We are The Thirteen. We are One
4 Yarborough Drive looked like any other late 19th century English townhouse. Alice Lorrimer feels safe and welcomed there, but soon discovers all is not as it appears to be. One of her housemates flees the house in terror. Another disappears and never returns. Then there are the sounds of a woman wailing, strange shadows and mists, and the appearance of the long-dead Josiah Underwood who founded a coven there many years earlier. The house is infested with his evil, and Alice and her friends are about to discover who The Thirteen really are.
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Horror After Dark Review
THE DARKEST VEIL, by Catherine Cavendish, is a novella that blends elements of the occult, supernatural, and mystery into a fast-paced, gripping tale. I honestly feel that the author is at her best in this format. With a novella, she really packs a punch in regards to the action, while still giving us characters that we can “believe” in.
“It’s as if my brain has decided it’s not good for me to remember and has thrown away those particular memories . . . “
We begin with Alice, a young woman who is going to be renting a house with four other female tenants. A great way to get out on her own while working, yet still be able to save money by sharing expenses with others like herself. Her first encounter with one of her housemates, Suzy, goes well . . . except for the perplexing comment the older woman makes.
“. . . A piece of advice. This house is a bit . . . well . . . different.”
Naturally, being a book from Cavendish, you can expect some great supernatural happenings. The scenes she depicts make you feel as if you’re physically there watching the action unfold. The progression of events consistently amps up, giving the reader no chance to “pause” in the story.
“. . . houses can retain atmosphere . . . extreme evil can somehow embed itself in the bricks and mortar.”
This is not a one-dimensional story. Various elements combine to make it what it is. From the house itself, past tenants, current characters, and even . . . other . . . areas we can’t be as familiar with, each aspect builds upon the others to give us a solid “whole” story.
“. . . a malevolent spirit doesn’t give up on its prey. It will find you . . . “
Overall, a concrete tale involving many different elements of horror. Some memorable characters add to the attachment, as well as unsolved mysteries, the occult, enigmatic figures, and a pervading sense of desperation.
“. . . Do not allow more evil to enter in this place, for it has found a home here, among the shadows of the dead . . . “
The ending is particularly strong, giving the reader much to think about even after the novella is finished. It’s these lingering thoughts that elevate a story, for myself. When you find yourself thinking about a world that an author has created even after its conclusion, that author has done their job well.
About The Author
About Catherine Cavendish
Hello, my name’s Catherine Cavendish and I write horror fiction – frequently with ghostly, supernatural, Gothic and haunted house themes.
My latest novella – THE DARKEST VEIL – is out now from Crossroad Press. In case you were thinking of messing with an ouija board – don’t. Especially if you’re not prepared to follow the rules.
Also out now – from Flame Tree Press – THE HAUNTING OF HENDERSON CLOSE. Ghostly horror set in Edinburgh’s Old Town.
Available now from Kensington-Lyrical – the NEMESIS OF THE GODS trilogy: WRATH OF THE ANCIENTS, WAKING THE ANCIENTS and DAMNED BY THE ANCIENTS – set in Egypt and Vienna and featuring the sinister Dr. Emeryk Quintillus whose obsession has stayed with him long past the grave.
My novellas COLD REVENGE, MISS ABIGAIL’S ROOM, THE DEMONS OF CAMBIAN STREET, DARK AVENGING ANGEL, LINDEN MANOR, THE DEVIL INSIDE HER and THE SECOND WIFE have now been released in new editions by Crossroad Press.
My novels THE DEVIL’S SERENADE and SAVING GRACE DEVINE have also been released in new editions by Crossroad Press, as has my novel of the Lancashire Witches – THE PENDLE CURSE.
I live with a long-suffering husband and a delightful black cat who has never forgotten that her species used to be worshipped in ancient Egypt. She sees no reason why that practice should not continue. Who am I to argue?
When not slaving over a hot computer, I enjoy wandering around Neolithic stone circles and visiting old haunted houses.