Classic gothic horror engenders fear and a feeling of being haunted. The best fiction induces terror in the reader and makes them wish theyâ€™d lit more candles. For me, The Devilâ€™s Whispers hits the right notesâ€”a creepy Cardiff mansion, an evil servant, and a dark, forbidding forest from which unholy things can emerge.
Like Dracula, an attorney is summoned to the home of a dying aristocrat. But unlike that famous Bram Stoker novel, there are no vampires. Instead, something ancient and terrifying awaits Gerald Woodward. And itâ€™s a force that threatens not only his life but that of his fiancÃ©e and their close friends.
What I enjoyed most about this story was the authorâ€™s meticulous description. He creates a world I can almost see as Gerald does. And itâ€™s a place that, frankly, I wouldnâ€™t want to visit, except maybe for London. That great city is teeming with life, whereas Cardiff imbues an overpowering sense of melancholyâ€”and worse.
If you enjoy inventive gothic horror featuring well-drawn, colorful characters, I recommend The Devilâ€™s Whispers. Itâ€™s good, old-fashioned, diabolical fun.
In a silent, sleepy castle, evil has awakenedâ€¦
Famed British lawyer Gerard Woodward is summoned to an ancient Welsh castle to assist a dying lord in his final affairs. But as his host slips closer to death, Gerard begins to feel less like a guest and more like a prisoner. When he finds himself locked inside his room, he realizes he must escape.
After finding his way out of his room, Gerard begins to wonder if he was safer locked inside. The labyrinthine halls echo secrets. A terrible wail and the rattling of chains sets his nerves on end. Something sinister is happening within the walls of Mathers Castle, and when he descends into the dungeons, he discovers a horrible secretâ€¦
In nearby London, children vanish into the night, animals are horribly mutilated, and a savage creature stalks the shadows. When Gerardâ€™s wife, Raelyn, becomes the creatureâ€™s next target, his need to escape reaches a fever pitch. He must get out alive so he can dispel the evil that threatens to destroy his beloved Raelynâ€¦ and the rest of us.
Fans of epistolary Gothic horror classics like Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Picture of Dorian Gray will devour The Devilâ€™s Whispers.
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