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{Review} NIGHT WRAITH, by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes

{Review} NIGHT WRAITH, by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkesby Angeline Hawkes, Christopher Fulbright
Published by Scary Tales Publications on June 14, 2016
Genres: Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Ghost, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Supernatural
Pages: 312
Format: Hardcover
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Something inhuman is slaughtering teens in the small town of Carson Lake. Police Chief Gavin Wagner knows more than he wants to admit, but when he can no longer deny that a secret from his past compels the thing that stalks the night, Gavin must face the truth or lose everything he loves.
Years ago, Gavin protected his daughter Carly from the full truth about her mother's suicide. Talk of covens and the occult wouldn't have done his little girl any good in her time of grief. He did it to help them heal, to help them move on. But now that Carly has blossomed into a beautiful young woman, dark forces have awakened, and his omission of truth may cost them their lives.
As Gavin strives to end the growing horror, desperately seeking people and clues that have disappeared beneath shrouds of mystery, Carly's world is shaken, astir with strange manifestations, ghostly visitations, and the allure of witchcraft. Gavin must overcome his personal demons and find the answers he seeks in time to save them all from the thing that's coming, reaching out from beyond, lurking in black shadows, hungry for blood and revenge . . .

NIGHT WRAITH, by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes is a supernatural horror novel combining some incredibly detailed scenes of carnage, as well as a great depth of characterization and emotional turmoil.

It’s been six years since Police Chief Gavin Wagner and his teenage daughter, Carly, lost their wife/mother, Beth, to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Aside from Beth’s battle with bi-polar and depression, there were additional factors involved that Gavin chose to keep from his daughter. Carly, now maturing into a beautiful woman with plans of an eventual marriage to her boyfriend, Ethan, has her own thoughts and beliefs regarding the supernatural:

“. . . she felt in a way she couldn’t explain that something existed outside the realm of normal perception; . . . a sense of energy that can’t be seen or touched . . .”

Her best friend, Abigail, has an even larger belief in powers untapped, as her declining homelife has thrust her into this new pursuit of knowledge.

When the first unnatural deaths begin occurring in Carson Lake–with witnesses claiming a greenish glow infused with malevolent energy was the cause, eventually even the police have to admit: “. . . at some point in a lawman’s career, if he does it long enough, he’ll come across something that doesn’t make a damn bit of sense any other way than crazy. Or supernatural . . . “

Through this entire novel, Fulbright and Hawkes give their characters true depth–personalities, emotions, desires–all of these traits enhance these individuals and add a three-dimensional, life-like feel to them, making their actions and reactions all the more plausible. As we journey along with them, we uncover more to the story and the emergence of the hate-fueled, vicious “Night Wraith”, than even Chief Gavin was aware of.

While the body count rises, the deaths get more “creative” and gruesome–with outstanding descriptions and details. Our characters must strive to unravel the mystery behind the Wraith, re-open old wounds, and search for help in the most unlikely of places. It is stated that: “There is no magician who considers himself evil. There are men and women who seek to saturate themselves in whatever supreme force unifies the cosmos . . . who envision their places as gods themselves . . . the driving force behind mastering external, or supernatural, forces, is a hunger for power.”

Once this malevolent power is unleashed, will it be possible to ever contain the fury that has gotten out and escaped into this realm?

An outstanding novel of supernatural and occult lore, complete with detailed scenes that you can practically “see“, and complex characters who infuse the story with a sense of realism.

Highly recommended!

About Angeline Hawkes

Angeline Hawkes holds a B.A. in Composite English Language Arts and Secondary Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Angeline’s collection, The Commandments, was a 2006 Bram Stoker Award finalist. Her story, “In Waters Black the Lost Ones Sleep”, appears in the Origins award-nominated Chaosium anthology, Frontier Cthulhu. Angeline works or has worked for such publishers as Delirium Books, Chaosium, Elder Signs Press, Dark Regions Press, DarkFuse and many others. She has seen the publication of novels, novellas, collections, fiction in 40+ anthologies, and over 100 short fiction publications. She is formerly an active member of HWA and a former member of the Robert E. Howard UPA. Angeline often writes collaboratively with her husband, Christopher Fulbright. Visit her websites at www.angelinehawkes.com and www.fulbrightandhawkes.com.

About Christopher Fulbright

Christopher Fulbright is the author of short stories, novellas, and full-length novels of fantasy and horror. His short stories have appeared in many venues–webzines, magazines, and anthologies–since 1993. Fulbright received the Richard Laymon President’s Award in 2008 from the HWA, and his short stories have received honorable mentions in “The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror” and “Best Horror of the Year.” For news on his latest and upcoming works, please visit http://www.christopherfulbright.com.

Christopher is a former journalist turned technical writer, but his real job is raising four kids with his wife and sometimes collaborator, the Bram Stoker award-nominated author Angeline Hawkes. For more information on the collaborative work of Fulbright & Hawkes, please visit http://www.fulbrightandhawkes.com.

Follow them on Twitter @FulbrightHawkes.

Kimberly

I am an avid reader/reviewer and collector of books--primarily horror, supernatural, and supernatural-themed thrillers.

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