Kath Middleton: SOULS DISTURBED: Three Supernatural Tales

Souls Distrubed cover

​Presenting three novellas which ask the unanswerable and deal with the unthinkable…

Martin buys an old mirror, but when the moon shines on the glass it’s not his own reflection he can see.

On her twenty-first birthday, Vanessa inherits her great-grandmother’s pendant. The classic style appeals to her and she wears it constantly – until she discovers her darker inheritance.

While archaeologists dig out the old well in Karen and Ben’s garden, a neighbour’s child goes missing – and Karen can hear a child’s cry coming from the well.

​Here’s my review:

The three stories in Kath Middleton’s ‘Souls Disturbed’ share a common theme – how objects from the past, long forgotten, can exert a supernatural influence on present day lives. I like particularly the way in which she places the supernatural element in these stories. Where many horror authors opt for increasing terror for ever diminishing effect, Kath Middleton shows us in great detail ordinary lives being subtly subverted by influences just outside of their control. The ghostly effects of the supernatural are the greater because of this gentle contrast. I’m reminded of Alfred Hitchcock’s comment: There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. These stories work at that level, interweaving the real world concerns of well-drawn characters with worlds of possibility just out of reach. These three stories are highly recommended.

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Seb Kirby

Seb Kirby is the author of the James Blake Thriller series (TAKE NO MORE, REGRET NO MORE and FORGIVE NO MORE) and the Raymond Bridges sci fi thriller series (DOUBLE BIND). He says: "I've been an avid reader from an early age - my grandfather ran a mobile lending library in Birmingham and when it closed my parents inherited many of the books. From the first moment I was hooked. Now, as a full-time writer myself, it's my goal to add to the magic of the wonderful words and stories I discovered back then.

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