Mysterious screams and terrifying shadows haunt the woods of East Texas—horrors born of deadly secrets.
- FINALIST: Feathered Quill Book Awards 2021: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror
“...an excellent work of suspenseful horror fiction... I absolutely loved the dialogue and East Texas vibe... definitely recommend The Haunt at Hogg Run for horror fans looking for a fully immersive and spine-tingling experience.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, K.C. Finn (5 STARS)
It’s not awkward at all when you’re forced on a family vacation with your new stepmother and her young daughter. Reluctantly, Macy Donner agrees to it to please her father. But camping? Even worse.
Beset by ominous weather, power outages, and hulking shadows heralded by terrifying screams from the darkness, Macy realizes that she’s their only hope for survival—a thin hope, at best. Although she’s learned a thing or two from her monster-hunting friends, she’s not equipped for the horrors of the nearby, abandoned haunted house, or for its long-buried secrets—secrets that want to kill her.
“Themes of love and family bonding, although rare in horror stories, predominate the storyline. With both fantastical and real-life monsters, suspenseful chase sequences, and a brave protagonist, The Haunt at Hogg Run is a real treat for fans of the horror genre.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Shrabastee Chakraborty (5 STARS)
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“While J.P. Barnett’s The Haunt at Hogg Run is the fourth book in his ‘Lorestalker’ series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel. That said, each of the books in this series is outstanding, especially for those readers who enjoy cryptid stories. I was initially surprised to see that The Haunt at Hogg Run was focused solely upon Macy Donner rather than the cryptid-fighting trio she’s normally a part of, but soon found her solo adventure to be absorbing, fast-paced and filled with the cryptid clues that make Barnett’s work so irresistible. The plot is haunted-house spooky, and the chronicle of the events at Hogg Run that happened ten years prior keeps the reader engaged and involved in figuring out the puzzles and challenges as Macy encounters them. Macy’s character assumes fully-fledged cryptid-hunter status with this book; watching as she confronts her own insecurities, fears, and a host of monstrous critters works on so many levels. Barnett’s plot is twisty, unpredictable, and serpentine, and his characters are believable. His setting drips with ominous overtones and makes this haunted cabin story roll. The Haunt at Hogg Run is most highly recommended.”
“J.P. Barnett’s tale reminded me of my favorite Goosebumps stories, albeit with an adult twist. With a central backdrop of horror, Barnett laces together several accompanying themes to give the story sufficient depth. Albert’s character exemplifies the post-traumatic stress disorder often associated with war veterans. Albert’s reclusive father shows a bone-chilling, natural penchant for cruelty. On the contrary, despite having misgivings about her lack of courage or strength, Macy shows a remarkable presence of mind. I loved her compassionate nature, her protectiveness of her stepsister, and her resolve to maintain an unwavering moral compass even in the direst of situations. Themes of love and family bonding, although rare in horror stories, predominate the storyline. With both fantastical and real-life monsters, suspenseful chase sequences, and a brave protagonist, The Haunt at Hogg Run is a real treat for fans of the horror genre.”
“Author J.P. Barnett has crafted an excellent work of suspenseful horror fiction which really balances its story and builds up with all-out shocking scenes that leap out of the plot and scream at you. I was really impressed by the quality of the atmosphere, which develops around the central character and creeps into her actions and sensations so that we too have shivers running up our spines as we explore this macabre and chilling world with her. I absolutely loved the dialogue and East Texas vibe, which helped to set up the characters really well and populate the world around them with other realistic figures. This makes for an engrossing world to jump into, and overall I would definitely recommend The Haunt at Hogg Run for horror fans looking for a fully immersive and spine-tingling experience.”