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The House on Mayberry Road [Kindle Edition]

Troy McCombs

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‘A house not only haunted by spirits but infested with beings beyond the limits of human imagination’

When four adventurous teenagers go to investigate the supposed ‘haunted house’ out on Mayberry Road, they get more than they‘d bargained for. One boy ends up dead, two others psychotic, and another comatose. The house is not just haunted, it is somehow alive. And extremely dangerous.

About the Author

My name is Troy. My first, truest, and ultimate love is self-expression. I've been writing since the third grade, when our teacher made us write a story for class. That did it for me. I was hooked. I'm 30 now; I was 9 then. I've taken long breaks over the years, but I've never completely stopped, not even during my more depressed and doubtful times. Horror, science fiction, and fantasy are my fortes, though I have branched out: screenplays, poetry, philosophies, short stories, coming-of-age dramas, action, suspense ... you name it, I wrote it. One of the biggest contributors, I believe, to why I enjoy it so much, is because since childhood, I've had a crippling social anxiety disorder. When I'm around crowds or people I don't know, I freeze up, become very quiet. My heart pounds against my chest. I used to even black out and have panic attacks (very unpleasant experience, in case you never had one before). Don't know why I was always shy and awkward. Kids in school made it even worse. So, since I couldn't express myself verbally, I guess I used writing as a second form of communication. Strangely enough, I feel closer to God (or some divine force) whenever I have that spark of creativity. I feel like I'm closer to something larger than myself. It's actually like taking medicine. So I guess this is where I say I start writing blogs to expose myself further out into the world. I don't care if I'm rich, or famous, or popular, or whatever. I just want my stories to reach people. To show people a side of myself I never could before, especially as a kid when I needed to most. I want people to read something of mine and understand where I'm coming from, to take people on a journey into a brave new world they've never seen before. I want to share a part of my soul with humanity.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: World Castle Publishing; Second Edition edition (June 21 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057GEWHE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Solid Début Sept. 29 2011
By Ginger Nuts - Published on
`A house not only haunted by spirits but infested with beings beyond the limits of human imagination'

When four adventurous teenagers go to investigate the supposed `haunted house' out on Mayberry Road, they get more than they`d bargained for. One boy ends up dead, two others psychotic, and another comatose. The house is not just haunted, it is somehow alive. And extremely dangerous.

This is the Troy McCombs début novel, and in it Troy wears his influences right on the sleeve. This is a great and at times fascinating love letter to H P Lovecraft. With books like this there is always a danger that the author falls into the trap of imitation. This however is not the case here, Troy has his own voice and style of writing, that elevates this story from a mere pastiche, into his own variation on the Lovecraft mythos.

Overall this is a very good story, with some very good writing on display. Troy holds the readers interest throughout the narrative, however at times I felt the book needed a more judicial use of the editors pen. Don't let that put you off reading this book, it is well written, exciting and will keep you entertained right up until the end. In fact this book is better written than some by so called experienced writers.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Ready for Retail July 15 2012
By Sires - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this book some time ago, so I used the Look Inside feature to check on a few errors-- I had hoped that the author had the book edited between the time I downloaded it and now. Unfortunately not. All of the errors I checked are still there.

Short synopsis: There's an old house with a bad reputation on Mayberry Road. A group of kids go to check it out and the obnoxious star quarterback tries to prove his badness by going into the house. He does and his top half comes flying out an upstairs window-- still alive!. Meanwhile the window-- repairs itself! (Useful talent in an old house.) In an apartment in the same town, a small-time but ambitious psychic gets a call from the Sheriff to come out to the house on Mayberry Road.

Cliched but possibly a fun start, right? Well it goes downhill from there-- quickly.

The author has not had this book edited, or if he did he found the most clueless editor in the world.

"'I really don't know how to begin.' The absolute luster in Steera's voice was, like his mustache, prominent. It made the psychic want to put his listening ears on."

It made me want to look up the word luster on my Kindle. Just as I thought, refers to surface shine not an aural quality. And that's aside from all of the other things wrong with that brief passage.

"'It's okay. Let him through.' Another cop stepped out of the darkness. This man was a little leaner, a little shorter, with a prominent handlebar mustache and a mushed, upturned nose. He had serious-looking eyes, but gentle-looking cheeks, much like Winston Churchill."

This is a joke, right? Mushed is to make soft and pulpy. And I have no idea what Churchill cheeks would be like. Saggy maybe.

I kept going a while longer but the story telling gets worse and worse. I nearly stopped after John does into the house, gets in trouble and unlike everyone else who went in (including two deputies just before he arrived) he gets out alive because the sheriff breaks the door down and hauls him out. All this work up and they just break the door down and carry him out.

I'm glad I didn't though because I would have missed the doctor "whose teeth were in bad shape, yellow and brown, probably due to years of smoking." The doctor who if John (the psychic) hadn't walked out "taking with him minute amounts of chemicals" might have won the Nobel Prize.

I would have also missed the appearance of the dirty doberman and the apt idea that the local library's single public computer had a curser rather than a cursor.

Oh, yeah and don't worry about the numerous disconnected body parts. It's like they aren't real so they don't provoke any emotion. One point early on when John is talking to the sheriff a CSI walks by them with the quarterback's liver in a plastic bag. I snorted with laughter, dear reader.

Hovering around the so bad it's funny mark I would urge the reader not to pay for this book and the author to get a couple of beta readers and an editor. Stat.
37 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did an editor even read this book? Jan. 23 2012
By Andrea - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was a poorly written copy of an HP Lovecraft theme. I will usually stick with a book no matter how poorly it is written but this one was just too painful. Not only are there tons of grammatical errors, things that any editor should have been able to pick up right away, but it was also internally inconsistent. The writer would start out saying that the character woke up to the sun shining in through the window and then stepped outside to a dreary rain drenched day. The character woke up, went straight to the house yet later we hear about him wanting to throw up his lunch. When exactly did he eat? These are things that would be ironed out if anyone had read this book before it went out to the public. The writer couldn't decide if he wanted the story to be told in first person narrative or 3rd person. The very first scene of the book was a cliche of all horror movies. 4 teenagers getting high and going to explore a haunted house. I only made it through about 6 chapters but I just couldn't force myself to go on. Don't waste your time on this one.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good. but childish. April 30 2012
By So long and thanks for all the fish! - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Interesting premise...more SciFi then haunted house. Characters aren't deep but its not about them. Its about the house.

Some good creativity.

Unfortunately the author cant contain himself and feels the need to inject his philosophies into the story. Might have been ok if his philosophy was beyond that of a 12 year old. Reminds me of that old George Carlin joke about kids who think they're "deep" because they get a kanji tatoo.

Some silly moments....a priest telling the hero God doesn't command that he go to church (wrong. See 3rd commandment). Priest also says its ok to believe in other gods like Hindu or Buddhest gods (wrong. See 1st comm
andment). And Hindu gods are not Gods the same way Christians or Jews or Muslims view God.

Also... conversations about Earth being Hell..yeah that's original.

If he could use a little restraint or at least learn about the philosophies before making up nonsense he'd write a good book

Good thing it was free on kindle
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three stars for creativity. May 6 2012
By AmberLight - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Very creative story and highly imaginative but it needs editing. Also I don't like the narrator's opinions. That sounds silly but almost every female character is either attractive or ugly "with big noses or pimples". Its hard to take a book seriously with things like that and other kinks need to streamlined. To many ideals in the pot so to speak.

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