by Scott Nicholson
Category: Fiction / Horror
0 pages; ISBN: 0786015802
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Pinnacle, Sept 2004, 5.99, 320 pp.
The North Carolina Arts Council awarded a grant to Mason Jackson to work on his sculpture for six weeks with free room and board at the Korban Manor that once belonged to Ephraim Korban. Parapsychologist Anna Galloway has dreamed of Korban Manor for a long time and now that she is dying, she goes to the place that has haunted her. Anna is amazed that her dream was about an actual place and from her first day on the property she sees ghosts, the shades that Korban controls.
At first nobody realize that Korban is neither dead nor alive but lives in the walls and the glass of the home he loved so much. Miss Mamie, who runs the manor, is really Korban’s wife Margaret; she remains young due to the power that her husband possesses. Everyone on the property who is not a guest is a ghost for Korban to use as fuel to sustain his existence. On the night of the blue moon, if all goes according to plan, Korban will live once again and only Anna and Mason can stop him if they dare.
Fans of Bentley Little and Peter Straub will love this old fashioned ghost story that will scare readers half to death out of fear Korban will turn them next. From the beginning the audience is aware that ghosts roam THE MANOR and the outside property but they don’t have a clue what Korban’s ultimate goal is or why each room has a fireplace that is always lit or why a picture of Korban that is highly prominent in each room gives the viewer a chill. Sooth Nicholson has written an edgy and frightening ghost story that readers will thoroughly enjoy.
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