By Thomas R Clark
A Poignant and Graphic Tale
After Maureen Coleman is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, her children bring her to live at SummerHome. As her condition deteriorates, siblings Sean Spencer and Meghan Coleman are unsure if they have made the correct decision. They grow concerned when their mother claims to see the ghost of her dead husband, and a series of tragic, unexplained events impact the community.
Now, with the residents of SummerHome believing their complex is haunted, the world-famous Para-Hunters come in to investigate. The ghost hunters soon learn this isn’t a typical haunting. Because slinking through the shadows is an evil, unleashed from underneath the Mound nearly 300 years ago, and it doesn’t want to go back.
I could write forever about the depth and complexities of the story, but it’s important to first note that it is a good story. It’s entertaining, engaging, evocative. It has laugh-out-loud moments and I-might-hurl moments (seriously, Tom, I was eating during that one scene with … oh, no spoilers). It has moments that are like a knife to the heart and other like a knife to the mind. It has tension, suspense, and diverse characters.
And oh, the characters! This is a truly diverse lot, a realistically diverse representation of real people and real life. They are believable, likeable, unlikeable, and entertaining in their interaction with one another. The O’Connors leave a specific and lasting impression, but I won’t tell you why, that would spoil it.
In addition to the horror and the humor, the suspense and the action and the pure entertainment are the layers of the story itself and all they encompass. Summerhome ties in with and ties together some of Clark’s other books, forming and cementing the bloody and brutal world and mythos he has created, a world where horrors past and present come together in ways otherwise unimaginable.
Summerhome is about our history and our ancestors living within us and around us. Influencing us. Controlling us. It’s about the collision of dark lore and darker contemporary realities. It’s about the confines of old age, Alzheimer’s, addiction, and obligation. It’s a poignant and graphic tale, a combination of folklore and Splatterpunk that grabs you by both the mind and guts and twists them together into balloon animals that will lurk in the shadows of your thoughts for days.
The synopsis does not really do justice to this story. It’s not just a ghost hunter story. The investigators are only a part of the story as a whole. This is a fully fleshed story. Read it because it is horror entertainment or read it because it’s more than that. If you can handle the graphic intensity of the extreme, read it.
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About the Author: Thomas R Clark
Thomas R Clark is a musician, writer, and podcast producer from Central New York. His podcasts, including the popular Necrocasticon, can be heard on the Project Entertainment Network. He is the author the books of A BOOK OF LIGHT AND SHADOW, GOOD BOY, and BELLA’S BOYS. Tom lives with his wife and a trio of Jack Russell terrier companions.