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The Holloway family recently moved from their Los Angeles home to a decaying Victorian mansion. As they begin to settle into the strange manor, their beliefs become challenged by unearthly events. Strange whispers echo throughout the house. Unseen forces hold them in place and decrepit hands reach for them from the dark corners of the chilling house. As the Holloway family ...more
Kindle Edition, 167 pages
Published November 25th 2013 by MidKnight Publishing (first published August 17th 2013)
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megHan
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What starts out as a pretty normal story quickly goes to very strange and the end was just ... just ... I don't even know how to describe it.

Ethan and his parents move to a new house and no one, except for the father, seems very happy about it. The parents are fighting and they don't even seem to see Ethan. They've not a very happy existence lately - a tragic event has torn them all apart - and as the house shows more and more signs of being haunted, that tragic event resurfaces in a different
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Lucía
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No me ha gustado. Así, directamente. me ha parecido que estaba muy bien escrito, incluso ha sido un inglés más complicado de lo que pensé que sería, pero nada que no se haya podido leer.
La historia se construye a partir de reunir diferentes clichés de historias de terror, como la típica casa encantada, la familia que necesita cambiar de aires y comenzar de nuevo... pero no ha conseguido cautivarme. Aunque sí ha habido dos momentos en los que me he sorprendido, lo que más me ha dolido es que no
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Sunshine Somerville
A quick, intense read. I definitely appreciated the way the story builds to a frightening climax. The horror elements are done well, like shadows lurking around the corner just out of sight until they're suddenly in your face. Part of me really likes how vague and unexplained the terrifying elements were, although by the end I was hoping to understand SOMETHING about this house, the supernatural root of it all (literally in the the roots of the house), and why exactly this family went through ...more
Jeff
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story in The Monsters Within. It's a short book, and is relatively fast-paced. It begins with the Holloway family, Travis, Katerine, and Ethan, their grown son, moving to a Victorian-style mansion in a neighborhood of newer homes. They have moved from their home in Los Angeles to try to start fresh. It seems that Katherine believes that Travis had an affair with one of his university students, even though he solidly swears that nothing happened.

Even before they get fully moved into
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Jk
Dec 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nlo
I had such high hopes for this based on the blurb but I was very disappointed.

This was probably the poorest editing and writing that I have ever encountered. There were literally glaring errors on every single page - it seemed like the author put the story down and then never went back to read through it or edit it at all after that. What is being advertised as a finished product reads more like a very rough first draft.

There were errors in tense often within the same sentence or paragraph,
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C.
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im studying authors and enjoy mingling with up & coming ones like Corvus Winchester. Horror isnt my forté, traditionally sticking an audience with a bleak ending, like science fiction. However a proper reviewer judges a book by its own variety of factors. The telling of this one is unique.

The Monsters Within, 2013, delivers the message that evil preys on discord and anger. We witness rare instances of relief, in which light is the antidote to darkness. Oddly, tender moments of repair between
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Jamie
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Disclaimer: Received a copy for free from the author in exchange for an honest review

The Monsters Within is a short novella that delves into the troubles plaguing a seemingly broken family. The reader is plunged directly into the conflict, with one member of the family ready to move on while the rest seem to be hanging onto their own personal struggles.

While the causes of each person's grief varied, it becomes clear that each are being consumed by their own troubles. The darkness in each
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Jo-Anne
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Travis, Katherine and their son, Ethan, have moved very far away from their Los Angeles home because of a very sad incident. Travis was really the only one who wanted to move but the rest of the family went along with his plans. The reason for their move left Travis and Katherine fighting constantly, making life very uncomfortable for Ethan. They bought an old Victorian house which still had a lot of the items from past owners. As soon as they move into their new home, strange things start ...more
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THE MONSTER'S WITHIN By Corvus Winchester was provided to me by the author for free in eBook format in exchange for a fair and honest review.

As the story begins the reader instantly knows that the Holloway family is dysfunctional. They have moved 16 hours away from their previous home for a new start. They have purchased an old Victorian style house that is still filled with the possessions of the previous owners. When they ask what happened to them, they are told that they disappeared. This is
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Reader58
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this unique story. The premise seems a bit broad, but once I began reading, I couldn't put the book down. Corvus really makes you care about the characters and want to see them through on their journey. There are several truly creepy and terrifying moments throughout the story. Definitely a story to read with the lights out at night. A few of the plot twists did surprise me, but the ending took me completely off-guard. The book is centered on redemption and creates a clever narrative ...more
Megan the Vegan
Jan 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. From the book's description I was expecting so much more. Some key elements to the story seem to be rather blatantly copied and/or slightly adapted from the first season of the TV show American Horror Story. Other elements to the story never fell into place. I had to force myself to finish. Utterly disappointing :(
Doreen
Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a quick shot of horror story
Diana
Jan 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too confusing, did not see signs of the family having any sort of beliefs to be challenged against. Did not see what the secret the mansion held to their past. Maybe I just didn't get it.
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My name is Corvus Winchester and I recently published my first official work - The Monsters Within. This novella is available in both kindle and paperback edition on Amazon.
I have been writing for what seems like most of my life. I love to tell stories and entertain people with descriptive tales containing fully realized characters and twist endings. I primarily write horror and Christian stories,
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