Once Upon a Lane – Blog Tour

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Happy Sunday everyone and welcome to a stroll down Once Upon a Lane by Duncan Wilson! Hopefully you’re having a great day, and thanks for stopping by for my stop of the tour. You’ll want to make sure you observe the details, because they made the story. This was a very unique gothic horror novel, quite unlike anything I’ve ever read before in the genre. As you continue on your stroll down the tour lane, don’t forget to stop at the other neighbors and here what they have to say! Here’s a link to their tour addresses.

“There once was a lane, filled with well-tended lawns and well-fostered friendships, of well-appointed houses all neat and tidy and those that live within, of stories and mysteries that manifest for only fleeting moments for the few who pay attention. This is one such tale. A tale about pleasant people, about the lives they live, about their wants and dreams, about their loves and losses, their joys and hates, about their days and nights in the company of cherished companions in the houses they call home. In this tale of the happy little lives of blissful simple folk, there are monsters, to be sure. But this is not the story of monsters, this is not the tale of their evil deeds, this is the tale of those they make suffer. In this tale, the monsters have no names. The monsters do not deserve names.”

A character driven slice-of-life story that follows the humble lives of the residents of a suburban neighborhood as they live and love, and about the house with the dead yard, a vacant lot, that sits among their homes, inert and immobile, yet intimidating and terrifying to any who look at it too long. The children of the lane are not the only ones who are fearful of the anomaly in their midst. Every adult upon the lane wonders why the structure still stands, with no known owner and no reason to be. The lingering question is not who owns the house, but why no one ever goes in or comes out, and why there are such ghastly noises emanating from within. Day by day, the happy people of the lane go about their tasks and trials, and day by day, the house with the dead yard seems a little more ominous, a little more intrusive, and a little less ignorable than before.

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Book Information

Once Upon a Lane by Duncan Wilson
Series: Standalone
Published: November 23, 2019
Genre: Horror, Slice-of-life, Paranormal, Suburban Gothic
Pages: 166 (Print Length)

Author Info

Duncan Wilson has been writing since childhood, having fallen in love with the written word at a very early age. Having spent his formative years in various libraries, he can bore his friends on a variety of subjects. Inspired by the natural world and the splendors of the heavens, he writes primarily science fiction and paranormal stories. He has a novel and two novellas published on Amazon and Smashwords, and an additional novella and several short stories published on Patreon.

My Review –

I am a huge fan of the gothic horror genre, especially the slow and descriptive creep that builds as the story progresses. They are the kind of stories that tend to have you looking over your shoulder in doubt. There were definitely a few circumstances during this story that had a bit of the creep factor, but mostly I found a beautifully descriptive story of the buzz of a quiet lane in a suburb buzzing around the mystery of the abandoned house at the end of the lane. As we learn about each of the prominent residents on the lane, you catch a glimpse of their fear of the unknown surrounding the abandoned house. It was glimpses of this fear, and the little creepy scenes that kept me reading to the end. I had hoped for a bit more of the creep factor, as the story left me wanting, but overall a really fantastic suburban gothic story with tiny flairs of the classic gothic horror. I almost felt like I was spying on the neighborhood with how well Duncan Wilson had described their comings and goings. I would highly recommend this book to readers who are looking to get their feet wet in the world of horror, as gothic horror is a great stepping stone to readers who scare easily.

Thank you for walking with me down Once Upon a Lane, and stopping to read my review. I hope the rest of your stroll down the lane is enjoyable and do be cautious of the abandoned house at the end. Make sure to stop at the neighbors for more information, they are really friendly and sociable! 🙂

Until next time…

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!!

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