According to his press release, The Birthing House, is Christopher Ransom’s first book, but it doesn’t read like a first book. I opened it just to check the quality of his prose and about an hour later it dawned on me that it was pretty dang good! So are his storytelling skills. That’s probably how he managed to get his first novel in the top ten of the London Times Paperback Fiction List.
The house Christopher Ransom lives in inspired this story. One of the story characters woke him in the middle of the night. Instead of grabbing what he could and moving out, Ransom, being a typical writer, started asking himself questions and making up his own answers. (And all these years you thought only crazy people did that.)
“A blend of supernatural horror and psychological thriller, Ransom’s impressive debut chronicles a couple’s descent into madness after they purchase a 140-year-old Victorian house in rural Wisconsin . . . this addictively readable ghost story will keep readers up all night, with the lights on, of course.” —Publishers Weekly.
Preview the book before you buy. The Birthing House, from St. Martin’s Press: Chapter 1 and 2. You are also invited to visit Christoper Ransom’s blog christopherransom.com to share your own ghost story.