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The Cliffhouse Haunting

Coming in March, the collaborative debut novel of horror authors, Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross!

The Cliffhouse Haunting

by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross

Coming in March from

Glass Apple Press

Horror Authors Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross Explore the Unknown in New Supernatural Thriller

When the Blue Lady walks, death walks with her…

Cliffhouse Lodge has been the center of the little town of Cliffside in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California since it was built in 1887. Overlooking Blue Lady Lake, Cliffhouse was built by the Bellamy family and has been newly renovated by owners Teddy and Adam Baxter-Bellamy and their daughter, Sara.

In the 1880s, Cliffhouse served as a restaurant, hotel, cathouse, theater and tavern, and during Prohibition became a hangout for rum runners. Later, its hot springs attracted the wealthy; even presidents have stayed there.

Today, the lodge is famous for its luxurious accommodations, spa, fine dining… and its ghosts.

Although the cathouse and rumrunners have been replaced by a miniature golf course and a carousel, Cliffhouse retains its long dark history; darkest during the Roaring Twenties, when a serial killer named the Bodice Ripper terrorized the town and a phantom, the Blue Lady, was said to walk when murder was imminent.

Now, darkness has returned. There’s a serial killer on the loose, and the Blue Lady is again walking the shores of the lake below Cliffhouse.

Police Chief Jackson Ballou has bodies piling up that can’t even be considered murder victims, yet he knows they are. The Bellamys are losing maids and guests who hear their names whispered in their ears and see wet phantom footprints padding across the rooms, but nothing is as terrifying as the shrieking laughter that echoes through the halls in the dead of night.

The town of Cliffside, and Cliffhouse, is dependent on tourism; every weekend there’s something going on, be it a Civil War reenactment, a wine tasting, or Oktoberfest.  It’s a perfect hunting ground for a serial killer… and the Blue Lady.

Between the murders, the ghosts, Blue Lady sightings, the histrionics of writer Constance Welling, and the antics of the hapless Dr. Siechert who loves making sausage, things are not going smoothly. Chief Ballou’s hands are so full that he can hardly pursue his romance with diner owner Polly Owen. And poor Sara Bellamy may lose her love, Luke Donovan, before they even have their first kiss.

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He heard the Lady’s laughter, delightful and deadly…

“He turned to enter the staff lounge and wake up the napping night clerk when he caught a whiff of something dark and dank, of deep water hiding moldering roots and limbs of pine trees felled a century or more ago. The scent of rotting wood from boats and rafts sunken when Cliffhouse was new. The metallic bite of lost anchors and the dry smell of bones of men long dead. Gooseflesh prickled up his back. How many are lost out there?”

About the Authors

Authors Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross joined forces in 2012 with the idea to write a short story together. One thing led to another, and they have since completed The Cliffhouse Haunting, Grandma’s Rack, which is currently in production, as well as completed five installments of the successful Gothic serialized novel, The Ghosts of Ravencrest. In November of 2014, they began their own horror-themed radio internet show, Haunted Nights LIVE!, as part of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network, LLC.

Tamara Thorne’s first novel was published to great acclaim in 1991. Since then she has written many more, including international bestsellers Haunted, Bad Things, Moonfall, and The Sorority. Her novel, Thunder Road, hit bookstores in September, 2014. Tamara’s interest in the occult, mythology, and folklore began at an early age, and her interest in the paranormal has been life-long. She’s been a speaker for many paranormal groups and been involved in many investigations. She has appeared on the television show, Ghost Adventures, as well as gone on a five-day investigation to an allegedly haunted cabin in Gold Country with co-author Alistair Cross – an adventure that inspired The Cliffhouse Haunting. She has also been featured in various newspapers on the topics of haunted areas and local lore, and has been a guest on Anything Ghost, and many other syndications. Tamara is also a journalist who writes features for several southern California newspapers. See more at: http://tamarathorne.com. You can also visit Tamara on Twitter, Facebook, or at her blog.

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. He is an avid poet who has been published in multiple collections, and his poetry has been featured on several syndications. His first work of fiction was published by Damnation Books in 2012 under the pseudonym Jared S. Anderson. Alistair’s fascination with the supernatural, combined with an affinity for psychological suspense, has shaped his writing and continues to influence his work. He became involved in paranormal investigations with Tamara Thorne, and their adventure, Five Nights in a Haunted Cabin, was the feature for an episode of Tales to Terrify, on the Lights Out podcast with paranormal expert, Sylvia Shults. Together, he and Tamara have also published articles for several publications, including Crystal Lake Publishing’s Beneath the Lake: On Writing Horror. Along with his multiple collaborative projects with Tamara Thorne, Alistair is currently working on a solo novel which he expects to be finished with this spring. See more at: http://alistaircross.com. You can also visit Alistair on Twitter, Facebook, or at his blog, Cross Talk.

NIGHT MOVES is available now!


Guess what is available! Yup…

What Walks the Halls of Ravencrest?

Belinda Moorland is locked in a nightmare where reality and the supernatural collide. Trapped in Ravencrest’s east wing, she has encountered three gruesome nuns who gibber and bleed as they follow her down the darkened hallways. And what about the spectral little girl from another era? Is she Belinda’s friend, or just another monster?

In Episode 5 of The Ghosts of Ravencrest, the tension mounts as the territories of the living and the dead blur together to create a miasma of terror and dread.

People Are Talking About The Ghosts of Ravencrest

The Ghosts of Ravencrest is riveting. The characters are wonderful, the subplots are perfect, and the setting is stunning and well-researched. This series is like a roller coaster that goes up and up – the Mannings are literary gold.”
-QL Pearce, bestselling author of Scary Stories for Sleep-Overs

“In The Ghosts of Ravencrest, Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross have created a world that is dark, opulent, and smoldering with the promise of scares and seduction. You’ll be able to feel the slide of the satin sheets, taste the fizz of champagne, and hear the footsteps on the stairs.”
-Sylvia Shults, paranormal expert and author of Fractured Spirits

The Ghosts of Ravencrest by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross is a scary, intricate read. The horror is well crafted and the ornate setting descriptions are breath-taking. Most importantly, from page one, readers fall in love with Belinda. We care about what happens to her, and we hope exactly what that is remains deliciously extensive!”
-Michael Aronovitz, author of Alice Walks

“Scary and scandalous! The Ghosts of Ravencrest by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross will leaving you shivering with excitement and terror as the innocent Belinda breaks free of a minimum-wage hell hole only to move into a sprawling Gothic estate where her body becomes the focal point of a mysterious specter. Out of the pan and into the fire? Only time will tell.”
-William Malmborg, author of Jimmy and Text Message.

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Saranna DeWylde joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!


Saranna De Wylde has always been fascinated by things better left in the dark. She wrote her first story after watching The Exorcist at a slumber party. Since then, she’s published horror, romance and narrative nonfiction. Like all writers, Saranna has held a variety of jobs, from operations supervisor for an airline, to an assistant for a call girl, to a corrections officer. But like Hemingway said, “Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.” So she traded in her cuffs for a full-time keyboard.

E-mail us privately at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! for your chance to win an ebook from Saranna. Just email us at ay time today and and we’ll announce the winner.

Listen to the show tonight at 6:00 pm Pacific, 9:00 pm Eastern:

Click the pic to go to the show!

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CONFIRMED: Christopher Rice


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Although I have yet to achieve my goal of meeting Stevie Nicks, I will be interviewing New York Times bestseller Christopher Rice, who’s mother, the legendary Anne Rice, is mentioned in the Stevie Nicks song, New Orleans. Baby steps…

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It’s a stretch, I admit, but hey… no matter how you look at it, it’s pretty cool.

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But really, I have read many of Christopher Rice’s novels and have been captivated by them all. Recently, he did a book signing with my collaborator, Tamara Thorne, and the two of them hit it off, and voila! Yesterday he confirmed that he would, in fact, love to be our guest on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! We don’t have a definite date yet, and are booked well into the spring, but as soon as soon as I do… I will post it everywhere that’s legal, and perhaps even a few places that aren’t (watch out, Wal-Mart bathroom stalls; I’m talkin’ to you.)

Until then, our podcasts with some of the biggest names in the business are available – and we have many upcoming shows with writers and paranormal experts of the same clout. You can listen to these podcasts on iTunes or by going to the Haunted Nights LIVE! page of my website where you can also see the full guest list.

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So, give us a listen at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! where we discuss everything horror; from fact, to fiction, to that indiscernible area in between.

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A Testimonial From Author and Paranormal Expert, Sylvia Shults


A testimonial from author and paranormal expert, Sylvia Shults, about her experience on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

“I have seldom had so much pure, unalloyed fun doing a radio show as I did on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights Live. Tamara and Alistair are engaging, professional, and easy to talk to — they are gracious hosts. I felt as though we were chatting easily over a glass or two of wine and a plate of snacks. The hour flew by, and by the time we were done, my face hurt from smiling so much! I can’t wait to get back on the show … and I know that when we do, we’ll pick up the conversation as though we’ve been apart for five minutes.”

— Sylvia Shults, author of Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital

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Biography

Sylvia Shults has been writing for years, and recently made the switch from fiction to nonfiction. Following a lifetime spent in the pursuit of the weird and the strange, she now shares that passion with her readers. Her fiction (both horror and romance) is still floating around out there, but these days she concentrates on living a childhood dream — telling true ghost stories. Her second nonfiction book, Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, was featured on an episode of the SyFy Channel’s hit show Ghost Hunters. It is the first book to examine the famously haunted asylum from both a historical and a supernatural perspective, and it was nominated for an award from the Illinois State Historical Society.
In her spare time, Shults gets more material for her books by going on paranormal investigations. She wanders around cemeteries and sits in haunted morgues so you don’t have to. She is much in demand as a speaker, and has made many media appearances in addition to the spot on Ghost Hunters. Please feel free to visit her website, www.sylviashults.com, for episodes of her paranormal podcast, Lights Out.

NIGHT MOVES Cover Reveal


At long last, we have settled on the final cover art for The Ghosts of Ravencrest’s 5th installment, Night Moves. I know I said I wanted something with lots of red for this installment, but as soon as I saw the completed version of this one, I knew it was the right cover. I love it, and I am excited to announce that Night Moves will be available to buy later this week.

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The Ghosts of Ravencrest is a serialized novel. A new installment is released about every four to six weeks. Although the installments vary a little in length, they average about 10,000 words, each. With the inclusion of Night Moves, the entire Ravencrest saga is currently at about 50,000 words. Within the next three or four installments, this story arc will be completed and compiled into a full- length novel. After that novel’s release, we plan to continue the story, with a new story arc, in the same format as the first (serialized installments).

For the whole story – so far – you can buy the first four installments at Amazon. The first three installments (The New Governess, Awakening, and Darker Shadows) are available in an omnibus edition titled, The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Darker Shadows. The novella-length Christmas-themed fourth installment, titled, The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Christmas Spirits, is also available and can be read as part of the series, or as a standalone. Click the images below to buy the installments, and thank you for loving this series enough to allow us to continue writing it!

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A Testimonial from Hal Bodner


Last night’s show with Hal Bodner rocked. Listen to the interview here.

And this is what Mr. Bodner has to say about his experience at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!:

“I’ve done a lot of interviews in my time and rarely have I had as much fun as I did with hosts Alistair Cross and Tamara Thorne. Though their stock in trade may be the cold spirits of ominous specters, I found them far more warm and welcoming than the average “haint.” I had such a good time that I am… <ahem>…. dying to do it again!”

~ Hal Bodner, author the West Hollywood Vampire series

To read more guest testimonial, visit my website.

Murder, Intrigue, Vampires, and Pretty Boys!


For centuries, vampires have haunted our imaginations, seducing us with a delectable forbidden darkness. From historical records and the real-life staking of corpses – from folklore to fiction – they’ve morphed into many things. There are underwater vampires, southern war-hero vampires, puppet vampires with OCD who can’t refrain from counting, sparkly vampires, bleached-blond Billy Idol-looking vampires from the 80s, even half-human vampires – you name it – and from the long-faced brooding vampires of old-time London, to the horny teen-aged twinkling types of today, we love them..

Tonight, at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! it’s all about vampires! Join us tonight at 9:00 pm Eastern, 6 Pacific, where we’ll be talking with novelist, Hal Bodner, of the West Hollywood Vampire series, about his spin on genre. There will be murder, intrigue, vampires, and pretty boys from Hollywood! Just click the link below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsontheairbookstoo/2015/01/23/hal-bodner-joins-thorne-cross-haunted-nights-live

“Throughout the whole vast shadowy world of ghosts and demons there is no figure so terrible, no figure so dreaded and abhorred, yet dight with such fearful fascination, as the vampire, who is himself neither ghost nor demon, but yet who partakes the dark natures and possesses the mysterious and terrible qualities of both.”
~ Reverend Montague Summers, 1928

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Walking Fine Lines… and Writing Them, Too


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Even as a kid, I loved writing and spent hours composing poems, song lyrics, and scribbling out short stories. As I grew older, my interest in the craft continued to build, but none of these formats gave me the room I needed. For me, writing novels was the next logical step. Between 1997 and 2005, I made countless starts on would-be cliffhangers, murder mysteries, and nail-biting tales of terror. But, as it turns out, writing a book is a lot more grueling and complicated than the masters make it out to be, and none of these early unfinished efforts survived outside of my notebooks.

Then in 2005, after one of those rare life-changing revelations everyone talks about, I finally decided I was going to do this writing thing… and I wasn’t taking no for an answer. It helped that, for the first time, I had a solid story line that was good enough to be told, and perhaps, more importantly, I was finally old enough to tell it. And so I began…

When you start a book and don’t finish it, it hangs around your head until you get it right – for years, if it has to. I did finish the novel I began in 2005, but I didn’t finish the story. For the next few years, the manuscript was in circulation, promptly being rejected left and right. While the Thanks-But-No-Thanks’ continued piling up, I kept writing – and when you keep writing, an interesting thing happens: you get better at it. I eventually got published – but it was the next novel, a different one – not the one I’d spent so much time on. By then, I knew my writing had improved and I pulled the first manuscript out of circulation. After re-reading it, I could clearly see why it wasn’t selling. I decided it needed a serious facelift before I submitted it anywhere else. Discouraged, I set it aside and started the next book.

In 2012, I met Tamara (Thorne, co-author). We hit it off, had the same sensibilities about writing, and immediately began making plans. In collaboration, we’ve since completed two novels, one ongoing serialized Gothic tale, and have become the hosts of our own horror-themed internet radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!  As 2014 came to a close, I finally had a few things under my belt, and I knew it was time to return to that solo novel.

I’ve had to dig my heels in a little – at times I’ve surely been nothing short of an asshole – but as of January 1st, every previous version of my solo novel has been torn down, totaled, and trashed, and I am 25,000 words into the new one.

I love collaborating with Tamara, and although I never envisioned collaborating with anyone, I’m grateful beyond my capacity to express it that she, an already established bestseller, took enough interest in me to make me a part of her journey. I couldn’t have foreseen such a thing five years ago; I was unconscious to any such possibility, but my gratitude is timeless, and as long as she’s inclined, I will continue writing with her. But I must also build a body of solo work.

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I’m learning that hosting a radio show and bouncing between collaborating and writing solo requires a good deal of balance – it’s a lot to take on. There are days I’m overwhelmed. Some mornings, I wake up wondering where to begin, and wishing I could take the day off.  But then I get up, get on it, and soon I’m into the rhythm of things – and even on the bad days, I don’t take it for granted. This is what I wanted. For years, I have been obsessed by writing, not as a hobby, but as a profession. For the past decade, I’ve spent every waking hour trying to find a way to make it happen, and now that I feel like I’ve finally gotten my career off the ground, I’m going back to the beginning – back to the first story I really wanted to tell.

My solo novel’s original title was The White Room, but – for many reasons – I’m no longer calling it that. It has a stronger voice and it deserves a stronger title. I’ve given it one, but until I’m closer to completion, I simply call it “CC.” “CC” is a vampire novel, but its themes are not romantic. Under its fangs – if I do it right – it’s a tale of redemption, addiction, and the power of family ties. At 25,000 words, I’m only about one-third into it, but already, I am more deeply in love with it than I’ve ever been before. It has dimensions I wasn’t able to explore until now. It tells a deeper, more powerful story this time. It’s found its missing spine.

In the ten years since its conception, this book has been revised, revamped, re-written, kicked, mauled, set aside, and left for dead. It’s had a pretty rough life, but it’s on track at last, and I’ll do everything in my power to prevent it from being knocked off the rails again. I intend to complete it this spring.

Regarding Thorne & Cross, it’s great to be preparing for the release of The Ghosts of Ravencrest’s fifth installment, Night Moves, which has been sent to the editor and heads to production next week. We’re also looking forward to the completion of our witchy tale of terror – and first collaborative concept – Grandma’s Rack, which, right this very minute, is being polished and refined for public consumption. Our other completed novel, which we have to be tight-lipped about for now, is in some stage or another of the publication process, and as soon as the vacancy sign lights up – which we anticipate happening in March or April – we have the next collaboration waiting in the wings. It’s a stormy little thriller that we’re both itching to get to, and I have a feeling this one is going to make some major waves…

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True Ghost Stories


At Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! we’re adding a new level of spookiness by beginning each show with a true ghost story. And we’d like to hear yours! If you’ve had a ghostly experience you’d like us to share with our listeners, please read the requirements here: http://alistaircross.com/Ghosts

Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! is part of Authors on the Air Global Radio Network, an internet radio community with more than 2 million listeners worldwide. At Haunted Nights LIVE! horror authors Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross talk all things creepy with the biggest names in the business. From fiction writers and paranormal investigators to haunted spots and true ghost stories supplied by listeners, Haunted Nights LIVE! features fact, fiction, and that indiscernible gray area in between…

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“This show fills a desperate need in the literary horror community: serious conversation about what horror is, how one writes it, why one would bother, what one should read, in the company of two expert and delightful hosts. I had a great time, will be more than happy to come back and spread the word, and will definitely be steering my colleagues your way as both guests and listeners.”

~ Glen Hirshberg, Shirley Jackson Award winning author

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“The hosts of this awesome show are naturals on the air, as well as authors who define the state of the art with their own writing. Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross put a special kind of thumbprint on what is hot and edgy in the industry right now. You want the pulse? Tune in to Thorne and Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!”

Michael Aronovitz, author of “Seven Deadly Pleasures,” “The Voices in Our Heads,” and “Alice Walks.”

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But wait! There’s More!


Also confirmed today:

Kealan Patrick Burke is coming to Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Burke is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Currency of Souls, Stage Whispers, and Master of the Moors, just to name a few.

He is also a fantastic book designer who has designed cover art for such authors as Richard Laymon, Bentley Little, Brian Keene, and Scott Nicholson.

His story Peekers is in development as a feature film from Lionsgate Entertainment, and we are STOKED to have him.

As soon as I know the date, it shall be posted…

Stay tuned….

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Confirmed today:

RC Matheson is coming to Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Matheson is the co-writer of the screenplays for Loose Cannons, Paradise, Three O’Clock High, and It Waits, among others. He adapted Soul Survivor by Dean Koontz into a mini-series, as well as Stephen King’s Big Driver, and wrote the film, Happy Face Killer.

He wrote for Amazing Stories, the miniseries Nightmares & Dreamscapes and has been an executive story editor, executive story consultant, producer and Executive Producer for network television series.

Oh yeah, and his dad is Richard Matheson, author of Hell House. 

In short, he’s kinda a big deal and I am stoked.

A solid date is on its way. Stay tuned…

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Update for January


As planned, we finished off Night Moves, the 5th installment of The Ghosts of Ravencrest. We wrapped up the final scene last night and during the next week or so, we’ll be doing final edits and deciding on cover art. The final product should be out by the end of January.

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We received confirmation this morning from New York Times bestseller, Kevin O’Brien, for an appearance on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! A few weeks ago, I read his novel, Make Them Cry, and I dug it so much I hunted the poor guy down to tell him. I’ve since started reading another novel of his called Unspeakable. It, too, creeps me out in the yummiest of ways. I’m stoked to have him as a guest on Haunted Nights LIVE! and if you haven’t check him out yet, do it. Kevin will be our guest on May 7th.

And now, we return to the other projects: Grandma’s Rack, and my solo novel, which is currently known only as CC. Grandma’s Rack, which has been all but written since last year, is in the revising process and is expected to be out by the end of winter or early spring. As Tamara works her magic on that, CC, my solo vampire novel, is about 25,000 words deep and growing. I expect it to be completed by the end of April.

Between solo novels, collaborations, the radio show, and the ongoing serialization, 2015 is shaping up to be every bit as prolific and busy as 2014. But hey… that’s how we like it…

Workin’ On Our Night Moves…


Today, Tamara Thorne and I are writing the final scenes of the 5th installment of The Ghosts of Ravencrest, which will be titled, Night Moves. In number 5, we shed a little more light on some of our favorite characters, which means we also return to Belinda, who was last seen in the east wing of Ravencrest where she came face to face with a few of the manor’s more nefarious residents.

Between bouts of writing and editing, we’re also going over cover art options, which consists of much squinting, scrutinizing, analyzing, experimenting, and over-thinking. We’ve narrowed it down to a few – I’m leaning toward something with lots of red for this installment – but it’s still up in the air.

Night Moves will be available for purchase by the end of this month or the beginning of the next. Once we have the cover art chosen, I will post it here as well. Thank you to the readers of this series who have enjoyed it enough to allow it to continue. We’re heading into twisted territory and we’re thrilled that you’re joining us.

The Ghosts of Ravencrest


Darkness Never Dies…

Ravencrest Manor has always been part of the family. The ancestral home of the Mannings, Ravencrest’s walls have been witness to generations of unimaginable scandal, horror, and depravity. Imported stone by stone from England to northern California over a thirty-year period in the 1800s, the manor now houses widower Eric Manning, his children, and his staff. Ravencrest stands alone, holding its memories and ghosts close to its dark heart, casting long, black shadows across its grand lawns, through the surrounding forests, and over the picturesque town of Devilswood below.

Dare to Cross the Threshold…

Ravencrest Manor is the most beautiful thing new governess, Belinda Moorland, has ever seen, but as she learns more about its tangled past of romance and terror, she realizes that beauty has a dark side. Ravencrest is built on secrets, and its inhabitants seem to be keeping plenty of their own – from the handsome English butler, Grant Phister, to the power-mad administrator, Mrs. Heller, to Eric Manning himself, who watches her with dark, fathomless eyes. But Belinda soon realizes that the living who dwell in Ravencrest have nothing on the other inhabitants – the ones who walk the darkened halls by night… the ones who enter her dreams… the ones who are watching… and waiting…

Home is Where the Horror is…

Welcome to Ravencrest, magnificent by day, terrifying by night.
Welcome to Ravencrest, home of sordid secrets and ghastly scandals from the past.
Welcome to Ravencrest, where there is no line between the living and the dead.

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The Ghosts of Ravencrest is riveting. The characters are wonderful, the subplots are perfect, and the setting is stunning and well-researched. This series is like a roller coaster that goes up and up – the Mannings are literary gold.”
-QL Pearce, bestselling author of Scary Stories for Sleep-Overs

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“In The Ghosts of Ravencrest, Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross have created a world that is dark, opulent, and smoldering with the promise of scares and seduction. You’ll be able to feel the slide of the satin sheets, taste the fizz of champagne, and hear the footsteps on the stairs.”
-Sylvia Shults, paranormal expert and author of Fractured Spirits

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The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Darker Shadows is now available at: http://www.amazon.com/Darker-Shadows-Ghosts-Ravencrest-Book-ebook/dp/B00OZ4C21C/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1414713939&sr=1-1&keywords=darker+shadows+Thorne

The fourth installment, the novella, Christmas Spirits, is also available: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Spirits-Ghosts-Ravencrest-Book-ebook/dp/B00QN0Q7ZI/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1/181-7585638-5956058?ie=UTF8&refRID=17M1E0Z7HBBPWTXTVZP1

A Good Day to Write


I wrote 2,741 words on the solo novel today, bringing it to a grand total of 23,764 words since the first of the year.

The setting has been established, the conflict has been appointed, the players are in position and waiting to strike (or be struck), the questions have been asked and are demanding their answers, and the creepy weirdness is playing its cold dead fingertips along the edges of the plot, waiting for just the right moment to drive its fist right into the dark nefarious heart of it all….

It was a good day for writing.

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What’s Coming Up…


I’m getting very excited about the upcoming guests on Haunted Nights LIVE! and am thrilled to be meeting so many truly awesome, amazingly talented people. Keep listening for folks such as NYT Bestseller, Kevin O’Brien — actress (from “Growing Pains” and “Who’s the Boss?”) screenwriter, and country musician, Riley Weston — Grand Master Award-winning author, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro — co-author of THE WALKING DEAD, Jay Bonansinga — World-renowned paranormal expert – Professor Paranormal himself, Loyd Auerbach — Bram Stoker Award-winner Elizabeth Massie — author, award-winning journalist, and television writer, Robert Masello — plus the returns of horror author Michael Aronovitz and NYT bestseller Doug Clegg! – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg… You can check the full guest list here: http://alistaircross.com/Haunted-Nights-LIVE

Join us tonight when we talk to a guest we’re both stoked to talk to again, author and paranormal expert, Sylvia Shults! You can also see her on an episode of GHOST HUNTERS (“Prescription for Fear”) which aired in January of 2013!

Click the link below at 9 pm EST 6 Pacific to hear her on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsontheairbookstoo/2015/01/16/sylvia-shults-joins-thorne-cross-haunted-nights-live 

We Want YOUR True Ghost Stories!


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We want to hear your true ghost stories! In fact, we want to read them live on our radio show!

At Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! we’re adding a new level of spookiness by beginning each show with a true ghost story. Please read the requirements below and submit your true ghost story to HauntedNightsLive@gmail.com. Stories submitted MUST be sent to this email address for consideration. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Stories may be from 300 to 1000 words in length.
  • Stories need to be ready for us to read on the air; please do your own editing and proofreading. We will not consider stories that require rewriting.
  • We will assume you’ve changed first names in your story, as necessary.  We will not use last names, including yours. If you want us to credit the story to your full name, you must give us written permission. (Just say so below your story and give your name there.)
  • Do not post your stories on Facebook, or send them in private messages. They MUST be emailed to HauntedNightsLive@gmail.com to be considered.

Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! © 2014-2015 • All rights reserved. No listener stories read by Thorne & Cross on Haunted Nights LIVE! can be reproduced in any way without written consent. By submitting material to the show, you guarantee there is no infringement on copyright laws, and that no person(s) will be harmed in any way. By submitting material to Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! you permit Thorne & Cross to use the submitted material in any way. There will be no compensation (monetary or otherwise) for use of submitted material to Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! takes no responsibility for damages incurred by material submitted. Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! reserves the right to deny use of or alter any submitted material.

Sylvia Shults joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!


This week we have paranormal expert Sylvia Shults on and we’ll be sharing a listener’s true ghost story.

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You’ve seen her on Ghost Hunters… now listen to her onThorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Join us this week where we talk about all things ghosts with author and paranormal expert, Sylvia Shults. I love this lady…

Just click the link on Thursday at 9 pm Eastern, 6 Pacific: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsontheairbookstoo/2015/01/16/sylvia-shults-joins-thorne-cross-haunted-nights-live

Sylvia Shults has been a paranormal investigator for several years. She began her career as a ghost hunter
as a result of doing the research for her nonfiction book Ghosts of the Illinois River (Quixote Press, 2010). Her
fascination with ghosts dates back to her childhood, as she is an avid reader who was raised on Grimm’s Fairy
Tales.

A few years ago, Shults was inspired to write a collection of people’s supernatural experiences at the Peoria
State Hospital in Bartonville, Illinois. This project quickly swelled into Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the
Peoria State Hospital. The book incorporates…

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Win A FREE ecopy of The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Darker Shadows!


Win A FREE ecopy of The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Darker Shadows!

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We’re appearing at jeapalooza – a virtual con for readers at http://jeapalooza.com.  The con runs through January 11th and there are lots of writers in attendance, so if you’re a reader, a writer, or both, check it out. You never know who you might find in the chatroom!  There are giveaways, too. In fact if you go to  http://jeapalooza.com and click on our Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! page, you can enter to win an e-copy of our own The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Darker Shadows. It’s an omnibus containing the first three installments of our serial novel. Currently, we’re hard at work on the fifth installment it’s a super-spooky one!

Here’s what people are saying about The Ghosts of Ravencrest:

“The Ghosts of Ravencrest is riveting. The characters are wonderful, the subplots are perfect, and the setting is stunning and well-researched. This series is like a roller…

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