The Proctor Hall Horror
The Bayou Hauntings Book 7
by Bill Thompson
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Pub Date 01 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 13 Nov 2020
Set along the beautiful Bayou Lafourche near Thibodaux, Louisiana, it’s a more traditional ghost story than some of the others from this author. Back in 1963, a fourteen-year-old boy who’s never spoken a word is found sitting quietly on a stairway in his house. In a nearby sitting room, his mother, father and younger sister sit next to each other on a couch.
At least most of their bodies are on the couch. Their heads are neatly arranged on the mantel. The boy – the only living person at Proctor Hall — is deemed unable to stand trial and spends decades locked away. When he’s released at last, he comes back to live at in the old house.
For a class assignment, a university professor sends a team to the old plantation with a goal to learn about the now-abandoned house and its mysterious past. As the students uncover secrets, the school project becomes a tragedy beyond imagination. Landry and the crew are called in to investigate. As they learn the truth, the dark things that lurk inside Proctor Hall may claim even more victims.
Bill Thompson became a corporate entrepreneur early. At age 12 he started a company to buy and sell coins. By age 25 he had started an insurance agency that ultimately became one of the largest in Oklahoma. Expanding that firm and adding more, Bill created a financial services holding company that operated in several states plus Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and England.
If variety is the spice of life, author Bill Thompson’s life so far has been spicy for sure! Over the years, and in no particular order, he’s been:
an international insurance broker
head of a state prison board
a newspaper reporter
a Bourbon Street piano player
a corporate entrepreneur
presented to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
in jail (briefly … and wrongly!)
a goat herder
a church organist and choir member
a real estate broker
a world traveler
president of an animal shelter
a husband, father and grandfather
an observer at a knighting in Westminster
a fluent Russian speaker
a passenger on the Concorde
a lifetime dog lover
an award-winning novelist
Bill has always had a burning interest in archaeological finds, mysteries of the past, unexplained things in the jungle and stories of adventure in remote places. Over the years he traveled extensively around the world and visited sites such as Machu Picchu, Stonehenge, Avebury, Egypt, Petra and many ancient Olmec, Aztec and Maya cities in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.
Bill and his wife live in Dallas, Texas with three dogs, travel a lot, eat and drink well and have fun living life.
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Average rating from 36 members
I've been enjoying the Bayou Hauntings Series since its inception, admiring the author's flair for twisty plotting and backdrops, including Southern Louisiana history as background. THE PROCTOR HALL HORROR is Book 7. The gore level is high, and only a cold or jaded reader could fail to experience these events as heartwrenching. There is so much deceit, so much evil--both human and supernatural. Of particular interest to me were certain genetic connections, and the riff on Jekyll vs. Hyde. This is really a "Who can you Trust?" adventure. Featured are our favorite series characters, caught up in a vastly puzzling--and tremendously dangerous--paranormal investigation.