The Haunting of Crimshaw Manor
by Mark E. Drotos
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Pub Date 12 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2022
Every town has a mystery.
The Crimshaw family were once the caretakers of the prestigious Strathmore Estate. After the great blizzard of 1868, the townspeople found Elizabeth Crimshaw’s body hanging from the banister. Her young son and husband were declared missing and never found.
Every town has a legend.
The locals say they have seen Elizabeth’s ghost and that the manor is haunted. Others claim to have heard a woman’s scream and have witnessed strange lights and shadow people.
Some mysteries are better left unsolved.
What really happened to the promising Crimshaw family? Are the rumors surrounding the family true? Intent on investigating these claims, Stephen Davenport, adjunct professor of Paranormal Studies at Strathmore University, along with students from the school’s paranormal investigations club begin a weekend investigation.
What they find confirms their beliefs in the paranormal—and challenges them to simply stay alive.
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"spine-chilling…Fans of haunted house tales are sure to be pleased." —Publishers Weekly
"a fun read, and it had great character development. I couldn't put my kindle down." —LibraryThing Early Reviewers
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• Fans of paranormal investigation shows such as Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, and Destination Fear will find a new favorite paranormal team to love as they conduct their 48-hour investigation.
• Readers who love haunted house novels such as The Haunting of Blackwood House by Darcy Coates and The Invited by Jennifer McMahon will find a new favorite author in Mark E. Drotos.
• Interest in ghosts, the unexplained, and the paranormal is high. The author’s investigative skills and personal paranormal experiences delivers a fast-paced and thrilling read that ghost lovers and ghost hunters will enjoy.
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The Haunting of Crimshaw Manor by Mark E. Drotos is one of those fun reads that breezes along and pulls you into its tale before you realize it--
The story deals with Stephen Davenport and his group of Paranormal investigators at Strathmore University. The story deals with their investigation of the titular Crimshaw Manor and the mystery revolving around the historical deaths that took place there and the disappearances that have happened in subsequent years.
I enjoyed the humor of the book and the creepy setting and the characters were likable...
If you are a fan of Darcy Coates, Ghost Adventures or Amy's Crypt this book will be fun and hits the right notes for a pleasant way to pass an evening.
#TheHauntingofCrimshawManor was provided as an ARC by #NetGalley and #BHC press.
This is a deliciously creepy wonderful addition to the horror genre. I enjoyed every aspect of this story. It really hit the spot for me.
I wasn't sure what to expect going into this one. Normally when a books title starts with "The Haunting Of," I prepare myself for a story that will be better with visual aids. True, there were parts in this book that visual aids would bring some extra frights, but overall the story itself is enough to make the hair on the back of your neck rise.
Nice flow, not getting too hung-up on detail. I saw places where i wish the writer went a little more extreme, or at least deeper, to prevent some of the dialogue from seeming to be forced.
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Mark E Drotos for providing me with a complimentary digital ARC for The Haunting of Crimshaw Manor.
Stephen Davenport is a professor of Paranormal Studies at Strathmore University. He takes 3 students from the university to Strathmore Estate for a weekend of investigating the supernatural. Evelynn has a relationship with Stephen, which they keep on the DL because she’s a student at the university. Since Evelynn wasn’t directly Stephen’s student, I was okay with their relationship. I can see it was necessary for later in the story. Robb and John are the other two students who join them on the ghost hunt.
I loved the history and backstory of the Crimshaw Manor. There was a great blizzard in 1868 and Elizabeth Crimshaw was found hanging inside the manor. Her husband and son were never found. I was thinking the story would be a little creepier with a backstory like that. I loved the small investigation team. I loved the feel of the creepy manor with secret passageways. I loved the dreamlike visions they experienced. I think I would’ve preferred it to be a little more creepy throughout the story instead of more at the end. At times it didn’t feel like the stakes were very high. It didn’t seem as if the ghosts or anything would really harm them. The last few chapters is the kind of dark supernatural feel that I was wanting throughout the book.
Overall, I loved the story. It was well-written and I was definitely invested in finding out what happened with Elizabeth and her family. I will definitely check out more books from this author.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys creepy houses and ghost stories.
The Haunting of Crimshaw Manor had a great premise - a town legend, deaths and family history in the manor. A dashing professor (of Paranormal Studies) and his students spend a weekend.... but for me, the book told more then it showed. It was a little too simplistic in writing. I would still recommend to any paranormal fan and I do think it's an excellent idea for a movie!
I wanted to read this in one sitting so bad! The Haunting of Crimshaw Manor by Mark E. Drotos was a thrill ride from beginning to end. I could not put this book down. From the first page it grabs you and won't let go. All the characters are relatable and you feel like you know them. Stephan, Evelynn, Robb and John are great. I love how this author throws in a little humor here and there. I love to read horror like this and have become accustomed to a lot of it but this book actually gave me the creeps at times (well done, I'm impressed). I wanted to reach the end and find out what happened but at the same time I didn't want it to end and I didn't want to leave the characters. Mark E. Drotos does an amazing job of making you feel a part of this whole story like you're there watching it happen. Very well done on the storytelling so that it gives you that movie in your mind as you read. Absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of King or Patterson or just wants a really good horror novel with a few laughs thrown in.
The Haunting of Crimshaw Manor is an atmospheric and easy read – I would say perfect for a holiday. I really enjoyed the setting and loved the factual insights about hauntings and ghosts.
I would say that some bits were a bit cheesy – particularly the “romance”. It’s not the most memorable or outstanding book however, I do believe there is a place for it and I did enjoy it.
Would like a second book!
Whoa! What a ride. It was very fast-paced. The writing style kept me hooked and I didn't find myself losing any interest. I enjoyed getting to know each of the characters and how real the story felt. The author did a great job painting the setting, so it was easy for me to visualize the scene played out before me. I recommend giving this one a chance!
Stephen has just become an adjunct professor of Paranormal Studies at his alma mater, Strathmore University, located in his hometown of the same name. As a youngster, he was given the nickname “Stephen Strange” due to bizarre events that would crop up when he was around, and people saying that “An aura of death surrounded him.” He has the gift of seeing and interacting with dead people, and through his study of the paranormal, he is searching for answers.
Evelynn is a student at the university. She experiences dreams that involve her in events of the past, and portend what may happen in the future. She is starting a paranormal club at the school in which Stephen—whom she has dated in the past—is the academic advisor. Along with two other students from the group, they investigate Crimshaw Manor: the empty estate of a once prominent family.
This was a fun book to read. I thought the story development of the main characters and settings was well done. The book moves along quickly with sections shifting between the perspectives of the different characters. This builds up the tension, and allows us to view the interactions of the characters. I also found the interactions between characters to be natural, spiked with humor and familiarity. Please check out his website for additional materials that “add to the experience of the story”: MEDrotos.com
It appears this might be the first of a series. I look forward to seeing more from this author.
I would like to thank NetGalley and BHC Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.
"Every town has a mystery. The Crimshaw family were once the caretakers of the prestigious Strathmore Estate. After the great blizzard of 1868, the townspeople found Elizabeth Crimshaw's body hanging from the banister. Her young son and husband were declared missing and never found. Every town has a legend.The locals say they have seen Elizabeth's ghost and that the manor is haunted. Others claim to have heard a woman's scream and have witnessed strange lights and shadow people.Some mysteries are better left unsolved.What really happened to the promising Crimshaw family? Are the rumors surrounding the family true? Intent on investigating these claims, Stephen Davenport, adjunct professor of Paranormal Studies at Strathmore University, along with students from the school's paranormal investigations club begin a weekend investigation.What they find confirms their beliefs in the paranormal-and challenges them to simply stay alive."
I love paranormal investigations that go really really wrong.
An interesting tale of a haunted estate. There were several creepy scenes;
Stephen’s childhood experience in the funeral home send shivers running down my spine. Reading it in the dark, I had to stop and turn the light on…. Just in case.
At times the writing between characters is a bit dry and forced; especially between Ted & Stephen. The descriptions of the characters interacting with the paranormal and the environment are enough to still draw you into the moment.
If you enjoy ghostly encounters, paranormal research, a bit of romance, and solving a hundred year old mystery, this one’s for you!
Thank you to Net Galley, BHC Press, & Mark E. Drotos for an ARC of this book
The Haunting of Crimshaw Manor finds newly appointed adjunct professor Stephen and a group of students conducting an investigation at a vacant manor once owned by Elizabeth Crimshaw and her family who went missing after Elizabeth was found dead. Rumors float throughout the town that people can hear a woman’s scream coming from the home.
With each chapter, the story unfolded and began it’s subtle creepiness and paranormal events. This was a slow burn story. Readers who enjoy a story that builds up as it progresses will definitely enjoy this read. There is also a backstory with Stephen and his nickname of “Stephen Strange” that I found interesting. The paranormal events had just enough terror without over kill.
This was a 3.8 * read, rounding up to 4! This was also my first paranormal story and look forward to exploring more by this author in the future. Thank you to BHC Press and NetGalley for the EArc and the chance to review it!
Thank you to Netgalley and the author and publisher for the ARC of this book! I am so glad I found this on Netgalley and don't think it is advertised such that it can be found easily on the site.
Well, this book contains all of my favorite topics to read about- haunted houses, Ouija board usage, characters with psychic abilities, ghosts, explanation of paranormal phenomena. It also has a small romance subplot, which I thought could have been fleshed out more. This book had a lot going on, which could lend itself to the book maybe becoming a series. I would love to read more about the funeral home/nightclub where the professor lived and any hauntings there. There were a number of elements to this story which could be expanded into another book or more, I feel.
I enjoyed reading this book! It combines a creepy haunted house story with paranormal investigation and historical mystery. Stephen returns to his alma mater as a professor of paranormal studies and becomes involved in investigating a local “haunted house” mystery with his students. There are some genuinely creepy moments and overall an entertaining read.
I went for this title purely for the title and the cover. I’ve been looking for more paranormal investigation stories and I’m glad I found it. I will be honest, it took a few chapters to really get the story going and what the plot is actually about. I would usually complain about that, but I found myself really intrigued in Evelynn and Stephens backstory. I honestly wanted more of there story and forgot about what was actually going on.
If you like traditional haunted house like stories with great characters, this is it. I look forward to picking up a physical copy of this as well as looking forward to what Mark Drotos does in the future.
I wish I could have gone to college for paranormal studies like Stephen did.
I enjoyed this haunting tale, I appreciate a good spook in a book! It's a slow build, introducing the characters and giving you their backstory before the spooks start. This was my first book by this author and I am definitely interested in checking out his other books!
Sometimes a book lands on my Kindle and it's the type of story I need to read right there and then. That's what happened with The Legend of Crimshaw Manor. I was in the mood for a chilling horror tale and I stumbled upon Crimshaw Manor - the timing was perfect so I dipped straight in and before I knew it I was over 30% of the way through the book. The whole story was read over three days but only because I was having a busy weekend so didn't get as much reading time I had hoped.
Stephen Davenport is the lead character in this creepy tale. He has an ability to see ghosts and is brought to Strathmore University to take on a professor role overseeing Paranormal Studies. Stephen comes to Strathmore and finds himself offered the opportunity to supplement his income by overseeing the management of a new nightclub which is being built/renovated in one of the old abandoned buildings in town. His friend knows Stephen can't run a bar but would like him to be around on the property to oversee things while the construction is ongoing. Needless to say the old building where Stephen will be sleeping houses a few ghosts and it's clear Stephen is going to be encountering more than a few spirits in this story.
Stephen's department get the opportunity to investigate an old house on the edge of town - Crimshaw Manor. The house is famed locally as being haunted and the story of its former residents is disturbing and tragic. A couple and their young son moved to the house many decades ago. They were not used to the area and were unaware of the need to adequately prepare for winter. The snows came early and the family were cut off from the rest of the town. They had little food and no means to contact the outside world for help. The family didn't survive but exactly what happened to them while they were snowed in to their home is not clear.
Now Stephen and two of his students are at Crimshaw Manor and they are brining all their best scientific gear to the old property to see if they can record the presence of ghosts. Suffice to say their weekend is going to be eventful.
I will confess to being a fan of a good haunted house story and there were more than a few chilling chapters in this book which kept me well entertained. Not all threats which the team encounter are supernatural and there are some good action sequences thrown in too. Combine these with flashbacks into Stephen's past and there's a lot of creepy action to enjoy here. One minor quibble, the scenes between those chilling moments didn't hold me quite the same way - I wanted back to the spooky stuff - and one of the support characters brought slightly too much comedy when I didn't always feel it was needed. Minor, as I say - the chills really outweighed the niggles.
This book consumed all of my attention while reading. The manor was so well described, I felt like I was there with the team. Each team member brought something different while they researched the home. I found the description of how Evelynn could “dream” about the spirits life to be completely fascinating. When she witnessed what happened to Johnathon, I could feel her sorrow and distress. This book is the kind of book that is great to read and discuss with others. At the end of the book there is a link to the authors website which has lots of backstory to the house and other extras for those whom enjoy the paranormal. Please read this book to find out what happens and I look forward to other books in this series…….thank you NetGalley for the early copy
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Part myth, part curse this book was an incredible read. Every mother, after Regina, felt the call of the ocean. They were warned to stay out of the water and told their daughters to stay out of the water. Every generation blamed the disappearances of mothers on the curse. Meredith was the only one to finally have the courage to find out what the specter in the water wanted. Once she figured the solution out she was able to end the curse that plagued their family.
I'm a sucker for a good scary book so I requested this one as soon as I saw it. I skimmed some reviews before I started reading and expected to be disappointed, but I wasn't disappointed at all. The Haunting of Crimshaw Manor delivered the scary edge of your seat read I have been craving. Yeah, parts of the story didn't exactly flow all that well but I was able to overlook that and enjoy the book nonetheless.
Thank you to NetGalley and BHC Press for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Stephen has just become a professor of Paranormal Studies at Strathmore University. When he was younger he experienced some encounters with the paranormal and it has been following him all his life.
Now he will be asked to assist student Evelyn to investigate the Crimshaw Manor, a place supposed to be haunted for centuries.
We will get to explore the place at night while our group of students and Stephen are trying to collect proof of ghost encounters.
One of my favorite things about this book was to discover the story behind Crimshaw Manor and what happened there in 1868.
This reads however a bit more like a found footage/paranormal activity film. The problem is that it did not always translate so well as a novel because there are many explanations about the equipment, how it is set and even though it is great to know the tools we have and how they work, they made the creepy parts have less of an impact.
The chapters were short and this is a book you can binge in one sitting.
Perfect for: People that love paranormal investigations and want to follow the crew exploring a haunted house.
I'm always on the lookout for a good haunted house book. The Haunting of Crimshaw Manor hits the mark. It's creepy and unnerving as a haunting should be. The story behind Elizabeth and the disappearance of her husband and son in 1868 is a very interesting story. All in all, a great book for those who enjoy a haunted house.
Interesting book this one.
I originally thought it was based on a true story, then realised it wasn’t. But boy I couldput it down.
A professor and his students, one of which is an old flame, get to investigate a haunting and spend a couple nights within the manor experiencing something they never thought they would.. it had my heart racing in parts, and I couldn’t put it down till it was finished.
A good solid read and if you are interested in the spooky, then definitely give it a go.
This is the first book I have read by Mark. E Drotos. I really love to read and be told ghost stories. Even if they scared the bejesus out of me, I would still carry on listening!!. This brings me to this fantastic book. It follows a small group of paranormal researchers finally getting inside an old manor house that has a reputation for being haunted. There have been screams heard and sightings of a woman at night. Stephen Davenport, the university professor for paranormal studies is head of a paranormal research club. They are the ones who are granted access. This is due to Evelyn, who has wanted to take them there for a long time, so finally they have in!!. The story tells of their weekend of nights spent there and all the events that take place. I really enjoyed it throughout. The scarey bits were scarey and very creepy at times!!. I'm sure you will really enjoy this as I did!!. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Many thanks to Netgalley for the free ARC book for an honest review.
#bhc.press, #Netgalley, #markedrotos.This is the first book I have read by Mark. E Drotos. I really love to read and be told ghost stories. Even if they scared the bejesus out of me, I would still carry on listening!!. This brings me to this fantastic book. It follows a small group of paranormal researchers finally getting inside an old manor house that has a reputation for being haunted. There have been screams heard and sightings of a woman at night. Stephen Davenport, the university professor for paranormal studies is head of a paranormal research club. They are the ones who are granted access. This is due to Evelyn, who has wanted to take them there for a long time, so finally they have in!!. The story tells of their weekend of nights spent there and all the events that take place. I really enjoyed it throughout. The scarey bits were scarey and very creepy at times!!. I'm sure you will really enjoy this as I did!!. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Many thanks to Netgalley for the free ARC book for an honest review.
#bhc.press, #Netgalley, #markedrotos.This is the first book I have read by Mark. E Drotos.
A good ghost story, creepy and gripping . I appreciated the world building and the chilling atmosphere. Interesting characters and gripping plot.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mi
Stephen Davenport, a newly instated professor of Paranormal Studies at his alma mater Strathmore University, heads up a trip to Crimshaw manor with the paranormal club. The club members are his ex-girlfriend Evelynn, and two other students. Due to the fact that both Stephen and Evelynn has preternatural abilities, they begin to experience haunting things at the manor, and unraveling the secrets of the past.
Each character felt like a real person with their own motivations, worries and interactions. They were some what cheesy at times, but that helped add to the real factor for me. There is also a small romance that is rekindled between Stephen and Evelynn that I was all for!
There were several creepy moments in this book! It felt like I was part of a real paranormal investigation. There were also points of the book that kept me guessing about whether it was all supernatural or if there was a real life issues. There is also an interesting backstory to the Manor and the family that used to live there.
The writing was easy to follow, and quick to read! It was fast paced and never really felt like it dragged at all. It is a good mix of plot and character driven narrative. There were many genuinely creepy moments in the book and the writing did a really good job of building up the atmosphere. I never had a hard time visualizing what was going on.
I have never read anything by Mark E. Drotos but I look forward to trying something else out in the future!
Thank you to NetGalley, BHC Press, and Mark E Drotos for providing an ARC for The Haunting of Crimshaw Manor!
I enjoyed this book. I can not wait for more by this author! Thanks to publisher for allowing me the opportunity to read this book!
I love a good ghost story set in a haunted house! This book definitely had some creepy and chilling moments, but isn't overly scary. I found the storytelling around the history of the house to be very engaging. While I really liked the idea of the paranormal research team going to the haunted house, I didn't really connect with the characters.
Overall I did enjoy this book and the story kept me interested enough to keep turning the page.
Newly appointed adjunct professor Stephen and a group of students investigate a vacant manor once owned by Elizabeth Crimshaw and her family in "The Haunting of Crimshaw Manor". Elizabeth was found dead, and her family went missing. Rumours are circulating throughout the town about a woman's scream that can be heard from the home.
The story's creepiness and paranormal events slowly unfolded with each chapter. Readers who like stories that develop gradually will surely enjoy this read. Stephen's nickname, "Stephen Strange" has a fascinating backstory that piqued my curiosity. The paranormal events had the perfect amount of terror without going overboard.
The writing was clear and could be read quickly. It was a fast-paced experience that never dragged. The story is a well-executed mix of plot and character-focused elements. Numerous genuinely creepy moments were present in the book and the writing did a great job in creating the atmosphere. It was never a challenge for me to visualise what was happening.
Had some creepy and chilling moments, and the atmosphere fit the story , loved the idea of the paranormal research team going to the haunted house plus that helped some what ,but the inter action between the characters seemed a bit off, like the author was maybe trying a bit too hard to make his characters believable. Over still a good story to read .
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