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Agnes and Cat

HORROR / DARK FANTASY NOVEL

NIGHTFIRE BOOKS (2022)

After a local tragedy, ten-year-old Agnes Hellaire and her parents move to an isolated town to start anew. In a new environment and natrually shy, Agnes struggles to find new friends and watches her parent's relationship begin to crumble. Yet, she finds an ally in the form of a mysterious creature that lurks the gardens of her aged apartment building. A creature, she fondly names 'Cat'. 

Agnes' life takes a dark twist as some of the apartment residents start turning up dead, completely drained of their blood. Her parents start to change, their fights escilating and even turning onto her. She confines in Cat who attempts to help her fight the demons that plague her new home. 

Twenty years later, Agnes is approached by two investigators who are both passionate to solve the case. Yet, Agnes is still haunted and persued by the monsters of her past that now threaten the life of the apartments new residents. 

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"A stark, gothic fairy tale for all lovers of the macabre, with language as comforting and hypnotizing as a cemetery at sundown. Helena is genuinely scary and will dance and haunt inside your darkest dreams.”

John Palisano, Bram Stoker Award-Winning author of Ghost Heart / President, Horror Writers Association

 
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When We Entered That House...

HORROR NOVELLA

OFF LIMITS PRESS (2021)

Zoe and Elle are two adventurous little girls. Best friends since birth, they have made the vast woods their kingdom, escaping to the horizon of their deep imaginations as a distraction from their stressful home lives. They'd play from dusk till dawn, yet keeping their promise to never venture near the crumbling remains of the house that sits amongst the ancient trees of Mortimor Hill, the latter named after the family once ruled the area.

 

Yet, a strange beckoning pulls them past the front gates where inside lays various temptations, mysteries surrounding a young girl who would never grow old despite her long-stolen innocence. As Elle and Zoe venture further into a century of horrors will be unleashed on them who may not make it out intact. 

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"A stark, gothic fairy tale for all lovers of the macabre, with language as comforting and hypnotizing as a cemetery at sundown. Helena is genuinely scary and will dance and haunt inside your darkest dreams.”

John Palisano, Bram Stoker Award-Winning author of Ghost Heart / President, Horror Writers Association

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Helena

GOTHIC HORROR NOVELLA

CLASH BOOKS (2020)

On the outskirts of London, 1855, mortician and funeral director Helena Morrigan struggles with her limited finances and the heavy burdens of her past. Desperate to secure herself, she takes up residence in an aged house closer to the graveyard, closer to the lost souls that sense her torment and are determined to take her place in the mortal world.

 

As she tries to tame and free the ghostly figures around her, she becomes acquainted with the owners of the home, the recently orphaned siblings, Eric, Audrey and Christian Tarter. Yet, the souls she wants to save are on edge as a horrific serial killer runs rampant, giving Helena a boost in business and suspicion.

 

Against her best efforts, Helena is suddenly thrown into a bloody mystery where new and old friendships are tested, innocents are maimed and a horrific family secret that threatens her chance at a peaceful existence and her existence itself.

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"A stark, gothic fairy tale for all lovers of the macabre, with language as comforting and hypnotizing as a cemetery at sundown. Helena is genuinely scary and will dance and haunt inside your darkest dreams.”

John Palisano, Bram Stoker Award-Winning author of Ghost Heart / President, Horror Writers Association

 
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