The haunted house is a classic horror set piece. What's supposed to be a place of reprieve is an iron cage; ensnaring you, forcing you to confront a myriad of ghosts, ghouls, and secrets best left buried. Here are five titles starring houses to contain your worst nightmares—be they demons, a gaggle of ghosts, or unabashed intimacy.
Weep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie
A compelling gothic fairytale by bruja and award-winning writer Maria DeBlassie. The women of Sueño, New Mexico don’t know how to live a life without sorrows. That’s La Llorona’s doing. She roams the waterways looking for the next generation of girls to baptize, filling them with more tears than any woman should have to hold. And there’s not much they can do about the Weeping Woman except to avoid walking along the riverbank at night and to try to keep their sadness in check. That’s what attracts her to them: the pain and heartache that gets passed down from one generation of women to the next. Mercy knows this, probably better than anyone. She lost her best friend to La Llorona and almost found a watery grave herself. But she survived. Only she didn’t come back quite right and she knows La Llorona won’t be satisfied until she drags the one soul that got away back to the bottom of the river. In a battle for her life, Mercy fights to break the chains of generational trauma and reclaim her soul free from ancestral hauntings by turning to the only things that she knows can save her: plant medicine, pulp books, and the promise of a love so strong not even La Llorona can stop it from happening. What unfolds is a stunning tale of one woman’s journey into magic, healing, and rebirth.
Seekers: The Winds of Change by Troy Knowlton
After an assassination attempt that could lead to an all-out war, Tyras and Oren, two young Seekers of the Argan Empire, are each given secret missions in an attempt to thwart the coming chaos. Both tasks require the Seekers to venture through the war-torn continent of Tiarna where the young men face mortal danger, horrible monsters, and hostile groups – all challenges Seekers are trained to combat. Luckily, the two Seekers also find guidance, friendship, and romance along the way. However, powerful and mysterious forces are conspiring behind the scenes and both Tyras and Oren will have to overcome a host of obstacles, including their own inner demons, in order to maintain a glimmer of hope for success. With war imminent and the unknown ahead, will the Seekers triumph, or will they be swallowed by the turbulent, relentless Winds of Change?
Ghosts and Legends of Genesee Lapeer Counties by Roxanne Rhoads
Ghost stories and urban legends lurk throughout Genesee and Lapeer counties.
A Clio man's spirit is thought to still reside in the junkyard office where he was murdered. For almost two centuries, the Flushing area has been fascinated by tales of the wealthy Brent family whose land is connected to numerous tales of murder, mystery, and ghosts. In Lapeer County, the Bruce Mansion's unnerving façade hints at the specters inside, and the land and buildings once belonging to the Lapeer State Home are plagued by haunting cries and ghostly activity.
Reckless Covenant by Lilith Roman
He’s back. For years I went out of my way to keep this man at a distance. I never expected to be the one to pull him back into my life. But what choice do I have? Only one road leads to salvation… a deal with the handsome, black-eyed devil—Vincent “The Serpent” Sinclair. One of the ruthless leaders of this underworld. In another time, another life, I used to love him. Now, I just need him. But will he break me all over again? I want her back. The sinful woman with hair like fire and a matching soul—Morrigan O’Rourke. After all these years, she’s still the only one who fits my darkness so very well. She wants vengeance. And I wonder how she’ll feel when I’ll tell her why part of that vengeance is mine… In another time, another life, she used to love me. And she will once again. But this time it will be forever.
Under the Cover of Darkness by Emma Luna
ADDY I thought the suffocating loneliness of the last two year were bad, but then I was sent to Lakeridge Psychiatric Facility. On the outside it’s disguised as helpful brochures and friendly doctors who have vowed to help, but the real truth is just below the surface, lurking in the shadows, and haunting my dreams. At night he comes—taunting and abusing me. Bending me to his will, and making sure no one believes me. That is until Dylan. I can touch him and see him, but if my mind is capable of creating such horrors like my nightmares, can I trust that he's real? DYLAN - I’m no stranger to breaking rules and living on the edge. I guess it kind of comes with the territory of being a rockstar. But when I’m forced to attend Lakeridge, to serve my time and get sober, I’m met with the one thing I know I can’t have.
Addy. - I know we don’t have a chance, not unless I want to get kicked out of here, and made to finish my sentence in a proper prison. Still, something about her calls to me. There is more to the marks on her pale skin than the doctors say, and her nightmares seem to be a little too real. Digging deeper into the madness, I’m left to question, can nightmares really leave scars? Or am I becoming mad too?