The Farmhouse at Peace & Plenty
Stimson is the master of "look over your shoulder" ghost stories, especially when you read alone after dark. Every tiny creak you hear could be something, and you give every shadow you see from the corner of your eye a second glance when walking by.
Her words come together and build such an incredible reading experience.
A major fan of Anne Rice's work, I loved this novel as it reminded me somewhat of her stories. This story, however, is enchanting and hauntingly beautiful in its own way. I found it impossible to put the book down until the very end. If you love Gothic novels, this is a really great read.
This novella is a delight for fans of gothic ghost stories. A sweeping tale set across several years, it builds a sense of creeping unease throughout. At its centre is its setting – the vast, haunting edifice of Gaston Hall itself; home to many abandoned and bereaved children, both living and dead; along with a host of other character archetypes that abound in gothic fiction, while each being their own developed characters. Reminiscent of films like ‘The Others’ and gothic novels like ‘Rebecca’, this is an enjoyable first entry in L.B. Stimson’s standalone anthology series ‘Tales from the Parlor Room’.
L.B. grew up in a one stop-light town in central Idaho. After earning a bachelor of art’s degree in cultural anthropology from California State University-Chico, she uprooted herself to begin a new life in Washington, D.C., where she began a varied career in professional communications in private business and education.
“I’ve always had a passion for photography, travel, writing, and history. I am thrilled to now be creating works of fiction that allow me to share these passions with others. One of my favorite parts of the writing process is the historical research required to bring authenticity to my characters’ lives.”
“I drew on my spiritual abilities and true-life paranormal experiences in creating Autumn. While not all spirits are mischievous, some simply have a message of comfort for loved ones, I believe prayer and faith in God will ultimately bring peaceful closure.”
L.B. converted to Catholicism after accepting the intercession of the Virgin Mary while she was investigating paranormal activities. Having been aware of her ability to sense, see, and hear the spirits of departed souls from an early age, she has fully embraced her God-given gift as a Sensitive. She deeply believes her writing would feel hollow if she didn't bring aspects of her faith into her characters’ struggles and hopes.
L.B. currently resides in Virginia, however her heart remains in the West, near the seductive vines of Redwood’s true location.