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Soulless Light [Kindle Edition]

Joann Buchanan
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Book Description

Haunting in my desires
Thrilled by what is flawed.
I see now that which before could not be seen.
The gray matter of us all

The soul
The light
The sparkle of the infinite night.

Seeking only to be heard
cause we are all dead or dying.
And there in lies the truth of that
which I am buying.

I'm gonna live forever
in the dark of night.

Alive but dead

Dead but alive

Does it even matter?

I'm lost now in a day dream
of my own creation.




Am I the soulless light?

A young love destroyed, an entire village murdered. The year, 1363-the plagued ravaged the land in every corner of Great Britain accept one lonely isle called The Isle of Ely. The bishop, sure the village had consorted with the devil sent his Templar Knights to investigate. Their hearts thirsted for blood. They killed every living person in the village.

Julia's soul, so angered by the actions of the knights, is given a power in death she did not posses in life. She must decide if revenge is worth the price she will pay.

Product Details

  • File Size: 223 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 193759355X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: World Castle Publishing (September 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MEKQR6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrifically Outstanding! September 21, 2011
"Soulless Light" by Joann Buchanan is a fast paced horrific masterpiece that will give you chills unlike any other! It is a clear warning to all that you must be careful what you wish for - because you might just get it.

Julia is growing up in a small village in the early 1300's and has began an apprenticeship with the village midwife, Ruth, when she meets Ruth's son, Joseph. As the story unfolds, so does the romance between Julia and Joseph, until one day the Templar Knights ride into the village and Hell walks the Earth.

A must read for any horror fanatic!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promising New Author September 20, 2011
Soulless Light is the first novella I've read. The main reason is that I have questioned how a complete and engrossing story could actually fit in such a small amount of space. Author Joann Bucanan has shown that it is not only possible to do this, but she shows that space limitations are truly in the mind.

Taking place in the 1300's, a small, peaceful village sees the typical activity of the time. Julia discovers her career path in life . . . that of a midwife. She loves the idea of bringing new life into the world. Despite the long and crazy hours such a job brings, she loves what she does. She also falls in love with Joseph, a childhood friend.

Naturally, the tranquility is broken by Templar Knights, who claim that someone in the town is practicing witchcraft. Being complete religious fanatics, they believe it is their mission to rid the countryside of such a demonic presence. The only problem is, no one was practicing witchcraft.

The atrocity that is committed in the name of God is a chilling reminder of the times (although such atrocities are committed even now in the name of religion). What the knights failed to realize is that their intense desire to find witches and demons would be granted to them in the form of a vengeful Revenant in the form of a murdered Julia.

The descriptions in this novella will chill you to the soul. The intense violence is not for the weak at heart. There is rape and murder here. Even young children are not immune. The overarching theme is vengeance, and the vengeance is quite awesome. Very creative story. If this is merely a sample of what we will see from this author, I am really looking forward to her next work, especially if it is a full length novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I recently just met Joann H. Buchanan and decided to check out the books that amazon had of hers. The first book that I purchased was Soulless Light because it sounded out of the box and being a paranormal fan it was something that intrigued me. The book which follows main character Julia is a bright spirited young woman who has chosen the path of a midwife and being in the 1300s there was not a huge supply for these. She loved her peaceful village and being able to bring life into the world and in addition to finding her love for a career she also grows to love her child hood friend Joseph.

Things suddenly become a disaster after the Templar Knights who believe someone in the village is practicing witchcraft and is a sin against god. However, there really isn’t anyone who is doing wrong but after they massacre the entire village an angered spirited Julia is given the chance in death to have her revenge that she could not have or prevent in life.

Soulless Light was written to spook you, shake you and keep you on edge and this talented writer did that and more. The bloodshed and action that is packed in this short novella will surprise you and I was actually sad once it was over. I enjoyed the way that the author captured the feelings and depicted a picture that I mentally could see myself there as things were happening. You will not regret reading this book and honestly I cannot wait to move on to the next book on my list by Joann H. Buchanan which is I Am Wolf!!!! If you have yet to read Soulless Light you are definitely missing you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Too Short September 26, 2011
Soulless Light is an engrossing, engaging, scary, bloody, and unfortunately short tale of what happens when you mess with the wrong soul. Set in a village in 1363 (I'm sure a wonderful time to be alive) it's what happens with the soul of a murdered young woman, Julia, takes revenge on a rapacious mob of Knights Templar. The only thing a horror fan could wish for is perhaps more. The novella is over far too quickly. Very well written (but with a couple of anachronisms) and an exciting read. Horror fans will love it and I (not a horror fan) liked it a lot. A good first effort from Joann H. Buchanan. It will be great to see what she could do with a novel-length story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novella! July 12, 2012
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I really enjoyed this short story! The love story was so sweet & the plot was so suspenseful! Great start for a great author!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Little Horror Story October 26, 2011
This story is not for the meek. A chilling story about the mass murder of a village in the 1300s in the name of religion. The villagers are slaughtered after being falsely accused of practicing witchcraft. The soul of Julia, a young midwife's apprentice, is so outraged at the atrocity that she seeks revenge, after death, on the knights who massacred her village.

This story is a dark, spooky and thrilling read. Horror fans will be delighted by the creepiness of it. Gripping, unique, imaginative and relentless. Well done, Joann!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark story with a some what happy ending
Loved the dark premise! It was a piece written when the Templar Knights rode on and terrorized villages in the name of God. There was plenty of bloody violence and gore. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Shelly Arkon
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking Horror Love Story
10*s. I purchased this book from Amazon and in return ready to give an honest review.
This is way different then what I am used to reading from Joann Buchanan. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jenny Bynum
3.0 out of 5 stars ffurter1964
Story was ok. I knew it was a short story but it was much shorter than I thought it would be and lacked detail because of this.
Published 23 months ago by Frank Morales
5.0 out of 5 stars Becoming the Hand of Vengeance
Joann Buchanan's short story "Soulless Light" brought out questions of what one would do if they lost everything they loved within a few minutes. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Lena Winfrey Seder
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I was worried about reading another book by this author as I found a previous one from her to be lacking in editing and focus, but I am so glad that I decided to give her another... Read more
Published on November 3, 2012 by Kathryn Bowlin-mackenzie
3.0 out of 5 stars Short stories....
This is a short story.  easy to read and very involved. the conclusion is not to be expected and would make for a very good scarry story at halloween time. hope you will enjoy it!
Published on October 22, 2012 by Md
5.0 out of 5 stars Crimson-stained REVENGE
I became a fan of Joann's work after reading "I Am Wolf." I expected this book to be along the same type lines: YA fantasy/paranormal mixed with a little budding romance; you... Read more
Published on February 17, 2012 by Ashley Fontainne
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read short story
Julia & Joseph is an everlasting love. When they are all attacked & killed, Julia's soul isn't at rest. Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by JacquieMT
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulless Light
Last week I was finally able to read Soulless Light, a novella written by Joann H. Buchanan. Right from the start I was hooked. Read more
Published on December 20, 2011 by Melissa Duhr
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Intense and Descriptive Horror Story
When the Templar Knights come to a little village and decide to wreak havoc and kill everyone, they could have no idea that their actions would bring about a horror that would scar... Read more
Published on December 14, 2011 by Squeak
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More About the Author

Joann H. Buchanan is a mother of five children, and has a wonderful husband who supports her passion for the written word. She owns a small audiobook company named Empire voices. Empire Voices creates audiobooks. You can stop off at for more information.

Her upcoming releases include Shine, After Dark book 3 in The Children of Nox series, and Empires Lost book 1 Keleigh.
She is in two anthologies, Horror in Bloom and Hidden in Your World.

For more information about After Dark, or the blog tour for After Dark please visit, or To arrange a book signing or interview, contact her representatives at 541-813-1113 or


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