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☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆  5-Stars! ~  Clahain ~  Atmosphere AND suspense [a] collection of 24 ghost stories. [offering] a mix of autobiography, inventive fiction, and ...traditional tales. If you like your chills the old-fashioned way--more ghostly groans, less gore--this is the book for you.
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆  5-Stars! ~ J. G. Williams ~   Stories with a chill!

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆  5-Stars! ~  G. Speer ~  I couldn't put the book down, and now I have to wait till my husband is done reading it, so I can get my hands on it again. 

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**¨* ♥ ☆╰☆╮ l was brought up in a rich and colorful environment well aware of my mother's Ouija board sessions; candles, lit and flickering in the dead of the night; and the Tarot card spreads that foretold fortunes gained, fortunes lost - and death's approach. 
☆ I spent my youth in New Orleans' French Quarter frequenting tealeaf readings and fortune telling sessions and have always had an intense awareness and respect for all elements swirling in the smoke and blueness of the other side of the grave. 
☆  My very first supernatural experience occurred when I was seven years old.  Left alone one morning to wait for the school bus after my parents left for work, I was suddenly aware that the apparition of my deceased grandfather was roaming the house, accompanied by a spirit dog.  
☆ Time stood still - literally; although I have always held on to the awareness of a ticking clock during this sighting - Tick . . . Tock . . . Tick . . . Tock.  This supernatural experience brought my to the realization that not all occurrences can be explained in terms of mainstream religious dogma, or on a scientific basis.
☆ In 1986 I moved into a cottage in Seattle's Greenlake district.  A haunted cottage.  Kitchen cupboards would creak open and then slowly close, the old brass doorknobs would rattle and turn in the dead of the night, she tells her readers:
 ☆  My boundless curiosity led me to a 1907 newspaper archive that confirmed what I suspected - the cottage had been built on an abandoned cemetery.  It was the experiences that I had during this 13-year period that led me to finally reveal to the public that forces from beyond the grave had crossed into my life from time to time.
☆  Currently I am writing a novella, set in 1850s New Orleans.  The work, entitled 'Voodoo Vision' is about a Catholic ingénue, Victoria Calais, living in the Crescent City's Garden District.  Victoria is going blind, the result of a Yellow Fever epidemic, which has wiped out nearly everyone in her family.  
☆  Battling her terror of the dark and strange occurrences that are taunting her, Victoria is removed from her family's estate to a convent where, under otherwise unlikely circumstances, she meets Widow Paris, New Orleans' Voodoo Queen.  Their extraordinary relationship is fostered by the Afro-Catholic influences of an unscrupulous parish priest hell-bent on siphoning Victoria's estate.
☆  Caribbean drumbeats and dark forces surround the reader as Victoria's plight is played out in a carriage-race finish through the streets of New Orleans.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147915931X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479159314
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,363,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By betty l. dravis VINE VOICE on October 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
Author Emily Hill is much more than a writer; she's a born storyteller. Since she grew up hearing ghost stories from her mother, it seems that ghostly manifestations "run in her family." Many of the twenty-four exciting tales in this book are autobiographical, giving readers more than their share of goosebumps.

When reading this book, I was transported back to my childhood in Ohio where my siblings and I gathered in the "gazebo room" in the attic to exchange the latest stories circulating at the time. What fun that was.

I truly enjoyed being frightened by all the stories in The Ghost Chaser's Daughter, but my favorites were the autobiographical ones that were sightings by Emily and her family through the years. I especially enjoyed "Seattle's Little Dead Girl," about a ghost seeking a playmate in the old home she once lived in. I also favored the "Lost Soul of New Orleans." Actually, there is something for everyone's taste in this well-written book. Emily Hill manages to frighten her readers without resorting to blood and gore, which is a welcome change of pace in today's blood-thirsty world.

I not only like Hill's excellent pacing, but also the atmosphere she portrays with vivid word choices. For example, while reading the stories set in Seattle, I could actually see and feel the fog settling around her and her apparitions. Brrrrr...

I've now read three of her works and look forward to reading her next book. Write fast, Emily Hill! Your fans await you!

Reviewed by Betty Dravis, October 5, 2013
Author of "Six-Pack of Fear" (co-author Barbara Watkins)
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Format: Paperback
I was raised by a horror fan. While the other kids in my kindergarten class were being read CINDERELLA or BLACK BEAUTY, my mom gave us chapters from THE AMITYVILLE HORROR and Peter Straub's GHOST STORY. In our house, a new Stephen King novel was a cause for celebration...and fights over who would get her hands on it first. These days I don't read as much horror as I used to. Contemporary horror novels seem to have taken the same unfortunate turn as horror movies--too much blood and body organs and nearly no atmosphere or suspense.

I am happy to report that Emily Hill provides plenty of atmosphere AND suspense in THE GHOST CHASER'S DAUGHTER, her collection of twenty-four ghost stories. The anthology offers an entertaining mix of thinly disguised autobiography, inventive fiction, and new versions of traditional tales. Hill's ghosts are as varied and individual as the people and places they haunt. A husband lost tragically young returns to check on his grown daughter and her children. A lost little girl seeks friendship with a living child. Memories of war and loss haunt a smart hotel in New Orleans' French Quarter.

One thing all of Hill's stories share is a strong sense of place--the foggy and overcast Pacific Northwest; the weighty, jasmine-scented air of New Orleans; Tuscon's bleached-bone outer suburbs. Hill's settings feel so real, the reader can't help but believe everything else she says happened there. This is an author who knows how to build suspense, how the turning of a cut-glass door knob in a dimly lit room creates more dread than any chainsaw-wielding psychotic. It is in these small, understated evocations of the "otherworldly" that Hill succeeds in terrifying and delighting us.

If you like your chills the old-fashioned way--more ghostly groans and less gore--this is the book for you.
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By JMcCormick on February 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
Emily Hill is a great writer the stories that are told in this book are very well told and some leave you just scratching your head also there are some stories that I wish would just continue because the plots are just that good I can't wait to see what she does in the future
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This is a most enjoyable book. Stories with a chill. Some of the stories left me thinking, what if ... What if that actually happened to me. These stories are perfect for those who like a good Ghost Story, creepiness in the ether form. Enjoyable.
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A great collection of stories, perfect for those chilly fall evenings! I couldn't put the book down, and now I have to wait till my husband is done reading it, so I can get my hands on it again. :)
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By Chris on October 3, 2012
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I loved how Emily brought you into her book. Great stories and I am looking forward to reading her other books. Thanks Emily!!
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