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January 4, 2017

FIVE STORIES HIGH

FIVE STORIES HIGH
One House, Five Hauntings
Five Terrifying Stories
by
KJ Parker
Sara Lotz
Robert Shearman
Tade Thompson
Nina Allan
Edited by Jonathan Oliver
 Product Details

"THEY DIDN'T SEE THE HOUSE UNTIL THEY
WERE PRACTICALLY ON TOP OF IT.
A SINGLE BUILDING EMERGING FROM
 THE DARK, IT DIDN'T LOOK WELCOMING.
BUT THE FRONT DOOR WAS WIDE OPEN."

Irongrove Lodge - a building with history; the very bricks and grounds imbued with the stories of those who have walked these corridors, lived in these rooms. These are the tales of an extraordinary house, a place that straddles our world and whatever lies beyond; a place that some are desperate to discover and others to flee. At one time an asylum, at another a care home,  sometimes simply a home. The residents of Irongrove Lodge will learn that this house will change them, that the stories told here never go away. Of all who enter, only some will leave.
 
Multi award winning editor Jonathan Oliver has brought together five extraordinary writers to open the doors, revealing ghosts both past and present in a collection as intriguing as it is terrifying. Along with a linking narrative, this collection features five novellas by Nina Allan, Tade Thompson, K.J. Parker, Robert Shearman and Sarah Lotz. (from Night Owl Reviews)
  • Number: 9781781083925
  • Release: December 6, 2016
  • Authors: K.J. Parker, Nina Allan, Sarah Lotz, Robert Shearman, Tade Thompson
  • Availability: Print-Book
  • Genre: Paranormal
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, Horror
  • Publisher: Solaris
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THE AUTHORS

K.J. Parker is the best-selling novelist and nom-de-guere of best selling author Tom Holt. Sarah Lotz is a breakthrough horror and thriller writer, praised by Stephen King for her novel The Three. Nina Allan is an up and coming SF writer and author of the awarding 2014 book The Race. Tade Thompson is an emerging genre talent, whose debut novel is Making Wolf was published in September 2015. Rob Shearman is a TV, stage and radio writer, best known in genre for his work on Doctor Who. Jonathan Oliver is the World Fantasy Award-winning Editor-in-Chief of Solaris.  

MY THOUGHTS
The book brings the reader five eerie and haunting tales all with the same setting, a five story Georgian mansion.   This mansion used to be a grand place but through time it has started to deteriorate.   It has been converted into five apartments.    Many have come and gone during the duration of this grand ole' mansion.  The past have stayed when the occupants have left. The reader gets five haunting tales from five authors in a mansion with five floors and five apartments.  Could the number five have a meaning?   You get Maggots by Nina Allan, Priest's Hole by KJ Parker, Gnaw by Take Thompson, The Best story I Can Manage Under The Circumstances by Robert Shearman and Skin Deep by Sarah Lotz.  You also get notes on Irongrove Lodge.  The author gives you a line between reality and the unknown, light and darkness, calm and fear.  There are twists and turns on each story of the mansion and in each apartment.   Each occupant has his or her own deep dark past and present, each have their own hauntings and each story of the mansion has it's own story.  All are strange encounters of the occupants and all will make the reader sit on the edge of his seat.  We all love horror to a certain degree and according to your personal taste for the level of horror, the authors give  level for everyone.   Some will love, some will not, but all are worth reading.  The method of writing is a bit different than most so it took me a little while to get used to it but once I did, I started to enjoy.  I especially liked the Notes On Irongrove Lodge, giving background and specifics on the grand ole' mansion.   Was the mansion a place for punishment? Where some came and never left, some left and never were seen again.   The occupants never spoke of what happened or what was seen in the mansion.  To the outsiders it was just an ole' run down mansion where some were just drawn into the land of insanity.   The authors give you the feeling that maybe Irongrove Lodge existed in the minds of those who entered the open doors.     Irongrove Lodge is supposed to be there but it seems to be out of the reach of one hand. You are also left with the feeling that after the fifth floor, the stairs continue even though there are only five stories.  What is above the fifth floor and where does it lead?  These authors have given some terrifying stories of five occupants, five stories, five apartments, and five levels (possibly more, it's all in your mind).  The mind can play tricks and in this book, it does.   What a combined group of stories for the reader who loves that line between reality and the other side.   I would recommend this book to anyone who loves that line.  You will get the suspense, the thrill, the unknown and so much more.  Decide for yourself, if Irongrove Lodge really exists or is it a state of mind?

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the authors and Night Owl Reviews and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book   4  STARS. 

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