The House by the Cemetery
Overview - Rumor has it that the abandoned house by the abandoned cemetery in the old overgrown forest preserve is haunted by the ghost of a witch. Rumor has it that Satanic rituals are still performed by the light of the moon atop the moldering graves nearby, despite the police's attempts to chain the area in and keep people out. Read more...
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More About The House by the Cemetery by John Everson
Rumor has it that the abandoned house by the abandoned cemetery in the old overgrown forest preserve is haunted by the ghost of a witch. Rumor has it that Satanic rituals are still performed by the light of the moon atop the moldering graves nearby, despite the police's attempts to chain the area in and keep people out. Rumor has it that the ghost of a seductive drowned woman leaves the lake and hitchhikes down the turnpike on certain nights... leaving the drivers without their sight. But when Mike Kostner gets a job offer to fix up that abandoned old house near the abandoned old Bachelor's Grove Cemetery so that it can serve as a haunted house attraction, he ignores those rumors. Mike's spent more time with the bottle than with a hammer of late, so he agrees to take the paycheck and starts shoring up the rotted floors and walls. Along the way he picks up two helpers, Katie and Emery, who he discovers sneaking about the place, anticipating its reopening as a haunted house. He quickly gets a crush on Katie, but is a bit creeped out by Emery, who rarely speaks. Together, they finish the initial work on the house, so that the set designers, Argento and Lucio, and the makeup artists, Jeanie and June, can start really making the old house look haunted. But fresh wood and nails won't keep decades of rumors down. There are noises in the house that shouldn't be there. Dead animals in the basement with fresh blood spilled on the floor. And hidden rooms that hold the hints of something far more sinister than the rumors suggest. Because at the end of the day, this house didn't need any help to be haunted. Behind the decades of rumors is a real ghost who will do whatever it takes to make sure Mike Kostner and Argento and June and the rest finish their job. She needs people to fill her house on Halloween. She has a ritual in mind that requires their blood. A dark, horrible ritual. Because the witch is dead...but she doesn't want to stay that way. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.