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. Later it was published in the TALES FROM THE MIST anthology and eventually released as a single.
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. I have plans to add to this story at some point in the future and it will be at least a novella length. I had hoped to do so long before now, but issues with my health got in the way. If you had heard about this expansion and had hoped to get a copy, my sincerest apologies. I still hope that I will be able to get this done. If you’d like to receive a free copy of it whenever it’s available, please sign up for my newsletter and I’ll send you a link to download it.
Thank you for your patience and for reading my work.