Jul 11, 2012

The Haunting at Blackwood Hall

Title: The Haunting at Blackwood Hall
Author: Barrymore Tebbs
Genre: Historical fiction, Paranormal, Thriller, Romance,
Suspense, Mystery
Publisher: self-published
Words: approx. 63,000
Blurb: Blackwood Hall is a house shrouded in silence. Nine-year-
old Alice Fenn communicates only through her music.
Jonathan Fenn and his sister Judith guard a terrifying
family secret. The servants refuse to discuss the mysterious disappearance of a former
governess. A drawing room séance attempts to make contact with the spirit of Elizabeth
Blackwood. And when a diabolic madman holds the residents of Blackwood Hall
hostage to an insidious reign of terror, governess Claire Ashby finds herself in a living
nightmare of drug addiction, pagan rituals, and murder.

In the tradition of the great Gothic Romances, The Haunting at Blackwood Hall is a
thrilling ghost story brimming with bold new twists on the beloved conventions of a bygone era. 

It was early, but I felt myself growing sleepier by the moment. I hadn’t been
given laudanum since I was a child, and the effects were completely foreign to me. My
vision grew dim, and I found I could barely hold up my head. Alice, bless her heart, came
to me and pecked me lightly on the cheek, then made an effort of drawing a blanket over
I fell into a strange and troubled sleep. I dreamed of a line of monks marching
solemnly through the ruined abbey by moonlight. Their torches cast dancing shadows
against the crumbling stone walls. Then, I saw a rider on horseback, a proud black
stallion which I recognized as Nigel Kent’s mount, only the face of the rider was an ugly,
twisted visage like the face on Alice’s doll. Alice was there as well, and her mother came
and took her by the hand and the two of them disappeared behind a stone arch and Alice
was lost to me forever.
I struggled up from the nightmare and looked about the room. Alice was asleep
and the fire had died down low. It must have been the dead of night. But I distinctly heard
the sound of the door handle turning, and when the person on the other side of the door
realized it was locked, the handle began to shake and rattle so loudly and with such force
I thought the door would be torn asunder.
“Stop it! Stop it!” I yelled, and with great difficulty I hauled myself from the bed.
The moment I was on my feet the shaking of the door ceased abruptly. I went to the door
and laid my ear against it. I listened for a moment, but heard neither dog nor man on the
other side of the door.
Satisfied that what I had heard was only a figment of my imagination, or the
remnants of that horrid nightmare clinging tenaciously to my mind, I turned to go back to
…And distinctly heard the sound of footsteps running down the hall.

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Barrymore Tebbs is a photographer and writer living in Cincinati, Ohio. His writing draws on a long Gothic tradition from the cult TV classic Dark Shadows and Hammer Films, to 20th Century Gothic writers known for deep psychological undercurrents such as Shirley Jackson, Daphne Du Maurier, and Thomas Tryon, to create the Psychological Gothic, all served with a liberal dose of black humor. Very black. He is the author of Night of the Pentagram, The Yellow Scarf, and the psychological thriller Black Valentines.


  1. The Haunting at Blackwood Hall sounds like one to read during daylight hours! I can't wait to read it!

  2. Thanks, Phoenix. A few people have told me it's kind of scary!


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