Serena knows her late uncle wasn’t crazy. So when she inherits his sprawling Carolina mansion and leaves the big city to restore both his home and his name, she uncovers a mystery that could cost much more than her sanity. As the house slowly reveals its dark secrets, and the extent of her peril becomes evident, she’ll settle for escaping with her life—if it isn’t already too late.
“The Consuming by Rhonda Hopkins is the literary version of what films like Paranormal Activity tried to be. This has the bumps in the night flying off the page.” ~~ TW Brown, Author of the Dead, and the Zomblog series.
“The Consuming is a wonderful, chilling tale that leaves you listening too hard in the quiet of a dark night, and jumping at shadows in mirrors. Definitely looking forward to more from Ms. Hopkins.” ~~ Stacey Joy Netzel, USA Today Bestselling author of Beneath Still Waters and Lost in Italy.
“The Consuming by Rhonda Hopkins is the perfect example of gothic horror…” ~~ Jennette Marie Powell, Author of Hangar 18: Legacy and the Saturn Society series.
“…Rhonda Hopkins’ The Consuming had me turning on all the lights in the house and checking behind doors.” ~~ Stacy Green, Author of Into the Dark and Tin God (A Delta Crossroads Mystery).
“The Consuming by Rhonda Hopkins had a chilling Hitchcock feel…” ~~ Kelsey Tanner, Amazon Review of Tales From the Mist anthology, October 16, 2012.
“…This tale will give you shivers up your spine, make you take second glances in mirrors…Superb!” ~~ Penelope Anne Bartotto, The Library at the End of the Universe.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
THE CONSUMING was one of my first short stories. As such, it has undergone numerous transformations. I originally wrote it as a writing prompt and was limited in word count. I found this to be a fantastic exercise in learning to tighten my prose. I have learned a lot through the years in my rewrites of this story. And am proud to be able to say that in one of its many incarnations, The Consuming won an award.
After that, I rewrote it yet again. While I liked the version that won the award, I still felt it needed work. So I rewrote it from scratch and it was published in the TALES FROM THE MIST anthology. Later it was released as a single.
When it was published in the Tales From The Mist anthology, The Consuming ended up being an additional three thousand words, reaching the limit to be included in the anthology. Not that I didn’t like it (I actually love this story), but I knew there was more of the story to tell. There just wasn’t room. Horror tales often end without explanation or definitive closure, leaving readers to use their imaginations. I’m usually fine when short stories do that. But, this one still felt incomplete to me. However, others encouraged me to go ahead and submit it for Tales From the Mist “as is” as they felt it was strong enough to hold its own. I’m glad I did as The Consuming has received some really awesome reviews. So many that I was reluctant to crack it open, yet again.
Recently, I needed to do some new formatting for the story and when I re-read it, I realized I just could not leave it in a condition I felt of as “unfinished”. So that’s how this second edition came to be. I’ve more than doubled the word count, beginning in chapter nine. The previous chapters have not been touched, so if you’ve read that part already, there is no need to read it again, unless you just want to.
I’m in the process of having the new version edited and formatted, so as soon as it’s available I’ll let you know.
I didn’t want those who had already read The Consuming to incur additional cost, so I’ll be asking that readers be notified of an updated version they can re-load to their eReaders at no charge. In addition, I will provide the new edition to anyone who has purchased a copy in any format via Tales From The Mist or the Addictive Paranormal Reads Box Set. My newsletter subscribers will also be instructed on how they can download the new version as well. I hope you enjoy this latest edition. I know I feel much better about it and I think I can finally put this story to rest.
How Can You Get a FREE copy of the 2nd Edition?
If you’re a newsletter subscriber and you received THE CONSUMING free for subscribing, you will receive an email with the download pass code as soon as it’s available.
If you purchased The Consuming as a single short story previously from Amazon, you should get notice of the updated version available to download once it’s available. (NOTE: The Consuming was previously only available at Amazon.)
If you purchased The Consuming as part of the TALES FROM THE MIST Anthology or as part of the ADDICTIVE PARANORMAL READS Box Set, please send an email to me at rhonda (at) rhondahopkins (dot) com, attaching a purchase receipt (these can usually be downloaded via the retailer) and I’ll send you the pass code as soon as the 2nd Edition is available.