Day 8: Ghost Box by Derek Neville

Day 8: Ghost Box by Derek Neville

Ghost Box

By: Derek Neville
Genres: Horror
Pages: 119
Publisher: Skye Harbor Publishing
Published on: December 14, 2014
Day 8: Ghost Box by Derek Neville

In the summer of '92, a young girl named Isabelle disappears into a vacant building and is never seen again. She becomes another name alongside many others who have vanished when stepping through the building's doors.

Boyd Dwyer knows a thing about missing people. At least he did when he was a cop, but that was before Morgan died, and before his 'little drinking problem' forced him into an early retirement. Now the only job he can get is the one no one else wants -- protecting a building with a violent and disturbing history.

It's not so bad until he starts getting phone calls late at night. It seems someone really wants to talk to Boyd and confess something awful.

Will he answer?

Ghost Box is the debut novella by author Derek Neville


I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Barnes & Noble

This is another book that came in via our email. It sounded good so we picked it up. I am SO happy that I picked this book to read. In fact I have told many people to read this book.


~~Andi’s Review~~

OH. MY. GOD.  This book may be a “novella” but it is really really good, in fact a book that I could read over and over and over.  It doesn’t start off as scary and you think it will be the run of the mill ghost story so I hunkered down for a short read.  Wow… was I mistaken, this book goes from a normal ghost story to a high level of suspense, terror, and horror.


Derek is a master at being able to set a scary stage that resembles a hotel, and not the Shining Hotel, not this hotel is the kind that makes you scared to step foot on the property, and not a pretty one at that.  I mean it could have been beautiful if it hadn’t been torched due to an angry resident.  Or was it?


This book terrified me and I do not get scared easily.  There was no real gore or any of that type of stuff, it was the unknown and in this book the unknown scared me.  I think that the author really got down to what scares people and delivers.


At first I did not understand why the book was called Ghost Box, but at the end when looking back I realized why and it makes perfect sense.  As that would spoil the book I will not tell you why I think it makes perfect sense.  I think that everyone should read it because it is worth the read, even if it left me up at night.


5 stars

About Derek Neville

Derek Neville has been a cynic ever since he found out the dish ran away with the spoon. He has been making up stories since he can remember, thanks to a very overactive imagination. Some of his short-story work has seen publication in school magazines and short-story contests. He is heavily influenced by the works of Richard Matheson, Michael Chabon, Bernard Malamud, Neil Gaiman and Brian K. Vaughan just to name a few. He currently resides in New England where he is putting the finishing touches on his debut novel.

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