While Halloween is usually the main focus time for horror stories, this book is good for any time of year. Stewart Bint is an British indie author for Dragon Moon Press (pretty awesome name if you ask me). In Shadows Waiting allows the reader to watch the life of an ordinary British family for a summer. All is not as it seems. What starts as catching shadows out of the corner of the eye, becomes full on haunting and the entire property of White Pastures becomes one giant shadow. These strange occurrences lead the family to seek any help they can get. The police investigate, a priest seeks permission for an exorcism, and the dark history of the house is revealed. While the eldest sister seems to be the focus of the shadow, no one is quite sure the extent of the shadow’s power.
In Shadows Waiting is the flashback story of Simon and his family. At fifty, Simon recalls his 18th summer and what took place with his sister, Helen, her boyfriend, Mark, and the rest of his family surrounding Helen’s 20th birthday. Like any good horror story, Bint piques the readers interest by allowing the reader see how the events of 32 summer prior impact him to this day. Then the narrator slowly fills in the details of the events of summer 1982.
At first, the family just catches glimpses of an eerie shadow occasionally passing the window. Due to several local burglaries, Simon’s father initially brushes the occurrences off as a police matter. However, when Mark comes to visit for a few weeks, he sees a face on the shadow and hears a warning to leave. As the summer goes on, strange things take place around the house and extend beyond the central location. Items moving and forces blocking Mark and Simon’s movements lead the family to believe something bigger is going on. The possibility of a haunting prompts the family to seek unconventional help. Simon finds the house has a seemingly normal history except for a single event during the Blitz of WWII. Initially brushing off the event as insignificant, the family faces the possibility of it meaning something more.
Events come to a head at Helen’s 20th birthday party and the family resigns themselves to leave the house until they can sort everything out. Will Simon be able to save his family? What is this shadow? What happened during the Blitz? Bint explores all these questions and more in the story In Shadows Waiting. You can buy the book in Kindle or Paperback format on Amazon here.
I’ve read some of Bint’s other books (found on his author page here) and I have yet to find a work of his I didn’t enjoy. Two books I particularly enjoyed were Timeshaft and Up Close and Personal. He has a series of short stories and articles in both thriller and science fiction genres. While it’s difficult to traverse several genres well, Bint is one of the minority. I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though I don’t usually read thrillers. The biggest hindrance for me was the Kindle format (I know, I’m super old fashioned).
I would have liked a return to the present at the end to update the reader on where everyone is now, but the story was complete without it. Each time I put it down, I couldn’t wait to get back to the story. I look forward to seeing what else Bint brings us in the future.
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