Damnation Books has released Greg Chapman’s Torment in an ebook edition for only $4.50.
Description: Jessica Newman’s tragic childhood has come back to haunt her. Her father, a Catholic deacon she hasn’t seen since he was found not guilty of her mother’s death during an exorcism ritual, has turned up dead in Scotland, with a wound to the head.
Forced to take her family to Scotland and deal with her father’s estate – a derelict mansion in the Grampian Ranges. Jessica begins to question her mother’s death and what role her father played in it.
The house and its dark basement – could provide more answers than she bargained for.
Excerpt: Suddenly a howling wind drifted into the room, a wind that carried a voice, as low as a whisper. The voice escaped into the air like steam. Jessica and David stood as still as statues, listening intently, captivated by the sound. The noise swirled around them, almost in stereo and Jessica could literally feel it touching her ears and skin. Neither of them dared to speak.
Before their eyes, the sound took shape and form; wisps of crimson smoke twirling and coalescing in the dark. The gaseous ribbons smudged on the air and thickened and metamorphosed a second time. The smoke took on the shape of a body, a man. The figure stepped and gestured in slow motion, moving from one side of the room to the center. The shape was determined – it had a task to perform, but Jessica and David had no inkling what it was. The smoky silhouette formed words, but the syllables were distant. Jessica could hear the words, but they were too deep and too fast to comprehend. It was when she was struggling to translate the strange language, when a piercing scream overwhelmed everything.
Reviews: “The power of Christ compels us to sprinkle some holy water on this book!” – Scaryminds
“… a more than entertaining yarn from an Australian author with grand potential and many more tales to come.” – Matthew Tait, Horrorscope
“… Torment is good stock standard ghost/possession story with some promising passages. I’ll be keeping an eye on Greg Chapman.” – The Adventures of a Bookonaut
“Torment features some genuinely scary moments and keeps you guessing…” – Nick Cato, The Horror Fiction Review
“This short story was full of action and intrigue, and my attention was captured from the beginning.” – Bitten By Books
Peer Reviews: “There are points in Torment when this novella is truly a torment to read, but in all the right ways. Chapman inexorably draws the reader into Jessica Newman’s terrifying world to the point where there are two choices – put the story down to still your beating heart, or read on into the complex mystery, rightly fearing what lies on the next page. This is at once a tale of demonic and ghostly terror, as well as a compelling nod to the core imagery of classic horror. I don’t expect I’ll forget this tale any time soon, and that may not be a good thing!” – Rocky Wood, author of Stephen King: The Non-Fiction and Horrors! Great Tales of Fear and Their Creators
“Torment echoes The Exorcist with its tale of tortured souls and questions about faith. A chilling, tightly written story from a new voice in horror.” – Brett McBean, author of The Mother, Tales of Sin and Madness, and Concrete Jungle
“Torment is a slow-burning supernatural thriller that fuses the darkness of Blatty’s The Exorcist with the visceral thrills of ghost stories from masters such as Peter Straub and Robert Hood. With authorial sleight of hand, Chapman turns the exorcism sub-genre on its head with Torment. Greg Chapman is an author to watch. – Shane Jiraiya Cummings, author of Shards and The Apocrypha Sequence
“Well-placed dark fiction doused in history, ritual and intrigue.” – Mark Farrugia, editor, Andromeda Spaceways
You can find out more about the book, the author, and how to order here: Torment