Book Of The Day – Base Spirits

by Greg on September 21, 2012

Today’s Book of the Day is a highly rated Horror/Historical fiction novel – and it’s on sale! Base Spirits by Ruth Barrett has an impressive 4.3 star rating and is on sale for only $1.99 – save $2!

“This book was freakin amazing. I was very pleased with how the story unfolded and the character developments. I was hooked from the first pages. Wow. I can’t wait to read more from this author.” T.J.R. – Amazon Reviewer

Base Spirits
by Ruth Barrett
Rating: 4.3 Stars
Category: Horror/Historical
Price: $1.99 save $2


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In 1605, Sir Walter Calverley’s murderous rampage leaves a family shattered. The killer suffers a torturous execution… but is it truly the end? A noble Yorkshire house stands forever tarnished by blood and possessed by anguished spirits.

Some crimes are so horrific, they reverberate through the centuries.

As an unhappy modern couple vacation in the guesthouse at Calverley Old Hall, playwright Clara, and her scholar husband, Scott, unwittingly awaken a dark history. Clara is trapped and forced back in time to bear witness to a family’s bloody saga. Overtaken by the malevolent echoes, Scott is pushed over the edge from possessive husband to wholly possessed…

‘Murder has took this chamber with full hands
And will ne’er out as long as the house stands.’
~A Yorkshire Tragedy, Act I, Sc. v

Inspired by a true-life drama in Shakespeare’s day, this is itself a play within a play: a supernatural thriller with a historical core.

Only one player can survive.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

I recommend this book to those who don’t normally try this genre but appreciate a well crafted tale, interesting and flawed characters, and a bit of mystery to round things out. I believe that you will enjoy what you find here. I know I certainly did!


This isn’t a book to be read at night – so realistic, such a marvellously eerie setting and story – that it will keep you up and reading until the end! And then have you turning the lights on. The author’s love of Shakespearean times, her knowledge of history and her understanding of the human spirit resound in every word she writes. A superb read and a book I was very sorry to finish.


Ruth Barrett takes a true story and expertly weaves in fiction and fantasy and creates a story so compelling you will be reading this into the wee hours of the night.


Honestly, there wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about this book. I’m hesitant to give out five star reviews (they’re flung out so willy nilly these days that who really believes them?) but this time I will. Anyone who enjoys history, ghosts, possessions, England, or horror in general, is going to enjoy this book.


By grounding Base Spirits in actual past events, Ruth Barrett lends her story a credibility which permeates through the centuries and into the modern day telling of an already troubled relationships’ final days. It’s this mix of fact and fiction which Barrett expertly intertwines to create an imaginative, engaging story. Base Spirits is an excellent read and achievement, marking a highly promising start to this exciting new authors’ arrival on the literary landscape.

Get Base Spirits here: Base Spirits

About The Author

Ruth Barrett was born in Pointe Claire, Quebec, and now makes her home in Stratford, Ontario. Between then and now, she studied English Literature at Trent University and the University of Leeds, and classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Ruth pursued an acting career in Toronto where her love of the stage saw her perform in everything from Shakespeare to sketch comedy, eventually settling into voice-over work. Transforming herself into a writer has provided a rewarding new way for her to explore character and spin tales. Ruth has published numerous short stories in various anthologies and periodicals, and she formed her own Spirited Words Book Co. in Summer 2011. ‘Base Spirits’ is her first novel. For a quick creepy read, try ‘Family Secrets’– the first of many Kindle short stories.

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