Creep-tastically Good Reading - The Melting Pot
It’s October, one of my favorite months of the year. Nature starts its colorful decent into winter slumber; my family starts to prepare for the holiday season; and I start planning my Halloween costume!
In honor of Halloween, we’ll add some nightshade family fruits and veggies (tomatillos, goji berries, peppers, etc.) to the melting pot!
Normally, I don’t do creepy. I’ve never been one to purposely seek out scary books or movies, so it is rather funny that I find myself writing a second post featuring a ghost story. I’ll admit that it took me more than a minute to get into the flow of this book, since the story is told through journal entries, notes, letters, and transcripts. But once I was in the flow, I was HOOKED! The Supernatural Enhancements has secret societies, ghosts, puzzles that need solving, and a big ol’ spooky mansion. But what most intrigued me, as an author, is the fact that the heroine is mute. I had to see how Mr. Cantero tackled her dialog and emotions….and let me tell you, he did a superb job…but be prepared to sleep with the lights on for a few nights. Ha!
When twentysomething A., the European relative of the Wells family, inherits a beautiful, yet eerie, estate set deep in the woods of Point Bless, Virginia, it comes as a surprise to everyone—including A. himself. After all, he never knew he had a "second cousin, twice removed" in America, much less that his eccentric relative had recently committed suicide by jumping out of the third floor bedroom window—at the same age and in the same way as his father had before him . . .
Together with A.’s companion, Niamh, a mute teenage punk girl from Ireland, they arrive in Virginia and quickly come to feel as if they have inherited much more than just a rambling home and an opulent lifestyle. Axton House is haunted... they know it...but the presence of a ghost is just the first of a series of disturbing secrets they slowly uncover. What led to the suicides? What became of the Axton House butler who fled shortly after his master died? What lurks in the garden maze – and what does the basement vault keep? Even more troubling, what of the rumors in town about a mysterious yearly gathering at Axton House on the night of the winter solstice?
Told vividly through a series of journal entries, cryptic ciphers, recovered security footage, and letters to a distant Aunt Liza, Edgar Cantero has written an absorbing, kinetic and highly original supernatural adventure with classic horror elements that introduces readers to a deviously sly and powerful new voice.****
I’ll admit it was the cover of this book that initially caught my eye. Like creepy, I normally don’t do deal-with-the-devil stories either. And, to be honest, there is very little diversity and multiculturalism in this story – however, this book is incredibly smart and filled with dry humor. Horst is absolutely yummy and Johannes somehow manages to accomplish good deeds despite his underlying intentions. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am excited to read the other books Mr. Howard wrote featuring the Cabal brothers: Johannes Cabal the Detective, Johanes Cabal: The Fear Institute, and The Brothers Cabal.
A charmingly gothic, fiendishly funny Faustian tale about a brilliant scientist who makes a deal with the Devil, twice.
Johannes Cabal sold his soul years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. Now he wants it back. Amused and slightly bored, Satan proposes a little wager: Johannes has to persuade one hundred people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever. This time for real. Accepting the bargain, Jonathan is given one calendar year and a traveling carnival to complete his task. With little time to waste, Johannes raises a motley crew from the dead and enlists his brother, Horst, a charismatic vampire to help him run his nefarious road show, resulting in mayhem at every turn.
Columnist: C. Morgan Kennedy
I have a confession to make. I’m a time traveler. I love flinging myself into the future, then hurtling fast to an alternative past. In my usual time-space-dimension, I’m a mechanical engineer and business woman. So, I have a natural penchant for hover cars and steam or aether powered engines. Though I was born in the wrong era, I’m actually a child of the sixties – 1860, 1960, 2060.
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