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“With Gethsemane Hall, Winnipeg writer David Annadale has created that rarest of books: a genuinely chilling horror novel. And a fresh take on the hoary old haunted house novel, no less...Gethsemane Hall is a slowly tightening noose of a novel, the carefully measured tension beginning with the pedestrian stuff of bad dreams and mysterious sounds in the dark, and building steadily until finally exploding in an imaginative Grand Guignol release.” (Quill & Quire 2012-07-01)

“Gethsemane Hall is a cerebral sort of horror, briefly hinting at what’s to come with only visceral moments of violence and blood to punctuate the unsettling tone that hangs over each word. The tension spikes suddenly at appropriate, organic moments that never feel forced or tacked on out of necessity…Even as you read the text, there is no obvious solution to the mystery. This is not a predictable, expository story nor is it a simple mystery to unravel. The questions continue to build as the story goes on in conjunction with the growth, or deconstruction, of the characters and comes to what is simply a disturbingly satisfying conclusion. Like all good horror, Gethsemane Hall plays tricks on the mind as you read before it decides to let you walk away.” (2012-08-13)

“Fans of literary horror have been waiting for a haunted-house story this smart for a long time.” (Winnipeg Free Press 2012-08-18)

"As ghost hunters and debunkers explore the hall, braving cold spots, unearthly screams, and a shared nightmare, it is a hidden staircase that lures readers and characters both into the belly of the beast that is Gethsemane Hall. As they spiral down together, Annandale ascribes reptilian, malevolent presence to mere steps, leading ultimatley to the terror that is the real dark power beneath Gethsemane Hall".

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“A creepy thriller with a devastating conclusion. Highly recommended.”

(Rue Morgue horror magazine)

“Compelling, a little frightening and amazingly inventive, a new and powerful take on the old haunted house story…Annandale has created a house that lives and breathes and constantly shows new and terrifying facets of itself as the tension builds.”

(Star Phoenix)

“Annandale has taken the cliche and turned it into a high concept, and lived up to his ambition by nailing the execution. His characters are fully formed and carefully assembled into a complex puzzle of disparate convictions. Everyone in the Hall knows how the world works, even as the Hall itself works to unravel their ironclad truths. The story is deliberately paced, an inexorable crawl from ignorance to terrible enlightenment. Under Annandale's pen, nightfall is once again a time to be feared, while the safety of daylight is slowly bled away, until the familiar comfort of the sun is nothing but a cruel joke.”


About the Author

David Annandale is the author of Crown Fire, Kornukopia, and The Valedictorians, thrillers featuring rogue warrior Jen Blaylock. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies of horror fiction. He teaches literature and film at the University of Manitoba and lives in Winnipeg.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459702255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459702257
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,471,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gethsemane Hall is a refreshing take on that Gothic staple, the haunted house. With a cast of interesting and mature adults with normal neuroses and conflicting agendas, the story moves quickly from one unsettling development to another. What I especially liked is the way an entire village, and all who enter it, are quietly entombed in a delusion of free will, leaving them powerless to resist evil but conscious enough to know the horror of surrendering to it. The book alternates nicely between intriguing, plausible adult interactions, and set-pieces with real cinematic energy. A good ending, and a great read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret V. Magill on October 1, 2012
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I am somewhat biased towards this book because David Annandale is a first cousin once removed of mine. In fact this is the reason I read this book in the first place since I do not normally read horror. However, I found this novel to be very well written, gripping and because it is set against a backdrop of real and well-described places I could envisage, it seemed surprisingly believable. The story employs strange and unusual horror, quite bone-chilling in its supposition, with Gethsemane Hall taking on almost live characteristics in a most unusual and disturbing way. I would certainly recommend this book, even to people not familiar with reading horror novels and particularly to people familiar with historic England and English country houses in particular.Gethsemane Hall
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pat Joubert on September 6, 2012
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Reminded me a lot of The Shining by Stephen King. Couldn't really "buy" the story nor feel empathy for the characters. Actually did not finish it.
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