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Book Title: In a Dark Place|
The author of the book: Ray Garton
ISBN 13: 9780394589022
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Reader ratings: 5.9
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Date of issue: October 27th 1992
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I'm giving this book five stars because the author, Ray Garton, is a skillful horror writer, and he does a good job telling a very scary story. The book is atmospheric, to say the least: an innocent family moves into a new house that was once a funeral home. Predictably, things don't go well.
And that's my problem with stories like these, of which I've read hundreds: no one ever seems to suspect that something supernatural is occurring until far too late. Seriously: I'd hear a menacing, disembodied voice exactly one time before I'd think, "Hmmm...I live in a funeral home. There are cold spots. It feels clammy. It's always dim. Maybe, just maybe..." The other thing I found frustrating was the family's seeming inability to tell each other what was taking place. Again, if our bed was vibrating, and Julie (my wife) was hearing tinny music, laughing voices, and footsteps moving through our hallway, I suspect she might mention it to me. Like, at the top of her voice the instant it happened. And—this is just me; not to be judgmental or anything—were I sodomized by a demon, I wouldn’t then worry about how expensive moving is. It would become a bit of a priority in my life to, you know, leave. Right. Then.
Not to get too metaphysical in a book review, but I don’t doubt that the family in this house experienced…let’s say, phenomena. Their teenage son sounded like a handful: he was sick with lymphoma, and developed what sounds to me like a mental illness of some sort, compounded by a severe case of teenager. Was he influenced by energies in that house? Quite possibly. Were dead people coming out of the walls to tell the family how much they enjoyed necrophilia? I find that unlikely. Stories like this take the subtlety of ghostly events and turn them into cartoons.
This book is the basis of A Haunting in Connecticut (the terrifying Discovery Channel episode) and A Haunting in Connecticut (the abysmal box office film). It features the work of Ed and Lorraine Warren, who will have a biopic done on them this summer in the form of The Conjuring, which looks quite scary. When I was a kid, I read their books to tatters. I originally went to college intending to study parapsychology (before I realized there really aren’t any parapsychologists). That was a grim day.
It saddens me, sometimes, to see the guys on Ghost Hunters, or Paranormal State, or Haunted Pets, or Haunted Celebrities,or Haunted Collector, running around with infrared gear, night vision goggles, digital EVP rigs, and spray bottles full of holy water because…I could’a been a contender, you know? I could’a been somebody.
Who you gonna call? Not me. (Sniff…sniff…sniffle)
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Read information about the authorRay Garton is the author of several books, including horror novels such as LIVE GIRLS (which has a movie in the works), CRUCIFAX, E4 AUTUMN, and THE FOLKS; thrillers like TRADE SECRETS and SHACKLED; and numerous short stories and novellas. He's also written a number of movie and television tie-ins for young readers. He lives with his wife, Dawn, in California.
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