Haughnt: Dark Shapes, Dark Shadows Book 1
David C. Cassidy
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Dark Shapes, Dark Shadows Book 1 - "Haughnt"
In his chilling series of eerie short stories, award-winning author David C. Cassidy draws you into a twisted realm of horror, where reality is a nightmare and your darkest fears lurk a heartbeat away. Welcome to Dark Shapes, Dark Shadows.
Synopsis of "Haughnt":
"We're all damned. It's just a question of when."
As his estranged father lies on his deathbed, horror novelist Paul Steele is stunned by the old man’s admission: Many years ago, he committed a ghastly crime and was never caught, his freedom bartered in a black-magic spell. On his last breath, he warns Paul that he should expect a visit from a mysterious stranger. “He’ll be coming son. A dark man. A man from the shadows.”
Soon, a chilling figure appears outside Paul’s home during a late-night thunderstorm—a vile and sinister man called Haughnt. When Paul confronts him, he is horrified to learn that not only does Haughnt possess unimaginable magic, but has come to collect on his father’s debt. Given two choices, both unspeakable, he must find a way to break an unbreakable contract, a curse sealed in his family’s bloodline. Stifled at every turn, as time ticks away and Haughnt’s relentless grip tightens, Paul faces a cold reality: We’re all damned. It’s just a question of when.
Brimming with nail-biting suspense, HauGHnt delivers a non-stop thrill ride with twists and turns from start to finish. Sit back and enjoy this modern retelling of the classic tale of a deal with the devil—with a stunning climax that is sure to shock you.
David C. Cassidy takes you first hand on a journey into the darkest depths of humanity in Haughnt Book 1. You'll feel every emotion as Paul Steele seeks release from a curse before it's too late. Well written, storytelling at its best!
Great Short Story
"We're all damned, Mr. Steele. It is only a question of when."
These words are all too real for Paul Steele. Because of a decision made by his father many years ago, the Steele family must live under a curse that saved Paul's father from serving a life sentence. However, it can be argued that the alternative gave Paul's father and his descendants another kind of life sentence.
It is up to Paul Steele to try and rid his family of this evil curse, but time is limited.
This story is a quick read, but it is far from disappointing! Because of the author's excellent attention to detail, the reader is easily taken in and can feel the anxiety and fear right along with Paul as the story progresses.
We can feel the overwhelming sadness when Paul weeps in despair. We can feel the fear when Paul glimpses the image of an act of savagery in an ancient book--an image that possibly depicts his future. We can feel the hope and excitement when Paul makes his biggest plan.
This short story is a page-turner for sure! Also aside from being a suspenseful tale, it powerfully demonstrates how humans are affected by high stress and desperation.
I enjoyed this read very much, and I definitely look forward to getting lost in another of Mr. Cassidy's books!
- Category: Horror
- Published: Feb 07, 2017
- Publisher: David C. Cassidy
- Seller: Smashwords, Inc.
- Print Length: 44 Pages
- Language: English