Home by Alexander Michael
A Home Without A Dog Is Just A House.
Something wakes little Kelly Bradwyn from sleep every morning, and it is not the play attacks from her beloved labrador, Link. Something dwells in the attic. Surely her neighbour's ouija board is the solution to all her problems.
Home Is Where The Heart Is.
As the Bradwyn family prepare the farm for oncoming snows, a sudden earthquake heralds terror - an insidious presence stalking the halls; mysteries in an occult archive; nightmares of a strange world under scarlet skies.
And something else is approaching, wandering across the state on an insane pilgrimage.
Home Is Under Siege.
A home run
I think one of Alexander Michael's strongest points is his prose. He understands the medium of expression and he executes his skill to great effect, with a nice rhythm and attention to vocabulary. In many respects the story is simple (and this is not a criticism), which means there is much less to work with in terms of keeping the reader along for the ride. Home has great visual descriptions and atmosphere, and in terms of a novella, it really does hit all the key points and does so successfully. Example: I started reading. I didn't want to stop. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about the story. What does that tell you? I'm very intrigued to see where Alexander Michael goes from here (and to see whence he came), and in terms of new authors this year, Alexander has become one of my most anticipated. Recommended.