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Jessica Newman's tragic childhood has come back to haunt her. Her father, a Catholic deacon she hasn't seen since he was found not guilty of her mother's death during an exorcism ritual, has turned up dead in Scotland, with a wound to the head.Forced to take her family to Scotland and deal with her father's estate a derelict mansion in the Grampian Ranges. Jessica begins ...more
Paperback, 61 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Damnation Books
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Fiona Dodwell
Mar 05, 2011 Fiona Dodwell rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting, because I didn't have a choice: it gripped me from the beginning and wouldn't let me go.

Greg Chapman tackles the subject of demons, hauntings and evil with vividness and with an increasing sense of unease.

Torment follows the story of Jessica Newman, a woman who lost her mother when she was a child during an exorcism. Jessica travels back to her family home to uncover the truth behind her mother's death and her father's sinister secrets.

Torment is full of dark, c
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Nick Cato
May 04, 2011 Nick Cato rated it liked it
In 1984, Deacon Douglas Mackinnon performs an exorcism on his wife; she dies in the process. Police believe it's a case of cold-blooded murder, and Mackinnon's young daughter, Jessica, is left traumatized.

25 Years later, Jessica travels to Scotland with her husband and son when they learn of her father's passing. They've been called to assess the Deacon's mansion and decide if they want to sell it. Of course things quickly go wrong when Jessica decides it'd be a good idea to spend the night at t
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David Watson
Feb 20, 2013 David Watson rated it it was amazing
A great horror novella by Greg Chapman is Torment. Jessica Newman has just found out that she has inherited her father's Scottish Mansion. She leaves America with her son and husband to Scotland in hopes of selling the mansion and putting her past behind her once and for all. Her father was a Catholic Deacon and when Sarah was young he was found guilty of killing her mother while performing an exorcism on her. Going to Scotland brings back some haunting memories for Sarah and in the basement of ...more
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Apr 08, 2013 ARe Cafe rated it really liked it
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For twenty-five years, Jessica Mackinnon Newman had lived with the traumatic memories of the night her father performed an exorcism, chasing out the demon that had possessed her mother. Jessica remembered well her mother’s screams and pleas for relief, and her own terror when her father left the room where the unearthly battle had taken place and informed her that her mother had gone on to Heaven.

The news that her father had passed away, and named her his sole heir, created mixed feelings in Jes
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Trish
Apr 12, 2011 Trish rated it it was amazing
This book is brilliant!! The author captured the essence of murder through a child's eyes to the grief, anger, hurt and resentment manifested when carried through as an adult unresolved. The inter-play between the argument of mental illness or demonic posession is superbly done, leaving the reader in a state of subjective ambiguity and suspense throughout the book. The description of mental illness, hidden carefully in conversations and descriptions of actions is very well researched and ...more
Gary Olson
Jan 13, 2012 Gary Olson rated it it was amazing
Jessica Newman returns to the derelict Scottish mansion where she spent her early years to sort out her late father's estate. She is forced to confront the legacy of her mother's death during an exorcism ritual, and what role her father might have played in it. But what she finds in the house, in its basement, is more horrifying than she could ever expect, and may claim her as well.

Greg Chapman tells a gripping story that starts out slow and creepy while introducing and fleshing out the characte
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Chris
Oct 28, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
This book grabs you by the throat from the first sentence and compels the reader to keep reading until the end. scary haunting wrenching horror stories are few and far between, but Greg Chapman is going to change that! but beware! youll need to leave the lights on....
Andrea Scott
Apr 13, 2011 Andrea Scott rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it from start to finish. Really had me wanting to know what next. Intriguing read!!
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Sheri White
Jun 03, 2011 Sheri White rated it liked it
Good story, not great. Needed to be longer, more fleshed out.
John J Questore
Mar 09, 2014 John J Questore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I "met" Greg Chapman on Facebook a while back. At first I just thought he did artwork. I then found out about his writing.

I immediately ordered Torment without knowing a thing about it. I purposely avoided reading reviews or even the synopsis.

First, the one negative - it was too short. Greg could have easily made this into a full length novel. But that doesn't mean he short changed the story.

Other than that, it was phenomenal ! A ghost story mixed with a haunted house led to me reading it in one
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Q & A with Horror...: Torment 1 1 Jan 12, 2013 05:22PM  
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Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist from Australia.

After joining the Australian Horror Writers Association in 2009, Greg was selected for its mentor program under the tutelage of author Brett McBean.

Since then he’s had more than a dozen short stories published in magazines and anthologies in Australia, the US and the United Kingdom.

Greg is the author of four novellas, Torment, The Noctuary
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