t a place for the gore in movies or books. I love a good bloody romp as much as the next genre fan. But when it comes to tales of hauntings and supernatural occurrences, I prefer mine the old fashioned way: creepy, effective, and with character driven narrative.
SKER HOUSE by author C.M. SAUNDERS fits that description perfectly and goes the extra mile by not only presenting a spine tingling story, but adding enough facts to give it an extra layer of effectiveness.
In case you don’t know (and I certainly didn’t) SKER HOUSE is real. It’s an actual location and you can actually freak yourself out thinking about its authenticity! And while you can’t visit it yourself, after reading this book you probably wouldn’t want to. There’s no reason to doubt me, but for the skeptics out there, here’s a great ARTICLE ABOUT IT. But even better is the section in C.M. Saunders book at the end. He gives a compelling in depth description of SKER HOUSE and the legends surrounding it. I love that kind of thing.
Below is the actual SKER HOUSE! Creepy….
And I especially love how he brings those stories and superstitions to life in this book. He takes the best of the reality and creates a fictional story around it that is both scary and so well written you’ll think it’s a “true story” rather than a work of make believe.
The basic synopsis of SKER HOUSE is simple: “Dale and Lucy are two students with a fascination in the supernatural. One weekend, they travel to Sker House, South Wales, a private residence with a macabre history which has recently been converted into a seaside inn. They plan to write an article for their university magazine about a supposed haunting, but when they arrive, they meet a landlord who seems to have a lot to hide. Soon, it becomes apparent that all is not well at Sker House. An air of opression hangs over it, while misery, tragedy and ill-fortune are commonplace. Gradually, it becomes clear that the true depth of the mystery goes far beyond a mere historical haunting. This is a place where bad things happen, and evil lurks.
Little by little Dale and Lucy fall under Sker’s dark spell, and as they begin to unravel the mysteries of the past, they realize that nothing stays buried forever.
Welcome to Sker House, a place where past and present collide.”
The characters are very much the meat of this book. From the above mentioned Dale and Lucy, to Mach, to Old Rolly, and even the dog, each one sounds and acts like a real human (or animal) that you can imagine being there with while they go through the happenings at SKER HOUSE together.
The cast of characters also include a mother/daughter team and by limiting the number of people to this handful, the author makes sure each one has his or her moment to shine. Each one feels like an important part of the overall story instead of filler characters. Sometimes less is better and this is an ideal example of that. In a book that’s just shy of the 300 page mark, you get to know each one with enough detail to care about them but without them ever being “lost” in the background when they’re not front and center.
In following the less is better theme, at the end of SKER HOUSE, I was surprised that not only was it effectively a terrifying, supernatural romp, but it did that with a minimum of bloodshed. I thought back at what I had read and couldn’t recall a gore filled moment. And yet I was on edge the entire time. The thought of what COULD happen to these characters and the good old feeling of peeking around a corner with your hands over your eyes because you don’t really want to know what’s there, but you HAVE to see anyway were what permeated my senses while reading.
I guess you could say SKER HOUSE is a good, old fashioned, creepy, evil ghost story. The kind you’ll read and then feel your stomach drop the next time your flashlight goes out. It may also put you off dictaphone recorders. Just saying. This is spooky stuff and you’ll definitely want to get it for yourself when it releases.
SKER HOUSE is available for pre-order right now. It releases tomorrow, MARCH 1ST, so be sure to have your Kindle or Kindle app ready to go so you don’t miss out! I recommend it very highly if you like a case of the goosebumps late at night.
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Keep it bloody.