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Highland Cove Sanatorium sits abandoned on a desolate island one mile off the Scottish mainland. It’s a dark, foreboding place, filled with nightmares. Even darker are the asylum’s secrets: a history of disease and mental illness, macabre experiments and murder.

The tales of ghostly appearances are said to be more fact than fiction, but no one has ever documented the pheno
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Published March 30th 2020 by DJM Entertainment
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 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
SCARY!! HIGHLAND COVE, focusing on one of my favorite scary topics, blew me out of the water! So good, I raced through it in one sitting, and gained lots of nightmare fodder! Believe me, the Supernatural elements and the human Evil are well-matched, and the twists, turns, unexpected events, and revelations unfold at a breakneck pace, unspooling into an unpredicted conclusion! Don't look for Happy Endings, but if you love Haunted Asylum Horror: Bring It On!! ...more
Mallory Kelly
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Creepy, gory, everything you want

If you like books that contain sentences like this: "There weren’t any signposts directing travellers to the old asylum’s location." Then you will love Highland Cove. I did. Morgan delivers on every chilling hope I have for this genre while making this well-loved trope fresh and scary fun. 

The story begins with a frightened attempt by the evil Professor Bukoski to escape the haunted attacks of his victims but I wasn't fully sucked in until the second chapter when
Sharon Stevenson
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Highland Cove is an atmospheric horror tale about a group of ghost hunters who visit an abandoned asylum on a remote island. The scene setting at the beginning built up just the right atmosphere to give the twists that came later some real punch to them, and the ending hits just the right note to leave the reader unsettled for some time after. I always highly recommend Morgan's novels and Highland Cove is another excellent read for horror fans. ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
After reading several books by this author, I became a confirmed fan. But then he disappeared for a while. When I learned he had a new release on the horizon, it took me about tenth of a second to request an ARC.

A group of ghosthunters, including some non-believers, spend two nights in an abandoned sanitorium during a vicious storm. Where lots of people died. And it’s on an island. What could go wrong here? Most folks, believers or not, would likely pass on the offer. Luckily for the reader, the
Shelley Wilson
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m a massive fan of this author and waited (im)patiently for the release of Highland Cove. It didn’t disappoint, and I devoured this in two sittings.

The book starts with a throwback to sixty years ago, setting the scene and introducing us to the reason for most of the horror that follows. We are then swept into the present day and introduced to our five main characters as they begin an expedition to film a documentary in a deserted asylum on a Scottish island.

Character development is vital to a
Bookish Heidi
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh man! Spooky and twisted is the best way to describe this book. It has alternating viewpoints and time periods.

Starts out 60 years in the past as a mad psychiatrist is trying to escape his own facility. He didn't make it. The facility is on it's own island and he's made some serious enemies.

Flash forward to present day and a group of young ghost hunters are headed to the island to try to catch some footage of paranormal activity. The ghosts come out almost as soon as they get there and they'
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story starts sixty years earlier when Polish psychiatrist professor Bukoski was head of the Highland Cove asylum. The stories about Highland Cove intrigue Codie and his team to document the ghostly appearances. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With "Highland Cove", Dylan J. Morgan has created an expertly woven plot, a thrilling horror novel. "Highland Cove" comprises authentic charact
Terry Tyler
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A highly atmospheric story that gathers momentum like skeletal fingers walking slowly up your back, Highland Cove is a book that will delight lovers of dark, horrifying ghost stories that do not necessarily end well...

The party of five who set out on this foolish mission—to make a documentary in a haunted asylum on a lonely Scottish island—each have their own story, and the characters are well-defined, particularly Liam, for whom this project is something of a passion, and Alex, the sceptical r
Sherry Chancellor
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Five friends with ambitions to become documentarians travel from London to an abandoned asylum on a Scottish island. The doctor who ran the asylum died sixty years prior and the hospital was closed and is rumored to be haunted.

The author is excellent at evoking atmosphere. The descriptions—first of the pub where the friends met the man who was taking them to the island—then of the island itself—and, finally, the inside of the asylum. The descriptions were creepy and very well done. Dark clouds
Jessica Bronder
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highland Cove Sanatorium is an abandoned facility on an island one mile off the coast of Scotland. It has a haunted history that has drawn people over the years. Codie Jackson is determined to prove that the hauntings are real or fake. Him and four others travel to Highland Cove and start filming.

When they get there a storm blows in and keeps them trapped on the island. Once filming starts a crew member disappears and everyone gets lost in the maze of the sanatorium. It is starting to become cl
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, gift
Highland Cove Sanitorium is situated on an island one mile off the Scottish mainland. The Sanatorium was used for inhumane experiments on patients and has been abandoned for the past 60 years. It's now rumoured to be haunted, and Codie Jackson and his film crew want to capture the ghosts on camera. They plan to spend 48 hours on the island and capture as much footage of the ghosts as possible. Unfortunately, things start to go wrong when one of the crew disappears in the middle of the night.

Claire Davis
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have given this book four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is the exact book that I needed. I've been really struggling with the ability to really get into a book since the pandemic of the Coronavirus struck, but this book managed to keep my focus throughout and I found it very difficult to put it down. 
Wow. The opening line had me hooked from the get go: “The only thing that mattered was survival.” This intrigued me to find out what was going to happen and I was right to be intrigued as this ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, paranormal
One word, “asylum” and I was hooked! I love a good ghost story, and when it takes place in a haunted asylum, well, that’s even better.

The word conjurs the most terrifying images without ghosts or stories because of the history or early psychiatry. The real horrors people experienced then are enough to keep anyone awake at night. Make it the backdrop for paranormal phenomenon and it will likely plague your dreams for a while.

Like many readers stuck at home, I have been having quite a bit of troub
Kaili (Owl Book World)
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by this author and I kind of wish I would have found his books much sooner. Highland Cove is full of twist and turns in a creepy building with creepy ghosts. Will definitely be reading more of his work now that I'm done with this one! ...more
C.L. Schneider
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love movies where the ghost-hunting film crew enters the haunted asylum and…well, you know the rest. I’ve seen FAR more of them than I care to admit. So when I learned one of my go-to authors was putting out a book about a haunted asylum, I couldn’t get my hands on it fast enough!

Dylan J. Morgan consistently produces chillingly fun tales of horror that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. Highland Cove was no exception. Atmospheric, haunting, tense, spooky, fast-paced, twiste
Catherine McCarthy
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Highland Cove features some of the best elements to be found in a horror novel: a strange, seaside inn, an abandoned asylum teaming with ghosts, and an unabating storm. I was hooked from the outset because of the way in which the author created the mood for the story that was to follow.
Throughout, there was plenty of anticipation, action and atmosphere. The majority of the novel took place within a short time span which gave the novel a film-like quality.
I particularly enjoyed the ending and did
[ReadersRealms] Heather
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love a good ghost story and/or horror movie. This book falls into both of those categories. I could easily see this book turned into a movie.

The writing was elegant, vivid and wonderfully descriptive... I was drawn in from the first few lines:

"Dark hallways resonated with the sounds of suffering. Doors slammed in the abyss, footsteps boomed off the walls, and tortured moans echoed the pain of their lives. Never before had he head them this clearly or in such numbers; never had he heard them so
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s been a while since I have read a good horror story and this one is extremely dark. When five college kids decide to film paranormal activity at an old abandoned asylum known as a torture house, their fates are sealed in a deadly twist.

The story begins 60 years earlier when Professor Bukoski is running from his life from the “horror of a life he created” at Highland Cove Sanitorium.

Enter the present day, when five ghosthunters decide to visit a haunted asylum on a Scottish island. The chara
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

When Dylan reached out asking if I would be interested in reviewing his book. I really couldn’t say no, especially when I read that it was about a group of ghost hunters who visit an abandoned asylum on a remote island. I knew this wasn’t going to be your average horror book.

It’s been a while since I’ve read such an atmospheric horror book. it’s well written with detailed scenes and a fab twist that I didn’t see coming. The characters were also excellent. They were well devel
Jessica Belmont
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Horror is in my top favorite genres, so I was on board when Highland Cove came into my inbox for the blog tour. Man, am I happy I said yes! This book is fantastic and I’m so excited about it.

Dylan J. Morgan nails the atmosphere. From the beginning to the end, there was this spine tingling feeling as I read through. The vivid imagery allowed me to feel as if I was walking through the halls of Highlqnd Cove with the characters. Whew. I just had another chill thinking about it!

I read this du
M.J. Lawrie
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was one hell of a horror story! And the suspense... wow. I was on the edge of my seat, reading late into the night (Huge mistake. Not great for a peaceful nights sleep let me tell you) but I was addicted! I had to know what was gong to happen. It's extremely atmospheric and written wonderfully. The premise is one which has been tried and tested as a firm favourite. A haunted building, sealed off from civilisation, drenched in a violent and anguished past for those who lived there decades ag ...more
B.A. Spicer
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've read a few books by this author and like his vibrant, dynamic style of writing. Highland Cove is a ghost story with all the trimmings. I began reading with great expectations, liked the characters, the dark setting of the island asylum, deserted and ripe for gruesome adventure. I read on, trying to work out who would be the first victim...I have to say that the build up might have gone on a little too long for my liking but the final third of the book made up for any impatience I felt, with ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I decided to read a horror story because Halloween is round the corner and the nights are drawing in and I found this book on Twitter advertised by another author I have enjoyed in the past (Terry Tyler). It was just as scary as the cover suggests the author's descriptive narrative was gripping
Lilyn George
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Review to come.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for review consideration.
Kim Lo
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it

While focusing mostly on the present day events, Highland Cove takes the path of bouncing back to what Highland Cove was years before it was abandoned, shedding light on its operation and possibly leading the readers to draw certain conclusions about the location now as the documentary group heads to make create their movie. Of course, just like any horror story and structured much like horror films, things go wrong (to no one’s surprise). The ques
Apr 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
I will say that this book started off alright - an indie film crew going to hunt ghosts and film a paranormal investigation in a haunted asylum is a standard but good premise. However, once the 'action' started happening so to speak, it just devolved into gratuitous gore and torture porn, which is extremely not to my tastes. In addition, one of the most brutal deaths was reserved for a queer man, a scene entrenched in homophobia that brought such visceral disgust I can say for sure I will never ...more
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Now living and working in Norway, Dylan J. Morgan was born in New Zealand and raised in the United Kingdom. He writes during those rare quiet moments amid a hectic family life: after dark, with limited sustenance, and when his creative essence is plagued the most by tormented visions.

He is the multi-genre author of eleven books, all available exclusively to Amazon. Focusing on Horror, Post-Apocaly

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