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{Review} GHOSTLAND, by Duncan Ralston

Published by Shadow Work Publishing Format: eBook

Be first in line for the most haunted theme park in the park in the world – GHOSTLAND! Discover and explore hundreds of haunted buildings and cursed objects! Witness spectral beings of all kinds with our patented Augmented Reality glasses! Experience all the terror and thrills the afterlife has to offer, safely protected by our Recurrence Field technology! Visit Ghostland today – it’s the hauntedest place on earth!

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After a near-death experience caused by the park’s star haunted attraction, Ben has come to Ghostland seeking to reconnect with his former best friend Lilian, whose post-traumatic stress won’t let her live life to the fullest. She’s come at the insistence of her therapist, Dr. Allison Wexler, who tags along out of professional curiosity, eager to study the new tech’s psychological effect on the user.

But when a computer virus sets the ghosts free and the park goes into lockdown, the trio find themselves trapped in an endless nightmare.

With time running short and the dead quickly outnumbering the living, the survivors must tap into their knowledge of horror and video games to escape… or become Ghostland’s newest exhibits.

Featuring an interactive “Know Your Ghosts” guide and much more, Ghostland is over 400 pages of thrills and terror!

4.5 Stars.

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Horror After Dark Review

GHOSTLAND, by Duncan Ralston, is a novel that felt like it covered epic proportions with the scope of its idea. In this world of technological advances, it seems that most anything is possible.

The latest? GHOSTLAND–a theme park that utilizes special eyewear to allow visitors to view the various “attractions”showcasing the last moments of actual ghosts.

“People are dying to get in. The exhibits will kill to get out . . . the most haunted theme park in the world–GHOSTLAND! . . . “ 

We meet our main characters years before the official opening when one of the “star attractions” is being moved to its new location.

Ben and his friend Lilian are involved in a computer game (each in their respective homes) when Ben has an experience that will change the course of both of their lives. Years later, they reunite–along with a therapist–to attend the grand opening of GHOSTLAND.

“. . . Ghosts are real . . .” 

Ralston makes this concept as believable as it can possibly be by adding in protesters arguing against the “exploitation of ghosts”, and mentioning the “science” behind the discovery. In a world where ghosts are “proven” to be real, you can imagine the mental fallout on the human population.

The scenes at the theme park were further added to by an “index” where the readers can look up all the grisly details of each ghost on display. Of course, the vast majority of these specters were the worst villains and murderers mankind had to offer.

A spectacular selling point.

“. . . the writer had given new meaning to “profoundly disturbed” by burning himself alive . . . “ 

At its core, the mystery of how this place came to be, and the reason for relocating these spirits to be put on display, are the concepts our teenaged main characters must come to terms with.

“Remind me not to die here . . . “ 

Overall, I loved the idea presented here, the dynamics between Ben and Lilian, and the execution of the novel. I did utilize the “ghost index” while reading, and felt that learning about these individual horrors as we come across them added another layer of enjoyment to the reading experience. This was an incredibly unique approach, and made for a story I’m still thinking about over a week later. I’ve enjoyed books by this writer in the past, and will continue to look forward to all of his future releases.

Highly recommended.

About The Author

About Duncan Ralston

Duncan Ralston is the author of the horror collections GRISTLE & BONE and VIDEO NASTIES, the novellas WILDFIRE, WOOM, WHERE THE MONSTERS LIVE, SCAVENGERS and EBENEZER, and the novels SALVAGE, THE METHOD and GHOSTLAND. For 6 FREE dark fiction short stories/novellas, visit www.duncanralston.com.

Kimberly

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

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