Ghosts and Goths in a review for The Haunted Pub by Melanie Tushmore

The Haunted Pub Book Cover The Haunted Pub
Melanie Tushmore
Horror, romance, ghost story
Less than Three Press
May 11, 2016
296
A copy was provided through Netgalley

Suffering from depression, and going through a rough time because of it, Fizz's misery culminates in his parents throwing him out, leaving him with two bags, twenty pounds, and nowhere to go. Desperate, he calls his brother, who takes him to The Queen Anne's Revenge, where Fizz winds up living in a room that hasn't had a human habitant for more years than anyone can actually count—a room that seems to already have an occupant…

 

The Haunted Pub by Melanie Tushmore is a re-release of a previously released story. It’s a tale of haunting, a bit of horror and lots of teen drama. It’s one of those stories that is an unlikely find and you can’t help but love. It’s not one that’s neatly wrapped up.

What is The Haunted Pub about?
The Haunted Pub is a story that’s about several people who live and work in the Queen Anne’s Revenge, a pub in Brighton. They are all (relatively) young a don’t conform to society, but follow their own path. The story starts when Jamie arrives. Chronically depressed and thrown out by his parents, but helped by his cousin Daniel ‘Ginger. He is the catalyst that wakes up Finlay and frustrated and manipulative poltergeist with an agenda.

Tell us about the plot for this story
As said, The Haunted Pub follows several people (Fizz/Jamie, Ash, Daniel/Ginger, Ryan, Matt, Sammy) living and working at the pub and therefore has several plots that are all blended together by Finlay who has his own voice in the story.

It’s an engaging plot, especially because we don’t know a whole lot more about what’s going on than the characters. There are no explanations given. At the same time the story sometimes drags a bit because the author goes into details with some of the character’s exploits and they are not always that interesting. At least they weren’t for me.

There are no big twists and turns, but the one that were there fit the story.

Are the characters of this story dynamic, rounded?
While The Haunted Pub is not a character driven story, we do get a lot of insight into the characters, though funnily enough not always from the characters themselves but how they are viewed by others. Fizz/Jamie is a good example. We know he’s chronically depressed, but from reading this story we get the idea that there is more to it than that. I would say he could easily have Asperger.

They also behave typically like young men should. I thought it was well done at how the characters were portrayed. They were heavily flawed, but not imperfect. They fit an image typical college students / young men.

How is the writing of The Haunted Pub?
Despite some bits that lagged and could have been more compact, the writing was surprisingly solid and engaging with influences of pop-culture and at times witty and dynamic.

So does The Haunted Pub explore a theme?
Yes, while apart from being a horror story with haunting, it also has a bit of coming of age in it along with dealing with depression, unrequited love and first love. You can say it’s also a teensy bit of a mystery, concerning the haunting, but that never takes off.

Why did you read this story and what is your opinion?
I like stories by Melanie Tushmore as she quite often has characters that are in the alternative / goth scene and unlike some authors, she knows what she’s writing about. Also I’m a sucker for horror stories and who can pass up a story about a haunted pub?

I loved The Haunted Pub. It’s not what you expect going in and it’s actually quite refreshing to have such normal men that are not perfect or aspire to be so.

The haunting was well done and quite scary sometimes. I liked how there never really was an explanation for the how and what next.

How do you rate The Haunted Pub?
With 4 stars!

Would you recommend the story?
Yes, definitely. Everyone who likes something different or likes horror, this story is definitely for you!

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