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Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Review: Fright House by Fred Wiehe

Fright House
by Fred Wiehe

Paperback, 264 pages
Published April 1st 2015 by Damnation Books
Fright House, an insane asylum turned Halloween attraction, is the last place Penny Winters should be. She has awakened its long-dormant ghosts, giving it unimaginable power. Now it wants to possess her, absorb her psychic energy, and keep its ghosts forever alive. Only Tory Jackson and his Paranormal Scene Investigations team can save her. Time, however, is running out. On Halloween night, Penny has to die and become one with the ghosts. To that end, Fright House is willing to kill everyone.


A one-time insane asylum is the last place you want to be on Halloween. Fright House, an insane asylum turned Halloween attraction, is the last place Penny Winters should be. She has awakened its long-dormant ghosts, giving it unimaginable power. Now it wants to possess her, absorb her psychic energy, and keep its ghosts forever alive. Only Tory Jackson and his Paranormal Scene Investigations team can save her. Time, however, is running out. On Halloween night, Penny has to die and become one with the ghosts. To that end, Fright House is willing to kill everyone.

Ever since he saw the spirit of his mother one night as a child, Tory Jackson took his trust fund and formed a paranormal investigating group and got them a show on cable TV. But every place they've been been a disappointment with no paranormal activity. Then Mr. Peeples of Fright House, a Halloween haunted house attraction in a former insane asylum calls him, to prove or disprove it is really haunted. Fright House may be the real deal in hauntings.

Penny Winters is hired by Mr. Peeples to manage the Halloween attraction. She will earn enough money to leave the state of California, and her secret—she is only 17 and was hospitalized for seeing dead people. Penny is the real deal as a psychic, except she does not know. For a year she hasn’t seen a single specter, not until she begins work at Fright House. If she can make it through Halloween, she is free and clear with enough money. Problem is, does Fright House want her to leave?

Unsettling, Fright House made me look over my shoulder as I read this alone at night. Fred Wiehe wrote a horror novel in league with” Poltergeist,” “Insidious,” and Shirley Jackson’s "The Haunting of Hill House" (this last one even scared me in the daytime, in a room full of people years ago!). You may not look at that next haunted house attraction in a real insane asylum or prison the same way again after reading this book. Just when you thought it was safe to get scared, Fright House does it to you.

I give Fright House 4 ½ haunted sheep.







Pamela K. Kinney


About the Author:
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Fred Wiehe teaches Creative Writing to children of all ages and adults. He is also a professional writer and a member of the Horror Writers Association. However, his novels, books, short stories, and screenplays crossover genres into urban fantasy, science fiction, supernatural thrillers, paranormal suspense, and more. He writes for both adults and young adults. Come on inside his online world and visit his library of works, explore the inner workings of his dark imagination.

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