on May 17, 2017
Genres: Crime/Serial Killer, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Psychological Horror, Supernatural
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The House on Hayden Pond
When the Bolton family moves into their dream home, disturbing things begin to happen. As the sinister events intensify, the family finds itself caught in a whirlwind of evil. As they struggle to survive, their presence in the house feeds the demons that lay within. Their only hope is to trust in a departed family member who fights to keep them alive.
From author Jessica Monks, The House on Hayden Pond is a nonstop thrill ride that will keep you turning the pages and your heart pounding! Just one piece of advice… Don’t read it when you’re home alone!
THE HOUSE ON HAYDEN POND, by Jessica Monks, is a haunted house story of a dwelling plagued by more than simply ghosts. When Paul finds that his deceased Uncle had purchased a property of which nobody had previously known of, he thought it was his good fortune. He moves in with his wife, Sam, and their three small children.
Monks wastes no time in getting right into the inexplicable things that begin to happen to the family members–beginning with the sudden appearance of a malevolent looking scarecrow, IN the house. “Someone must have had serious issues to make such an ugly thing . . .”
“. . . the face, with its glass eyes, had been crudely stitched together. . . someone had taken the time to stitch real looking black hair sporadically on its head.”
In addition to the random accidents, the Bolton family meet their elderly neighbor, who seems none too happy about their residency.
“No one should be here. He promised no one would ever be here!”
The tension keeps ramping up as each incident gets more and more serious, and the girls begin seeing the hideous scarecrow–nicknamed Edgar–in places that he couldn’t possibly be. There are also nightmares, involving some things too horrendous to fathom, that many there try to stay awake rather than let their minds take them back.
“. . . It was like staring straight into hell.”
While the atmosphere was good, and the characterization of the children exactly what I would expect, it was a little difficult to believe that Paul and Sam wouldn’t have researched this property a bit more after having it practically handed to them.
“. . . I almost did something terrible, and I feel like I’m losing my mind . . . “
Overall, a haunted house tale with some great, unique elements. It could have benefitted from some additional editing (at least in the paperback form), but still contained enough scares to keep me reading on.
“You’ll be here longer than you want to me . . . Much longer.”
About Jessica Monks
Jessica Monks is a long time resident of Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Equine Management, as well as a MA license in Riding Instruction. Her writing career started with horror screen plays made for her own enjoyment. Her first Novella The House on Hayden Pond was released May of 2017. Currently she is working on a thriller but plans to write a prequel to The House on Hayden Pond. She uses her Maladaptive Daydreaming Disorder to write with vivid intensity. Her work can be described as lots of events without a lot of fluff. Every chapter drives the intense plot forward.
“MDD in a nutshell means that I daydream about 70% more than a “normal” person. The daydreams are not like regular daydreams they are much more elaborate and extremely vivid. Like a movie played out in your mind that you can observe or be a part of. People with MDD are 100% aware that these daydreams are not real in any way. It’s impossible to stop because it’s subconscious. It often happens while preforming regular everyday tasks. I am also extremely positive and instead of dwelling on this I use it to my advantage to write. In reference to the House on Hayden Pond when I say I know every inch of that house and every character intimately it’s because I’ve been there. I have seen it all unfold.”
I am an avid reader/reviewer of books--primarily horror, thriller, supernatural, and mystery.