No one in Willow Street pays it any notice, not the disgruntled Campbell family next door, not Alice Cowley and her suicidal daughter, or Mr. and Mrs. Markham down the road. Not even Darryl, the loner at number seventy, who is abnormal himself, thinks much about it. It is just the old Kemper House, forgotten and abandoned.
Until it makes itself known.
When the stench of death wafts from Kemper House through Willow Street, and comes to the attention of recent resident and newspaper reporter, Ben Traynor, it starts a chain of horrors that brings Kemper House's curse into their own homes and leads others direct to its door. Kemper House not only haunts its neighbours, it infects them with an evil that traverses time and reality itself.
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HOLLOW HOUSE, by Greg Chapman is the first novel I've read by this author, but it won't be the last! He has managed to bring a new take on one of my favorite sub-genres--that of the haunted house. I was hooked from the very first page, and quite pleased when the story continued to prove unpredictable, all throughout.
". . . To its neighbors, the Kemper House had died a long time ago and been left an empty vessel. They were wrong."
In an upper middle class neighborhood, number 72 Willow Street (otherwise known as "the Kemper House", after its architect), was somehow completely unnoticed--despite its outdated style and dilapidated state that would ordinarily have people complaining about the "eyesore". At least, it went unnoticed until the third day a decaying body lay in it--the putrid smell finally penetrating beyond all boundaries and invading the homes in its vicinity.
Greg Chapman's writing perfectly conveys the essence...
HOLLOW HOUSE BY GREG CHAPMAN rates a ten on my weird & scary meter! This book is so intense I forgot to breath while reading it! From page one till the very odd ending I was hooked! Set in a anywhere USA town, Hollow House takes the reader on a fast paced, scary & bizarre ride! Characters that are as real as your neighbors & an ending that will surprise you & scare you to death.
This is the first book I have read by Mr. Chapman and it wont be the last. Perfect for the coming Halloween season. I love Halloween because books like HOLLOW HOUSE make themselves known.
Who was E.Kemper? What is the dark thing living in the house next door? Do you really want to find out? Read HOLLOW HOUSE & find out!
I’m always excited when new horror fiction talent arrives on the scene. If Hollow House is any indication of future novels by Greg Chapman then us horror fiction fans have a lot to look forward to.
Hollow House is an original take on the haunted house story. The old house is in the middle of a modern American suburb. It seems to go unnoticed until a foul stench starts emanating from it. Then the neighbors do take notice. As the police remove a dead body from the old house one of the neighboring kids decides to go snooping around it and gets absorbed into the house’s dark void. The kid becomes the house’s puppet and terrorizes other households in the neighborhood. All of them already have deep wounds existing and the house knows just where to pour the salt.
Greg Chapman’s prose are stylish in the way many british writers are (Chapman’s actually Australian), yet efficient in his character development and storytelling. Hollow House...
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