counter create hit The Witching House: A Horror Novella - Download Free eBook
Hot Best Seller

The Witching House: A Horror Novella

Availability: Ready to download

Some houses should be left alone. In 1972, twenty-five people were brutally murdered in one of the bloodiest massacres in Texas history. The mystery of who committed the killings remains unsolved. Over forty years later, Sarah Donovan is dating an exciting man, Dean Stratton. Sarah's scared of just about everything--heights, tight places, the dark--but today she must confro Some houses should be left alone. In 1972, twenty-five people were brutally murdered in one of the bloodiest massacres in Texas history. The mystery of who committed the killings remains unsolved. Over forty years later, Sarah Donovan is dating an exciting man, Dean Stratton. Sarah's scared of just about everything--heights, tight places, the dark--but today she must confront all her fears, as she joins Dean and another couple on an exploring adventure. The old abandoned Blevins House, the scene of the gruesome massacre, is rumored to be haunted. The two couples are about to discover the mysterious house has been waiting all these years, craving fresh prey. And down in the cellar they will encounter a monstrous creature that hungers for more than just human flesh.


Compare

Some houses should be left alone. In 1972, twenty-five people were brutally murdered in one of the bloodiest massacres in Texas history. The mystery of who committed the killings remains unsolved. Over forty years later, Sarah Donovan is dating an exciting man, Dean Stratton. Sarah's scared of just about everything--heights, tight places, the dark--but today she must confro Some houses should be left alone. In 1972, twenty-five people were brutally murdered in one of the bloodiest massacres in Texas history. The mystery of who committed the killings remains unsolved. Over forty years later, Sarah Donovan is dating an exciting man, Dean Stratton. Sarah's scared of just about everything--heights, tight places, the dark--but today she must confront all her fears, as she joins Dean and another couple on an exploring adventure. The old abandoned Blevins House, the scene of the gruesome massacre, is rumored to be haunted. The two couples are about to discover the mysterious house has been waiting all these years, craving fresh prey. And down in the cellar they will encounter a monstrous creature that hungers for more than just human flesh.

54 review for The Witching House: A Horror Novella

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Wow! This book was freaking awesome! The author, Brian Moreland did a great job of wrapping up the storyline from the first book! All the characters are believable and from the first page to the last page you get caught up in the story! The story is about two couples that are considered urban explorers meaning they like to go romping through abandoned buildings, but when they go "romping" through this house they get more than they bargained for and things start happening to them. This is a very gr Wow! This book was freaking awesome! The author, Brian Moreland did a great job of wrapping up the storyline from the first book! All the characters are believable and from the first page to the last page you get caught up in the story! The story is about two couples that are considered urban explorers meaning they like to go romping through abandoned buildings, but when they go "romping" through this house they get more than they bargained for and things start happening to them. This is a very graphic book as when the crap hits the fan you will be feeling the blood splatter as you romp your way through the storyline! It was a short read as it took me about two full hours to get through it, but it was fast paced and kept my attention! Five stars for this one!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    In 1972 twenty five people were brutally murder in the Blevins house. This case remains unsolved.The house has stood still for forty years.Four young people go on an exploring adventure. The four Meg, Casey Dean and Sarah, travel to eastern Texas. There they will meet Ronnie who will be there guide. He agrees to take them to the Blevins house. One of the crew ask Ronnie if this house was haunted and he said it sure is! The house had been boarded up and sealed for the last forty years but they fo In 1972 twenty five people were brutally murder in the Blevins house. This case remains unsolved.The house has stood still for forty years.Four young people go on an exploring adventure. The four Meg, Casey Dean and Sarah, travel to eastern Texas. There they will meet Ronnie who will be there guide. He agrees to take them to the Blevins house. One of the crew ask Ronnie if this house was haunted and he said it sure is! The house had been boarded up and sealed for the last forty years but they found a way in. The two couples will find out that the house has been waiting for some fresh prey to come along. This is the first book that I have read by Brian Moreland. If you enjoy a haunted house story with a few unusual twists and turns, this book is for you.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Two couples illegally explore the old decrepit stone house deep in the Texas woods, and they soon get more than they bargained for. The Blevins clan practiced witchcraft, and their coven erupted into a horrifying orgy of bloodshed and murder 40 years ago. But something survived that night, and it's very, very hungry. Brian Moreland deftly weaves this fun and fast-paced lean horror novel, masterfully layering in the tension as the story races to its terrifying conclusion. While this could've been Two couples illegally explore the old decrepit stone house deep in the Texas woods, and they soon get more than they bargained for. The Blevins clan practiced witchcraft, and their coven erupted into a horrifying orgy of bloodshed and murder 40 years ago. But something survived that night, and it's very, very hungry. Brian Moreland deftly weaves this fun and fast-paced lean horror novel, masterfully layering in the tension as the story races to its terrifying conclusion. While this could've been fleshed out to be a longer book, it was perfect as is. Highly recommended!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bandit

    I realized it’s been a minute since I’ve read something scary or at least spooky and this novella actually did the trick. This is my third one by the author (all novellas, oddly enough) and probably the most enjoyable. Not sure if it’s a testament to genuinely higher quality of writing or just the right combination of mood and weather, but this was a genuinely fun eerie thrill ride perfect for a dark and stormy night. This slim volume actually comprises a short story prequel and then the novella I realized it’s been a minute since I’ve read something scary or at least spooky and this novella actually did the trick. This is my third one by the author (all novellas, oddly enough) and probably the most enjoyable. Not sure if it’s a testament to genuinely higher quality of writing or just the right combination of mood and weather, but this was a genuinely fun eerie thrill ride perfect for a dark and stormy night. This slim volume actually comprises a short story prequel and then the novella itself. So you don’t just get a random haunted place, you get the backstory to go along with it. At any rate, backstory or not, the Blevins place is far from an ideal date setting and yet…Sarah’s new beau is a man of adventure and fun, so he takes her along with a couple of his friends to an old, abandoned former residence of a witch cult. Sarah, being sane and all, has her trepidations, but not wanting to seem the wet blanket, goes along and then, of course, the entire situation becomes an absolute nightmare. Because…obviously. So it’s a pretty straight forward genre plot, but the characters are not terribly annoying, the atmosphere is genuinely creepy and the narrative manages to be fairly exciting. Which is honestly more than I expected, so it actually turned out to be a fun story that goes thump in the night. And I’m pretty sure the author does step up his game with this one, writing wise, come to think of it. Right down to the ending. Quick, brutal, entertaining read. Recommended for genre fans.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Latashia Figueroa

    I wanted to visit a few haunted places. After all, I love all things horror, supernatural, paranormal. That was before I read The Witching House. The Blevins house sits in the woods of east Texas. It is filled with secrets, blood and ghosts. Twenty-five people were murdered in the house forty years ago. The foundation of the house is witchery. Dean and his friends Casey and Meg have explored haunted places before. It's a thrilling hobby of theirs. Dean decides to bring his new girlfriend, a very r I wanted to visit a few haunted places. After all, I love all things horror, supernatural, paranormal. That was before I read The Witching House. The Blevins house sits in the woods of east Texas. It is filled with secrets, blood and ghosts. Twenty-five people were murdered in the house forty years ago. The foundation of the house is witchery. Dean and his friends Casey and Meg have explored haunted places before. It's a thrilling hobby of theirs. Dean decides to bring his new girlfriend, a very reluctant Sarah, along on the adventure. The four meet up with Ronnie, their guide to the Blevins house. Once inside they discover that the story of the Blevins house is not just folklore and some things, the horrific things, refuse to die. Clever, fast paced and creepy- just the way I like it! Well done Brian Moreland.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erin Al-Mehairi

    Excellent story that builds suspense, spins a unique tale, and heightens to sinister climax. Full review to come on this novella. Full review: Witches might be a new trending theme for books right now, but I’ve always loved stories of witches. Even when I was little, and not allowed to watch, talk, or even think about scary topics (my mom didn’t like it and I had horrible nightmares of a genie in a bottle), I WAS allowed to read stories of witches. Maybe it was due to Wizard of Oz, or my paperback Excellent story that builds suspense, spins a unique tale, and heightens to sinister climax. Full review to come on this novella. Full review: Witches might be a new trending theme for books right now, but I’ve always loved stories of witches. Even when I was little, and not allowed to watch, talk, or even think about scary topics (my mom didn’t like it and I had horrible nightmares of a genie in a bottle), I WAS allowed to read stories of witches. Maybe it was due to Wizard of Oz, or my paperback Tilly the Witch book, but regardless my mom was ok with storybook witches. I’d pretend I liked only good witches and then imagine myself dressed as an evil witch with only some redeeming traits. Ha! I was thrilled when she sewed me a black witches costume and cape one year for Halloween when I was about 8-years-old, so much so, I still have it. Continually over the years, I’ve liked, hated, and either way been enthralled by witches. When one of my favorite authors, horror writer Brian Moreland, decided to put out a novella called The Witching House, I was ecstatic to see what kind of evil tale he had come up with that surrounded witches. The Witching House, by Brian Moreland, and its short story prequel, The Girl from the Blood Coven, was a completely original tale in which we are led to wonder who a demented serial killer might be that murdered 25 witches who lived as a coven in the Texas woods. By the end of the prequel, I was entranced by some sick individual and needed to find out what heinous explanation he had for committing the atrocities we read. The shocking conclusion was enough to make me want to start right in on The Witching House IMMEDIATELY, which would take me forward into the present day. The Witching House pulls us in at the start with a group of four, two couples, who go on a ghost hunt adventure. As I read, I catch myself waiting around every corner for something sinister to appear or happen. For a little while I am learning about the characters, especially Sarah and Dean, as Sarah works to overcome her fears. I listen to their banter and everything seems normal. As a floor board creaks or a shadow is seen out the corner of an eye, the book begins to seep in creepiness. Soon enough, we understand that the ghosts of the Blevins Coven are not the only supernatural forces in this cabin. As well, everyone is not who they seem! It was pure entertainment to explore the musty cabin with them and even experience the horror they begin to unravel. Brian spins an unique and imaginative tale of what lurks in the basement of a secluded cabin. Being always torturously petrified of my childhood basement, I now have proof of why! I want to share with you so badly what is lurking there and why the whole idea is so incredibly cool. But I can’t spoil it, because I really want you to read this book! You’ll love it! Instead, I will say that I did LOVE the way that Brian connected the supernatural entity in the basement to nature. It has been one of my very favorite things that I’ve seen him do with a book yet. Growing up in the woods, and with that eerie basement again where it was always damp and cold, mildew liked our old stone, and moss was forever on everything around our house, I could totally relate to how these parts of a property or home could also become a part of the supernatural as they take on a life of their own. Brian manages to give us not only a fun story in these shorter works, but he packs in good magic vs. black magic and how they relate to each other, underlying themes of overcoming fear, attributes of cults in history and how they can lead to dangerous ends, family relationships (even strange ones), and romance! Plus he adds mystery, suspense, and additionally, hope! And curses….oh, the CURSE! This book is a definite WIN, worth the money, and I urge you to read both The Girl from the Blood Coven and The Witching House before summer is over! They’re a manageable length for quick reading, but packed full of amazing prose that you won’t want to put down. You’ll read them both in one sitting and they are pretty inexpensive too. I hope I see more exciting tales like this from Brian in the future. I would highly recommend this novella to any horror genre lover, but also to any mainstream readers who want a more pulse pounding tale. There is some romance, but not overly explicit, and he keeps it low on the blood/gore meter, which is why it’s great for overall reading by anyone who just wants a good creepy time. * I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest evalution. All opinion are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    4.5 stars When two couples (Dean, Sarah, Casey, and Meg) go exploring in the old, reputed haunted Blevins' House, they're expecting to find nothing more than a dilapidated building to film, or maybe some leftover antiques rotting away in one of the three-story building's rooms. Their guide, a local "thrill hunter" named Ronnie, works for the house's caretaker, Otis Blevins. He assures them that they will be able to explore, completely undisturbed. Note: It's never a great idea to go into a place t 4.5 stars When two couples (Dean, Sarah, Casey, and Meg) go exploring in the old, reputed haunted Blevins' House, they're expecting to find nothing more than a dilapidated building to film, or maybe some leftover antiques rotting away in one of the three-story building's rooms. Their guide, a local "thrill hunter" named Ronnie, works for the house's caretaker, Otis Blevins. He assures them that they will be able to explore, completely undisturbed. Note: It's never a great idea to go into a place that housed dozens of homicides within its tainted walls--especially when you're trespassing and haven't told a soul about your destination. What Brian Moreland began in his short story The Girl From the Blood Coven, goes into frightening new details as the full story behind that fateful night unfolds. For the evil that was born is still awake . . . . . . And still so very hungry-- Moreland let this story be told throughout the entire course of the novella--not be dumping the entire plot, in a one-sitting conversation. His descriptions of the house and noxious mold within were vivid enough for me to feel as though I were walking through the house with the "Urban Explorers". The sense of foreboding begins immediately, and steadily builds as the novella goes on. There were a couple of "character thoughts and emotions" that I felt were out of place in the situation involving them, but other than those, I felt it was a solid read with a conclusion that I was only able to partially predict. It's not necessary to read the short story prelude before embarking on this dark adventure, but I did feel a thrill of satisfaction when it came to one of the names I recognized from it. Another great story from Brian Moreland! Highly recommended!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan Hampson

    This maybe a novella but it packs one almighty punch. When Dean takes his new girlfriend Sarah for night out it isn’t on your standard date of a nice meal and quiet pint at the pub. Dean is a thrill seeker and he has arranged a double date adventure to an abandoned house where 25 people were massacred 40 years ago. The two couples are to break in and map the place for other thrill seekers to have a safe route to follow for the future. To say Sarah isn’t impressed is a gross understatement. The ma This maybe a novella but it packs one almighty punch. When Dean takes his new girlfriend Sarah for night out it isn’t on your standard date of a nice meal and quiet pint at the pub. Dean is a thrill seeker and he has arranged a double date adventure to an abandoned house where 25 people were massacred 40 years ago. The two couples are to break in and map the place for other thrill seekers to have a safe route to follow for the future. To say Sarah isn’t impressed is a gross understatement. The mansion type house hadn’t been a house for your run of the mill families, it had been a coven of witches and now a much darker malevolent form is waiting for anyone that dares to entre. This is definitely a what goes bump in the night read with a lead into the story from the past and massacre to the macabre present day. There are plenty of ways to kill an intruder especially if the killer has the supernatural on their side. I really liked the couple of surprises and twists as they really threw me, nice touch. The story is very graphic from the start to end so be prepared for lots of blood and gore, all which I felt was justified. A real horror that is action all of the way!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    The "scares" with some of the ghosts are effective, and the combination of an almost Lovecraftian influence with the house also puts enough of a unique spin on this tale to make it stand out from other similar books in the haunted house subgenre with a satisfying, gripping conclusion that will have readers clamoring for more of Moreland’s work. If you haven’t already read his previous novels, particularly "Dead of Winter", you don’t know what you’re missing. I personally can’t wait for the autho The "scares" with some of the ghosts are effective, and the combination of an almost Lovecraftian influence with the house also puts enough of a unique spin on this tale to make it stand out from other similar books in the haunted house subgenre with a satisfying, gripping conclusion that will have readers clamoring for more of Moreland’s work. If you haven’t already read his previous novels, particularly "Dead of Winter", you don’t know what you’re missing. I personally can’t wait for the author’s next novel, "The Devil’s Woods", slated for release this December.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gory B Movie

    Originally posted on Books are Delicious! Ask any horror fan what they're passionate about and you'll find that movies consistently top their lists. I'm always recommending books to fellow horror nerds only to be met with bored stares. Well, Brian Moreland's The Witching Hour is a book for all horror fans. Yes, even those that swear they never read. Like a movie, Witching Hour is action-packed, suspenseful and you can finish it in one sitting. Moreland wastes no time throwing readers into his stor Originally posted on Books are Delicious! Ask any horror fan what they're passionate about and you'll find that movies consistently top their lists. I'm always recommending books to fellow horror nerds only to be met with bored stares. Well, Brian Moreland's The Witching Hour is a book for all horror fans. Yes, even those that swear they never read. Like a movie, Witching Hour is action-packed, suspenseful and you can finish it in one sitting. Moreland wastes no time throwing readers into his story about a group of thrill-seekers on an expedition to explore the Blevins House. If you've read the short story prequel, The Girl from the Blood Coven, you know the abandoned house is haunted and that that this trip can't end well. Moreland's haunted house tale pays homage to classic backwoods thrillers like Deliverance (1972) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) as well as haunted house movies like The Amityville Horror (1979) and The Evil Dead (1981). There is a gas station filled with local hillbillies, an abandoned house in the woods, and a final girl named Sarah. Like one of my favorite final girls, Laurie Strode from Halloween (1978), Sarah appears innocent and vulnerable at first but she is much tougher than she seems. Sarah has an added layer that is rarely seen in novels about evil witches, her grandmother was Wiccan. Sarah's background in Wicca is a reminder that not all witches are demons. Moreland's research on Wicca is evident in his writing. While there are some terrifying witches in these pages, Moreland deviates from the standard wicked witch clichés and presents a refreshing take on the subgenre. An absolute must-read for Wiccans looking for a book that doesn't demonize their religion. Also, for anyone looking for a cinemagraphic experience. Witching Hour reads like your favorite horror movies. His third-person perspective of the story is like a camera lens that smoothly shifts from scene-to-scene and character-to-character. With Witching House, Moreland has masterfully crafted a full-throttle horrorfest that is sure to satisfy the bloodlust of gorehounds while providing enough atmosphere and suspense to deliver genuine scares. His narrative reads like Bentley Little with the imagination of H.P. Lovecraft. I look forward to reading more from this author and am eagerly awaiting his next release Darkness Rising available this fall. Review Clause: The author provided me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was provided. To see more of my reviews, visit my blog Books are Delicious!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tim Potter

    THE WITCHING HOUSE by Brian Moreland published by Samhain Horror Brian Moreland has written an engaging modern haunted house story with his novella, THE WITCHING HOUSE. It’s the story of a house and those who used to live there and something that still does. Forty years before the events of the novella a great slaughter takes place at the Blevins House, at the time a hippy commune and the home to a powerful witching family for long before that. Problems begin when two couples decide to explore the THE WITCHING HOUSE by Brian Moreland published by Samhain Horror Brian Moreland has written an engaging modern haunted house story with his novella, THE WITCHING HOUSE. It’s the story of a house and those who used to live there and something that still does. Forty years before the events of the novella a great slaughter takes place at the Blevins House, at the time a hippy commune and the home to a powerful witching family for long before that. Problems begin when two couples decide to explore the deserted home and uncover its secrets. Three self-styled urban explorers, who usually creep buildings in the city as opposed to the Blevins House out in the Texas wilds, and one reluctant woman are subjected to the horrors that the house holds. One criticism is that a character makes a transformation, from the readers point-of-view, that is not at all fluid or natural, though most will probably see it coming. It’s one negative in a book full of positives, a pretty good ratio. The book addresses the problem of violence against women very directly, if briefly, which is always a welcome thing in the horror genre. Very much in the tradition of HELL HOUSE, THE WITCHING HOUSE is a creepy, modern turn on the haunted house story. Be sure to read the short story prequel THE GIRL FROM THE BLOOD COVEN, available for free on your Kindle.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angela(demonsangel) Fitzgerald

    Review posted on Audible

  13. 5 out of 5

    John

    4.5/5

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marty Shaw

    Lock the doors and turn on all the lights because horror author Brian Moreland is at it again with The Witching House, a haunted house tale that will have you on the edge of your seat. Brian is one of my favorite authors, and a reliable go-to guy when I’m looking for a little something to get the blood pumping. If you haven’t read Dead of Winter, I strongly advise you to give it a try. The Witching House is a standalone horror novel that can be read and enjoyed by itself but you can get a little m Lock the doors and turn on all the lights because horror author Brian Moreland is at it again with The Witching House, a haunted house tale that will have you on the edge of your seat. Brian is one of my favorite authors, and a reliable go-to guy when I’m looking for a little something to get the blood pumping. If you haven’t read Dead of Winter, I strongly advise you to give it a try. The Witching House is a standalone horror novel that can be read and enjoyed by itself but you can get a little more background info on the house and the witches who lived there by reading the free prequel, The Girl from the Blood Coven. Otis Blevins, who we met briefly in the prequel, is a pig farmer with a special job. It’s his responsibility to feed the house, although he provides a steady supply of pig instead of what the house would prefer to eat. Unknown to Otis, a group of adventure-seekers are about to arrive, unknowingly tempting the old house with the meat it craves. After ten years of a boring marriage, Sarah was looking for a little adventure, and she found it with Dean, who was eager to take on almost any challenge. After months of dating, he’s managed to talk Sarah into accompanying him and his friends, Casey and Meg, on one of their outings as urban explorers, where they explore abandoned buildings. To add a little extra excitement to their outings, Dean and his friends look specifically for buildings that are supposed to be haunted. The group is led to the house by Ronnie, a fellow urban explorer who also happens to be a lot more. Intrigued by the bloody history of the house, the explorers are anxious to start looking around, but they get a lot more excitement than planned when they enter the house that eats people. While Sarah, Dean, Casey, and Meg are the noticeable main characters, there is one more subject in the novel that is just as interesting. Otis is a kind-hearted guy that’s been surrounded by evil all his life, and his story adds a lot of emotional impact to balance out the horror of the house. As far as surprises go, the plot will be recognizable to anyone that’s watched a few horror movies. A group of unsuspecting people enter the Bad Place, and lots of death and destruction follow. You’ll probably even be able to guess who survives, but there are still plenty of twists and turns to keep you from getting bored. Just when you think you know how something is going to go, something unexpected will send things in a completely different direction. Fans of horror will have a bloody good time visiting The Witching House.

  15. 5 out of 5

    #ReadAllTheBooks

    I purchased this about the same time I purchased the prequel short story, The Girl from the Blood Coven. Like I said in the review for that one, read the short story first. It doesn't spoil anything for this book but it does ramp up the anticipation to discover what is going on in this house. I have to say that while this wasn't a perfect book, it was an incredibly fun read. This is kind of the book equivalent of eating pixie sticks and popcorn while watching an old 70s or 80s horror movie. The I purchased this about the same time I purchased the prequel short story, The Girl from the Blood Coven. Like I said in the review for that one, read the short story first. It doesn't spoil anything for this book but it does ramp up the anticipation to discover what is going on in this house. I have to say that while this wasn't a perfect book, it was an incredibly fun read. This is kind of the book equivalent of eating pixie sticks and popcorn while watching an old 70s or 80s horror movie. The one I kept comparing it to in my mind was Night of the Demons, but I'm sure that each reader will probably make their own comparison. (It does seem to channel more of a 70s horror vibe at times than 80s, though.) What makes this work is that we get into the action fairly quickly and stay there for the course of the book. We have a little character development, but ultimately the main thrust of the book is that we have a bunch of people in a house where bad things happened. And still happen. And are happening right now in various bloody and disgusting ways. I have to admit that at times I wanted to have a little more of the house's inherent eeriness brought out, but I'm pleased with what I found here. It'd make one heck of a movie, that's for certain. There are some great visuals here that could work well in a visual format. The ending didn't strike as strong as a chord with me as I wanted, but it was OK. I think that part of this was because the ending's resolution was part of a plot thread that hadn't been as well investigated as I wanted it to be. I think that this was partially due to the story's perspective switching between the characters, which worked well in some instances but not necessarily in showing all of Sarah's past. It didn't ruin the book for me obviously, but it just felt a little anticlimactic after everything that had happened so far. I still definitely recommend this to anyone interested in schlock horror, though.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patrick D'Orazio

    The Witching House takes us 40 years into the future and we are introduced to Sarah Donovan, a timid girl who recently started dating Dean Stratton, an adventurer who loves exploring old buildings with his friends. Taking a chance, Sarah agrees to go on a trip with Dean to check out an old haunted house in rural Texas where 25 hippies were murdered 40 years earlier. Their heads were severed in many cases, and others hung themselves, but in some other instances, the bodies of the victims were nev The Witching House takes us 40 years into the future and we are introduced to Sarah Donovan, a timid girl who recently started dating Dean Stratton, an adventurer who loves exploring old buildings with his friends. Taking a chance, Sarah agrees to go on a trip with Dean to check out an old haunted house in rural Texas where 25 hippies were murdered 40 years earlier. Their heads were severed in many cases, and others hung themselves, but in some other instances, the bodies of the victims were never found. The quartet enter the house with the assistance of a local guide and find that the old stone house isn’t just a creepy old place, but seems to be an almost living, breathing entity that seems bent on their destruction. Whether it is the house itself or some dark unknown menace it is clear something hungers for their flesh and blood. I’ve read Brian Moreland’s two previous novels and was impressed by his ability to spin a horror tale. There is a certain level of dread that builds in his works that is based both on his talent as a researcher who provides his readers with a very detailed and vivid world and a knack for creating suspense with solid pacing. This story is simpler than the historical horror tales he has crafted previously-a ghost story that still has a depth to it because of the believability of the characters and the underlying secrets that are causing the horror to take place. If I have a criticism of this tale, it perhaps has to do with the character Otis, who I wanted to understand better, especially given his ominous yet sad existence. There was more to him-I could feel it, and wish I could have gotten to know him better. This is a minor quibble though, as this tale is another solid effort from the author that did not disappoint.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth McKinley

    Sarah has been dating Dean for 9 months now and it's been nothing but one adventure after another. Dean and his friends are adrenaline junkies. This is all new to Sarah, but so far she's been able to keep up. Now Dean and is friends are taking her on another action-packed weekend in the middle of nowhere East Texas. She learns that their latest adventure will be exploring the boarded up Blevins House. In 1972, the Blevins House was a hippy commune where a massacre occurred one night, killing alm Sarah has been dating Dean for 9 months now and it's been nothing but one adventure after another. Dean and his friends are adrenaline junkies. This is all new to Sarah, but so far she's been able to keep up. Now Dean and is friends are taking her on another action-packed weekend in the middle of nowhere East Texas. She learns that their latest adventure will be exploring the boarded up Blevins House. In 1972, the Blevins House was a hippy commune where a massacre occurred one night, killing almost thirty people under strange circumstances. The murders were never solved and the house has been vacant ever since. Dean has hooked up with a local named Ronnie online who has set the expedition up for them. The Blevins House is rumored to be haunted. But what lurks behind the walls isn't what you would see on Ghost Hunters. Not even close. Moreland creates a pulse-pounding read without falling into the old trappings of so many other stories that have young people in peril while being in an old house. The characters are three-dimensional and never feel cliched. The Witching House delivers the goods. Highly recommended. 5 Hanging Corpses out of 5 ** This ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review You can also follow my reviews at the following links: https://kenmckinley.wordpress.com http://intothemacabre.booklikes.com https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Judy Stambaugh

    Wild! This kind of reminded me of early Steven King! Two couples answer an ad to go ghost hunting. The house is full of ghosts and not good ones! The ghosts and the house have been feeding on pigs for years, but now they want human flesh. Will the couple's outwit the ghosts or will the ghosts consume them?! You'll have to read it to know who wins!! Wild! This kind of reminded me of early Steven King! Two couples answer an ad to go ghost hunting. The house is full of ghosts and not good ones! The ghosts and the house have been feeding on pigs for years, but now they want human flesh. Will the couple's outwit the ghosts or will the ghosts consume them?! You'll have to read it to know who wins!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Johnathan Breeland

    A brutal witch story This is a brutal novella about a witches coven truly it's a bloody tale of good versus evil from the first chapter the characters flow wonderfully you get everything you need from this Horror Story and the pages almost fly by and then it's over, a bloody brutal short story from a guy that I'm starting to like him more and more the more books I read from him read it now you will not be disappointed A brutal witch story This is a brutal novella about a witches coven truly it's a bloody tale of good versus evil from the first chapter the characters flow wonderfully you get everything you need from this Horror Story and the pages almost fly by and then it's over, a bloody brutal short story from a guy that I'm starting to like him more and more the more books I read from him read it now you will not be disappointed

  20. 5 out of 5

    James Campbell

    My first, and certainly not last Brian Moreland book. Purchased this through Samhain, for my Kobo. This is a short, fast paced read. Has a very "Ghost Hunters" appeal to it, although it is much more extreme than the "not really see anything" TV shows. Very well thought out ghost horror story, with good backstory as well! My first, and certainly not last Brian Moreland book. Purchased this through Samhain, for my Kobo. This is a short, fast paced read. Has a very "Ghost Hunters" appeal to it, although it is much more extreme than the "not really see anything" TV shows. Very well thought out ghost horror story, with good backstory as well!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Racki

    Gotta love those witches! I really liked this book. It was good from the beginning to end. I couldn't stop reading until I finished last night. At first you get "the house that eats people" but there ends up being a lot more to it then that. Gotta love those witches! I really liked this book. It was good from the beginning to end. I couldn't stop reading until I finished last night. At first you get "the house that eats people" but there ends up being a lot more to it then that.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christina Eleanor

    The Witching House is the story of three people that like to go check out creepy places. Dean had heard about this house and decided to talk his friends, Meg and Casey into checking it out. He also decides to bring his current girlfriend on this excursion and she has no idea what she’s being dragged into…literally. The group discovers the house is alive with evil intentions. As they explore the house, we get flashbacks of the story of the house and all that took place there years before. Some evi The Witching House is the story of three people that like to go check out creepy places. Dean had heard about this house and decided to talk his friends, Meg and Casey into checking it out. He also decides to bring his current girlfriend on this excursion and she has no idea what she’s being dragged into…literally. The group discovers the house is alive with evil intentions. As they explore the house, we get flashbacks of the story of the house and all that took place there years before. Some evil never dies. This group is about to find out what it wants and if they can make out before they too become part of the house’s history. I really liked this story. It’s the first book by Brian Moreland that I have ever read. It was a fast read and kept me turning the pages to find out what happened next. Check it out!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Spyros Egkarchos

    Unfortunately, I didn't like this. I'm disappointed to say this, because I had great expectations after I had read "Darkness Rising", which has pretty good. I didn't enjoy the whole story because it was a bit predictable and at times I got bored with the action inside the "haunted" house. I also didn't like the characters. I only cared about Sarah, who in the end (view spoiler)[ decided to stick to Dean despite the fact that Dean wanted a girl to live adventures with and Sarah was a calm girl wh Unfortunately, I didn't like this. I'm disappointed to say this, because I had great expectations after I had read "Darkness Rising", which has pretty good. I didn't enjoy the whole story because it was a bit predictable and at times I got bored with the action inside the "haunted" house. I also didn't like the characters. I only cared about Sarah, who in the end (view spoiler)[ decided to stick to Dean despite the fact that Dean wanted a girl to live adventures with and Sarah was a calm girl who was not so excited about visiting haunted houses (hide spoiler)] . Summing up, I liked the idea of the story, but not the way it was captured.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dex

    3.5 estrellas Me gustó lo suficiente para terminarlo relativamente rápido, pero le quito estrellas porque empiezo a notar una especie de patrón en las historias de Brian Moreland, y algo que en general no me gusta mucho en historias de terror: los finales felices (tan feliz como puede ser en una historia de terror) que se sienten, como decirlo, ¿no merecidos?

  25. 4 out of 5

    GD

    Pretty fun book about a witch monster living in a big house in the woods. I think the biggest problem though was the amount of action, if you can believe it. There was just so much action, and I realized that reading about it gets kind of old. Cool monster though.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Randall Uerkvitz

    Exciting Occult Horror Just like my title states, when you put those three words together you're speaking my language! Plus the actual size of the written material being a novella, it makes for a quick fun read. Highly recommend. Exciting Occult Horror Just like my title states, when you put those three words together you're speaking my language! Plus the actual size of the written material being a novella, it makes for a quick fun read. Highly recommend.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    3.5 stars. Some nicely done creepy scenes.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeanine

    Good story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    DAVID TAYLOR

    Interesting Redneck horror. The players start out interesting. Some of them quickly disappear and the cast is reduced. The story is interesting

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  31. 5 out of 5

    Tristan

  32. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Kelly

  33. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne Kenrick

  34. 4 out of 5

    Denise Rago

  35. 4 out of 5

    ABookGeek

  36. 4 out of 5

    Danny

  37. 5 out of 5

    Hunter Shea

  38. 5 out of 5

    Monica Sessoms

  39. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  40. 5 out of 5

    Ray Smiley

  41. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

  42. 4 out of 5

    Jack

  43. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda Sfetsos

  44. 4 out of 5

    Pau

  45. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  46. 4 out of 5

    Pauline Brady

  47. 5 out of 5

    Lex Fillmore

  48. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  49. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Tuma Domurat

  50. 5 out of 5

    Leevora

  51. 5 out of 5

    Regina Hunter

  52. 5 out of 5

    Kaela

  53. 5 out of 5

    Bianca van Willigenburg

  54. 4 out of 5

    Angel Gelique

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.