Saturday, February 25, 2012


Ruth Barrett is an adventurous soul who has decided that publishing her own books is the way to go. When you have her talent for spinning a great tale, she might very well be on to something. If you can cut out the middle man and still put out a quality story, then go for it. This is a lady who knows the value of editing. If only every writer did.

Her novel Base Spirits is my cup of tea. Time travel, murder, secrets, horror, mystery, and much more. I admire people willing to do the research to get a time period right.

A description of her book is below:

Book Description

February 9, 2012
‘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 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… 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.

A review from Stacey Turner, Acting Owner at Angelic Knight Press is printed here:

I had a lovely Valentine's gift in the form of another stellar review from Stacey Turner on See Spot Read! Here's a quote that certainly warmed my cockles:
"Honestly, there wasn't anything I didn't enjoy about this book. Since I'm hesitant to give out five star reviews (they're flung out so willy nilly these days that who really believes them?), I'm definitely giving this one a ringing four star recommendation. Anyone who enjoys history, ghosts, possessions, England, or horror in general, is going to enjoy this book. I don't know how many people know who Barbara Erskine is, but her novels are what this book put me in mind of. And I'm a huge Barbara Erskine fan. Which makes me a huge Ruth Barrett fan."

About the Author

Ruth Barrett studied English Literature at Trent University and the University of Leeds, Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), and was mentored by two-time Booker prize winner Peter Carey through the Humber School for Writers. During her years as an actor, Ruth performed in a little-known play called 'A Yorkshire Tragedy' sometimes attributed to Shakespeare. The story of the murderous Yorkshire nobleman and his long-suffering wife proved fascinating well beyond the stage... the eerie Calverley Old Hall was explored, and a haunting idea for a novel emerged. Ruth has published numerous short works of quirky and creepy fiction in various anthologies. 'Base Spirits' is her first full-length book. Look for more of Ruth's writing in the future through the Spirited Words Book Co.

Ruth is getting close to releasing Family Secrets, another great tale for evening reading. Yeah, you know you love to be scared before you go to sleep!

Visit Ruth's site, read her great novel, and patiently wait for her next book.

Ruth Barrett is truly a Woman in Horror!



  1. Hey, Blaze. How are you? Weren't you the one who was scaring everybody on FB the other day with health issues? How are you now? Better, I hope!
    This page looks different since last I visitied. What's different? The flames really leapt out at me as I got here. Must be it.
    Thanks for reminding me about Ruth's book. I own it and really need to work my way through that TBR pile and get to it soon.
    Take care, brother!


  2. Nothing puts Blaze's flames out, Jimmy. I'm better, thank you.

    Yes, William Cook said I needed to change the flames, so I did. I'm also getting more things added on the left hand side.

    I have to extend my Women in Horror into March because there are so many more great ladies to spot light.

    Have a great week, my friend!


  3. Hi Blaze! I just stumbled across this lovely post! Thank you so much! Glad you're feeling better. I've just released 'Family Secrets' over the weekend (And if anyone cares, I actually released 'Base Spirits on Kindle in September-- the paperback came out earlier this month on Amazon.)

  4. You are very welcome, Ruth! See: I was right about "Family Secrets" coming out soon. :D I'll have to spread the word today!