Spook House by Michael West
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published October 17th 2012 by Seventh Star Press
Source: Seventh Star Press copy for review
'There are some places in this world that go far beyond any normal definition of “haunted.” These places are so evil, so diabolical, that they become gateways to Hell itself. The Fuller Farm is one such place.
It is said that old man Fuller conducted unspeakable acts, blood rituals and human sacrifices, all in an attempt to gain the ultimate knowledge, the ultimate power. And then, he was killed–horribly murdered on his own lands, leaving the house to stand as a vacant monument to his wickedness. But once a door is opened, it can never really be closed.
Now, the stars are right. The gateway is ready to once more unleash unspeakable horror upon the town of Harmony, Indiana. And this will be one Halloween that they will never forget!'
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I haven't read a horror novel in quite some time and as it used to be my favourite genre to read I was quite excited when the opportunity to read this one came along.
Spook House, which is my first ever Michael West novel, had just the right amount of horror mixed in with an interesting storyline that kept me totally intrigued and turning the pages as quick as I could to the very end (well, as much as pages can be 'turned' on a Kindle anyway!)
In my opinion this story was so well written and didn't have any of that immature or 'cliche' feel that I've noticed a lot of horror stories seem to have. It also had a plotline that didn't seem to be so totally far out unbelievable and there was even a scientific aspect within the story to back the events up which I thought was a great touch.
The two main characters, Sheri and Robby, were very realistic and likeable people and I really enjoyed the interactions between them and how they developed as the story moved along.
This is not your typical horror story where multiple characters are being bumped off left, right and centre for unexplained reasons. This story has a bit more depth and contains just the right amount of gore that fits well within the plotlines and doesn't feel unnecessary as you continue reading.
Overall, if you're a fan of a good horror story that isn't immature or predictable then I definitely recommend reading Spook House. I can't wait to try some other Michael West novels now!
About the Author:
Michael West is the critically-acclaimed author of The Wide Game, Cinema of Shadows, Skull Full of Kisses, and The Legacy of the Gods series. He lives and works in the Indianapolis area with his wife, their two children, their bird, Rodan, their turtle, Gamera, and their dog, King Seesar.
Every Halloween, he turns his garage into a haunted house.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from Seventh Star Press author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”