Fiction - Paranormal
25 Pages
Reviewed on 04/23/2018
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Author Biography

Lori R. Lopez has been a fan of ghost stories since meeting a spirit without a head as a child in the village of Sleepy Hollow. She would also haunt graveyards (instead of the other way around) in her hometown of Ripon, Wisconsin. Nobody really knows why, except that she wasn’t the average kid. She was another kind of kid entirely, the kind who made up stories and wrote them down and drew pictures to go with them, and held funerals for dead things she would collect and take home to bury in her mother’s flower garden. Not to mention the graveyard thing. Of course, should this all become average behavior for children, she might be deemed less extraordinarily odd . . . but at the time of her childhood, it was certainly deemed most uncommon. As a grown-up with the heart of an Artichoke — er, make that child — and the brain of a Baboon — um, let’s say Hyena — Lori is open to paranormal occurrences and may have experienced a few in real life. So far she has not been to a séance, though she has always wanted to attend them and would probably not turn down an invitation. Lori will at times use a Ouija Board for a mousepad, just in case a specter wishes to ghostwrite. There are days when she has felt as if she didn’t know where her inspiration came from. Perhaps she is a bit haunted herself.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Trisha Dawn for Readers' Favorite

Casper Bledsoe was challenged by his grandfather Horace to restore their ancestral home. Not that Casper needed his approval any longer, but he most certainly wanted a part of the inheritance and he thought this was the way to get some. However, Horace actually has a sinister plan. To make things more terrifying, Casper gets trapped in that house with the ghost of his namesake and great-grandfather, among many other spirits. Meanwhile, a black cat in search of food winds up getting trapped in the mansion, too. Spooked by Lori R. Lopez reveals the experiences of Casper and the black cat through their own narration.

The way Spooked is written is beautiful. It’s an art itself. Lori R. Lopez has a distinctive way of writing that can become her trademark. It’s fluid, appealing and rich in context. I was already interested the moment I started reading the first sentence, and I couldn’t stop because I might have missed a beat. That’s the effect. The story just makes you want to go on reading to find out what’s happening, what will be the next move, where will this lead, will this have a happy ending for the characters or… what? One can’t simply just put it down and leave things hanging. The twists and turns of the story line will affect you in every way. Despite all these, the plot isn’t so complicated that it leaves you scratching your head in bewilderment. It is straight to the point but still really interesting. You’ll feel spooked, definitely. It’s one for your shelves because Spooked is really a must-read paranormal story!