THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING


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(The image above is not the cover art for “The Cliffhouse Haunting.” The official cover for this novel is currently in production.)

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Although the cathouse and rumrunners have been replaced by a miniature golf course and a carousel, Cliffhouse retains its long dark history; darkest during the Roaring Twenties, when a serial killer named the Bodice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.

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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:

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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.