The House loomed over the city like a beacon of malevolent evil. People spoke of it only in whispers. Others tried to own it, eventually coming out in a body bag. Darkness dripped from its windows, spilt blood made up the foundations of its property, and Satan seemed to have a claim on the land. Houses built along its borders nailed their windows shut so that they wouldn’t have to see it. Evil resided within its ancient walls and did not care who knew it!
Manchester House was a legend – the “Mount Everest” of Haunted Houses!
Professor Jonathon Holzer knew he had scored the opportunity of a lifetime. With an international crew of paranormal investigators, and a mysterious “shaman” named Indrid Night, the man hoped to find some answers. There was one proviso: The City Council was not aware of his venture, and the police could not help him. He would be alone.
Sometimes when one stares into an abyss, the abyss stares back into you!
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It’s always hard to make reviews, because I want to tell the plot, and who did what, and who all the characters are and just give everything away–but I will restrain myself. I’ll keep it a secret! I was sent Through A Glass Darkly eBook form by the author. It was advertised as a horror novel, so obviously, I agreed to read it and give it an honest review.
Through A Glass Darkly was a fast paced, enticing read. One thing I loved about this book was that there were never any parts left hanging. I felt that every question was answered, and all the information wasn’t crammed together. The opening scene honestly made me want to read more, it was just the right amount of mystery to keep you flipping the pages. Sometimes books can pull you in and promise you a thrilling journey, but they don’t always come through in the end. Through A Glass Darkly totally followed through. The writing is clear and concise and the descriptions are so scary good. The story is full of creepy images, suspense and a bit of sadness as well.
I won’t give away too much, but I want to say that my favorite character was definitely Indrid Night. He practically knew the answer to everything, and didn’t have much fear when scary things started happening. I would certainly want him around me, I get frightened of everything! Each character was strong in their own way and each one complemented the other, but Indrid was the best–my opinion.
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I expected this to be the usual “haunted house versus ghostbusters” cliche worn to death in movies and TV. Surprise, it isn’t! There are the standard cast of characters but there are also a few new ones added. The script may run similar but there are enough differences and added sequences along the way to make this one a scary surprise as a professor of the paranormal and his crew–consisting of a psychic, and a medium and a skeptic camera man who have a love-hate relationship–get secret permission from the local sheriff to investigate a house infamous for the number of owners who have died after taking possession. When they are joined by his colleague and teacher who’s been waging a war with the supernatural all his life, and the teacher’s deaf-mute assistant, the fun really begins. Manchester House may be haunted but it’s much, much more…and soon the little group are up to their ears in more than ghosts but a supernatural entity who’s been around much longer than they thought.
There are casualties among both investigators and spirits before the story is over.
I usually read at night but I found myself starting this book earlier…before daylight was gone…for obvious reasons. Kudos to Donald Allen Kirch. — Amazon Reader.
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One of the Best Paranormal Fiction Reads in 2015 – Haunted Book Case
Format: Kindle Edition
How do I start this review? There are those books that you read and enjoy. Those ones that you read, write the review and move onto the next one. Then, there are those books that you read, rush through to the end because you HAVE to know what’s going to happen next, and then find yourself reflecting on all the multifaceted levels of the book.
This, was one of those books. I finished last week and I have taken this time to really revel in the enjoyment I felt from this novel. Huge kudos to the author, Donald Allen Kirch. I really hope this novel catches the eyes of a lot of readers; if it doesn’t they are surely missing out.
We are met with a self-assured parapsychologist who is aching to take on the “Holy Grail” of all paranormal /haunting cases. The very case he has sought out lands in his lap with a call from a Lt. Wells from Atchison, KS. There’s a house, Manchester House, that has taken the lives of many over the 100+ years since it was built.
With the chance in his grasp, he gathers a group from his team of experts. S.O.U.R.C.E. This team represents the “ideal” team; this is a team I would die for in my investigations. Even though there’s bickering amongst the team, the team is stronger than any family I’ve ever met. There’s a saying in my family, “We fight hard, but we love harder.” This holds true to Professor Holzer’s dream paranormal team.
This team goes through thick and thin; literally..thick mud and thin plastic veils. The come out with a hellish ending, and bigger tale to tell others. Without giving too much more of the plot line away, I will say that this was a well thought out, well written and thorough book. The author deserves to be promoted highly for his imagination and novel born of it. — THE HAUNTED BOOKSHELF
VOTED “BEST PARANORMAL HORROR / SUSPENSE NOVEL” in 2015 by THE PARANORMAL ROMANCE GROUP.
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