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Stormi's The Haunting of Barry's Lodge by Annie Walters


PUBLISHER: Black Raven Books

RELEASED: June 8, 2017

GENRE: horror, occult

LENGTH: 219 pages

FORMAT: ebook, paperback







Alfred, a washed-up author, plagued by failures can’t believe his luck when his father-in-law, Frank, provides him with a chance that he direly craved for: Seven days alone in an isolated Motel with the task of finishing his upcoming book! But little does he know about the Motel’s unsavory history. Hidden in the copse of trees and about 400 miles away from his home in the dark forest of Skiddaw, it is a two-storey facade with twisting, malevolent chimneys and an eerie allure.Lack of WI-FI, poor signals and weird set of rules, the dark atmosphere soon turns his seemingly idyllic trip into a living nightmare. Apart from the usual creaks, groans, and moans of the crumbling structure, he soon finds himself face to face with an entity. An urban legend that is lurking in the woods long before the Motel found its existing foundations. The Motel’s dark and haunting history quickly becomes tangled with Alfred’s life as he frantically searches for answers. Barry, the caretaker is hiding something. But what is it? Is there someone else living in the motel beside him? Or is the caretaker not what he seemingly appears? Alfred quickly begins to lose his tenuous grip on reality as he sinks further and further into an intricately designed game of deceit and lies that might put his life in danger! Or is he a threat to himself and everybody around him?


Arnold is an author, right now not a good one, and needs a plan. When his father-in-law provides him with a week away he decides that, "This is it. I have a plan". When he gets to Barry's Lodge he finds that things are not as they seem. Weird things are happening and he begins to have no clue what is real and what is not.

The first thing I noticed about this story is the editing. It has quite a few issues with spelling and grammar. This is a bit of an issue, especially to a reader such as myself. But, despite this, I continued reading and found that this story is shrouded in mystery. It was a thriller that offered a good bit of scare. It was definitely a different type of read than what I am used to in a thriller/horror. It is psychologically bewildering and the ending is a wild ride.

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