Narrator: Chris Barnes
Published by Horrific Tales Publishing on 29 July 2016
Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Suspense
Source: Narrator, Submitted
A small therapy group arrives at Grief House hoping that a combination of isolation and hard work will help them begin the healing process each of them so desperately needs.
But their presence has awakened something in the old dwelling. Something linked to the ancient stone megaliths at the rear of the property and a terrible crime, committed centuries before.
Before the weekend is over, the group will learn the secrets of the Grieving Stones, and come to understand the true meaning of transformation.
©2016 Gary McMahon (P)2016 Horrific Tales Publishing
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A therapy group for people dealing with loss and grief heads off to a dilapidated house in the country for a slightly unconventional weekend session to tidy up the house. Grief House has its own creepy history set within local folklore. The story is told from the point of view of Alice, who recently lost her husband, and who begins to feel a deep affinity with the house. Right from the start, this was a very atmospheric story with a menacing sense of doom. Gary McMahon’s writing was excellent. This was my first time listening to any of his work, but it definitely won’t be my last. I was really impressed with the way he managed to flesh out the characters and make them into believable people with real emotions. He also created this dark and brooding atmosphere and described the scenery so vividly, all within 150 pages. At just under three hours, this was a great one to listen to in one sitting.
The Grieving Stones wasn’t a blood and gore horror story, it was very subtle and looming instead focusing on the classic sinister house/ghost elements. The author skilfully combined this with mental health issues. The punch dummy and the Backwards Girl were clever ideas and truly frightening. There were some scenes involving animals that I found rather unsettling, but that’s just one of my personal don’t-cope-well-with triggers.
Listening to Chris Barnes narrate this story was a total delight. His voice was clear and really pleasant to listen to. I loved his Scottish accent. He varied tone and delivery sufficiently to give each of the characters a distinct voice. He really knew how to accentuate the chilling, creepy atmosphere and how to evoke the necessary emotions, but he did so in a fairly understated, measured manner. Very professional! I will definitely look out for more audios by Chris Barnes. There were no issues with the production of the audio.
Quite unusual for me, but I have no complaints whatsoever… except maybe, it could have been a longer story.
Highly recommended as a short, classic horror story!
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