Happy Monday!! Today I’m welcoming the blog tour for Dean Bryant’s The Stairwell.
Many thanks to Emma Welton of damppebbles blog tours for inviting me on the blog tour and for my e-copy of The Stairwell.
Frightful visions. An unknown manipulator. A force from beyond reason.
Brandon Chapman arrives home to a horrific scene. His wife, Stephanie, is exhibiting behaviour that he can only describe as that of someone possessed – yet he doesn’t even believe in the supernatural. He soon realises that it was nothing other than a frightful, haunting vision.
After discovering a dark secret about Stephanie, Brandon meets a strange figure with knowledge about his own life that no one could possibly know. As his visions become more frequent and terrifying, he begins to question his sanity.
Brandon must either side with this figure or his wife before his daughter comes to harm.
Alice Hamilton, a shy and quiet university student, meets handsome Niel Curtis whilst on a night out with friends. They very quickly fall for one another, but their happiness is short-lived when Niel ends up in a coma after a traffic accident.
Alice fears he may never wake up again and, unaware of the consequences, strikes a deal with a strange voice. When Niel awakes, his behaviour changes drastically, and Alice – like Brandon – becomes subject to nightmarish, violent visions.
Are Brandon and Alice caught in a never-ending nightmare?
What Did I Think?
I love a good prologue and The Stairwell kicks off with one hell of a mind bending, haunting prologue. This set the scene for one hell of a chilling read from beginning to the very twisted end.
I found a totally unreliable narrator in Brandon. His drinking and his horrifying visions made me question how much of what was going on was real. But then the sweet innocent Alice developed similar traits which made me question myself. What had I let myself in for with The Stairwell??! The more I read, the more unnerved I felt. The events got more monstrous as the pages went on.
Bryant has written a complex horror story which made me question everything: the characters, the events, who the frig is Brandon’s “friend” and what the hell happened to Niel?? If you’re of a nervous disposition, I’d recommend you steer well clear of The Stairwell. I felt on edge all the way through and after finishing it, I didn’t read for 24 hours which is very unlike me. I dared to enter The Stairwell; do you?
Who Is Dean Bryant?
Dean has always loved writing, ever since his primary school teacher wrote “another cracker from the pen of Dean Bryant” on his English homework. He loves writing horror and dark thrillers as they allow him to be as imaginative as possible. He won a nation-wide poetry competition when he was 11 and went on to never write another poem.
He’s a huge fan of the classic horror authors Stephen King and Dean Koontz, with Midnight being his favourite book of all time. He studied Psychology at university which made him the friend everyone goes to for advice.
Dean lives in London with his partner of ten years, who also doubles as a beta-reader and critic. He is a type 1 diabetic, which hasn’t stopped him eating cake, he just has to do a lot of mental math first.
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/deanbryantauthor/