Are you a lover of ghost stories and haunted houses? If so, then The Birthing House just may be an excellent choice for you. A debut novel by Christopher Ranson, this book combines the paranormal with deep unmet desire.
Have you ever just happened to look through a newspaper, magazine or seen an ad of some variety, where something just jumped out and grabbed you? Almost as if you are being spoken to and unexplainably drawn to something or someone. This is the feeling that Conrad Harrison gets while looking through the Wisconsin State Journal, while far from home and trying to deal with emotional issues after the loss of his estranged father. The ad reads:
“140-yr-old Victorian in Black Earth. 4bdr., 2 bath on 1 acre. 3,500 sq. feet. Front parlor, library, orig. woodwork, maple floors, fireplace. Cornish stone foundation. Det. 2-car garage. Historic turn-of-the-century birthing house restored to mint. Perfect for family! $225,000. Seller motivated. Call Roddy at (608) 574-8911”
Conrad’s marriage has been on the rocks and his dissatisfaction with living in California is at an all-time high. This move, to this place, feels right and as though it will be a new beginning for both him and his wife. Little does Conrad know that the house is alive with a dark presence, searching for a life that is brought about by birth and death. There is only one mother, and that mother must get rid of all the “other mothers”.
With virgin pregnancies, extreme fertility, erotic dreams (or are they just dreams?) and unexplainable visions and sounds, including the wailing of a newborn infant, The Birthing House is sure to take hold of the reader from the beginning.
Ransom displays an excellent talent for both storytelling and writing. A fact that I found particularly interesting is that both he and his wife live in a 140-year-old birthing house in Wisconsin. Hmmm, perhaps there is more to The Birthing House than just imagination?
After hearing bits and pieces, here and there, about The Birthing House, I was greatly intrigued and had a deep desire to read this book. Settling in, I was quickly engrossed. However, I do have to be honest in saying that there was a point where I lost interest because of the excessive sexual content.