House of Echoes, Brendan Duffy

House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy is available tomorrow. House of Echos Brendan Duffy

Remember when I said April would be a great month for horror stories? This debut horror novel was one of the reasons. House of Echoes weighs in at 400 pages (hardcover) and is published by Ballantine Books. As of this writing, the book ranked 28,000 overall in Amazon. Can you say freaking awesome for a first-time novelist?

SYNOPSIS (thanks to Amazon):

In this enthralling and atmospheric thriller, one young family’s dream of a better life is about to become a nightmare.

Ben and Caroline Tierney and their two young boys are hoping to start over. Ben has hit a dead end with his new novel, Caroline has lost her banking job, and eight-year-old Charlie is being bullied at his Manhattan school.

When Ben inherits land in the village of Swannhaven, in a remote corner of upstate New York, the Tierneys believe it’s just the break they need, and they leave behind all they know to restore a sprawling estate. But as Ben uncovers Swannhaven’s chilling secrets and Charlie ventures deeper into the surrounding forest, strange things begin to happen. The Tierneys realize that their new home isn’t the fresh start they needed . . . and that the village’s haunting saga is far from over.

House of Echoes is a novel that shows how sometimes the ties that bind us are the only things that can keep us whole.

A good book description should assure readers that they’re in the hands of a pro. Brendan Duffy’s publishers do just that. I especially like that we have empathy for the characters right away. We have a family in crisis, a writer-father and a kid fending off bullies – all great ways to prime a human’s emotive pump.

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This will be a great month for horror stories.

I don’t mean tax day (always frightening) or the appalling happenings in Indiana. I mean the kind of horror stories that you read to forget about such day-to-day challenges. Stay tuned for the details.

Months Of The Year Concept

As for this writer, I’ve got a few scares up my sleeve and want to turn them loose this month. Ghouls are happiest, of course, when they’re free to sink their fangs into the unsuspecting. So I’ll keep this short. See you in your nightmares. LL

Free (and Almost Free) Horror Stories for your Kindle

I just nabbed two free horror story deals on Amazon. You should, too. Your Kindle is happiest when its packed with darkness, is it not? Here they are:

The Screaming [Kindle Edition] David Graham – FREE

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I have no idea when these deals end. Best to jump on them. While you’re here, please click on the friendly skull to your right and join the mailing list. It’s the only way to get the best goodies a horror reader will love. LL