The Blackstone Chronicles by John Saul

This is another perfect spooky little gem of suspense, tension, hair raising story telling that only a master like John Saul could write. This came out first as six separate, small books back in the 90’s but now it is available as one complete book.

Saul loves writing about houses or buildings that contain horrible secrets that stain the walls or objects in the structure. This is a powerful story of many actions all associated with an asylum. The asylum has been closed for many years and is now in the process of being turned into a shopping center, but the objects inside the asylum end up carrying the dark horror of its past out into the world.

This is tour de force of a master story telling. A perfect example of how to write a book and to hold the reader page after page. A true page turner of many solid stories which are woven around one subject the Blackstone Asylum.

The narration or images displayed through the back stories and character development make this an award worthy book. This displays itself in complete harmony for the reader. I have always been a John Saul fan. Some books are less par and other a true gem, this one is of his masterpiece of suspense, mystery, tension and horror reality. This horror is all built up in exciting edge of your seat thrills and ideas and haunting images.

The six parts of this book tell each a story, Part 1 An eye for an Eye: The Doll, Part 2 Twist of Fate: The Locket, Part 3 Ashes to Ashes: The Dragon’s Flame, Part 4 The Shadow of Evil: The Handkerchief, Part 5 Day of Reckoning; The Stereoscope, Part 6 Asylum.

Each part are small spooky little masterpiece type tales of the classic Tales from the Crypt type of setting. All stories are one complete story to the Blackstone Asylum. Nightmares, secrets, lies and murder. The unexplained twists around wonderful characters and horror induced objects stained by History. Evil history.

A small town darkly created for the reader. The sins of the past and the closed doors of the present. The horrors of evil. A stench and feel of a curse come full force in this great fictional horror story that lingers deep into the subconscious.

The Writing is so well done you feel the horror and actions. Your hair raises on your neck, your heart beats a little faster and your reading grows rapid as you can’t stop reading the tension on the page.


A perfect read.