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The Haunted [Kindle Edition]

Michaelbrent Collings
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

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Book Description

They have the beginnings of a perfect family. A husband, a wife, a baby on the way.

But something will stop them from being happy as they move into their new house: the power of the undead that roam the halls of their home.

The demons that have come to claim them. The darkness that seeks to destroy them.

The haunted.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Haunted is a terrific read with some great scares and a shock of an ending! ... Lots of fun!" - Rick Hautala, international bestselling author; Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement winner

"The creepiest book I've read in years." - Paul Gennesse, editor of The Crimson Pact series

"Collings is a wonderful talent when it comes to telling tales of terror...." - Horror-Web

"Collings's supernatural tale is gritty, compelling and will leave you on the edge of your seat....The Haunted is a tremendous read for fans of ghoulishly good terror." - horrornews.net

"I got chills and goosebumps, I had to step away from the book a moment and walk around going, 'wow ... damn ... oh wow.'" - The Horror Fiction Review

"The Haunted is just about perfect.... I loved it!" - Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Inheritance

From the Author

As with so many of my books, there are twists and turns throughout. So please remember: reviews are great, but please don't spoil the book for others by revealing the secrets of THE HAUNTED!

Also, if you enjoy the book, please consider recommending it to a friend! The only way to keep your favorite authors working to bring you YOUR favorite books is not only to buy the book, but to encourage others to do so as well. Happy reading....

Product Details

  • File Size: 974 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475066945
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MI1KXO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Surprising! March 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Haunted is a story that unfolds in unpredictable ways. From the prologue that puts us on the path of unease and unsettlement, to the ending with its volatile twists and turns, this book delivers!

You are drawn along with this newly developing family as they start the adventure of moving into a home of their very own, only to discover that the house has more to it than a simple mortgage...

Collings does a masterful job of building the aura of The Haunted thru small and simple seeming ways, but then quickly gains momentum as the story progresses and you start to realize what sort of haunting you are in for!

After having seen and read different thrillers and horrors over the years, I have found that it is harder and harder for the stories to surprise me. This book did surprise me! I was lead down a path of startling images, twists and turns, until by the end of the book I found myself seeing and hearing an ending that I never thought of! It was a joy to see how close I could come to figuring it out and then having Collings throw me a curve!

Surprising, startling, and truly haunting!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE CREEPIEST BOOK I'VE READ IN YEARS April 16, 2012
Format:Paperback
The Haunted by Michaelbrent Collings is the creepiest book I've read in years. The writing is excellent and this short novel (273 pages, $4.99 eBook, $9.99 paperback) builds, and builds to a truly terrifying climax that takes up the last 170 pages. Pregnant Sarah and her husband, Cap move in to a remote old house surrounded by a sinister forest, and the haunting begins. Little things go on at first and the quiet opening made me wonder if this was going to be like the other haunted house books that I've read in the past. It definitely was not, as the ghosts in this novel don't just make noises in the night, and hide in basements. They come after the main characters with knives that cut flesh. They are in your face and terrifying.

Cap and poor Sarah worry for their immortal souls and their unborn baby as a whole pack of murderous ghosts start a prolonged attack that takes up more than half the book. These are the most vicious ghosts I've ever read about, and Collings is a great writer who knows how to evoke a mood and pull you into the tight prose, that drips blood and terror.

If you've read a lot of haunted house books, this one may not seem to be much different at first, aside from the fantastic writing, but there is a twist at the end that most readers will not see coming--I admit that I didn't--though I had suspicions whispering in the back of my mind. The ending really left me shivering and I love how well the twist was set up all through the book.

As a writer and editor myself, I really loved how Collings crafted his scenes, as the prose really punched me in the face, and made me cringe.

If you're looking for a good scare and want a great read, The Haunted is an excellent book for you.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunted House Tale... with Twists April 8, 2012
Format:Paperback
Cap and Sarah have moved into an old house in the woods and are unpacking. Their story begins as a straightforward haunted house tale, with things seen out of the corner of the characters' eyes, strange sounds, devices that turn themselves on and off without help, etc. Then it gets freaky, visceral and dark. Father Michael says the house won't let them go. Is he right? And what does he mean? I won't give away any of the twists, but I will tell you that you'll be seeing a grotesque and Dickensian cast of phantasms out of the corner of YOUR eye when you try to go to sleep after reading this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't read this at 2 a.m. like I did. March 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not one for giving away the punchline or ruining a great story for another reader with a spoiler. Rating Collings's latest offering is, therefore, a challenge, because one must not talk about "it". But believe me, "it" is there with a vengeance, even if I can't talk about "it" without ruining "it" for the next guy. I can say, with a clear conscience, that *The Haunted* is a darn scary book, full of all the things I love/hate: close spaces, unexpected twists, disembodied and very angry personages, and NO WAY OUT. The author does the hardest thing the best, I think: he sustains a LOT of tension from the beginning to the end. It just never lets up. The relationship between Cap and Sarah is tight and nicely played out, but didn't save me from the bad dreams that I had when I finished the book well after midnight. What more could anyone ask from a horror story?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT ENTER THIS HOUSE! March 20, 2012
By Michael
Format:Kindle Edition
Not since reading Dean R. Kooontz's aptly named INTENSITY have I encountered such a compression of terror as Michaelbrent offers unwary readers in this novel. Now, Michaelbrent is my son, so I am bound to be biased, but that didn't stop me from becoming so absorbed in the final pages of THE HAUNTED that I could almost feel my Kindle growing warmer beneath my fingers as I sped from screen to screen in a flurry to find out what was actually happening.

The set-up is, perhaps, nothing new. A young married couple--the wife pregnant with their first child--moves into a new house that, from what we have learned from the "Prologue," may or may not be haunted. Immediately, strange things begin happening. Their moving van starts and stops without any visible cause. Boxes seem to move mysteriously from room to room. A box-cutter apparently teleports across the kitchen. Little things like that.

But the events do not remain little and soon become life-threatening as grey ghost-like faces appear at windows and a shadowy figure appears in the surrounding woods. As the various apparitions move closer and closer...well, you'll have to read The Haunted to find out more.

The novel is told with such predecessors as Shirley Jackson's THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE clearly in mind, especially in the tone and pacing of the "Prologue," but Michaelbrent rapidly asserts control of his materials and moves them into unanticipated directions. His writing is crisp, often fragmentary as befits the harried, breathless nature of his narrative. He does, however, all readers one fairly long moment of near respite in the middle of the book...or at least, it seems so.

Nothing in the world of THE HAUNTED, however, is quite what it seems.

Father or not, as an authority on Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and horror writing in general, I thoroughly enjoyed THE HAUNTED. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Haunted
Well, another excellent read by Mr Collings. Well written, well edited. This was a page turner that was hard to put down.
This is definitely a "BUY" at a very fair price. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Tom Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, creepy and scared the crap out of me...
Let me start out with, for some reason ghost stories scare me more than anything. Having read Michaelbrent Collings book Strangers and loving it, I thought I would check out... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Mary T. Duros
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read!
Sarah and Cap have recently purchased a new house and are starting to move in their belongings. Almost immediately, things start to happen. Read more
Published 21 days ago by K Mowrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Short Horror Story
The Haunted it is a short horror story. The plot is good it have some elements of mystery. Characters are well done. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Marcin
4.0 out of 5 stars check this out
A good suspenseful read that kept me on the hook from the beginning. A real surprise at the end. Very enjoyable
Published 1 month ago by Sandy S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep a light on for this book!
I was exhausted by the time I reached the end! The tension never lets up the whole book. A must_read if you're a fan of horror!
Published 1 month ago by Red teacher
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the writing!
Excellent twist! I love how MBC can just draw you in with every sentence! I especially love that he evokes more than just fear in his books. There's SO many emotions!
Published 1 month ago by Savanna Seaman
3.0 out of 5 stars One short opinion of a reader of 'hauntings' & paranormal stories:
I enjoyed this supernatural story quite a bit until I realized that the main characters were obviously dead & in major denial. Read more
Published 2 months ago by nancy burleigh lowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Late Night Read
Fairly spooky and hard to put down. Many of the reviews states it has a surprise ending. I have to disagree. It was fairly predictable, however it was still a pretty good book.
Published 2 months ago by Craftiness
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool
Every time I started to get slightly bored with the book and assumed I knew how it would turn out, a twist came and threw me off track. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cristina
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More About the Author

Michaelbrent Collings is a #1 bestselling novelist and screenwriter. His bestsellers include Strangers, Darkbound, Apparition, The Haunted, The Loon, and the YA fantasy series The Billy Saga (beginning with Billy: Messenger of Powers).

He hopes someday to develop superpowers, and maybe get a cool robot arm.

Michaelbrent has a wife and several kids, all of whom are much better looking than he is (though he admits that's a low bar to set), and much MUCH cooler than he is (also a low bar).

Michaelbrent also has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MichaelbrentCollings and can be followed on Twitter through his username @mbcollings. Follow him for awesome news, updates, and advance notice of sales. You will also be kept safe when the Glorious Revolution begins!

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