#BadMoonRising House of Sorrow by Joan Hall #thriller #shortstory #suspense

I share this author’s disappointment in ghost tours – we’ve yet to see a ghost. Seems like its something that should be guaranteed on that kind of tour, right? The Legends and Lore posts on her blog feature jaw-dropping and uncanny mysteries/legends – I highly recommend you check them out. Furry friends have been stealing the spotlight this month, and she brings a couple of cuties with her today. Welcome Joan Hall!

Which unsolved murder fascinates you the most?

Can I cheat a bit by mentioning another type of unsolved mystery? The story of D. B. Cooper has always intrigued me. He hijacked a commercial airliner in 1971, demanded 200K in ransom money, then parachuted out of the plane somewhere over the Pacific Northwest. A portion of the ransom money was found years later, but there’s been no sign of the man (living or dead).

Specific to a murder, it would have to be the story of Lizzie Borden. Did she really give her mother forty whacks, then gave her father forty-one?

If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf, etc.), which would you choose?

A black cat, of course. Matter of fact, I have a black cat. Little Bit found us and he’s often my writing “helper.”

Would you rather go to a real haunted house or watch a horror movie marathon?

A real haunted house, of course. I’ve been on Ghost Walks in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Jefferson, Texas. Jefferson is a small town about an hour from where I live. Still haven’t seen a ghost. “Sigh…”

Have you ever traveled as research for any of your books? 

Does going to a coffee shop count? Seriously, I haven’t traveled to a specific location, but when I’m out and about—even locally—I’m always looking for ideas, observing people, etc. I’ve had short stories inspired by some of my observations of people.

Have pets ever gotten in the way of your writing? 

As I said, my cat Little Bit is my “helper.” My other cat, Tucker, is never far away from me when I’m on the sofa with my laptop. Both have served as the inspiration for pets in a couple of my stories, so yes, you could say they do help – even if they sometimes want to crawl on my lap during my writing time.

What books did you grow up reading?

I read a variety of books, but one of my favorites from childhood was Charlotte’s Web. I’m terrified of spiders, but I loved Charlotte and Wilber—even Templeton. After reading my first Agatha Christie book as a teenager, I was hooked on mystery and suspense.

Dream home or damned home?

Ruth Hazelton is over the moon when her husband Lee agrees with the nineteenth-century Victorian in Madeira, New Mexico, is the perfect home for them. While he starts his new job as police chief, she sets about unpacking and decorating.

But it’s not long before Ruth needs more. She becomes a fixture in the community, making time for everyone, volunteering, hosting events—she’s every bit the social butterfly her husband is not. Through her friendships, she learns several former residents of her home met with untimely deaths. If she were superstitious, she might fear a curse, but such nonsense doesn’t faze her.

Until the unthinkable happens.

Now, as the end of Ruth’s life draws near, she must find a way to convey her message and stop the cycle to prevent anyone else from suffering in the house of sorrow.

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Author Bio and Social Media

Website: https://joanhall.net

Blog: https://joanhall.blog/

Books: https://www.joanhall.net/books/

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Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Joan-Hall/e/B01FNFO1RO

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15256532.Joan_Hall

92 thoughts on “#BadMoonRising House of Sorrow by Joan Hall #thriller #shortstory #suspense

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  2. I’ve been on a few Ghost Walks as well, but never did see a ghost either. What’s with that? Although the ghost walk around York, England on a misty evening was quite spooky and you never know, there may have been one or two lurking around. Your cats are adorable, Joan!

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    1. Thanks, Darlene. I’ll pass the word to them. I will say that in Vicksburg I saw a strange looking doll. It gave me a creepy feeling. What I do enjoy (as much as the tours) are the stories behind the “sightings.”

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  3. I loved House of Sorrow and recommend it to anyone who wants to give it a chance. Nice seeing Joan here today. The only ghost tour I went on was in Portland, Oregon. It was fun and a great slice of history. The Voodoo tour in New Orleans was similar. No ghosts for me either. Couldn’t talk my group into taking the one in Baltimore, and it was supposed to end at Poe’s grave. Where were you when I needed you, Joan?

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  4. Victoria Zigler

    I agree: there should be at least one possible encounter that might be a ghost, if not a ghost or two actually showing up, on a ghost walk. I’d be disappointed too.

    Oh, and I share your feelings about spiders. I love Charlotte, but any other spider… No thank you!

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    1. You’d think I’d see at least one ghost. One year, my husband’s class reunion was held in a supposedly haunted hotel. The resident ghost didn’t show up that night either. Maybe she didn’t like classic rock music. 😉

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  5. Great to see Joan here today, Teri, and fun post, Joan! Sorry about your Ghostless Tours. I’ve never been on one, but then I’d be terrified if I actually saw a ghost anywhere. Eeeep. And I loved House of Sorrow! A most excellent story. I’m hoping to get caught up with more of your work (and that of several other friends, too) over the next 3 months or so, as I take some time off for R&R. I’d also like to get some more reviews out there, too. Yeah. Reading and reviewing, your books included! That’s the ticket! 😀 ❤

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  8. Joan, I am equally intrigued to know the truth behind Lizzie Borden. We’re definitely of the same mind in so many things. Except maybe ghost walks, LOL. I keep my distance from anything where a spirit might appear!

    Loved the pics of Tucker and Little Bit. Raven often does the same kind of “help” when I’m writing.

    House of Sorrow is a wonderful read, and one I highly recommend to anyone on the fence. Great to see it in the spotlight on BMR today.

    Another great interview, Teri!

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  9. So fun to see Joan here, Teri. I don’t understand why haunted house tours don’t include ghosts. That’s such a disappointment. *Sigh* Cute cat helpers, Joan. I had one of those who constantly got hair between my laptop keys! And a great featured read! Happy Halloween. 🙂

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  10. Terrific spotlight and interview, Teri. I love Joan’s stories about ghosts, haunted areas, and mysteries in general. They all fascinate me. I’ve had a couple strange encounters, but I’ve never sought them out. Basically, I’m a scaredy cat. 🙄

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  11. I too have gone on many ghost walks in places like Jefferson and New Orleans, but have yet to encounter a spirit. I did get some fun orb photos, though. 🙂 I love your answers, Joan. And the photos of Little Bit and Tucker are adorable. I loved House of Sorrow and highly recommend it. Great interview! Thanks, Joan and Teri!

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  12. I remember the D.B. Cooper story: the new story that spawned a thousand theories . . . My husband and I visited the (if not “the,” then “a”) Lizzie Borden Museum in Salem, Mass. I purchased a book there which made a very compelling case for her guilt.

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  13. alexcraigie

    Great to see Little Bit and Tucker helping out! I loved Charlotte’s web, but am properly phobic about the real thing and I’m with Gwen on the scaredy-cat front regarding ghosts – I don’t understand why people would actively seek them out! (Have they not seen the consequences in books and films?) I’ll add my endorsement of House of Sorrows to the others here – it’s an intriguing read and I’m looking forward to other tales of the house. Another great series, Teri.

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  14. Hi Joan: Seeing ghosts is a tricky business, I think. Once while touring Emerson’s house in Concord, I “saw” a flicker at the top of the stairs like something flew across the hallway. It’s more of a knowing than actual sight, from my experiences. You get the feeling someone is there or someone is looking at you. And at Hawthorne’s Old Manse in Concord, the portrait of Hawthorne took on an odd glow when I went close to look at it. I was writing Between the Darkness and the Dawn at the time about Hawthorne’s life. One could say these are not actual ghost sightings, but I think a ghostly presence can often happen within a person as “receiving the ghost.” It’s kind of like the ghost is saying, “I see you here looking for me.’ Ha! Your story sounds like a good one!

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