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Emily Hill is an author of many supernatural titles and the owner of A.V. Harrison Publishing of Edmonds, Washington.
Her first novel, 'Jenkins: Confederate Blockade Runner' [paperback] was published October 2010.
Known as 'The Ghost Chaser’s Daughter', Ms. Hill was brought up surrounded by her mother’s Ouija board sessions, flickering candles, and Tarot cards. Emily spent her youth in New Orleans frequenting palmistry parlors and has always had an intense awareness and respect for all that exists on the Other Side of the Grave.
Emily’s first ghost sighting occurred with she was seven years old. Being alone in her house, after her parents left for work, and as the apparition of her deceased grandfather roamed the house, made Emily forever aware of things that cannot be explained away in mainstream religious dogma, or on scientific terms.
"Ghosts of White Raven Estate" is this author's recently completed second novel. This NaNoWriMo 2012 winner reveals a more sinister side of New Orleans' history -- its Voodoo history!
With Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau ("Widow Paris") as her protagonist -- triangulated between an innocent ingenue and a less-than-innocent priest -- Ms. Hill weaves a wicked story of revenge with the revelry of Mardi Gras 1853 as the back drop. Spoiler alert: In the end Someone dies -- will it be The Priest, or The Voodoo Queen?
on Oct. 01, 2011 :
(Reviewed by Anna Wells) Ghost Stories and The Unexplained, Book 1, is a truly gripping collection of the 7 chapters each of which describes instances when The Beyond crosses over to the world of humans. The collection opens with a chapter that sets the leitmotif for the rest of the stories. The grandmother of the protagonist has lost her two husbands to The Beyond. She makes no attempt at pseudo-scientific explanations, she simply knows and needs no formulae to prove it. Indeed, rational behaviours of adequate and confident human beings prove to be useless against the visitors from The Beyond. It is only that Knowledge of the truth that may save people from the ghosts.
It does not matter to her, to her granddaughter or to me what the ghost is or why it is there, but the fear that leaked from the pages of my Kindle seemed to fill the room. I was reading in bed, in the dark and though I am not easily scared I found that it took me all my courage to climb out from under the duvet and turn on the lights!
If I were to choose a favourite story it would have to be Turkey Creek and the Civil War Miss Who Walked Its High Banks. The sense of danger is perceptible through the chapter although it is impossible to pinpoint where in the writing it comes from. But the ending is astounding. It will horrify you but you can't help but appreciate it because it ties the themes of the Book 1 together.
Another story that demonstrates how subtle the borders between our world and theirs really are is The Poltergeist. The story is too dark, too dangerous and too full of disturbing images. I made a mistake of reading it before bed and I was afraid to fall asleep!
This book is worth reading, but keep the lights on! Highly recommended for ghost-story lovers, I give it five stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)