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About J.R. Erickson
J.R. Erickson was born in Lansing, Michigan and grew up in Mason where she lived with her parents and sister on a 40 acre pseudo-farm. Pseudo because there was no planting, to speak of, just a hodge podge of creatures from pigmy goats to raccoons. In addition to nature, reading and writing were her major passions and she passed many a summer scribbling horror stories on tattered sheets of notebook paper that her cousins Matt and Jen illustrated.
She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Psychology and has worked in a variety of fields from weight loss counseling to social work. Writing has always been her first love and she has returned to it at every stage of her life. These days, she lives in northern Michigan with her excavator husband and her endlessly happy baby boy. Life is better when you're surrounded by water and sand dunes.
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It’s the day of his ex-wife’s wedding when Dan makes the winding mountain journey to a remote cabin for an escape from the life that another man has stepped into.
Less than 48 hours into his reprieve, the forest tranquility is shattered when he looks through a telescope and witnesses the violent abduction of a young woman.
Dan springs into action, but there’s no evidence of an abduction nor reports of a missing woman.
That is, until Dan sees the missing person’s poster for Ivy Trent.
He’s sure it’s the woman he saw get kidnapped just days before. There's only one problem. Ivy disappeared ten years ago.
If you’re searching for a paranormal thriller that you’ll be reading with the lights on, grab Troubled Spirits today-the first in a series of stand-alone haunted mysteries inspired by true stories.
When Alley is chosen for a six-week writing residency in an isolated stone house, she’s elated. As a single, working mom, she’s spent most of her adult life caring for others. The residency is a dream come true and an opportunity to finish her memoir.
However, the idyllic Black Hollow Hideaway houses a disturbing mystery. Twenty-five years ago, a seventeen-year-old babysitter vanished from the house while watching a young boy.
She was never seen again.
As Alley unravels the twisted tale of that long ago night when the babysitter vanished, she encounters forces in the house intent on keeping the secret buried.
Need a spooky escape? Start reading Black Hollow Hideaway today.
On a desolate peninsula, Skelling Hall has stood for more than a century.
When Iris Walsh flees to the Upper Peninsula in northern Michigan, she’s grappling with some deeply disturbing truths. She seeks solace at her grandmother’s home and, for a time, she finds it.
But on a frigid winter night, Iris glimpses a man fleeing through the forest from a dark entity, and she crashes her car.
Iris is swept into a mystery that began nearly a century ago when two little boys walked into the forest on the Skelling Peninsula and were never seen again.
Don’t miss this chilling paranormal tale...
Each novel in the Troubled Spirits series is a stand-alone, paranormal murder mystery inspired by a true crime
A stand-alone paranormal murder mystery inspired by a disturbing true story...
Two years ago, Gloria Cline had the worst night of her life. A music festival deep in the woods near the Porcupine Mountains turned deadly when Gloria and her best friend, Wren went for a night walk.
Twenty-four hours later, Gloria was found barely clinging to life with a horrific story of being abducted and nearly murdered.
No trace of Wren was ever found.
Today, Gloria has walled herself into a safe world that relies on routine and familiarity. She doesn’t leave her apartment-ever.
But somehow evil has gotten in...
When another young woman vanishes, Gloria realizes her hazy recollection of her own near-murder may hold the keys to finding the woman before she suffers a similar fate.
Don't miss this chilling paranormal murder mystery.
Lorraine Hicks is fourteen-years-old when she watches her best friend, Beverly climb into a tree in the forest and never come back down. It’s a mystery that haunts her small town and embeds itself in Lorraine's life.
Fifteen years later, Lori is a grown woman, doing her best to move on from her troubled childhood. She reluctantly agrees to a night of camping, despite her secret terror of the woods. As she sits by a roaring bonfire, a man stands and tells the story of two fourteen-year-old friends who walked into the Manistee National Forest-only one of them walked back out.
The story is hauntingly similar to Lori’s own, and she embarks on a quest to discover if the two disappearances are linked.
As she unravels the truth behind the vanishings, she unearths a malevolence that forces her to question if evil truly exists.
Don’t miss this chilling paranormal murder mystery.
Fifty years ago a diabolical plan was set in motion. It ended in murder.
In present day, Adam Tate is in a rush to build his wife’s dream home. She’s ill, and he lives with the looming fear that her days are numbered in months rather than years. As he digs the foundation for their new home, he makes a chilling discovery-long-buried skeletons. On impulse, he hides the grave and pushes it from his mind.
When Adam and his wife Holly move into their new home six months later, it becomes clear that Adam has awoken something that will not be silenced.
Step into a story of betrayal, murder, and voices from beyond the grave.
When Rowan and her family move into the 1800s home nestled in the woods on a bluff near Lake Michigan, she's looking forward to a summer reprieve. However, she soon discovers that Helme House harbors dark secrets including people who have vanished from the house and never been found.
As Rowan digs into the history of Helme House a series of troubling experiences soon become deadly.
Helme House is the second stand-alone novel in the Troubled Spirits Series-where paranormal fiction meets true crime.
Do you believe in ghosts?
For Kale Goodwin it’s love at first sight when he sees Annie working the pirate ship at the county fair. Darkly beautiful, she’s unlike anyone he’s ever met. There’s an electricity to her-something dangerous and magnetic.
Their love is fast and passionate. Kale is quickly swept away.
His reverie is shattered during one violent night. A night where everything he believed is called into question. A night that begins to reveal the woman he loves is not who she seems to be.
Looking for your next impossible to put down read? Pick up Grave Devotion today.
Grave Devotion is a stand-alone paranormal murder mystery inspired by a true crime.
The dead tell stories. Are you listening?On a sunny August morning, in 1935, thirteen-year-old Sophia Gray finds her friend, Rosemary wandering in the woods. Rosemary’s yellow dress is tattered and stained, she walks with a strange lurch, and her eyes are vacant and glassy. She beckons to Sophia, desperate to show her something, and Sophia follows.In an abandoned cabin, beneath a tattered blanket, Sophia discovers Rosemary’s body.It was not Rosemary who led her there, but Rosemary’s ghost.
Step into the Northern Michigan Asylum for the InsaneTwenty years after Sophia discovers Rosemary’s body, she finds herself trapped in the sprawling, and eerily beautiful, Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane, in the hands of a malevolent doctor who preys on patients who exhibit paranormal abilities.
Sometimes the dead don’t restIn present day 1965, Hattie, much like her mother, thirty years before, is led by a ghost. A newspaper hidden in an attic reveals a secret that has shaped the lives of Hattie and her siblings. Hattie with her sister, Jude, embark on a crusade to remedy the wrongs of the past and discover the tale of deception that stole their mother a decade before.
Hattie and Jude are in a race against time to discover a murderer and save their mother from a horrific fate.
Get lost in a uniquely chilling story that spans the life of a family and the ghosts who haunt them.
The sprawling Kerry Manor has stood abandoned for nearly a century.
But that hasn’t kept the darkness at bay. Stories about the cursed house trickle out. Violent deaths, strange sightings, and always the chilling sound of a little girl’s song permeates the murky halls.
Today, Kerry Manor is restored to its original grandeur. Corrie and Sammy Flynn, and their daughter Isis, move into the house for a winter retreat. As they settle into the dim, gothic rooms, they cannot imagine the terror that awaits them.
Kerry Manor houses a malevolence that spans a century. A twisted tale that began when a little girl went into the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane and emerged as something dark - something evil.
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Each book in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series is a stand alone novel.
More than a decade ago, six kids witnessed unspeakable horror. Not all of them lived to tell.
Riza is no longer that kid - troubled, angry, and filled with secrets. She’s grown up, and when she stumbles upon an on-line forum about the shuttered Northern Michigan Asylum, she tries to pretend it never happened - not the years of experimentation, nor the strange midnight writings, and most of all, not the murders.
But someone wants her to remember.
Deaths shockingly similar to those that occurred in 1989 are happening again.
As the killings get closer to home, Riza is forced to face her past one last time.
Get lost in a chilling story of childhood secrets, unsolved murder, and a malevolent asylum for the insane.
Bitter Ground is the final installment in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series.
Their mothers told them monsters weren’t real, but they were wrong.
It’s the start of summer vacation in 1983. Twelve-year-olds Ashley and Sid are excited for three months of swimming at the pit, playing arcade games, and getting lost in the woods.
But the woods aren’t safe.
Kids are going missing in their small town. One of them has been found dead. The cops are indifferent, the parents are clueless, and a summer of fun Is slowly turning into a summer of terror.
Sid and Ashley have come face to face with the monster, more boy than creature, and are desperate to reveal it.
Get lost in a twisted tale of abduction, supernatural forces and dark asylum secrets.
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