Haunted by Tamara Thorne

Haunted, Tamara Thorne, 1995

My favorite quote: “He’d always thought of supernatural horror as something that arose in daydreams and nightmares, fantastic thoughts born of facts and twisted to the imagination’s wishes. It seemed to be the other way around now.”

Notable characters: David Masters, author an new owner of Baudey House; Amber, his daughter; Minnie Willard, my favorite housekeeper; Theo Pelinore, the sexy realtor

Most memorable scene: I seem to remember ghosts rutting on a dining room table …
Greatest strengths: The way Haunted weaves the past and present together is so seamless that it should teach classes where other books can come and learn how it’s done

Standout achievements: The blend of horror, humor, and sexiness here is rivaled by none. For real

Fun Facts: The character of Bea Broadside was based on one of Thorne’s neighbors who planned to euthanize her cat so she could go on vacation. Thorne took the cat, saving its life, and brought Ms. Broadside to justice in Haunted

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: The power of blending the spooky and sexy together at just the right times

How it inspired me: A lot of times I kind of groan when the main character of a book is a writer. In the wrong hands, a writer writing about a writer has a way of feeling a little … masturbatory. This isn’t one of those times, though. Rather than waxing eloquently about the life of writers, Thorne — like King — finds ways of putting her fictional authors to good use, exploiting their professions to further the plot. I was so impressed by this that I wanted to do the same thing. So I did. David Masters, Thorne’s hero in Haunted, is the reason I made Cade Colter, my protagonist in the Crimson Cove series, a writer

Additional thoughts: I love that David Masters is setting out to disprove ghosts when he buys this house. Heh. Silly, silly skeptic …

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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