The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish
Flame Tree Press (January 2019)
240 pages; $16.48 hardcover; $12.86 paperback; $6.29 e-book
Reviewed by Frank Michaels Errington
Catherine Cavendish is a prolific writer of horror, frequently with ghostly, supernatural, Gothic and haunted house themes. She’s very active on social media. I have no idea why I’ve never read her work before now, but now that I’ve finally read one of her novels, I know I’ll be back for more.
If ever a location deserved to be haunted, it’s Henderson Close. This is not a heavy-handed ghost story, but that’s just fine. There is certainly a place and an audience for this kind of ghostly tale.
Farquhars Close was some sort of gateway to hell. It was one of the first Closes to go and was sealed very quickly. The story goes that a devil was walled up there and if he should ever be let loose, Edinburgh would burn.
Now we’re talkin’.
This book turned out to be so much fun. The scene with the Ouija board was brilliantly written, and terribly frightening. One of the best things about The Haunting of Henderson Close was these were real people having real experiences. I truly enjoyed this immersive experience.
The Haunting of Henderson Close was a wonderfully complex and extremely twisted tale of a haunted area with layer upon layer of ghosts and one elusive demon who has escaped the pentagram which had once trapped his spirit.
Recommended for anyone who enjoys a solid ghost story.