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People are dying to get in. The ghosts will kill to get out. Be first in line for the most haunted theme park in the park in the world - GHOSTLAND! Discover and explore hundreds of haunted buildings and cursed objects! Witness spectral beings of all kinds with our patented Augmented Reality glasses! Experience all the terror and thrills the afterlife has to offer, People are dying to get in. The ghosts will kill to get out. Be first in line for the most haunted theme park in the park in the world - GHOSTLAND! Discover and explore hundreds of haunted buildings and cursed objects! Witness spectral beings of all kinds with our patented Augmented Reality glasses! Experience all the terror and thrills the afterlife has to offer, safely protected by our Recurrence Field technology! Visit Ghostland today - it's the hauntedest place on earth! ________ After a near-death experience caused by the park's star haunted attraction, Ben has come to Ghostland seeking to reconnect with his former best friend Lilian, whose post-traumatic stress won't let her live life to the fullest. She's come at the insistence of her therapist, Dr. Allison Wexler, who tags along out of professional curiosity, eager to study the new tech's psychological effect on the user. But when a computer virus sets the ghosts free and the park goes into lockdown, the trio find themselves trapped in an endless nightmare. With time running short and the dead quickly outnumbering the living, the survivors must tap into their knowledge of horror and video games to escape… or become Ghostland's newest exhibits. Featuring an interactive "Know Your Ghosts" guide and much more, Ghostland is over 400 pages of thrills and terror!


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People are dying to get in. The ghosts will kill to get out. Be first in line for the most haunted theme park in the park in the world - GHOSTLAND! Discover and explore hundreds of haunted buildings and cursed objects! Witness spectral beings of all kinds with our patented Augmented Reality glasses! Experience all the terror and thrills the afterlife has to offer, People are dying to get in. The ghosts will kill to get out. Be first in line for the most haunted theme park in the park in the world - GHOSTLAND! Discover and explore hundreds of haunted buildings and cursed objects! Witness spectral beings of all kinds with our patented Augmented Reality glasses! Experience all the terror and thrills the afterlife has to offer, safely protected by our Recurrence Field technology! Visit Ghostland today - it's the hauntedest place on earth! ________ After a near-death experience caused by the park's star haunted attraction, Ben has come to Ghostland seeking to reconnect with his former best friend Lilian, whose post-traumatic stress won't let her live life to the fullest. She's come at the insistence of her therapist, Dr. Allison Wexler, who tags along out of professional curiosity, eager to study the new tech's psychological effect on the user. But when a computer virus sets the ghosts free and the park goes into lockdown, the trio find themselves trapped in an endless nightmare. With time running short and the dead quickly outnumbering the living, the survivors must tap into their knowledge of horror and video games to escape… or become Ghostland's newest exhibits. Featuring an interactive "Know Your Ghosts" guide and much more, Ghostland is over 400 pages of thrills and terror!

30 review for Ghostland

  1. 4 out of 5

    Adam Light

    I've been reading Duncan Ralston's works this year, as I stumbled across his masterful, disturbing, and earth-shattering book WOOM, and realized that he is legitimately a true up and comer in the world of horror fiction. Though that book will always have a special place in my black heart, it seems that Ralston is not contenting himself with trying to duplicate that story, or rest on his laurels. Not at all. His books keep getting better and better. Ghostland is the best thing he's written so far I've been reading Duncan Ralston's works this year, as I stumbled across his masterful, disturbing, and earth-shattering book WOOM, and realized that he is legitimately a true up and comer in the world of horror fiction. Though that book will always have a special place in my black heart, it seems that Ralston is not contenting himself with trying to duplicate that story, or rest on his laurels. Not at all. His books keep getting better and better. Ghostland is the best thing he's written so far in this reviewer's humble opinion. This book is epic in scope, with the story of the titular theme park filled with evil ghosts that not only provide thrills and chills, but also proof that there really is an afterlife. But, even though I can tell that the author has dedicated a lot of time and work to putting together the theme park and the surrounding world (there are even interactive features giving backgrounds on all of the ghosts and displays in the park), at its heart, this sweeping, masterfully fleshed out set piece is really a backdrop for a coming of age tale about two horror-addicted friends that may or may not have grown apart and missed out on a promising future together. All of the characters are well developed and give the book added appeal. This book is a gripping page turner that will surely be a crowd pleaser, and, in my opinion, deserves to be a major mainstream success for Ralston.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shaina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “Tell me, ....what are you afraid of ? “ This is what I was wishing The Supernaturals book was like, but with a Tv special. I bet that book is wishing it was this too! From what I understand, this will get there (at least to the show part). Where a special will be hosted by the “Ghost Brothers”, which cracks me up. I’m glad he is exploring this world more. “Let’s go check out some ghosts!” I can’t help but hate /admire Rex! !! I love the map !! I love the footnotes! I would love to see what Rex “Tell me, ....what are you afraid of ? “ This is what I was wishing The Supernaturals book was like, but with a Tv special. I bet that book is wishing it was this too! From what I understand, this will get there (at least to the show part). Where a special will be hosted by the “Ghost Brothers”, which cracks me up. I’m glad he is exploring this world more. “Let’s go check out some ghosts!” I can’t help but hate /admire Rex! !! I love the map !! I love the footnotes! I would love to see what Rex Garrote looks like, though the mystery is fun. (I have edited here because there are pictures on Ghostlandpark.com and all other kinds of cool stuff. It's amazing to follow through the entire process to make this book. And Rex looks as the author described. Great match to the novel and what I saw in my head.) Back to Rex and the book but i had to give the website its due. Love his last name ! I love all of the areas that were developed and the glimpse we got into them. What a goldmine of story treasure. I will be honest and say that I didn’t like Sister Sever (Serpent) and her eating habits. I liked everything else though. She just about made me barf. We saw her a bit too often and things were described a little too well, though it might put some hurt on the menfolk. Yipes. One of the only female ghosts we see and she is a combination of two cliches/ tropes. That made me sad. And sick. Come on, you can do so much better, like a demon or creature. The Behemoth scared me to death. Geez.., and the artist... I’m so interested in him and half the things described in that house alone ... just wow. The surface was barely scratched. That was a rocking concept. Even without all the logistics and technical aspects of the AR I found myself totally enthused thinking, oh yes. I had just read an article that evening on hologram technology and dead musicians performing due to this one enterprising gentlemen and his technology. He first used it at Disneyland.It was in the Washington Post and the words dead, holograms, and musicians performing, kept me from flicking it away like uzual. So my mind filled in the gaps with what I read and I just read the whole book at once. This is my first book by D. R. I will continue the series. Excited for what is to come! Apologies, D! This was definitely a lot of work. My respect has grown and this is now from 4 to 5 star!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    This is Duncan Ralston at his most ambitious. The size of the novel alone will testify to that, all 400 some pages of it, complete with footnotes and supplemental materials. I respect that. But don’t love it. To be fair, my previous experience with the author has been in shorter forms, he does a good novella and a decent, albeit somewhat sow, novel. But this was his epic baby, swimming in the epic amounts of bathwater. This was a grand project and as these things do, it hinged upon a grand This is Duncan Ralston at his most ambitious. The size of the novel alone will testify to that, all 400 some pages of it, complete with footnotes and supplemental materials. I respect that. But don’t love it. To be fair, my previous experience with the author has been in shorter forms, he does a good novella and a decent, albeit somewhat sow, novel. But this was his epic baby, swimming in the epic amounts of bathwater. This was a grand project and as these things do, it hinged upon a grand concept. Imagine a giant interactive amusement park, but with…ghosts. That’s right. Through some questionable new technology, a scientist manages to bring ghosts to a semblance of life, sufficient life to haunt the crap out of those brave enough to set foot into such an attraction. Among those brave foot setters are a pair of our protagonists, two eighteen year old kids, former best friends, trying to possible rekindle the connection through this extreme experience. Wouldn’t you know it, things go horribly wrong almost from the start and the entire thing turns into one elaborate prolonged survival scenario. It stands to mention that although the two leads are teens, this isn’t really a YA story, nor (the author swears) was it intended as one. This is meant to be more a coming of age thing and sure, it was, but for me the characters were still too young to properly engage with. And there was no one in the extended (mostly death bound) cast to especially care about either. It just didn’t seem like that kind of story. There were things Ralston got right…he went very imaginative with the exhibits and ghosts themselves (he gave each one a backstory, which was just charming), he got creative with death sequences and the main evil mastermind behind it all was interesting, if over the top. But overall the book wasn’t quite for me…too gore and guts splattered, too action driven, too loud somehow. And the digital aspect of the Ghostland’s creation just didn’t quite thrill…too modern of a concept for something as timeless as ghosts. In tone, energy, delivery, sophistication of writing and some of the themes it was almost like a very violent very graphic (advanced maybe) YA story. I’m not sure. Maybe it was just too long for what it was. I bet it’d be a fun novella or a more moderately sized novel. Plenty entertaining, mind you, especially if you’re in a mood for this sort of thing, but nothing really exceptional. Or, unlike the main concept of the plot, not revolutionary in any way. Fun read and went by quickly enough, considering the size. Bet it would make a really awesome or at least awesomely cheesy movie, though, if done right. The special effects alone.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steve Stred

    ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** Duncan Ralston decided to go big with his latest release, ‘Ghostland.’ Following a promotional campaign that may be the best single campaign for a book launch I’ve ever seen – indie and traditional, I can resoundingly say that ‘Ghostland’ absolutely delivers. The build-up for this book was palpable. Starting with some blog posts about an author who Ralston remembered reading when he was younger, who nobody else appeared to know. Then a ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** Duncan Ralston decided to go big with his latest release, ‘Ghostland.’ Following a promotional campaign that may be the best single campaign for a book launch I’ve ever seen – indie and traditional, I can resoundingly say that ‘Ghostland’ absolutely delivers. The build-up for this book was palpable. Starting with some blog posts about an author who Ralston remembered reading when he was younger, who nobody else appeared to know. Then a Wikipedia page was found – Rex Garrote, this seemingly lost to history author had resurfaced. All of this leads into the final details of Rex’s life being discovered. After self-immolation, his final wishes were for the world’s largest park dedicated too and featuring ghost’s to be created in his name. The book opens up introducing us to teen friends Ben and Lilian. They love to online game together and as they are playing, Lilian notices a strange occurrence outside her window. Ralston gives us an emotional opening that really helped me connect to these two characters. We then get a short jump ahead in time, some details get filled in, but everything leads down one path – opening day at ‘Ghostland.’ Ben and Lilian, now not the best of friends they used to be, meet up, with Lilian’s therapist, Allison in tow. From here, Ralston really delivers the core concept of Jurassic Park but with Ghosts. We get the details of the science behind how the park works and operates as well as a few new characters get added into the mix. At one point, I even found myself equating certain characters with specific Jurassic Park characters in the hopes that I’d get a sneak peek at how things might play out. I think two things with this story really make it stand above a lot of the other ghostly tales that get put out. The first is clear immediately – on the Kindle version of this, Duncan has made an interactive Ghostland experience. Whenever the characters arrived at a new attraction or specific feature, the book would have an underlined number. By pressing on the number the history/back story of that particular thing would pop up. I’d then read it and close it and continue on my way. Not completely sure how this will work with the physical stuff, but the digital version – this was fantastic. The second is the level of attachment Ralston created to his characters. I didn’t want anything bad to happen to Lilian or Ben and even grew to want to protect Allison. When the ending rolls around and Ralston brings it all together, I was so impressed. Just a stunning work of art. The entire package along, from early promo to the book to the interactive feature – staggering. Ralston really went above and beyond with this release and I think this will be one that many people will be talking about for years to come.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Review pending

  6. 4 out of 5

    Justin M.

    I've been a fan of Duncan Ralston's writings ever since I first heard whispers of his masterfully creepy and disturbing book, WOOM. I've since devoured everything he's written and so I feel I've got a bit of credibility behind my statement when I say that this is absolutely the best thing he's written. You can tell that he put a lot of time and effort into crafting not only this book but the world surrounding it - the park, the tech, the characters, it's great. Do yourself a favor and check out I've been a fan of Duncan Ralston's writings ever since I first heard whispers of his masterfully creepy and disturbing book, WOOM. I've since devoured everything he's written and so I feel I've got a bit of credibility behind my statement when I say that this is absolutely the best thing he's written. You can tell that he put a lot of time and effort into crafting not only this book but the world surrounding it - the park, the tech, the characters, it's great. Do yourself a favor and check out this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary | Empathy Shouldn't Be That Hard To Understand, People.

    Review to come.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kim Napolitano

    A ghost story roller coaster ride! I am completely blown away by this book! Lillian and Ben are childhood friends, playing video games in Duck Falls when pulled down the road is a massive house, not just any house but the Garrote house, once owned by a best selling horror author and the most haunted house in America. It’s on its way to be a center piece for Ghostland, an amusement park where you can see actual ghosts! Ben views something in the window of the house that changes both their lives A ghost story roller coaster ride! I am completely blown away by this book! Lillian and Ben are childhood friends, playing video games in Duck Falls when pulled down the road is a massive house, not just any house but the Garrote house, once owned by a best selling horror author and the most haunted house in America. It’s on its way to be a center piece for Ghostland, an amusement park where you can see actual ghosts! Ben views something in the window of the house that changes both their lives forever. No spoilers, think Jurassic Park only with ghosts and you know how that turned out, mayhem and terror as these two re-connect after 4 years, Ben needing to end this house and Lillian needing to learn to accept life again, the two of them with Lillians therapist decide to check out opening day. Needless to say disaster strikes and it’s a rush to survive or become a ghost as well.. There is so much more to this book then this blurb, the interactive part was awesome! Why I recommend the ebook just to have this available to you. Scary, gory, fast paced and the amazing backstories of some of these ghosts, the science, the history as well as the action spins around you, by far the best ghost story I’ve ever read! The author is on top of his game with this book and I hope to see a follow up or another project that includes some of the the extras. So much material here! Read immediately!! Welcome to Ghostland!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shadow Girl

    Outstanding! You can tell just how much work went into the production of this book, and the final result is perfection. The details of the theme park, and it's many exhibits, made me feel like I could just put down my book and go buy a ticket to see it myself. I can't tell you how excited I am to go check out the website, and keep the park a reality in my mind! I'm also looking forward to checking out the Gallagher Brothers, and their 'ghost hunting' escapades - although I'm admittedly a little Outstanding! You can tell just how much work went into the production of this book, and the final result is perfection. The details of the theme park, and it's many exhibits, made me feel like I could just put down my book and go buy a ticket to see it myself. I can't tell you how excited I am to go check out the website, and keep the park a reality in my mind! I'm also looking forward to checking out the Gallagher Brothers, and their 'ghost hunting' escapades - although I'm admittedly a little worried that they won't be what my mind has made them into. I really like how the footnotes, and excerpts from the Know Your Ghosts manual, were implemented - they didn't distract from the story if you weren't interested in checking them out, but so interesting and informative that they enhanced the whole experience for me. The story that is in the center of it all is a rollercoaster of it's own! I adore Ben & Lil, and if there is a way for their story to continue... I can't wait to see where it goes! BTW, Dunc... If any books by Rex Garrote show up somewhere - I'll be first in line to buy them! Seriously, the amount of work that you have put into this novel does not go unnoticed.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nyarlathotep Twelfth Month The Haunted Reading Room

    Review shortly

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    3.5 stars! What a crazy, blood-splattered ride! I especially loved the cool interactive index. I'm looking forward to reading more from Duncan Ralston.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    I’ve been wracking my brains trying to think of another horror novel featuring a theme park with real ghosts, there is bound to be one out there, if not, well done to Duncan Ralston for making every horror hound’s childhood dream a reality! The always versatile Ralston’s latest creation lovingly meshes horror, technology, action with a scary brand of black humour and should appeal to many genre fans. As entertaining and very easy to read novels go, Ghostland might not be deep or particularly I’ve been wracking my brains trying to think of another horror novel featuring a theme park with real ghosts, there is bound to be one out there, if not, well done to Duncan Ralston for making every horror hound’s childhood dream a reality! The always versatile Ralston’s latest creation lovingly meshes horror, technology, action with a scary brand of black humour and should appeal to many genre fans. As entertaining and very easy to read novels go, Ghostland might not be deep or particularly cerebral, but it jogs along at pace and is the perfect antidote to lift you when the dark winter nights drift in. A certain Michael Crichton did something similar with dinosaurs (no guessing now) and in the 1970s we had the original West World, the same gimmick but with guns and hats. The basic premise of Ghostland is simple but very effective. When the novel opens it is announced that in 2019 ‘Recurrence Field Technology’ have provided scientific evidence that ghosts are real, and that manifestations occurring after death are a fairly natural phenomenon. However, this does not necessarily mean you will see your long death granny skipping down the street when you’re doing your shopping, but the science boffins behind the ‘Ghostworld’ theme park have utilised cutting edge technology and figured out a way capture real ghosts in fixed loops of a few minutes. These loops are triggered by the theme park visitors who are wearing headgear which work in a similar way to 3D eyepieces. The wide range of ghosts featured are larger than life and once the novel picks up pace the body count mounts, they come thick and fast, with some truly nasty and vindictive characters thrown into the mix. The kindle version also includes an ingenious interactive index; Know Your Ghosts: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide to Ghostland which I had fun with. You can choose to hyper-click as you read along or pick the text up afterwards, make sure you check it out though, there is a lot of detail here. Set in Duck Falls, Maryland, the prologue really grabs and is set four years before the park officially opens. Best friends, 14-year-olds Lilian Roth and Ben Laramie, are absorbed in the computer game ‘Infinite Zombie’ when an old house trundles past on the back of a truck. Looking out the window, Ben spots a ghostly figure whom he is certain he recognises, wrapped in fear he had a heart attack and almost dies. The man he believes he saw lurking in the window plays an integral part in this cleverly plotted novel. The story then jumps forward four years and the two former best friends have barely spoken since the episode in which Ben almost lost his life. After critical heart surgery and countless medical appointments Ben is on the mend but still misses his former best friend whom he still sees around the corridors at school and has struggled to make new friendships, now known to many as ‘Dead Kid’. The teen friendship angle was nicely judged, it does not dominate the story but the dynamics between the two main characters are crucial to the overall success of Ghostland and as they rekindle their old friendship, the teen-sparks add a nice human angle to balance the supernatural shenanigans. Lilian, at 18 however, is not the computer geek she was at 14. Hey, welcome to the real world, girls often mature quicker and leave us guys behind. Many readers will get right behind Ben Laramie as he is one of our horror tribe! He is a huge fan of Rex Gattote, a notorious horror author who wrote a series of successful and trashy hits, with names likes the ‘The House Feeds’ and even had a short-lived TV show in the mid-1990s called ‘Ghost World’. Garrote died in mysterious circumstances and after his death, his will and personal horror collection, provided the backbone for the horror theme park where the action takes place. These story strands were neatly connected by the ghostly figure Ben believes he saw in the window four years earlier. The scene is then very nicely set for the non-stop action which takes place on the opening day of Ghostland, and hey, you just know things are doing to go wrong. They head south even quicker than Jurassic Park, and Duncan Ralston soon has the old friends reunited, with a motley band of survivors joining in the struggle, fighting for their lives once there is a horrible glitch (guess who?) which makes the ghost very, very dangerous. Things could be worse; you might have a heart condition…. If you’re familiar with the fiction of Duncan Ralston prepare for something slightly different as it is not as gross or violent as some of his other work. I always enjoy seeing authors branching out of their comfort zone, so Ghostland is an engaging creative change of direction. It is very accessible and might even find a YA audience, all the gadgetry is entertaining and the way in which the two main characters use their computer game skills to survive made quite a lot of sense. If I was a character in this novel I would probably be killed off in the opening hour! Having said that, I’m old enough to be a veteran on the original Resident Evil on the first Play Station and I was pretty good at that, so perhaps I might survive longer, but whether I would last long enough to enter Garrote’s house I doubt…. Billed as “the most terrifying man in the world” the spectre of Rex Garrote lurks in the computer back-servers of the theme park and even though it was very much a tecky horror, having this malevolent presence helped the book hang onto the trashy 1970s horror vibe and you might be guessing whether Ralston based him upon one or more genuine writers? It might not be particularly scary, but as horror novels go Ghostland is way out there and as far-fetched as they come. Surely on some level every true fan of this genre wishes the paranormal is real, that is until they stumble upon one of Ralston’s creations which will put you off theme parks for life. It’s a thriller of a ride which grabs from the prologue and, considering it is quite long for an action/adventure horror, keeps the pace going admirably until the outstanding ending. Finally, if you to Duncan Ralston’s website you can snag the free story The Moving House (this is the house which brings on Ben’s heart attack and eventually ends up as the centre piece in the theme park) which is a prequel to Ghostland. In 2014, inventor Sara Jane Amblin and Christopher Hedgewood, heir to the Hedgewood fortune, tour Garrote House one final time... though neither of them has been there at night, alone. And they couldn't possibly prepare for what the house will do to visitors.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Potter

    This is why you don't go to a theme park on opening day! Give them some time to work out the kinks...viruses...ghosts?? This book was fantastic and I could not put it down. The characters suck you right in with well developed relationships that have you pulling for them from the beginning. The descriptions are so visual you can easily see the park around you and the brutality that follows (this played out in my mind like a movie it was written so well). The theory on how the park operated with This is why you don't go to a theme park on opening day! Give them some time to work out the kinks...viruses...ghosts?? This book was fantastic and I could not put it down. The characters suck you right in with well developed relationships that have you pulling for them from the beginning. The descriptions are so visual you can easily see the park around you and the brutality that follows (this played out in my mind like a movie it was written so well). The theory on how the park operated with the ghosts was intriguing and when everything goes to hell, well how that came about was pretty entertaining as well. And the abundance of unique ghosts will leave you wondering what you'll run into next. I cannot wait for the next part, since there has to be a book 2 now! Oh and I really enjoyed the Ghost Hunters Guide included with the story. That was a lot of fun and helps to make you feel more involved with the story itself.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paranormal Books R Us

    Ghostland Review Very cool idea for a book and I personally think it would make an awesome movie. Overall was really creepy which I expected of course but I also appreciated the emotional connection between the main characters and the people they encounter along their nightmarish journey. The detail put into the theme park and it's inhabitants was really well done and I thought the interactive Index was a nice touch. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely read more stories set in this Ghostland Review Very cool idea for a book and I personally think it would make an awesome movie. Overall was really creepy which I expected of course but I also appreciated the emotional connection between the main characters and the people they encounter along their nightmarish journey. The detail put into the theme park and it's inhabitants was really well done and I thought the interactive Index was a nice touch. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely read more stories set in this world. So in my opinion it's definitely worth a read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    I haven't read any ghost stories for a long time and maybe it's because I've been waiting for this blood splattered, hold on to your seat, thrill ride by Duncan Ralston. All I can say is "WOW!" This is a page turner of horror when the ghosts take over the park due to the tinkering of the computer system by the brutal, insane Rex Garrote. This story is like Jurassic Park's theme park opening only with ghosts. I highly recommend this book if you love the horror genre.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    4 1/2 stars actually.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    It would be a crime if this never got made into a movie, delightfully dark, Ghostland will taunt and tantalise it’s reader as it takes you through an adventure you’ll never forget. I absolutely loved this, from the character development to the imagery and more this book has it all! This is something I’d have picked up from a relatively young age so I can certainly see why it would be popular in the Young Adult category as well as Adult Literature. Although the Author does maintain it is not a YA It would be a crime if this never got made into a movie, delightfully dark, Ghostland will taunt and tantalise it’s reader as it takes you through an adventure you’ll never forget. I absolutely loved this, from the character development to the imagery and more this book has it all! This is something I’d have picked up from a relatively young age so I can certainly see why it would be popular in the Young Adult category as well as Adult Literature. Although the Author does maintain it is not a YA book, I know I would have been picking it up when I was in that age group, which is fine. I think the fact this is aimed at Adults allows the book to explore things it might otherwise miss if it were aimed at the younger audience, and there aren’t enough of these sorts of books aimed at Adults. I first came across Ghostland when I saw Ralston tweeting about Rex Garrote who is in this book and I’ve been on twitter and told him off since he made me interested to look for Garrote myself! It was as brilliantly annoying as the use of Sutter Cane in In The Mouth of Madness, which had me yearning to read those books. Next I saw Kendall Reviews’ article and knew I needed to boost Ghostland up my reading pile, I’m so glad I did. This is easily one of my favourite reads of this year. The story follows our protagonists Ben and Lilian as they go through hardship and heartache in their coming of age story. Ralston throws one thing after another at you in an unrelenting rollercoaster of a book and he does it almost effortlessly. It’s a brilliant book and I highly recommend it to any horror fan, it will have you turning pages as you promise yourself you’re putting it down soon to go to bed and if you’re anything like me you’ll be trying to stay awake to finish it. The hook that really got me with the article on Kendall Reviews was the mention of the interactive feature which is as easily accessed as it is ignored so it’s left entirely to preference. I’d say it’s worth using because it’s pretty cool but that’s up to you. If you want to check it out just keep an eye out for the numbers which link to the footnotes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Todd Stanley

    I betting most people are going to LOVE this book. Despite my 3 star review, I did also. That said, I had some major issues with it, all of which were explained by reading the author's note at the end of the novel. It became quite clear that he struggled writing this, as it felt like there were multiple story angles, then it went a completely different direction. He states that he had 3 different versions of the book he worked on, that each went a different direction. It just so happens the I betting most people are going to LOVE this book. Despite my 3 star review, I did also. That said, I had some major issues with it, all of which were explained by reading the author's note at the end of the novel. It became quite clear that he struggled writing this, as it felt like there were multiple story angles, then it went a completely different direction. He states that he had 3 different versions of the book he worked on, that each went a different direction. It just so happens the Jurassic Park on steroids was the version I was hoping for, and that stops about 30% of the way in. I loved the first quarter of the book, the character set up, the slow burn build up to the "incident" that sets things into motion. However, I wanted more detail about the park, about the technology behind it; instead it all goes sideways in about 25 pages, completely shifts the tone and left me hanging for more during the final 200 pages of one long chase scene. I also didn't much care for the ending, it was like an entire chapter was missing between the cut away scene to the epiloge. I'm thrilled to see he plans on going back to this world, writing additional books and stories, and the fake web page for the return to the park after the disaster is detailed and a very nice touch. Keep it coming Mr. Ralston, you have a very interesting world you're building here!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    "The world doesn't belong to us anymore. It's theirs now. A world full of ghosts." Four years ago friends Ben and Lilian saw a house being hauled down the street in their small hometown of Duck Falls, Maryland. Both were deeply affected by the sight of this sinister house. Now four years later that house is the centerpiece of the haunted theme park Ghostland. And on opening day, even with misgivings, they are on their way in to see and experience the park. But they get much more than expected out "The world doesn't belong to us anymore. It's theirs now. A world full of ghosts." Four years ago friends Ben and Lilian saw a house being hauled down the street in their small hometown of Duck Falls, Maryland. Both were deeply affected by the sight of this sinister house. Now four years later that house is the centerpiece of the haunted theme park Ghostland. And on opening day, even with misgivings, they are on their way in to see and experience the park. But they get much more than expected out of the experience. Ghostland is set up with haunted buildings, haunted objects, and Virtual Reality glasses (but is it really VR)? I liked both Ben and Lilian's stories and their characters. While this book is nowhere near as disturbing and vomitous as WOOM by the same author, it is not for the faint of heart. It is gruesome, gory, and ghostly (or is that ghastly?). Recommended for lovers of bloody horror.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mark M J Green

    I recently reviewed Ghostland on my new website and as I don't want to copy and paste the thing in its entirety, here's an excerpt for you all, that hopefully gives you an accurate look at what I thought of the book - although the five stars I've given it probably do enough to show my enjoyment level. There is so much about the book that I enjoyed that I could sing it’s praise ( and Duncan’s I suppose, as long as he doesn’t let it go to his head) for ages, so I’ll do my best to try and summarise I recently reviewed Ghostland on my new website and as I don't want to copy and paste the thing in its entirety, here's an excerpt for you all, that hopefully gives you an accurate look at what I thought of the book - although the five stars I've given it probably do enough to show my enjoyment level. There is so much about the book that I enjoyed that I could sing it’s praise ( and Duncan’s I suppose, as long as he doesn’t let it go to his head) for ages, so I’ll do my best to try and summarise things. The story is extremely clever and as well as mixing in ‘real’ haunted things with fictional ones there is a skilful blending of technology that is in use today with fabricated, yet plausible, science that adds to the believability of the whole thing. What’s more, the story doesn’t let up either. It tears along at a rapid pace and even when the main characters do get the chance to stop and take a breather, they (and you as a reader) know that danger is still lurking nearby and any respite is only temporary. I don't know if there are any restrictions on Goodreads regarding links to other sites if there are -feel free to let me know and I'll remove this link for the full review I wrote which you can find here at https://www.reelhorrorshow.co.uk/post... I highly recommend the book; in it's simplest of descriptions it's Jurassic park with ghosts, but also, it's so much more than that and I highly recommend it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dale Robertson

    Jurassic Park but with ghosts - there you go, is that enough to entice you to read it? How about i throw in the film 13Ghosts as well... The writing is strong and flows well and the story itself is good. BUT, i did feel it got a bit repetitive towards the end- characters going from exhibit to exhibit but with different ghosts at each stage. The ending does leave it open for a sequel (saying no more!) and reading the author notes, there could be more stories coming within the Ghostland universe. I Jurassic Park but with ghosts - there you go, is that enough to entice you to read it? How about i throw in the film 13Ghosts as well... The writing is strong and flows well and the story itself is good. BUT, i did feel it got a bit repetitive towards the end- characters going from exhibit to exhibit but with different ghosts at each stage. The ending does leave it open for a sequel (saying no more!) and reading the author notes, there could be more stories coming within the Ghostland universe. I would definitely be interested in reading such work. One big plus was the footnotes (on the kindle) which gave more info on certain exhibits, the map of the park at the start and the mystery surrounding Rex Garrote (outwith the story - the buildup was done superbly by Duncan). Oh, and the cover which is superb and eye catching!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Serenity

    Pretty good Pretty good. It reminded me of 13 Ghosts meets Books of Blood at times. I dearly loved Ben and Stan. Wish Stan had been in the book more. Loved the gore. Liked that there wasn't an overabundance of detail to everything. Only suggestion to the author is that if he had someone proof read this, he needs to fire them and get someone else. Otherwise, this book is a definite recommend!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cher riley

    Great book. This is a really good book and well written. Good characters you like and enjoy reading about. This book would make a great movie along the lines of 13 ghosts.Thank you and keep writing for your fans of which I am one now . Thanks

  24. 5 out of 5

    joanne choy

    I need a sequel! The concept of this book drew me towards reading it as it was original and sounded interesting. It was brilliantly written and really had you rooting for the heroes of the story. Spooky,a little gory and a lot thrilling, I can't wait for the return of Rex Garrotte! I loved the ghost index at the end too. A wonderful read!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    What an adventure!!! That was super fun. Enjoy!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sabur76

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tim Meyer

  28. 4 out of 5

    T. Giachetti

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Raymond

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cat Treadwell

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