In this short story set in 1940, ten-year-old Claire lives in Santa Ana, California, with her mother who runs the Victorian Garden Rooming House out of a 1920s mansion.
In the companion novel, Gunnysack Hell, you’ll once again meet Claire, now a mother and wife, living in a homestead cabin in the Mojave Desert where her family is being stalked by a predator.
At eight years old, Nancy Brashear wrote her first poem about sitting in the fog on a bench with magical creatures swirling around her—and she’s been composing poetry and prose ever since.
Gunnysack Hell is an engaging glimpse inside the lives of a family stalked by evil. I enjoyed the flow of the story with the everyday challenges of life fading against the threat of a frightening, surreal menace, and the family's survival depending upon every member finding a moment of heroism.
Author of The Vaetra Chronicles
I can't recall the last time I was so impressed with someone's writing style. It's pure genius! The story, told through the various family members' point of view, takes the readers down a tunnel filled with mystery, thrills, and excitement. This masterpiece is not to be missed. ~
Author of Memory Fails as seen on NBC and ABC
Gunnysack Hell, Nancy Brashear’s fine debut novel will make you check the windows and doors and look in on your kids before turning out the lights. Is the house just settling? Or is someone out there? I want more from Brashear.
Author of Welcome to Last Chance
Nancy Brashear’s debut novel is spine-tingling. It’s a keep-you-up-all-night page turner with vivid language and captivating characters. I was with Claire peering down the dusty road in search of my girls. This cannot be her first novel. I’m forever hooked.
Author of The Good Shadows, The Dark Shadows, Focused Backstory: The Key to Writing Deep Character Journeys