It's a truly creepy read about a couple, Conrad and Joanna Harrison, who move into an old Victorian home in Wisconsin, only to discover that there is something very strange about the house. Jo leaves, almost immediately, for work -- adding strain to their already stressed marriage -- and Conrad is left to learn the secrets of the house alone. Noises in the night, strange women appearing at his bedside, blood on the floor, and that doesn't include the physical occurrences either. The house wants life and seems to be able to do whatever it takes to ensure that that happens.
Ransom's debut brings to mind John Saul's early work, twisty horror tales I remember reading ages ago. Comes the Blind Fury and Suffer the Children, just to name a few. The Birthing House is a dark and terrifying read that will horrify readers -- so if you're looking for a new horror tale, this would be the one to buy.
Strangely, or not, this book has already been released in the UK. Ransom is from Boulder, Colorado, my adopted home since '05, and now lives in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. I guess we're just a little slower stateside, eh?
It's promising, though, that the book has already become a bestseller according to the London Times list. One would hope that readers here will take notice as well and propel the debut author into the realm of book stardom that he and The Birthing House deserve.
Be warned readers, this chilling read is on par with Barker and other greats in the horror world. This is no quiet thriller, but a stormy and intense read that is at times very disturbing.
And, if you're in or around the Boulder area, Chris will be at the Boulder Bookstore on August 17 at 7:30 so speak about and sign The Birthing House. I'll definitely be there, book in hand! He will also be appearing at the Highlands Ranch branch of the Tattered Cover on August 18.