Base Spirits by Ruth Barrett

Time to curl up with some seriously scary reading . . .

“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…”

(Click on bookcover to read excerpt)

Book Review from Spirits grabs the reader’s attention from the start with a murderer’s violent execution for an unspeakable crime. The action doesn’t let up from there, as even in the slower-paced parts of the story, the reader feels themselves drawn to the undeniable conclusion. A troubled couple vacationing at the site of a centuries-old murder? You just know this is going to end badly…and it does. How you get there is quite a ride, though. The book is refreshingly lacking in horror story clichés, garnering the author high points in Authenticity/Originality. Ruth Barrett’s love for this tale, these characters, and her attention to historical detail are evident throughout. She effortlessly weaves the supernatural elements with themes of abuse, alcoholism, and mental illness.” (Review continues on Review from : “The writing was fantastic. I didn’t have an emotional connection to the characters, but the plot itself was great. This is a horror novel and the book definitely made me feel unsettled and disturbed. Parts of it were very violent and hard for me to read. I did feel some of the characters were a little on the flat side, but I thought Phillipa was written fabulously. You really feel for her and everything she goes through. Truthfully, I didn’t know what to think when I started reading Base Spirits as horror novels are a bit of a hit or a miss for me. But this one was definitely a hit. It was gruesome and gory without being overly done. The blurb very much excited me, and that’s why I requested a copy for review. It didn’t let me down.” (Review continued on: What is being said on Amazon :

” . . so realistic, such a marvellously eerie setting and story . . . .”

” . . .Base Spirits stays with the reader long after the final pages are consumed and the bedside light extinguished, lingering in the dark, just on the edge of our senses. . . .”

“Ruth Barrett has crafted a tale that keeps the reader imprisoned within the pages well past bedtime.”

“Reading was tense from start to finish. Can’t wait to read more by this author who has en captured all the elements of great storytelling. “

Interview with the author, Ruth Barrett :

What can you tell us about your book (without spoilers!)?

 Base Spirits is a supernatural thriller with a historical core. At its heart is the true story of a minor Yorkshire nobleman who gambled and drank away his fortune. In 1605, he went on a rampage so bloody that Shakespeare’s acting company performed a one-act play about the scandal! I have constructed a ghost story around a modern day couple with a bad marriage staying at the ancestral noble hall who awaken its past with their own miseries.

Where did the idea for Base Spirits originate?

 I accidentally discovered the story back in the 1990s when I was cast as the Wife in ‘A Yorkshire Tragedy’. During rehearsals, I had a chance to visit Yorkshire and found the old hall at Calverley where the tragedy happened. I made friends with a local historian who gave me a tour and got a look inside the buildings. Part is derelict, but one wing  . . . (interview continued here : )

Interview on E-book Bin

Base Spirits is available in the following formats :

 Paperback :  Createspace

Signed copies available by mail order if you order through the following bookstores :  Fanfare Books ( ) or Callan Books (

Ebook : Kindle

Connect with the author at her  Blogspot : Spirited Words

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