The House on the Moor

A novella in hardcover, paperback and ebook from Dark Regions Press by William Meikle with three full color illustrations, and three black and white illustrations by M. Wayne Miller.

I've wanted to do an old style gothic novella for a while, so when I was asked to to write a traditional haunted house story I jumped at the chance. Scotland, a misty moor, an old crumbling manor house, an owner with a scandalous secret, and something skittering in the rafters of the library - you'll find them all here, along with more than a hint of a Hammer horror or two

Plot

David Blacklaw and Hugh Fraser were celebrities in the days before it became a dirty word. They had done it all, in grand style ó until the mysterious scandal that brought their fame crashing to an end. Now Fraserís grandson, John, has come to the crumbling Blacklaw ancestral home on the Scottish moors, looking for answers, in search of a story that will make his career.

But what he finds is much more than a cover-up of a scandalous secret. A brooding terror lurks in the shadows of Blacklaw House, something that skitters in the eaves and rustles in the pages of the books in the old library ó a dark entity that whispers in Johnís ear, seducing and promising. Meanwhile, outside in the mist, something walks the fog-bound moors, getting ever closer to the house even as John closes in on the secret.

The race is on for John to find the answer and reap the prize, before the horror takes root in his soul.

Reviews

Moody and mysterious. Highly recommended. - Collings Notes