“Imagine Hill House, but built on far older foundations. A tale of violence and loss, those emotions which haunt both hills and houses and warp their way through myth and madness. Many ghostly tales strive to find a sadness at the heart of terror; “The Grieving Stones” fixes its location.” Marc Laidlaw, The 37th Mandala
Spectral Press’ fifth anniversary is just over two and a half months away in January 2016, and to celebrate we have asked Gary McMahon (who wrote the first ever Spectral publication, What We Hear in the Dark, issued in January 2011) to write a novella, which he duly did and it’s called The Grieving Stones (with wonderful cover artwork by David Verba). It will include an Afterword by Simon Marshall-Jones, owner/editor-in-chief/publisher/dictator-for-life of Spectral Press/Theatrum Mundi/rEvolution SF. We promise that this will be a very special edition which will look fabulous on your bookshelf. It’s available to pre-order now, so don’t miss this opportunity to purchase it and celebrate a little Spectral milestone!
“When she looked at the windows, a premature night had fallen. The house smelled of herbs and butchered meat.”
It seems like such a good idea at the time. Take a group of clients for a weekend-long group therapy session in a remote location, an isolated house near some ancient standing stones. A place with a history of secrecy and witchcraft. Clean up the house. Use this work as part of the therapy process. Talks. Role-play. Team work. Togetherness.
The reality, however, is that everybody has to fight their demons alone.
Alice hopes that the trip might help her to cope better with her husband’s death. What she doesn’t anticipate is finding some allies – ones that remain in the shadows but encourage her to join their sisterhood. Three women who seem to know more about her than she knows about herself.
These dark sisters disturb something inside her that has long been caged: a power that, once released, changes everything.
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