Elderwood Manor is the latest novella released by husband and wife authors Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes. It's a pretty intense and creepy read!
Hawkes and Fulbright do well in building the perfect horror atmosphere in this tale. A man, beaten down and somewhat desperate, trying to survive and care for his son in the wake of his wife's death. A creepy house with a dark and sinister history. Closed off corridors. No neighbors in site. And a storm on the horizon. Yep, all the right elements for a good horror story!
My only real complaint with this one was the length. And yes, it's a novella, I went into it knowing it would be short and that's fine. I wanted more, though. I wanted a more fleshed out history of the house. I wanted a clearer explanation of the things that left Bruce reluctant to return. I wanted to know what really happened to his mom and his dad in the years that Bruce was away.
The build to the end was great - almost perfect, in fact. By the time the real action begins, though, Elderwood Manor actually started to feel rushed and was over all too soon. All in all it was a fun, dark read but one I'd have loved to spend more time indulging in.