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The House Of A Hundred Whispers
by Graham Masterton
First Lines

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Cover image of the book 'The House Of A Hundred Whispers' by author Graham Masterton




As he reached the top of the staircase, Herbert heard a door opening. He paused, one hand on the newel post, listening intently. The full moon was shining so brightly through the diamond-patterned windows that there had been no need for him to switch on the landing light.

‘Who’s there? he demanded. He was trying to sound authoritative, but he could feel his heart beating against his ribcage and he was breathing hard. After forty-two years he had become inured to the musty old-oak aroma of Allhallows Hall, but he could smell it strongly now, almost as if the house were sweating with anticipation.

He heard the creak of floorboards behind him and he turned around, but there was nobody there, only the dark oil portraits of the Wilmington family that hung around the landing, staring back at him balefully through four hundred years of walnut-coloured varnish.

He hadn’t intended to come back into the house, not after dark. Whenever the moon was full, he left Allhallows Hall for three days and went to stay at the Marine Hotel in Paignton. This time, though, he had forgotten to take his accounts book, and was already two weeks late in filing his annual tax return.

He waited a full minute longer. The only sound was the wind whistling sadly down the chimneys, but he had been living on Dartmoor for so long that he was used to that constant wind, too, and he no longer found it eerie.

‘Oh, well,’ he said. ‘Whoever you are, you miserable reprobate, enjoy your weekend.’

With that, he took the first step downstairs. As he did so, though, he heard footsteps running towards him ….”

Cover image of the book 'The House Of A Hundred Whispers' by author Graham Masterton

So, you have taken a sneak peek, would you read the book?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Just to give you an extra helping hand, here is the book’s premise …

And here is an extra sneak preview from an earlier Blog Tour feature

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Cover image of the book 'The House Of A Hundred Whispers' by author Graham MastertonDartmoor, with its mists, bleak winter weather and overwhelming sense of isolation, is the perfect place to build a prison. It’s not a place many would choose to live – yet the Governor of Dartmoor Prison did just that.

When Herbert Russell retired, he bought All Hallow’s Hall – a rambling Tudor mansion on the edge of the moor, and lived there all his life. Now he’s dead, and his estranged family are set to inherit his estate.

But when the dead man’s family come to stay, the atmosphere of the moors seems to drift into every room. Floorboards creak, secret passageways echo, and wind whistles in the house’s famous priest hole.

And then, on the morning the family decide to leave All Hallow’s Hall once and for all, their young son Timmy goes missing…

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  • Ooooo… the dark and brooding cover matches those opening lines perfectly! This really sounds good and I hope you’ll have more posts about it in the future!

    • You know what? I just checked to make sure I had it on my wishlist at Amazon and it’s now only 99 cents. That means it’s now on my Kindle! 😀

    • Hi Kelly,

      I don’t know if you caught the link in the post to the ‘Blog Tour’ extract I shared in an earlier post?

      My review is scheduled for December 30th, although I am not sure if you will still be in Blogland by then. If not, here is a small spoiler (For your eyes only 🙂 )

      Imagine a ‘mash up’ between ‘Carrie’, ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘Poltergeist’, and you will still need to have a good imagination to be on the same wavelength as Graham Masterton was, when he came up with this storyline!

      It was really creepy and definitely one to be read with the lights on!

      • I did see your earlier posts and it looks quite creepy! Not my usually fare, but fun in the written form occasionally. I might save it for next October (which is a good time for spooky reading whether blogging or not) or I might not be able to wait. We shall see!

    • Hi Lorraine.

      I wonder if you really do want to know what happened next?!!

      I kept thinking that things just couldn’t get any worse or more strange for this group of house guests – but believe me, it did!

      I can’t think why I haven’t read a horror story for some time, but that lapse isn’t going to happen again!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a peaceful weekend 🙂

    • Hi Mareli,

      I haven’t read one of Graham Masterton’s horror stories for many years and I had forgotten just how good they were. In fact I think he has surpassed himself with this one, as I had no idea what was going to happen from one minute to the next – and just when I thought things couldn’t get even more weird and eerie – they did!!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope I didn’t freak you out too much with this post! Have a peaceful weekend and Take Care 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      A very twisted storyline, I don’t think that creepy begins to describe this one!

      I was shocked almost every time I turned the page!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a peaceful weekend 🙂

    • Hi Wendy,

      The moors in this part of the UK can be very creepy, with small hamlets of houses, or larger ‘estate’ properties like Allhallows Hall, being very remote and insular, almost cut off from mainstream society!

      This creepy, sinister storyline, was definitely set in the right place, which created an atmosphere of fear and mistrust around every corner!

      Thanks for visiting this week and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

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