Length: 210 Pages
Publisher: Shadow Work Publishing
Release date: March 5, 2019
Synopsis: Four veterans of the Iraq War seeking a cure for Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder arrive at a notoriously haunted house in the bogs of Galveston Island called Amon Palace.
Samantha Green, a friendless former Army K-9 handler looking for a way to put her loss behind her.
Brad Myers, a lighthearted former Military Police Officer severally wounded in war wanting nothing more than a good night’s sleep.
Andy Lovejoy, an overweight light spoken drone operator who once watched the war from above now questions who he has become.
Marcus Pangborn, a headstrong Marine who desperately wants a dead friend’s forgiveness.
The group joins Doctor Frederick Peters, an experimental psychologist looking to prove his exposure theory hypothesis, and his two assistants, Tiffany Burgess and Dexter Reid.
Words from Thomas –
For those looking for something in the vein of Jacob’s Ladder meets The Haunting of Hill House (with touches of Lovecraft), I think Palace of Ghosts may be a story up your alley. Palace of Ghosts is a story that addresses my own ghosts. I wanted to explore the question of what would happen if traumatic memory could take physical form and terrorize and haunt the host.
Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review
When I was asked to review Palace of Ghosts by Thomas S. Flowers, I though ‘how is it I haven’t read this author’s work before’. This is a name I’ve see frequently in the Twitterverse, and a writer I follow who follows me back! Shortly after jumping into Palace of Ghosts, it didn’t take me long to know this is a writer I should have been reading far sooner.
The synopsis had my interest straight from the start. The element that each character is dealing with PTSD was a bonus for me. As someone who deals with PTSD in the forms of anxiety and not that far in the rearview, panic attacks, I was thrilled to finally see a writer incorporate this topic in a horror story. If it’s been done before I’ve missed it.
The first two chapters did a hell of a job getting my attention. It was a great setup that got this story off like a shot. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The ghosts were a great metaphor for what is at the heart of PTSD. It’s the images, memories and feelings that can’t be outrun, pushed aside or simply forgotten. This I know to be fact, as much as I wish otherwise. Thomas Flowers uses this method of storytelling to clearly demonstrate what these solders are experiencing. The multiple facets of PTSD were expertly expressed and felt authentic. Especially guilt, regret, and my personal favorite, feeling on edge. The feeling of wanting to rip your skin off and not being able to get enough air. This book may be a lot to handle for some, but I highly recommend it and thought it was a hell of a read.
Praise for Palace of Ghosts –
“Readers of author Thomas Flowers’ SUBDUE Trilogy know how clearly he delineates the horrors of war and the enduring suffering of those who survive its depredations. The author demonstrates subtly but powerfully and enables readers without the experience can peer into that world. Here again in PALACE OF GHOSTS he brings us the sights, sounds, smells; the terror, the anger and aggression; the guilt of survivorship, the trauma and the subsequent PTSD. So not only is PALACE OF GHOSTS tragic and compelling, it’s also inordinately SCARY!”
– The Haunted Reading Room
Thomas S. Flowers, Biography –
Thomas S. Flowers is an Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom Army veteran who loves scary movies, BBQ, and coffee. Ever since reading Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot he has inspired to write deeply disturbing things that relate to war and horror, from the paranormal to his gory zombie infested PLANET of the DEAD series, to even his recent dabbling of vampiric flirtation in The Last Hellfighter readers can expect to find complex characters, rich historical settings, and mind-altering horror. Thomas is also the senior editor at Machine Mean, a horror movie and book review site that hosts contributors in the horror and science fiction genre.
PLANET of the DEAD and The Last Hellfighter are best-sellers on Amazon’s Top 100 lists for Apocalyptic Fiction and African American Horror.
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