This was a little slow going book at first There s a good many point of views that can get you confused if u don5 keep up But other than that I say I would read from this Aurthor Scary story with twists. Rated 5 out of 5 stars by reviewer Iris Chacon An advance review copy was provided by the publisher without obligation of any kind This review reflects the honest and voluntary opinion of Iris Chacon.Are you looking for a captivating, imaginative, literally haunting story Then, you ll find John Kachuba s DARK ENTRY is just what the doctor ordered before the doctor was murdered, of course But I digress What does one do after escaping an abusive boyfriend Why, hide out at a friend s isolated forest cabin atop a haunted mountain, of course Naturally, things will go bump in the night Uninvited visitors will show up some of them very dangerous people or not people And, you should expect to find surprises of the good, bad, and ugly kinds around every turn One character even finds out late in the story that s he is not what s he thought s he was Before Sandy Lawrence arrives at her girlfriend s remote cabin, the reader already knows that things scarier than a mean ex boyfriend are lurking in the dark mountain woods You will eagerly follow Sandy s story from page to page to page, growling at anyone or anything that tries to divert you before you ve finished reading the book.DARK ENTRY is perfect for curling up by the fireside on an autumn evening If you can read it in a cabin in the woods, so much the better Check out DARK ENTRY on LINK , and take a look at John Kachuba s author page LINK for a look at all of his books.DARK ENTRY contains brutal murders, domestic violence, and frightening supernatural beings and events This book is probably too intense for young children, but it does not contain erotica or excessive cursing. The Terror Is BackSandy Lawrence Flees New York City, Deserting Her Coke Addicted, Abusive Boyfriend Kevin She Finds Refuge At Her Friend S Home Nestled In The Woods Atop Coltsfoot Mountain In Connecticut The House Stands Alone Except For Old Cellar Holes From The Th Century Ghost Town Called Dudleytown, Formerly Inhabited By Charcoal Makers The Isolation And The Deep, Dark Woods Surrounding The House Relax Her, But There Is Something Sinister Living In The Woods As A Vindictive Kevin Searches For Her, Sandy Meets Nathan Bishop, A Descendant Of One Of The Original Dudleytown Settlers He Tells Her About The Curse That Had Been Visited Upon Dudleytown By The Spirit Of A Murdered Indian Sachem, Resulting In Murders, Suicides, Indian Massacres, Shootings, And Other Forms Of Mayhem Inflicted Upon The Villagers What They Are Both About To Discover Is That The Curse Has Returned For ThemBased On The True Life Story Of Dudleytown, Dark Entry Is An Engrossing And Chilling Tale That Will Have You Reading With The Lights On Starting off a reading month with well if not outright a dud, then something dudish Thought it would be fun to read something dark and supernatural on a weird cloudy day, alas this one offered no joy It s a very much by the numbers supernatural thriller middle of nowhere location, check, a ravishing damsel alone, check, a handsome male to the rescue, check, a ghost, check, a native American angry spirit, check, etc It s actually inspired by a real place in Connecticut and the author is well known for his nonfictional work in the field of supernatural, so it s an obvious choice, and maybe nonfiction is of his forte, but as far as fictional work goes, this book leaves a lot to be desired It s bland, predictable, much too mild, with clich d characters and stilted dialogue It s very much on par with thousands of similar books out there with quality of an average genre kindle freebie at best For a seasoned fan of scary stories, this is a disappointment Maybe it might work for someone with indiscriminate tastes and very low expectations The best thing about this one, honestly, was how quickly it went by It ll certainly be forgotten in the same timely manner Thanks Netgalley. Boy, this was a weird book, but enjoyable The story is based on the true life story of Dudleytown, certainly not one if you spook easily.Sandy leaves her abusive boyfriend Kevin, to have some time out and move forward with him not in her life Her friend Leslie has a family home in the woods atop Coltsfoot Mountain in Connecticut The mountains are very dense and this house if the only one in the area, but in the woods are old cellar holes from the 18th century ghost town called Dudleytown, formerly inhabited by charcoal makers She initially in relaxed and enjoying the peace and quiet, until her boyfriend finds her.But she also has a visit from her friend Leslie, and the local woodsman Nathan, friend of Leslie Sandy discovers old diaries from Leslie s family and also shows her a hidden journal about the history from the 1800 s Nathan tells of a curse that is in the woods What they don t realise is that the curse is awake and coming for them.Definitly a good read if you like these spooky stories, a first for me from this author, but I now have from him on my list. Well we certainly have all the basic ingredients of a good supernatural horror tale here what with the house located in dark woods at the end of a twisty turning private road, a New England setting, the previous owner s suicide, the sudden violent deaths over the years of those who have lived in the mountainous vicinity, the old Native American curse and lastly the look of unease by the inhabitants of the local village when mention is made of the house and its surroundings That very much sets up the parametres of the book and all we need to add is a young woman called Sandy leaving New York to escape her unsympathetic and violent boyfriend to stay at the above stated house owned by her friend and the scene is set for the ensuing clash of good versus evil.For me anyway it was a fun read with a number of spine tingling moments that was completed comfortably within a day I did not mind it being formulaic as this is the way with much of such supernatural writing and you know after all what you will be getting The cover aptly conveys the content within If you are looking for a quick well written traditional supernatural tale then I do not think you will be too disappointed. The Mounting Suspense Kept Me Turning Pages Like CrazyThere s a lot packed into this book, but it all fit together and flowed well The author shows considerable skill in grounding the paranormal in a setting that s naturally both beautiful and disturbing The climax was wonderfully horrible I really liked it and hope to see of the surviving characters.A few vague spoilers ahead I loved the integration of Native American lore into the ghost story horror genre I was surprised at the use of the pejorative savage, but, PC self censorship aside, the word did appropriately describe the terror The female lead was an appealing damsel in distress, while her friend provided the backbone Readers who prefer chaste romance will find it, but may be put off by the scenes of violence and abuse that were integral to the plot This will make a great horror movie The Dark Entry was a very interesting and intriguing read The characters were well fleshed out and the setting was Amazingly atmospheric The blending of past and present was interesting but at times hard to follow the mystery, atmosphere and just overall feel of this book gave me definite Stephen King vibes overall a fun dark and quick read Well done John B Kachuba I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review So, here s the good, the bad and the ugly of my thoughtsFirst of all, this book is about a historical coal burning village known as Dudleytown There is much gossip and speculation about this village, located high upon a mountain Rumour has it there is a supernatural presence known as the spirit eater, which haunts this village and kills people This curse is said to originate from a feud many many years ago The plot takes place in modern day time The MC Sandy Lawrence has just left her violent, drug abusing boyfriend and is temporarily staying at her best friend Leslie s cabin in Dudleytown It is the last remaining cabin on the mountain A series of grisly and unexplainable events start to happen while Sandy tries to mend her broken heart The author is a talented writer His style is engaging and this is essentially what kept me reading In particular, Dr Richards journal entries from the 1800 s provided a compelling paranormal mystery within itself The gothic horror in these bits was riveting and spinetinging I wish of the story involved Dr Richards Where the story fell flat for me was in the plot It was too superficial, predictable and clich As a result, it lacked any emotional depth I wasn t able to feel the anticipation or tension that should have been a significant part of the story In the version I have, the POV also jumps around a lot sometimes within the same chapter which made the narrative confusing and seem a tad amateurish The most disappointing aspect was the shallow character development There was nothing special about the main characters Nothing that invited me to connect with them at some level I didn t like them, I didn t hate them, I didn t sympathize with them.I felt nothing towards them I was disengaged and apathetic towards their plight The only character that moved me in any way was Dr Richards I wanted of him.I think this author has potential to write amazing fiction if he is able to spend time developing his characters and adding depth to his plot However, I don t think I would recommend Dark Entryto others. This was a quick read, that begins with a horrifying act in the 18th century before our unsuspecting main character heads to a house in these cursed woods to clear her head after an upsetting break up Sandy doesn t know the stories of the spirit eater that haunts these grounds, an evil ghost that preys on souls Not long after her arrival, she learns of the local ghost stories but it takes than folk tales to make her a believer I love ghost stories set in New England, as a life long resident I have always been interested in the spooky tales that abound in our small towns Looking at this cover is like looking through my own childhood window at night, so of course I was instantly drawn to this book.3.75 stars rounded up to 4I received a complimentary copy for review.
John B Kachuba is the series editor of America s Haunted Road Trip from Clerisy Press and the author of Ghosthunting Illinois and Ghosthunting Ohio He has also written other books such as Ghosthunters On the Trail of Mediums, Dowsers, Spirit Seekers, and Other Investigators of America s Paranormal World, How to Write Funny, and Why is this Job Killing Me co authored with his wife, Mary A New
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- Dark Entry
- John B. Kachuba
- 27 March 2017 John B. Kachuba