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GIVEAWAY: (3 winners) (1) e-book copy of “NIGHTMARELAND”, (1) e-book copy of “THROUGH THE NETHERGATE”, and (1) $25 Amazon gift card.
“NAME OF TOUR” Day # 1
Through the Nethergate
Who was Rex Bacon?
In Through the Nethergate, Rex Baxon is one of the evil ghosts who haunts the Bungay Inn.
He was the eighteen-year-old son of a local clergyman at Mettingham in Suffolk and is reputed to have got into trouble for stealing money from the church collections box. The money he stole is believed to have been hidden in the inn.
In 1682, after discovering his wife in bed with another man at the Bungay Inn, he hung himself from a beam at the top of the landing. His angry ghost is still reputed to haunt the staircase and, over the years, guests have complained about the unexplained opening and closing of windows on the landing, furniture being moved, and hearing mysterious voices.
An extract from Through the Nethergate
“Rex Bacon emerged from the shadows under the stairs. His head ached and his arms and legs felt swollen, the muscles cramping unpleasantly.
I can’t remember feeling this tired and sore since I died.
He lifted his hands and studied their backs. Huge purple patches covered the skin, which had been smoothly grey a few hours ago.
The blood has pooled under the skin just like it did when I died. Why is this happening to me?
His lips curled into an unpleasant grin as he replayed Margaret’s distress at his ghostly appearance over in his mind.
It’s so much more fun when a human can see me. It’s been decades since that foolish manageress saw my ghostly outline hanging at the top of the stairs.
Scowling, he remembered how she had become cheeky and familiar, teasing him and calling him Charlie Boy”. He had shown her who was boss when he pushed her down the stairs. Sadly, she hadn’t been hurt.
That had been a long time ago and he was looking forward to having some fun with Margaret. Opening and shutting windows and moving furniture around could not keep him entertained indefinitely.
The abrasions around his neck and on his hands caused by the long-ago hang rope and his failed attempts to release himself from its unyielding grip, burned and throbbed.
Why I am experiencing this pain again now? I have been dead for over three hundred years. Why am I being punished? It isn’t fair.
A fresh surge of rage and bitterness rose in his throat, constricting his chest.”
Margaret, a girl born with second sight, has the unique ability to bring ghosts trapped between Heaven and Hell back to life. When her parents die suddenly, she goes to live with her beloved grandfather, but the cellar of her grandfather’s ancient inn is haunted by an evil spirit of its own. In the town of Bungay, a black dog wanders the streets, enslaving the ghosts of those who have died unnatural deaths. When Margaret arrives, these phantoms congregate at the inn, hoping she can free them from the clutches of Hugh Bigod, the 12th century ghost who has drawn them away from Heaven’s White Light in his canine guise. With the help of her grandfather and the spirits she has befriended, Margaret sets out to defeat Hugh Bigod, only to discover he wants to use her for his own ends – to take over Hell itself.
Hello, my name is Robbie, short for Roberta. I am an author with seven published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with my son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle-grade book in the Silly Willy series, and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about my mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with my mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of my children’s books are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications.
I have recently branched into adult and young adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential my children’s books from my adult writing, I plan to publish these books under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. My first supernatural book published in that name, Through the Nethergate, is now available.
I have participated in a number of anthologies:
Two short stories in #1 Amazon bestselling anthology, Dark Visions, a collection of horror stories edited by Dan Alatorre;
Three short stories in Death Among Us, an anthology of murder mystery stories, edited by Stephen Bentley;
Three short stories in #1 Amazon bestselling anthology, Nightmareland, a collection of horror stories edited by Dan Alatorre;
Two short stories in Whispers of the Past, an anthology of paranormal stories, edited by Kaye Lynne Booth; and
Two short stories in Spellbound, an anthology of horror stories edited by Dan Alatorre.
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