Anna Rose by Troy Seate
Publisher: Whispers Publishing
Genre: Horror, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (27 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois
Sometimes the dead are not easily buried. For almost a hundred and fifty years, the legend of Jonathan and Anna Rose Freeman has titillated the little town of Coventry, Pennsylvania. The property dating back before the Civil War has a new owner. He takes the opportunity to investigate these tales of floating revenants and severed heads. He not only goes to great lengths to uncover the past, but must also seek rational explanations for what is transpiring in and around his home. The information he attains opens his world to yet more mysteries, and to a long dead romance that may yet be filled with unsettled spirits and passionate longing. But what exactly does Anna Rose want from him? Ah, that is the question.
I can't say I've read too many stories with the combination of romance and horror. I was intrigued to read this one just to see how the author handled it and I wasn't disappointed. Anna Rose is a nicely told ghost story about old loves and the things we hold dear to us. It's part history, part ghost story, and part love story all rolled into a quick paced tale.
It's told in the first person by the new owner of Anna Rose's house which I think added to the story's depth and the wonderful description of what the character was seeing, hearing and feeling. It's very atmospheric which is sometimes hard to get across in a book so "Well done" to Mr. Seate.
If you like a good ghost story but only have fifteen or twenty minutes to spare, I say pick this one up because it's the perfect quick read.