The Portrait

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
The Portrait is a Gothic fantasy about Victoria Frost, an author who develops an unhealthy obsession with her character. As events unfold, her obsessions turn on her which forces Victoria to question her sanity. Is she simply slipping deeper into madness or are there other factors at play? More
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About Evelyn Chartres

Evelyn Chartres is the nom de plume for a self-published Canadian author. The writer of four Gothic fantasy novels, Evelyn released her debut novel The Portrait in 2016, and her latest The Van Helsing Resurgence in 2019.

A fan of the phrase live to eat, Evelyn shares her recipes on These recipes have a loose focus on French-Canadian cuisine, featuring deep-dish meat pies, seafood, and desserts that are rarely seen outside of La Belle Province.

Evelyn is currently living in Ottawa, Ontario, and is busy laying the foundations for her next project.

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Martin Foster reviewed on July 7, 2016

The Portrait more Gothic than horror. Like the governess in Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, the main character seems to be unraveling, but it's not clear to the reader whether it's insanity, demonic possession, or something else. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend to those who like their horror without the gore and endless cliffhangers.
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Cindi Brevard reviewed on June 23, 2016

The reader liked the story. The reader found the over-use of the author, the artist, and the dreamer annoying. The reader still gave 5 stars. The reader will read other books by this author. The reader couldn't write a book if she tried so please take the readers criticism with a grain of salt. The reader thanks you.
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Tina E Williams reviewed on March 15, 2016

Victoria Frost has been a dutiful daughter to her parents her whole life. When they parish in a plane crash, going on their 35th Anniversary, Victoria is orphaned. She take a hiatus from her high-paying power attorney job to mourn their loss. She then comes to the realization that she is free to pursue her dreams as an author so she quits her job. She has been haunted all of her life by a beautiful woman in a portrait. So she sets her path to pouring out all that she knows to bring her character life. Instead it changes her life drastically and in the most peculiar way.
Evelyn Chartres weaves her words and prose in such a way that you will find yourself mesmerized with her characters. I always felt a sense o dread and the macabre, but I couldn't pinpoint where or which direction it would come from, it was a mystery. A mystery that I desperately wanted to find out. I was on the edge and captivated by the gothic scenes, I found myself reading like a fiend to figure out the outcome...What a shocking outcome! Awesome, I would recommend you read for yourself. A definite five star!
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Van Allen reviewed on Feb. 11, 2016

EC, This is very nicely done. I've read through the first chapter so far. I'll leave another review once I finish the entire book. ~VA
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