Halloween Literary Offerings
– tales of ghosts, ghouls and haunted locations –
The Ghost in My House – a short story by Susan R. Murphy
“Welcome to your new home, Donald. I died in this house and cannot leave, and so shall it be with you and your family.”
A treat (not a trick!) awaits horror fans this Halloween. The Ghost in My House is a short story by Susan R. Murphy that has just been published in Kindle edition and is on sale now on Amazon.
However, as part of a special Kindle promotion, readers can download it for free during Halloween. This offer ends at the stroke of midnight on 31 October (the Eve of All Hallows) when, as tradition tells us, ghosts and ghouls return to their unearthly realm.
The Ghost in My House is, as the title would suggest, a ghost story on a haunted house theme. Donny, together with his mom and dad and his sister, Tiffany, move into a new home – a small house in Lincoln Acres, part of National City in San Diego. At first, it seems like everything that they could ask for but quickly, they realise that they are not alone. A gruesome murder took place in the house many years before, and the victim is still crying out for revenge.
While it may sound like familiar territory for horror fans and aficionados nevertheless, it is Susan’s distinctive storytelling style that will keep you turning the pages, right to the end.
Her previous book, The Immortals (published in 2014) is a collection of short stories that have been described as “very, very scary”. Her writing reflects themes and preoccupations with horror, sci-fi, romance, legends and re-interpretations of tales from ancient Greek mythology.
The Ghost in My House by Susan R. Murphy is published by The Manuscript Publisher. It is available to buy online, in Kindle edition through Amazon.
The Rising of Haunted Ireland by GhostÉire – now available in e-book edition
Of course, ghost stories and tales of hauntings challenge beliefs, dealing with subject matter and themes that span separate (though not entirely distinct) worlds, also crossing the genres of fiction and non-fiction in literary terms. A book that takes the reader on a journey through Irish haunted locations (on and off the beaten track) seeks to “to find spiritual and scientific reasons for the paranormal, the supernatural and similarly unexplained phenomena”.
The Rising of Haunted Ireland by Anthony Kerrigan, Sinead Houlihan, Jenifer Kerrigan was published this time last year, in print edition, to great reception. It has just been published in e-book and available to buy online through all the major distributors – see below.
The authors are members of GhostÉire, a team of paranormal investigators based in the south-west of Ireland. Their research and investigations have taken them to locations all over Ireland, investigating possible hauntings and supernatural occurrences, accumulating volumes of recorded and independently verifiable source material in the process. Theirs is a world of whispering lighthouses, misty islands, mind-bending gaols, vanished forts and public houses where the spirits flow a little too unaccountably! Tales of sailors, smugglers, pirate queens, Irish rebels, Vikings and spies crop up along the way.
Providing a comprehensive overview of the world of paranormal investigations, their conclusions will interest the skeptic as much as the believer, as well as those who simply wish to form their own view. The bulk of the presentation comprises precise, detailed, often graphic descriptions of paranormal investigations, typically undertaken during the dark and eery hours in some of very remote and inhospitable places. It should be noted that the book does come with a parental advisory warning (not suitable for anyone under 16 years), containing as it does, some strong language and possibly disturbing themes.
The Rising of Haunted Ireland by Anthony Kerrigan, Sinead Houlihan, Jenifer Kerrigan, already available in print editions (hardback and paperback), is on sale now as an e-book edition and available through global distributors that include Amazon, Smashwords, Apple (iTunes), Barnes & Noble, Kobo, amongst others.
On sale now, in print and e-book editions.
The Battle for Coman’s Wood by Mario Corrigan
So far, we have been looking at literature best described as ‘adult’ in terms of subject matter and orientation (in other words, not for the squeamish or fainthearted!). Not so with The Battle for Coman’s Wood by Mario Corrigan, however. This is a book for children, teenagers and young adults – all ages in fact, including anyone who likes a good read. It consists of a straight-up, fast-paced, historical and mythological adventure story.
Halloween has its origins in Gaelic, pre-Christian and pagan customs and The Battle for Coman’s Wood crafts a story from much of the mythology that surrounds it.
An American family come to Ireland, their ancestral homeland, in time for Halloween and the ancient Feast of Samhain. They have no idea of the adventure that is about to unfold. It is almost as if their journey has been anticipated. They soon become entangled in a quest to thwart the evil plans of Queen Medbh and The Morrigan, to bring forth a terrible army from the OtherWorld! Ireland and indeed, the whole world is in danger and only the true-blooded heirs of Turlough O’Connor, High King of Ireland, can hope to prevent a cataclysm.
Terrible, evil creatures issue forth from beneath the earth, driven hard by the warrior queen, who plans to conquer everyone and everything that stands in her way. Men rally round the ancient banners and defend what they hold dear. Plans are laid and a terrible battle must be fought but, help is on hand from unknown quarters – from long dead Kings and loyal Followers.
Time is running out. Our brave heroes must face the might of these supernatural forces for, it is the blood in their veins that gives hope for salvation. All Hell breaks loose, literally, in an epic showdown in the ancient wood, Coman’s Wood, near Owneynagat: gate to the OtherWorld … the gate to terror and destruction.
A rip-roaring tale of mythical proportions, the story was sculpted from the imaginations of school children from the area of County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin, meaning ‘Saint Coman’s Wood’) where the action takes place.
On sale now in print and e-book editions.