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Friday, January 27, 2017

Whispers by Kristin Dearborn [4.5 stars]



From the Description
 
A tale inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's The Whisperer in Darkness...
Hurricane Irene tore through the dark, wood-choked Vermont hills. In its passing, the rivers bled thick with fallen trees, wildlife carcasses, and, if you looked closely, stranger things. Sarah Sorrell made the mistake of looking very closely indeed. Even so, it all might still have been all right—if she hadn’t felt the need to dig further.
 
One afternoon in late fall, she finds a girl out in the driving rain, running from brutality. The wise choice is to leave the girl to chance. But Sarah knows the secrets that the forests hide, and why so many hitch-hikers vanish around here. She decides to give the girl a lift. As the two of them drive off into the storm, they have no idea of the journey they’re starting out on...
 
A chilling novel of the deep Vermont night, Whispers draws on the rich traditions of H. P. Lovecraft to weave the darkest of spells.
 
 
Publication Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Lovecraft eZine Press
Publication Length: 100 pages
 
 
I received a copy of this book as part of the Whispers Publicity Tour. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novella. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review. If you’re a media site, blogger, or radio/podcast host, and you’d like to feature Kristin Dearborn or review Whispers, please contact Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at hookofabook@hotmail.com.
 
 
 

Whispers is filled with a sense of dread and menace that will keep you hanging on every word. Sarah starts off as a prickly, distant, and cold character but the reasons for that quickly become apparent. Neveah is more sympathetic,,, at first. The tension and disquieting sense of unease escalates rapidly as these two very different women face not only what lurks in the darkness surrounding Sarah's cabin but also the man hunting Neveah. A fast paced tale filled with suspense and terror. I highly recommend this 4.5 star read.
 
 
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About the Author
 

 
If it screams, squelches, or bleeds, Kristin Dearborn has probably written about it. Kristin has written books such as Sacrifice Island (DarkFuse), Trinity (DarkFuse), and had fiction published in several magazines and anthologies. Stolen Away was recently a limited edition offered from Thunderstorm Books, which sold out.
 
She revels in comments like, "But you look so normal…how do you come up with that stuff?" A life-long New Englander, she aspires to the footsteps of the local masters, Messrs. King and Lovecraft. When not writing or rotting her brain with cheesy horror flicks (preferably creature features!) she can be found scaling rock cliffs or zipping around Vermont on a motorcycle, or gallivanting around the globe. Kristin’s latest DarkFuse release is Woman in White.
 
Find more about Kristin online at kristindearborn.com or Facebook.

 
Praise
 
 
"Another winner from Kristin Dearborn, Whispers is full of monsters and mayhem, madness and paranoia, but also boldly-realized characters who live and breathe and feel like flesh-and-blood. Highly recommended . . . now bring on Dearborn's next one!" -- James Newman, author of Odd Man Out, Animosity, Ugly As Sin
 
"Dripping with dread, charged with suspicion and betrayal, terrifying in its otherworldly loss of human agency and control -- Whispers ranks among horror maven Dearborn's best and most unsettling works to date. It's always cause for celebration when Kristin Dearborn unleashes a fresh nightmare and this is no exception." --Ed Kurtz, author of The Rib From Which I Remake the World, Nausea

"In Stolen Away, Kristin Dearborn writes with a confidence and ferocity that demands you keep turning pages. Where lesser writers would flinch and look away, Dearborn tells the tale the way it should be, with cruelty and fascination for both her characters and the story. Kristin Dearborn isn’t just a writer to watch, she’s a writer to watch out for. If she’s swinging, you might want to duck, because she hits hard!—Bracken MacLeod, author of Mountain and Stranded

"Kristin Dearborn’s fast-paced horror thriller, Stolen Away, will possess readers as they strap in for a demonic thrill ride of sin and redemption."—Stephanie M. Wytovich, author of An Exorcism of Angels

"Gripping nonstop suspense and unsettling horror that blazes the pages from start to finish. You’ll swear Stolen Away was written by a seasoned veteran of best-selling novels. Expect to want more after reading the second novel by Kristin Dearborn, an author whose work will shoot her straight to the top of reading lists."—Rena Mason, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Evolutionist

"Kristin Dearborn catapults readers into an intricately layered world that is bleak and terrifying but never so damned as to be without hope or redemption.  If the devil, so to speak, is in the details, then this book raises hell, exploring not just demons internal as well as external, but also all the beautiful, heart-wrenching, contradictorily complex, powerful little things that define human experience. This book earns a prominent place of the bookshelf of any fan of demonic fiction." —Mary SanGiovanni, author of The Hollower trilogy and Chills
 

 
 
 
"Horror born straight from a nor’easter, Dearborn’s Woman in White is a great read for a winter night—with a monster I’ll never forget." —Christopher Irvin, author of Federales and Burn Cards

 
"Kristin Dearborn’s Woman in White is a rip-roaring monster tale with sharp-eyed characterization and something to say about the power dynamics between men and woman. Thought-provoking and entertaining as hell!" —Tim Waggoner, author of Eat the Night
 
"Great stuff! Suspenseful, quickly paced, unpredictable and wonderfully evil tale. Kristin Dearborn’s best yet!" —Jeff Strand, author of Pressure
 
"Dearborn has a wonderful sense of the macabre, along with the ability to balance the spookier aspects of her work with well-rendered, solid characterizations…Sacrifice Island is a blazing fast read, with engaging characters and a compelling narrative." —The Maine Edge
 
"Sacrifice Island is a fresh and interesting take on a tried and true horror setup." —Examiner