Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Five miles from the new age Mt. Shasta City, the sleepy Northern California town of Dunsmuir plays host to a nightmarish house – the Old Mortuary – where the mortician’s wife spent four decades alone, and some say insane, sleeping in an alcove off one bedroom where she believed the evil spirits of the house could not get to her, harboring terrible secrets. With the steady flow of dead bodies through the basement and the murderous events upstairs, this is the story of how the Old Mortuary of Dunsmuir became one of the most haunted houses in America as a result of the personality and misdeeds of one man, Horace Carpenter, whose eternal soul most certainly does not rest in peace, as many will attest, and probably never will. The sequel, ‘The Mortician Returns’, will be released in 2013. “I have spent the night in supposedly some of the most haunted buildings in America. I have met people who could fairly be described as evil incarnate. I have been to the Old Mortuary in Dunsmuir. It is gorgeous but I wouldn’t spend a single night there.” Kathleen McKenna, author of horror novels ‘The Wedding Gift’ and ‘Family Matters’
This is one creepy book and I love creepy. I read it in one sitting and wanted more, but the sequel has not been released yet.
The character for whom the book is named spends over 50 years by herself in an old mortuary to guard against the spirit of her dead husband ever leaving. Her problem is that she will not live forever and has to find someone to take her place. Now you see where I’m going, right? Yes, creep city.
I loved it and will patiently wait, but not for 50 years, for the sequel.