Author: Tony Tremblay
Publisher: Twisted Publishing; an imprint of Haverhill House Publishing LLC
Publication: July 23, 2018
Introduction: Bracken Macleod - Ruining Tony Tremblay The Nicest Guy in Horror
Illustrator: Dyer Wilk
Author photographer: Chris White
"This book was provided by Tony Tremblay in exchange for my honest review alongside my proffered thank-you for asking."
All across the land in small towns, there is always one house that is purported to be haunted. A house which folks would say it needs to be torn down before someone gets hurt. Or, it needs to be blessed by a legit priest, so the town folk could relax and feel not threatened by its presence. The Moore House is being described as Ghost Story meets The Exorcist, and after reading it, I can totally see why.
Folks, here's the offspring ~
Right off, the prologue will grip and taunt you just as the German shepard dog did to the homeless man looking for refuge inside the Moore house. Yes, Tony Tremblay will grip you and then he will taunt you and then you must turn the page. Can you say, Got Hope? Wait a sec, was that a dog?
This story is of Father MacLeod and three excommunicated nuns Nora, Agnes, and Celeste whom are looking for redemption in God's eyes for past sins they have committed. As you read, these are not all of the characters that need redemption and forgiveness.
Their superior, Father MacLeod had been asked to investigate the Moore house by Mr. Kevin Lewis. A very wealthy influential citizen of Goffstown, New Hampshire. He was referred to Father MacLeod through Cardinal Rosa. Mr. Lewis explains the police have been investigating seven deaths surrounding the Moore house to no avail. Including the disappearance of his grand-daughter, Gam.
He hands Father MacLeod a folder, actually, it is a police dossier. Filled with gruesome pictures of men, women, and children, seven in total - all dead. These are the unsolved killings and he is sure those are not only the ones associated with the house. With not much to go on he believes the house is possessed.
Father MacLeod and his team of empaths head for the Moore house. Being instructed not to enter the house, they encircle it and using their abilities deem it not haunted. They were so dead wrong, folks.
The nuns become possessed by the house and made to relive their past sins in a regretful vivid guilt-wrenching memory. The writing was actually possessing me, I mean, what the hell was going to happen? The writing made me turn pages. The descriptions of what these three ladies went through and witnessed as their dealings with Bel - OH SHIT! I almost said it!
Breather! - lemme see, ahh there it it is - Glenfiddich.
Where was I? Ah yes, their dealings. Their only hope was Father MacLeod. What they had found out, was their dear had his own hope he needed. He had his own troubles with the devil you might say, but sure, when he came back he brought the cavalry too - the police, Mr. Lewis, the pawn-shop owner and his assistant. The name from Cathrine Grant. Maybe hope?
As my reading went on, Tony was having the nuns relive their terrible past activities that were sinful in God's eyes with such flair. Here's that taunt again, having them anticipate what was being shown in front of them, what was to become of them, with such style in writing it was colorful as the hell that was being presented. It would make anyone curl up a bit tighter to what-ever or where-ever you find security in as you read a tale. I'm telling ya.
Once the house had its grip and I must say, in a very conniving way of separating the three - so it may have its way - the sentences melded together so smoothly it is the definition of a comfortable nail-biting suspense read. And when chapters started to pass, it was all very clear and vivid for my mind's eye. Let me mention the pace of the read, his pace is point on - talk about a page-turner if anyone would ask. As the ending of chapters came, some of those cliff-hangers mesmerized me to keep reading.
The scenes during the read were described in the utmost tangible way. The characters I was getting to know, some to route for and some not; I was there. Some, I could imagine the smell, the writing was on. One of the many great things about this read folks, is each character are intertwined with each other and as the story continues, the twine is seamlessly sewn together to a most excellent freakin' ending. This is not only good writing, but, exceptional. Tony sets the stage and his characters perform for you in exactly what you have been looking for in a thriller mystery read with those scary-ass religious over-tones.
Let me get back to twining and exceptional writing; Tony has an innate ability with his writing to take the reader on a very clear perception of making the reader realize how close their everyday reality is to his fiction writing. You've gotta read his novella The Seeds of Nightmares, then you'll see what I'm talking about. The words he chose for this tale and how he incorporated them made the atmosphere and setting of this read very tangible and very real. Like a must-read, atmosphere, setting, great dialogue is a must-have. Their inter-monologues rounds out that closeness feeling. I have to have that in my reads if I want me to be in the element for a few hours.
The ending completely satisfied me and here's the reason: It made me close the book and shake my head ever so slowly and grin. Contently. And then smile.
Did you picture that?
This is a most and highly recommended read, folks.
Tony's writing was referred by award-winning John McIlveen a couple years back. Folks, other great reads and I mean, great reads come from John's pen. You are very welcomed, readers. Thank me when you see me.
Here's where you can get your fingers on The Moore House:
- Amazon ~ Hardback $26.99 ~ Kindle $7.99 ~ Paperback $17.00 ~ USD
- Barnes & Noble ~ Hardback $26.99 ~ Paperback $17.00 ~ USD
- IndieBound ~ Support your local book stores
About the author:
The Seeds of Nightmares debuted at number two on the Amazon Hot Horror Chart and made the top twenty in the Amazon Horror sales listing. His horror and noir themed tales have been featured in anthologies, magazines, and websites on both sides of the Atlantic.
In addition to his print work, Tremblay is the host of The Taco Society Presents, a cable T. V. show on G-TV based out of Goffstown, NH ( it can be viewed on YouTube ) that features discussions on horror as well as guest interviews with horror authors.
In addition, he has worked as a reviewer of horror fiction for Cemetery Dance Magazine, Beware The Dark Magazine, and the Horror World Website. He (along with John McIlveen and Scott Goudsward) founded NoCon, a horror convention held every September in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Also, Tony Tremblay is the writer of numerous short stories that have been published in various horror anthologies, horror magazines, and webzines under his pen name, T T Zuma.
He lives in New Hampshire with his wife Paula.
or better yet
Deep within Tony's dense imagination:
it brought the story into reality for the reader.
My review with his interview
This link is what I had to say on one of his many short stories, one
that is part of a three part series The Terror Project
Go ahead, pick a story, any story
you'll be glad you did
Triplicity: The Terror Project Vol. 1 by Stacey Longo / Tony Tremblay / Rob Smales ~ 2016
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And for a beautiful cause folks, you'll find his short story Blue Stars appearing in Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a charity anthology benefiting the Jimmy Fund / Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Folks, do enjoy ~