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Helena.

gothic horror / romance novella

CLASH BOOKS (2020)

 

Mortician and funeral home director, Helena Morrigan struggles to cope with the literal ghosts that follow her after a tragic childhood. She has the power to free their lost souls but cannot summon the strength to do so due to her past trauma. After relocating to a small countryside house owned by wealthy twin brothers, Eric and Christian Tarter, and their sister, Audrey, Helena begins to receive more visits from murdered and tortured souls. At first, she attributes this to a local serial killer with a habit of gutting their its and stealing their organs. However, both Helena and the Tarter siblings are drawn unwillingly into the investigation by a cold and vindictive detective, which forces Helena to face the demons that lay in her past, testing her new friendships and threatening her sanity. 

 

 

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The Swallowing Place.

gothic horror / romance novella

THE GHASTLING PRESS (2020)

 

In an attempt to flee her abusive employer, amateur witch Brigid Swann takes a new name and a position as a maid in an isolated estate that sits on a deserted island off the cliffs of North England.With this new start, Brigid hopes of leaving the violence and emotional trauma behind her as she begins to work for the disturbed and mysterious Lamia Levine. Lamia's house is full of mirrors, a pair of eyes always watching but thankfully for Brigid, her past with the Levines remains forgotten, allowing her to savor some peace. Along with Lamia, Brigid encounters two of Lamia's grown children, the kind but oddly allusive Logan and the dazed but caring Louisa. Yet, there is more to the Levine family that meets the eye with Brigid's sleepwalking and nightmares growing into more than just flashes of her traumatic childhood.

 

 

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The Wolves of Edingrad.

dark fantasy / gothic horror novella

THE GHASTLING PRESS (2020)

 

After one hundred years of war, the Northern Nations begins to recover despite losing the majority of its population, mass poverty and starvation, and their once lush forest landscape now ravished.

 

Young expectant mother, Irina leaves her desolated village, jumping from town to town before she nears the now abandoned frontlines and the last remaining village on the outskirts of the battlefield. She quickly earns a job as governess for the area's orphanage after the previous headmistress is given up for sacrifice. 

 

With the help of a local doctor, Irina attempts to liven the children's lives despite the violent conflict and the cruel treatment of their guardians. However, as her pregnancy and mental state become an uncertain rollercoaster as she discovers the horrors the children are hiding.

 

 

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Dr. Vladis and The Hounds.

gothic horror / romance novel

CRYSTAL LAKE PUBLISHING (2021)

 

After failing to save a little girl from injuries sustained in a dog attack, young doctor Timothy Vladis begins to experience a variety of hallucinations and ghostly visitations. Plagued by his overbearing conscience, Timothy returns to his countryside home town in an attempt to avoid returning to work and triggering his rampant guilt.

 

However, he finds little solace in his widowed and abusive mother and instead is drawn to the powerful Dr Apollyon and his two daughters, Lilith and the wheelchair-bound Mallory. Yet, the sisters are far from innocent Victorian ladies as their lives are dictated by a life-threatening and incurable illness.After transferring to Dr Apollyon’s privately funded hospital and insane asylum, Timothy is engulfed by the Apollyon family ghosts as he uncovers horrific stories of insatiable power, personal redemption and undeniable bravery and strength.

 

 

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