Enter Night

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Rated 4.00/5 based on 5 reviews
There are places even the ghosts of the dead fear. Where nightmares wander the hallways of our dreams, and not every story ends with a happily ever after. More

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About Richard Schiver

Richard has always had a fascination with the macabre. He grew up listening to ghost stories told by his grandmother on the front porch while the screech owls punctuated her words. He acquired a taste for reading at an early age that became a voracious appetite as he grew older. He reads every day, his tastes having become more eclectic, with his interests ranging from horror to historical narratives. The only thing he really looks for is a good story. His goal as a writer is to give the reader a story that will stay with them long after they've closed the cover of the book.

Richard currently lives with his wife in Lavale, MD. When he's not spinning tales of terror he can be found in his wood shop making a mess.

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Reviews

Review by: chucklesthescot on June 29, 2013 :
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

A car accident on a quiet road brings 6 teenagers into contact with bloodthirsty beasts who pursue them into a dark forest. The old house seems to be the refuge that will save them but what they find inside is more dangerous than anything they have yet faced.

I really enjoyed this novella and it reminded me of a good horror film called House of Fears that I watched recently. The descriptive work by the author is excellent, allowing the reader to follow every twist and turn in the plot, building up the tension with every page. The secrets and fears of each character are explored using a clever mix of brief flashback and terror filled reality. It is not over descriptive or complicated, indeed you are meant to be as lost in the house as the characters are. It adds to the tension of the story. Character development in novellas is limited of course but the author does enough to interest you and not enough to bore you. It's difficult to say what I liked about it without giving spoilers and there is nothing worse than a novella review with spoilers. Let me just say that I found the book to be full of imagination. Well written and enjoyable for fans of creepy psychological horror writing.

For those who are interested, there is no sexual content and there is regular use of swearing, similar to what you would expect in a slasher film. It doesn't bother me at all but some readers like to know these things in advance.

I don't have any negatives on the book to share and I will certainly be interested in reading more work by the author.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: AJ Murphy on Jan. 25, 2013 :
If you like horror novels, then this is one you will want to read. This novel is filled with great detail and well defined characters which help you keep turning the pages to see what happens next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: JENNIFER THOMAS on Jan. 03, 2013 :
This is a wonderful horror with wonderful detail and a bit of gore to add to the effect. The characters are well defined with just enough personality to help you see the story through their eyes.
Well worth the read for any horror fan.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Cathy Hudson on Jan. 02, 2013 :
I was kindly gifted this book in return for an honest review.

I was sold on the synopsis of this story, which read like an 80's style teen slasher flick. This is exactly what I got! This story was a non-stop roller coaster ride; I just couldn't see what was coming next or what the ultimate outcome for the characters would be.

There were times, however, that I found it all a mite confusing. This is the reason I couldn't quite give it the five stars it would otherwise have been awarded. I found that there wasn't much build up to the main crux of the story and we are thrown headlong into the horror before we have built up any relationships with the main characters, or even learnt much of their individual backgrounds. I found myself having to flick back and forth to reacquaint myself with the characters. I can only think that a group of six was perhaps a little ambitious for the length of this book.

Other than this slight criticism,I conclude that this was a great introduction to the writing of Richard Schiver. This story had all the classic ingredients of a terrific horror story and Schiver's narrative has the ability to transfer his character's deepest fears onto his reader.

I will be checking out more of Richard Schiver's work in 2013. :)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Cathy Hudson on Jan. 02, 2013 :
I was kindly gifted this book in return for an honest review.

I was sold on the synopsis of this story, which read like an 80's style teen slasher flick. This is exactly what I got! This story was a non-stop roller coaster ride; I just couldn't see what was coming next or what the ultimate outcome for the characters would be.

There were times, however, that I found it all a mite confusing. This is the reason I couldn't quite give it the five stars it would otherwise have been awarded. I found that there wasn't much build up to the main crux of the story and we are thrown headlong into the horror before we have built up any relationships with the main characters, or even learnt much of their individual backgrounds. I found myself having to flick back and forth to reacquaint myself with the characters. I can only think that a group of six was perhaps a little ambitious for the length of this book.

Other than this slight criticism,I conclude that this was a great introduction to the writing of Richard Schiver. This story had all the classic ingredients of a terrific horror story and Schiver's narrative has the ability to transfer his character's deepest fears onto his reader.

I will be checking out more of Richard Schiver's work in 2013. :)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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