Fountain Dead – Theresa Braun
Title: Fountain Dead
Author: Theresa Braun
Looking for a haunted tale that will keep you up at night? Imagine having your reality supplanted with evil and benign spirits warring for your attention. This is a story that explores the dark side of revenge and the heartbroken cries of the dead.
This story has been calling me for several months to read, but since it’s horror I had to push myself a little more to pick it up. I will start by saying that horror is not my preferred genre and that may sometimes sway my interpretations/enjoyment. It’s not that I don’t like horror, it just takes a particular writing style/story to really pull me in.
I have read Braun in the past, and I anticipated that I would enjoy most of the story, which I did. The beginning was slow though, interesting, but slow.
I enjoyed the switching between timelines and felt it helped carry the story and enhanced the mysterious history of the house and the specters, which are the main antagonists. About fifty percent into the book, the story-line began to pick up speed and I found myself getting sucked in. I finished the last half of the book in one sitting.
Additionally, the fact that the main protagonist is gender fluid was a nice change of pace. It was refreshing to read a story about a teen struggling and finding his sexual identity.
However, I like endings that have a firm resolution and this one did not. I also have some unanswered questions.
If you crave happy endings with nice bow-ties, then you might be disappointed. I will say the ending fell flat for me and I was a bit grumpy. It was not the ending I wanted.
I recommend this story because Braun is a good writer and the story was compelling. Even though the ending left me bereft, it was still a haunting tale that will leave you on your toes. And I am confident many readers will appreciate her finale.
You can find the story on Amazon in Kindle format and in paperback.
Synopsis: Mark is uprooted from his home and high school in the Twin Cities and forced to move with his family into a Victorian in Nowhere-ville. Busy with the relocation and fitting in, Mark’s parents don’t see what’s unfolding around them—the way rooms and left behind objects seem alive with a haunted past.
Of course, Mark keeps his ghostly encounters to himself, all the while sinking deeper into the house’s dark, alluring, and ultimately terrifying history. As romantic entanglements intensify, the paranormal activity escalates. Past and present come together. Everything is connected—from the bricks in the walls to the hearts beating in their chests, all the secrets of Fountain Dead are finally unearthed.
THE LADY BEHIND THE STORY
Theresa Braun was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and has carried some of that hardiness with her to South Florida where she currently resides with her two fur babies, who are her creative sidekicks. She enjoys delving into creative writing, painting, photography and even bouts of ghost hunting. Traveling is one of her passions—in fact, her latest adventure took her to Romania for a horror writers’ workshop where she followed in the steps of Vlad the Impaler. She writes horror fiction and the occasional romance. Oh, and she likes to guest blog about writing, television shows, movies, and books, mostly in the horror genre. Her short story “Shout at the Devil” appears in Under the Bed Magazine, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in Hindered Souls, and “Dead over Heels” is soon to be published by Frith Books.
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*We received the story for free in exchange for an honest review