Authors Showcase: The House on Blackstone Moor by Carole Gill
May 28, 2015
The Book: The House on Blackstone Moor
The Author: Carole Gill
The Story: Unimaginable horror awaits Rose Baines in The House on Blackstone Moor.
Her journey into the dark begins with the murders of her family by her insane, incestuous father. Evil has found a way in, as has the world of the undead. Will she become one of them?
The horrific discovery causes her to be incarcerated in two madhouses. Doctor Bannion, superintendent of Marsh Asylum, helps his favorite patient obtain a position as governess at Blackstone House, but why is he so adamant? The house, her charges tell her, is built on haunted moorland. Nothing is as it seems for Blackstone House, and its inhabitants have hideous secrets; the greatest secret of all being that of the blood.
Amid the unimaginable horror there is love – which comes at a terrible price. The House on Blackstone Moor is the first novel in Carole Gill’s Blackstone Vampires Series. It is an epic tale of the eternal struggle of good vs. evil, and a story of love that strives to prevail, despite all odds.
Review by Linda Nance:
Gothic Horror is not my usual preference but this caught my attention and interest. I got the book and glanced at a few pages out of curiosity and found I could not put it down. The presentation this gifted author uses allows the reader to feel a part of the story as the tale is shared and told by Rose. As Rose reveals not only her story, but hopes, fears, dreams and desires, the reader can visualize the people, places, and events as the story unfolds.
The reader could feel the drama, suffering, grief and determination to persevere by Rose and ultimately the questions she must find answers to and make choices to survive. Good and bad, God and the devil, Heaven or Hell, blessed or damned as she is confronted with the choices of heart, soul, love, the will to survive, injustice, abuse, fate, and if fate is real what are the consequences of following the heart.
I recommend this story to read, enjoy and realize more than a simple tale told. It is a well written story of death, character and drama that holds the interest from beginning to end.
Review by Lisa McCourt Hollar:
I met Carole Gill in the Masters of Horror Facebook group but I had heard of her even before then through various blog interviews. When offered the opportunity to read her novel, The House On Blackstone Moor I leapt at the opportunity. Carole, I knew from reading her flash fictions, was a talented author and I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into the book.
At the time I was reading another book and intended to just take a quick look at the first few pages before setting it aside to finish once I had completed the novel I had already committed to. That was a mistake. Carole is such a master story teller that she had me entranced within the first few sentences. The other book would have to wait, though it didn’t have to wait long. I finished this book in one sitting, unable to put it down to even cook for my family. My temporary orphans would have to fend for themselves whilst I pursued the dark world Carole Gill created and the secrets contained within the Moor.
The story begins with Rose Baines, a young woman who has come home to discover that her father has murdered her entire family before killing himself. Rose is declared to be unbalanced by the event and sent to a sanitarium under the care of a Dr. Bannion who immediately takes Rose under his wing.
Eventually Rose is declared well enough to leave the asylum and Dr. Bannion finds her a job working as a nanny to a wealthy family that lives in a house at the edge of Blackstone Moor. Rose approaches the job with excitement, glad at this opportunity and ready to love the children entrusted to her care, only to discover that things are not as they seem and even begins to question her own sanity as she witnesses events that she cannot explain.
The story is a dark tale of Vampirism, Satan worship and how easy it is to be swayed by evil. Taking place in England in the mid 1800’s, Carole does an excellent job of bringing the reader into the era and if I didn’t know any better I would have thought the story was penned by an author of that time. The characters are seductive and appealing, repulsive and vile; they are a contradiction of emotions that will leave you wondering who Rose should trust, right up to the dramatic conclusion.
I found myself caught up in the pages, holding my breath in some instances. It is one of the best vampire/demon stories I have ever read and I look forward to reading her next incarnation.