This debut novel was inspired by a dream. Ransom and his wife DID move into an old birthing house in Mineral Point, WI. They DID find an old sepia photograph of some of the women who lived and worked there. The dream did involve a woman with long black hair in a black dress pushing him down onto his bed. For the Ransoms, the nightmare went away when Chris finished the book. For the couple in the book, Conrad and Joanna Harrison, the nightmare only gets worse.
This book reminded me of "The Shining" in the fact that a house, or what lives within it, comes to possess a man and drive him insane. But the writing is utterly original and completely creepy. I'm talking about checking the doors and windows and jumping at every little creak in your house as you read it creepy. The house wants life, and it goes to extraordinary means to get it. This is a very graphic book, both in violence and in sexuality. The faint of heart should not even crack the spine of this book. But those adventurous souls who enjoy the thrill of a gory ghost story will love this, especially fans of King, Koontz or Straub.
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