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Fright House (by Fred Wiehe)


Author: Fred Wiehe
Cover Artist: Dawné Dominique
Length: Novel
Genre: Supernatural / Horror
Violence: 5
Heat: 1

eBook: 9781629292267

Print: 9781629292274

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A one-time insane asylum is the last place you want to be on Halloween.

Fright House, an insane asylum turned Halloween attraction, is the last place Penny Winters should be. She has awakened its long-dormant ghosts, giving it unimaginable power. Now it wants to possess her, absorb her psychic energy, and keep its ghosts forever alive.

Only Tory Jackson and his Paranormal Scene Investigations team can save her. Time, however, is running out. On Halloween night, Penny has to die and become one with the ghosts. To that end, Fright House is willing to kill everyone.

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4 Responses to Fright House (by Fred Wiehe)


    Creepy and Innovative Kills.

    Great creepy gory tale with believable characters. Highly recommended. The only thing I didn’t care for was the multiple uses of things we, as readers, would have gotten by the second time it was mentioned. Like being reminded of the storm raging outside at the top of every new segment/chapter for awhile (we get it, crazy storm making it extra creepy) or Penny having a disturbed past. Or the House urging the characters to kill who is to blame (that’s how I have to say it without spoilers) so many times. I feel like that was beaten to death (pun intended) a little. But overall I couldn’t put this down and really dug the different ways and means Fright House found to fully creep us out. Great work! ~ Liz Koch Cousins, Amazon Review


    The best horror movies are in your head

    The modern horror story sparked during the emergence of science and technology following the Age of Enlightenment. It came down to us through a tradition of Gothic Romance, and was perfected by no less than the master of murder and mystery, Edgar Allen Poe. Hence, even in the most recent adaptations of the genre, we still find its mossy roots buried deep in 19th Century literature, comingling Gothic themes of darkness and death with the Romance novel, which intertwine nature with fantasy, and pit the infusion against an increasingly technical and analytical world.

    Fred Wiehe has written an exemplary modern horror story, Fright House. It combines today’s technologies, afforded to the ghostbusters leader by Tory Jackson, with a classic setting of an abandoned insane asylum, nestled in the deep woods on a darkened, stormy night. The setting of the old edifice, itself, with its great expanse and its squealing iron door, reminds us at once of a foreboding castle, complete with dungeons, as we accompany Tory’s team on their journey through this tale.

    All the roles in a Gothic medieval troupe are assembled here among the paranormal investigators: the warlord, barbarian, wizard, cleric, fighter, and sorceress. Their quest becomes a battle between good and evil, and a struggle between the strengths and weaknesses within the main characters themselves. On an allegorical level, the story’s main character, Penny Winter, serves as a concoction of a Penny Dreadful and the darkened chill of a mid-winter’s night. She, like the major character Tory, struggles throughout the story with a psychological past that impinges on their present situation.

    Mr Wiehe’s story runs full force from start to ending, fueled on two major themes: keys and a haunted personal past. Survival is—as always in these stories—predicated on the ability to prove one’s strength in the face of peril. Our major characters, flawed as they are, possess what is needed internally, holding the key of character and using it to unlock hidden internal strength at the most critical moment.

    Using an interesting play of emotion between the two major characters in Fright House, Mr. Wiehe presents the relationship between Penny and Tory in flux: now at odds, now united, now loathing each other. It is symbolic of a love-hate relationship, which, as often the case, becomes so strong against adversity that it must surely triumph.

    There is something here for all who enjoy a good, scary tale. For the reader who is enmeshed in the horror story tradition, it reminds us, at some level, of Poe’s short story, “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.” For the viewer of horror movies: “The Forgotten (Don’t Look in the Basement”) comes to mind.

    Fright House reads like a fast-paced movie, trading endless deep description in prose for crisp, flowing dialogue that invites the reader to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the characters as they converse.

    Here is where Mr Wiehe excels in his craft. He could be called a “minimalist” in his writing style; every word is carefully chosen to take its place among a group in sentences that convey vivid imaginary without the need for large textual overhead. Less is more, and Mr. Wiehe enforces that rule through suggested imagery of gruesomeness without clubbing us over the head with it.

    Fright House should be on your reading list as your next injection of a horror story. As an alternative to a late night passive viewing of a horror movie, this engaging tale reads rather quickly. It’s better than any movie you may watch, because the images Mr. Wiehe conjures will make you look out of the corner of eye as you read, and may stay affixed in your memory like a blood-stained wall…long after you finish this memorable tale. ~ Dave Sciuto, Amazon Review


    Awesome read

    Creepy tale with great characters too boot. A group of ghost hunters at an insane asylum in hopes to meet real ghost a girl Penny who has a sorted past. The ghost want to kill her the ghost hunters want to help to survive the night . Don’t want to give too much away. Mr Wiehe wrote one hell of a horror story that you yourself is in it at least I did GREAT job, Fred. ~ Roostermama, Amazon Review


    The setting is fantastic and the fully developed characters really make them stand…

    A ghost Hunter group showing up to a haunted attraction to see if they are real spirits there based on the place formally being an insane asylum where lots of dark experiments happened. The setting is fantastic and the fully developed characters really make them stand out and make you care what’s happening. Personally read this book in two sittings and enjoyed every minute of it, highly recommend. ~ Josh Hitch, Amazon Review

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