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The Black Church

The Black Church [Kindle Edition]

Toby Tate
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When Daniel Ivanov's father dies in a freak accident, he inherits all his worldly possessions, including a hand-woven Anatolian prayer rug whose bright colors and elaborate designs have been flawlessly preserved over the past 600 years.

But the young lawyer soon learns the ageless tapestry is much more than it seems when he begins to see the terror-stricken faces of his loved ones within its intricate patterns. And he is suddenly plagued by vivid dreams and dark visions of a mysterious Black Church standing amid mist-shrouded mountains.

As his life unravels around him, Daniel descends into a pit of madness and terror, driven by an ancient curse that threatens to destroy everything and everyone he loves, unless he can uncover its terrible secret.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Publisher: DarkFuse; 1 edition (14 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #529,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The Black Church is a decent novella featuring nicely worked elements of traditional and contemporary horror. I thought the idea of an ancient prayer rug from Transylvania a particularly nice feature which sparked my imagination and opened up the story to no end of possibilities. I'm also a bit of a fan of anything Gothic and The Black Church at the heart of the plot is certainly that. The traditional themes of curses and unexplained death surrounding the construction of The Black Church are worked nicely into the plot. There's enough gore and darkness to satisfy most fans of horror fiction and one particularly unexpected twist to look out for. Though short, the length of the novella suits this particular story and helps it gain momentum. Easy to finish in one sitting and I'd read Toby Tate again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-told horror... 23 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
When Anton Ivanov burns to death in what seems like a horrific accident, his son Daniel inherits a mysterious prayer rug. It soon transpires that this prayer rug holds a terrible secret, one that Daniel gradually begins to learn through vivid dreams of a centuries old death in the Black Church of Brasov. And as Daniel begins to investigate the history of the rug, accidents begin to happen to the people he loves...

"The child stared down at the floor as he moved toward Daniel, but he wasn't walking - he was gliding. Daniel stood in the middle of the dark room, frozen with fear as the apparition drew ever closer. When the boy stopped and looked at him, Daniel saw empty eye sockets as black as two deep wells..."

This novella length chiller has all the traditional aspects of horror - old churches, curses, revenge, demons and gruesome deaths. It's well written and Tate builds the tension nicely, getting the reader's attention right from the dramatic beginning and holding it through to the end. The length is just right for a story of this nature - long enough for some character development but not so stretched out that the horror begins to wear thin. Although there are lots of deaths, the book is not too graphic - the horror is more in the anticipation than in the events themselves.

An enjoyable and well-told horror story - just the thing for a dark winter evening.

NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, DarkFuse.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Transylvania and no vampires, The Black Church 21 Dec 2013
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This is the first novella I've read from Toby Tate and I do have the novel Lilith still on my to be read pile, the author definitely has a style of writing I like, so easy to read it just subconsciously encourages you to keep going.

The Black Church follows Daniel Ivanov whose life seemingly attracts tragedy when he inherits an old Anatolian prayer rug following the bizarre death of his Father. Daniel hangs the rug on his wall and then proceeds to see pictures of those he knows and loves, mysteriously appearing in the design, immediately disbelieving his own eyes he dismisses it until one by one the people he sees quite simply die. Why he doesn't get rid of the rug, I don't know but he's also having strange dreams of an old gothic church and the disappearance of a young boy.

Daniel must find the answers by looking to the past and the clocks ticking on an old curse and family history to obscure to comprehend, told at an almost frenetic pace the Black Church is a quick and consuming read with an interesting plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A high octane horror novella! 20 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading a novella is akin to eating your favourite chocolate's yours, it's yummy and it doesn't last very long! At the heart of The Black Church is a Transylvanian prayer rug originating from the middle ages and bringing evil death to the descendants of the original church builders. Daniel Ivanov's father dies in unusual circumstances and part of his inheritance, an Anatolian prayer rug, is now owned by Daniel, and the slaughter begins! I loved the construction and pace of this short story ( easy and very satisfying to read in one session) the author expertly from the opening paragraph draws the reader in, holds his attention while the tension and horror unfold, and finally just when you think the prayer rug will be no more....the unexpected happens and the Epilogue confronts the reader with a most unexpected and brilliant twist. Through Daniel's strange dreams we learn the history of the rug and as the body count rises the nature of the evil begins to be understood. This is a great example of how the novella can be used as a powerful story telling tool, a highly enjoyable and recommended read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short but powerful 14 April 2014
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This is the story of Daniel. One day he receives a tragic call informing him his father has died in a horrific accident.As he is going through his fathers belongings, he comes across a beautiful, ornate prayer rug. Daniel takes it home and hangs it on his wall. Soon he starts imagining he is seeing things in the rug, and people close to him begin to die horrible deaths. Is there something wrong with the rug or is Daniel losing his mind from grief? Now there is a race against time to find out what is going on before anyone else dies...

This was really, really good. The story took me slowly by the hand and then held on for dear life until the final climax. it was creepy, and the pace was spot on, and some of the descriptions have been seared into my brain! Although there were few characters, they resonated with me. This is a quick easy read, best read in one sitting. All in all, another blinder from Toby and from DarkFuse.
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