ePress Inc, 2002
those who enjoy horror, 4 stars
Kevin Shaw has not seen his Uncle
Joshua Harwood in nearly twenty years and is a bit surprised
to learn that he is the beneficiary of his just deceased Uncle's
will. When Kevin arrives in Hillsboro to take charge of the huge
old manse where his uncle lived his only thought is to get the
moldering hulk ready to sell. The monstrous structure is without
electricity, without telephone without any of the modern convenience.
Enter Attorney Fowler and the
stipulations of Uncle's will. Kevin must stay in the house for
three months, he cannot sell for a year, he cannot sell furnishings
except what is on a list prepared by his uncle and he must make
a complete floor plan of the manse from cellars to all three
Kevin's first night in the residence
leave him with a knowledge that something truly peculiar is afoot.
Before long Kevin has been caught up in an intrigue he never
expected, doesn't want and isn't sure he can thwart. Kevin comes
face to face with beings he has only seen before in his nightmares,
situations arise to confound and the priest down at Our Lady
of Sorrows tells him only enough to dismay if not frighten him
Told in the first person the
work prepared by writer Calabrese is a good flowing read from
the opening spooky prologue down to the final satisfying paragraphs.
The reader is caught right up in the tale from the opening lines
and is held fast on a breathless trot along side Kevin as he
tries to deal with the unworldly and often terrifying beings
and circumstances presented in "The Endless Place."
I am not a fancier of the genre,
however this was a satisfying tale, not for the faint of heart,
not for a dreary night when you are home alone and storms are
wailing outside. First person is a difficult formula to write,
Calabrese has carried it off with aplomb. His characters are
nicely portrayed, situations are believable in the horror realm
and the book is presented in a manner to cause the reader to
wonder if maybe, just maybe the situations and scenarios could
"The Endless Place"
is filled with strange frightening beings, a mysterious priest,
ghost of a long dead woman and enough downright spooky to thrill
those who crave a little horror in their tale. Kevin's befuddlement
as he grows in awareness of the truth of the situation he has
been brought into is presented in a calm, acceptable manner.
The reader keeps step with Kevin through Calabrese's skillful