The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom

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It was expecting them.

Conrad and Joanna Harrison, a young couple from Los Angeles, attempt to save their marriage by leaving the pressures of the city to start anew in a quiet, rural setting.  They buy a Victorian mansion that once served as a haven for unwed mothers, called a birthing house.  One day when Joanna is away, the previous owner visits Conrad to bequeath a vital piece of the house’s historic heritage, a photo album that he claims “belongs to the house.”  Thumbing through the old, sepia-colored photographs of midwives and fearful, unhappily pregnant girls in their starched, nineteenth-century dresses, Conrad is suddenly chilled to the bone: staring back at him with a countenance of hatred and rage is the image of his own wife….

            Thus begins a story of possession, sexual obsession, and, ultimately, murder, as a centuries-old crime is reenacted in the present, turning Conrad and Joanna’s American dream into a relentless nightmare.

            An extraordinary marriage of supernatural thrills and exquisite psychological suspense, The Birthing House marks the debut of a writer whose first novel is a terrifying tour de force.


 

About Christopher Ransom

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Christopher Ransom is the author of the international bestselling novels The Birthing House, The People Next Door, and Killing Ghost (originally published in the United Kingdom as The Haunting of James Hastings). Before he began writing fiction full-time, Christopher managed a business importing exotic reptiles, worked in advertising sales at Entertainment Weekly magazine, and was a copywriter for Famous Footwear. He has lived in New York, Los Angeles, and the small town of Mineral Point, Wisconsin. He now lives near his hometown of Boulder, Colorado, with his two rescued pound mutts, Cowboy and Tater-Tot.
 
Published August 4, 2009 by St. Martin's Press. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Action & Adventure, Romance. Fiction

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A haunted house that demands birth...

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‘The Birthing House’ is a supernatural horror and psychological thriller, a debut novel written by Christopher Ransom, International bestselling author.

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In his debut novel, “The Birthing House”, Christopher Ransom brings a new horror house to life, and with it bares new threads on the darker side of human psychology.

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