- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Permuted Press (May 17 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1682611248
- ISBN-13: 978-1682611241
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
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Apparitions: The Strange Guests at the Mallard Hotel Paperback – May 17 2016
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About the Author
For the past 40 years I have been an illustrator and writer. As an artist, I have exhibited in The Smithsonian, worked for Warner Bros. and Disney and been able to travel the world with the Air Force creating works of art for the National Archives. With them, I even went as far as McMurdo Base in the Antarctic along with James Cameron. As a writer, it has been my privilege to see my published works, my offspring, doing so well out in the world. Thank you my readers! I live in Florida now where I teach college (Game Art Design for the Art Institute) and do K-9 Search & Rescue with my dog Thor. I also host a talk show each Monday night, at 7PM, EST, at www.artistfirst.com My guests are exciting authors who talking about their newest books and their approaches to writing. My goals are to continue to bring you intriguing and exciting stories to read, and, help find the lost with my K9 partner, Thor.
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Apparations is probably my favorite of her books since Big Ass Shark and has very entertaining leads. This helps the "classic" premise of the book and makes it enjoyable even though you know where everything is going. A newspaper reporter, his fiance, and some Ghosthunters all go to a supposedly haunted hotel to do a fluff piece about the supernatural.
Unfortunately, this place is more Overlook Hotel than "infrared dots on a camera" and they're soon trapped in the location by the fact they don't want to leave behind their missing members and (ironically) the police. Really, this is perhaps the first time the police ever have turned out in force in the history of horror and it's, of course, only to make the situation worse as they're all suspects in a murder investigation so they're stuck with the monster stalking them.
The book doesn't go for gore but more general spookiness and I think that was a good choice. We eventually learn the horrific history of the hotel but it's too late for our heroes to do anything about it. The ending is a bit too pat and I think it would have done better to be a bit darker but I can't say I didn't enjoy this work.
I give kudos to Briar Lee Mitchell for using simple human empathy to keep the protagonists from just burning down the place or running away. Also, the inventive use of the police. They can't leave the place as long as they're suspects in a murder and they don't want to betray any of their friends. The fact some of the protagonists do make such a betrayal is just realistic but also treated as an unforgivable sin.
If you're looking for a fun easy read which is full of chills and spills, this is a good book to pick up. It nicely evokes an 80s horror movie but the cast is actually a group of people you don't want murdered by the monster. It reminds me of a combination of The Haunting and the Before Dawn video game.
- Matt Bille, author, The Dolmen (Wolfsinger, 2014)