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Welcome to Coffin Hop 2013, and welcome guest author Michelle Muto!

A few words from Michelle….

MichelleMutoI grew up reading Poe, King, Koontz, Saul, Matheson, and Straub. I watched the Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, and loved going to see horror films. But horror has changed over the years. It’s gotten a bad rap.

Written badly, it comes off comical or campy. Too much gore without character or plot substance often comes off weak. Too little character development and the reader won’t be afraid for the characters.

It seems the last great era for horror novels was the 80’s. I recall more horror and genre novels making it to the NYT Best Seller lists then. I rarely see horror novels there anymore – unless it’s one of the masters. I say, give horror authors their due! There’s some great writing out there.

And, lately, horror seems to be making a comeback. Or is it my overactive, hopeful imagination? I’d like to see more horror in the vein (forgive the pun) of The Shining, The Haunting of Hill House, IT. While I still don’t see many horror novels on the USA Today or the NYT Best Seller list, I’m starting to see more and more of them on Amazon’s top 100. I was one of those fortunate few with The Haunting Season when it hit #90 on October 10th, 2013. It hit #1 in Teen Horror and was bested in the Horror genre only by King’s Dr. Sleep.

Are people ready to get back to old-fashioned horror? Is it making a comeback? As both author and fan, I’m optimistic.

The Haunting Season
by Michelle Muto

TheHauntingSeason_MichelleMutoBe careful what you let in…
Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead.

The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them all.

Due to sexual content and some graphic violence, this book is recommended for 17+

The Haunting Season is available on Amazon >>>

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