Spotlight on “The September House” by Carissa Orlando

by LitStack Editor

In The September House, Margaret knows her house is haunted. But she’s staying.

The September House and Author Carissa Orlando

It Takes More Than A Few Ghosts…

…to drive Margaret from her dream house!

A woman is determined to stay in her dream home even after it becomes a haunted nightmare in this compulsively readable, twisty, and layered debut novel.

About The September House

Every September, the walls drip blood. The ghosts of former inhabitants appear, and something lurks in the basement. Most people would flee. 

Margaret is not most people. Margaret is staying. It’s her house. But after four years her husband Hal can’t take it anymore, and he leaves abruptly. Now, he’s not returning calls, and their daughter Katherine arrives, intent on looking for her missing father.

Margaret struggles to keep her blissfully unaware of the horrors of September. But the more they uncover about Hal’s disappearance, the more harrowing the hauntings grow, because there are some secrets the house needs to keep.

Praise for The September House

The September House is “Shocking, electrifying, and absolutely original. Carissa Orlando takes us on a journey that moves from savagely funny to terrifying with the turn of a page. It’s an unflinching exploration of the dark things we don’t talk about, and it’s a must read for horror fans.”Simone St. James, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Cold Cases

“Why run from a haunted house when you can stay and ignore the ghosts? Just when you thought you’d seen everything a haunted house novel could do, The September House comes along and delivers an eerie, darkly funny, and emotionally grounded book about the ghosts that haunt houses and marriages.”Grady Hendrix, New York Times bestselling author of How to Sell a Haunted House

“This utterly original haunted house tale is a joy.”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A rich and wholly satisfying haunted house novel about dark family secrets and patterns of destruction. It will charm you and terrify you and break your heart, often within the same sentence. An exhilarating debut.”–Rachel Harrison, National Bestselling author of Such Sharp Teeth and Cackle

“The metaphor is layered and at times heartbreaking, as secrets held by both a house and a family come to light with terrifying poignancy in this wonderfully eerie debut.”–Library Journal (starred review)

The September House is “A genre-blending masterpiece that is part horror, part complex psychological suspense, and part dark humor, all of it tied together with beautiful prose. It creeped me out in the best possible way.”Jesse Q. Sutanto, national bestselling author of I’m Not Done with You Yet

About Carissa Orlando, Author of The September House

The September House and Author Carissa Orlando

Carissa Orlando has a doctorate in clinical-community psychology and specializes in work with children and adolescents. In her “day job,” Carissa works to improve the quality of and access to mental health care for children and their families. Prior to her career in psychology, Carissa studied creative writing in college and has written creatively in some form since she was a child. It was only a matter of time before Carissa, an avid horror fan for much of her life, merged her understanding of the human psyche and deep love for storytelling into a piece of fiction.

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