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Book Review: Beneath Ash and Bone by D. Alexander Ward

Beneath Ash and Bone
by D. Alexander Ward
Publisher: Necro Publications
April , 2016
Selburn, Virginia: a quiet backwater town nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the days before the Civil War, Sam Lock keeps the peace of the town, like his father before him.

That peace is shattered during a raging winter storm when a young boy goes missing at Evermore, the sprawling estate of Horace Crownhill and his family. Racing against time and the elements, Sam must mount a desperate search for the child—but what he finds in the snow, and the dark halls of Evermore, are madness and. . .murder.

As Sam searches for truth in a house poisoned by mysteries and haunted by ghosts, he hopes to weather the storm, but the harrowing secrets he uncovers may prove too terrible to bear. Will he escape with his sanity intact or will the dark presence rumored to hold sway over Evermore claim him as another sacrifice.

Sheriff Sam Lock is called out in a roaring blizzard at night to Evermore, a mansion in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, to find a missing fourteen year old boy, William. It is 1860, and the boy had gone missing from the Crownhill estate after his birthday celebration. In the mansion lives the widow Miss Charlotte, daughter of the owner, Horace Crownhill, Charlotte’s fourteen year old daughter, Lucy, freed African-American, Colvin, his mother, Seena, his niece, Mary and a pair of nephews. Using volunteers from the locals who live in Selburn, he has them split into two groups. It is Sam though who finds the boy, dead and buried beneath the snow. At first, he thinks it’s an accidental death until he finds William naked and with mangled genitals. But it is more than an ordinary murder, Sam uncovers more frightening reasons, supernatural in nature. And secrets, that all are not what it seems among the Crownhills and the land their mansion sits upon. Secrets that if don't drive Sam over the edge, may kill him before he figures them out.

Beneath Ash and Bone returns the down home promise of Southern Gothic horror, where dark secrets of madness and the supernatural hit the readers with a genteel punch in the gut.

I give Beneath Ash and Bone 5 sheep

Pamela Kinney
About the Author:
D. Alexander Ward is an author and editor of horror and dark fiction. As a volunteer and member of the Horror Writers Association he is an involved participant in the independent horror community. In addition to Beneath Ash and Bone, he is the author of Blood Savages: A Blackguards Novel (Book 1), A Feast of Buzzards, and After the Fire & Other Tales.

As an editor, he co-edited the Lovecraftian horror anthologies, Shadows Over Main Street, Volumes 1 and 2 from Cutting Block Books and also, GUTTED: Beautiful Horror Stories from Crystal Lake Publishing.

Along with his family and the haints in the woods, he lives near the farm where he grew up in what used to be rural Virginia, where his love for the people, passions and folklore of the South was nurtured. There, he spends his nights penning tales of the dark, strange and fantastic.

He is active on social media and you can find out more on his website:

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