Sunday, December 3, 2017

Book Review: 'Resurrection: The Legacy of Starke House' by E.H. James


Canadian author E.H. James is a prolific writer of short stories – stories that test the imagination and call forth ghost like thoughts of the dark world about which we know very little. James is part of that conundrum as there is no biographical information on this gifted author as though that is meant to be part of the mysteries presented. We learn that she has read and researched in the areas of parapsychology and metaphysics, for the past 40 years, and has woven the real and imaginary together into stories of the strange and bizarre. The fruits of her labor show!

James’ mastery of the short story is obvious to those readers fortunate to have been introduced to her craft. In a matter a few pages she is able to conjure an atmosphere that challenges the reader’s courage to enter past the initial page, and the manner in which she quickly sketches lifelike characters and draws us into their interactions with the challenges they encounter is masterful.

THE DEMON SERIES of which RESURRECTION: THE LEGACY OF STARKE HOUSE is the third volume demonstrates James’ mastery of the short story. In a brief 45 pages she continues to develop or unravel the mysteries of the eight part series. The entire Demon Series will cover centuries, the third volume opens in California in 2020 (after a brief prologue set in 2008).

James’ synopsis covers the story well ‘When Cole Pearson finds a great deal on a house, he can’t believe his luck. A new job, a new town, a new house…life couldn’t be better. His wife, Devyn, however, thinks it’s too good to be true. No sooner than they move in, than objects begin to move from where they were placed, and Devyn quickly realizes the reason the price was so reasonable. Getting a dog to keep Devyn company, while he is out of the house, seems the answer to Devyn’s problem, or so Cole believes. Only the dog, like Devyn, doesn’t want to go in the house, and Devyn wants to leave. But the house, as Cole is about to discover, is the least of their problems. And what lies ahead…in the dark…in the basement…is something Cole never expected.’

Knowing that the series continues makes the mystery of part 3 a very exciting continuation and growth. E.H. James is a master writer. Grady Harp, December 17







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