Matthew S. Cox has done the impossible in his novel The Spirits of Six Minstrel Run. He has turned me into a horror fan. I hate horror, but the synopsis of this one intrigued me so much that I had to read it.

  • Title: The Spirits of Six Minstrel Run
  • Author: Matthew S. Cox
  • Publisher: Division Zero Press on January 18, 2019
  • Genre: Horror
  • Pages: 352
  • Rating: 5/5

Synopsis of The Spirits of Six Minstrel Run from Goodreads:

A move to the small town of Spring Falls, New York is the perfect cure for Mia Gartner’s horrid commute. However, her new home isn’t quite empty.

She adored working in fine art restoration, but a two-hour ride each way got old fast. When her husband found a house for sale at a suspiciously low price, they jumped at it. Mia expected chemical contamination, a fixer-upper, or termites, so when the problem turned out to be persistent rumors of haunting, she set aside her worries. Adam hoped the place would propel his parapsychology hobby into a career.

Upon first sight, the innocuous suburban house filled Mia with dread. Adam had long maintained she had a psychic gift, but if she believed him, that would mean something terrible and dark once happened there.

Soon after their arrival, unexplained events prove the rumors are more than wild stories. A childlike spirit attaches itself to Mia, seeming harmless and so very lonely.

Alas, she fears the ghost may not be as innocent as it seems.


My Review of The Spirits of Six Minstrel Run:

Boy, I am glad that I read this novel. I swore to myself that I would only read during the daytime, but once I got going, I couldn’t put it down and stayed up reading all through the night.

I have always been a bit fussy and anxious. But until I read Pet Sematary at the tender age of 11, I wasn’t afraid of horror. After that one, no way would I ever have anything to do with horror again. Until now. Matthew has completely turned me around.

Cox’s writing is smooth like butter, and while it is scary as hell, I never felt alone. Mia was there the whole time, and I sympathized with her. To be honest, it surprised me that the author is male. His female characters are sensational. I’ve not read many horror stories with women as strong as those in this tome.

I am happy to award The Spirits of Six Minstrel Run a full 5 out of 5 stars. Hooked from the first sentence, it was worth it, even though I had a hard time sleeping last night. If you are a lover of horror, grab this book!!

Thank you to Blackthorn Book Tours, Henry Roi, and Matthew S. Cox for gifting me The Spirits of Six Minstrel Run in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

Matthew S. Cox

Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Since 1996, he has developed the “Divergent Fates” world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, The Awakened Series, The Harmony Paradox, the Prophet of the Badlands series, and the Daughter of Mars series take place.

His books span adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction in multiple genres, predominantly science fiction, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy.

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, developer of two custom tabletop RPG systems, and a fan of anime, British humour, and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of humanity, reality, life, and what might happen after it.

He is also fond of cats, presently living with two: Loki and Dorian. 

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