The Portrait of Alatiel Salazar by Steven Katriel

What is being said on Amazon :

“… a gothic novella in the tradition of Edgar Allen Poe.” “…Like a true master, Katriel leaves the reader both satisfied and yearning for more…” “…nothing short of a masterpiece.” “I have nothing but praise for Steven Katriel’s haunting tale. …I would recommend “The Portrait of Alatiel Salazar” to anyone who likes their reads a little on the creepy side. Pick it up as soon as possible!”

Book Description : 

When Gabriel Holland’s beloved Helena vanishes from his life, he journeys to the home of disgraced artist Cristian Salazar, the man he holds responsible for her disappearance and the death of several friends. Once in the town of Carliton, Gabriel finds only malice and mystery in the tales told by the few brave enough to speak ill of Salazar and the sinister Cousin Beatriz. And within shadows, in the guise of night, walks Alatiel, the creature Helena has become. . . . The Portrait of Alatiel Salazar is a NOVELLA of approximately 21,000 words. The novella was previously titled “The Poison of a Smile.”

Excerpts on the author’s blog

Interview with Steven Katriel

“Where did your interest in ghost stories begin? As a child, I had a recurring dream in which I was abducted by a witch. While this was terrifying, it was also instructive – the dreams taught me about the practise of fear, and how people are made frightened. It’s no great revelation to state that many of our adult fears are sourced in childhood – if anything, we haunt ourselves all our lives. We create our own phantoms – in my opinion – and I speak as someone who’s actually seen ghosts, so I’m no sceptic. There’s a definite symbolism, a very human interpretation, behind many ghost sightings. While this might sound rather mundane and unromantic in comparison with the notion of ghosts as something beyond human experience, it’s nevertheless poetic in itself and the inherent symbolistic nature of the phenomena certainly lends itself to fiction. If the varying tropes, clichés both of fiction and of common, real-life hauntings merely ‘reflect’ ourselves and our states of mind, it’s no less interesting to me than anything ‘other’. To answer the question more directly, I’ve spent my life being petrified of ghosts, witches etc etc and yet fascinated too. I can’t even recall when or with which books my literary interest began; I would say, though, that oral storytelling was more important – the kind of dramatic, frightening stories that I guess most of us told as children. …..”

Interview continues here

The author’s website : Steven Katriel

More reviews : “Following the grand tradition of gothic writers, Mr Katriel creates a twilight world from which you won’t easily escape. ” Julia Hughes  (Full review here : Julia Hughes ) Review and Interview on Paranormal Lounge ; more reviews on Goodreads :

“Few people now write with the same understanding of classic gothic fiction and horror as Steven Katriel…” (Juliet McHugh on Goodreads)

““The Portrait of Alatiel Salazar” is a gothic horror novella that possesses the brute strength capable of propelling a reader—even one who is unwilling—into its dark and shadowy confines, yet author Steven Katriel chooses, instead, to lure readers into his house of horrors by tantalizing them with promises of otherworldly events, dark and mysterious people, and an oppressive sense of impending doom…” (Thomas Winship on Goodreads) AuthorsAnon review on Goodreads : “…a tale which combines chilling narrative with convincing period voice, written in fluent Decadent style: such is The Portrait of Alatiel Salazar…”

Illustration for the Portrait of Alatiel Salazar by B.Lloyd (www.wix.com/artscribe/paintings)

The Portrait of Alatiel Salazar is published by Immortal Ink Publishing and is available from all Amazon sites and Barnes&Noble

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