Friday, September 12, 2014

Short Fiction Friday: Elderwood Manor by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes

Bruce hasn't been home to Elderwood Manor for some time. In fact, he's done everything to avoid the house since leaving for college. But now his mother has called. It seems her time is near and she's asked that Bruce come home. Broke and desperate, Bruce has no other choice. But when he arrives he realizes that returning to Elderwood Manor is a big mistake. Something lurks in the depths of the house. Something that has waited all this time. Something that is hunting Bruce and his young son. 

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.

Rating: 3.5/5

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