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Weatherly Hall: A supernatural sci-fi techno thriller Kindle Edition
From the Publisher
Q&A with author Andy Hunt
What is Weatherly Hall about?
I wanted to write a book about an allegedly haunted house, but it needed a bit of a twist. Since my other novels are all science fiction, I thought it would be fun to try and blend the genres. While this is a book about a creepy house, it takes place in the near-future, so you have drones, AI, self-driving cars, and so on. So it's a supernatural, thriller, sci-fi adventure.
It takes place after a civil war?
Yes. When I started writing the book, the idea of a second civil war in the US was part of futuristic "fiction." As events have unfolded, it seems more likely that such a scenario really could happen at some point. But that's in the past in the book, and life has settled down into their new normal. That includes a lot of heavy surveillance, which our hero tries to escape by buying this "unique" house on the edge of modern civilization. Of course, the house turns out to be a lot more than he bargained for.
Does Weatherly Hall have any connection to your books in the Conglommora universe?
Not deliberately, but who knows? 'Conglommora' is straight science fiction, there aren't any supernatural elements. Although, I think space ghosts would make for a fun story to tell someday.
Is the house really haunted?
Well, you'll have to read the book to find out. It's definitely creepy. The book starts off with that slow, creepy, mysterious vibe. The mystery and threats escalate from there.
And so it begins
As-is. A lone mansion atop a steep and isolated hill on the outskirts of a dying former mining town, several hours from megapolis. Un-renovated, uncomfortable, drafty, hard to heat and cold. This property is offered strictly "AS-IS", no assurances expressed or implied.
That's not what the real estate brochure said, but it may as well have. It probably should also have mentioned hat the house was built just after the First Civil War, in the late 1800s. Hadn't been renovated much since then - it barely even had electricity, let alone any modern, AI-fueled conveniences.
Which is exactly what Henry wanted. He could be free. Safe. Alone...
★★★★★ "Hunt has crafted an intriguing novel to satisfy fans of haunted house scenarios, but this is so much more. The story builds slowly at first,with meticulous descriptions and even floorplan images that get you intimately acquainted with the setting. The story's suspense builds chapter by chapter, and soon you find yourself immersed in Henry's world and eagerly anticipating how the story unfolds. Fans of Black Mirror or The Twilight Zone will love this eerie, evocative haunted house novel"—Tammy Ruggles
About the Author
- ASIN : B09BNTMT2Z
- Publisher : Cyclotron Press (August 1, 2021)
- Publication date : August 1, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 5052 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 175 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,346,681 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The characters are diverse, edgy and well written and I believed in them and found them engaging. The storyline was tight and well-plotted and executed. I read the entire book over only a couple of sittings as I found it hard to put down. I was both intrigued and engrossed from the outset.
Set in the future, after an imagined second American Civil War, the protagonist, Henry moves into Weatherly Hall in an attempt to live a life away from the omnipresent surveillance in society and to take himself “off the grid”. There are definitely vibes of “Enemy of the State” here.
I am an avid reader of thrillers and I find it difficult to discover new, different and intriguing plots, but this book certainly fulfils that set of criteria. Without being overly complicated, the level of detailed description is spot on for the storyline. I found it easy to visualise the setting and I was completely drawn into the story world. The review copy that I read also included a floor plan, which I thought was a cool addition, and added to the realism and immersive feel. I wanted to believe that the house was real. I wanted to believe in the characters.
I would recommend this book to any reader who wants a fresh, exciting thriller that will hook them in and keep that tight grip on them throughout. It’s a page-turner that will have you skipping sleep to find out what happens next. The building claustrophobia and paranoia oozed from the pages and enveloped me as a reader.
What a powerful, exciting book! Would recommend to all readers.
I received an ARC through Reedsy Discovery and am leaving an unbiased, honest review of this book.