Local Author and Blogger Kat Valentine Is Kicking Steven King’s Ass On Horror Sales of Her Kindle Book

"The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic" by Gloucester writer Kathleen Valentine is a psychological horror novelette available for Kindle. It has been selling well and last night hit a new high:


Novelette (15k words) Psychological horror. – The townhouses on serene, elegant Beacon Hill in Boston are some of the most lavish and expensive in the country. When Stan and Mattie take up residence in the dark and crumbling five-story house that Mattie grew up in, and has just inherited from her grandmother, their plans are to clean it out, fix it up, sell it, and return to their quiet life on Cape Cod. Mattie is overwhelmed by the gowns, furs and jewels in GrammyLou’s bedroom. Stan is amazed by the fifth-floor ballroom which has been locked up since the night of Mattie’s father’s thirtieth birthday party — the party that ended in the car wreck that killed both of her parents. Now, as they set about sifting through GrammyLou’s endless possessions they find mysterious things: a closet full of still-wrapped presents, a marked passage in her grandfather’s Bible, and a secret drawer with disturbing content. Mattie soon learns that her entire life has been built on a foundation of lies… that she was raised in a house of horror, by a monster.


  • Kathleen, Such EXCITING news. What fun! Well done!


  • thanks for blogging about Kathleen’s book…i hadn’t even known she had written this horror novelette…i bought it straight away..it’s upstairs waiting on my Kindle..
    Thanks, Gyps….can’t wait to start it..


  • Thank you, Kelly and Squiggle! And thank you, Joe, for posting this. The book has been up and down for the last few days but has hovered between 20 and 50 most of the week so I am deliriously happy about it.

    Working on a new one right now!


  • And as well she should kick Steven King’s tush!

    I can’t think of anyone whose dialogue I find more convincing – I always feel that her characters are real people right in front of me, the cadence and jargon are right on, the personalities well developed. Her descriptions of settings are equally as imaginable and compliment so well the story line.

    While, Kathleen’s early work is exceptional and worthy of recognition, I honestly feel she’s honed her craft as any true artist would, never satisfied until perfection.

    Thankfully for us, artists like Kathleen typically find ways to improve, though we are oblivious – this just means we are in store for more compelling and must-reads from this Cape Ann Star!


  • Aw, shucks, thank you, Rebecca!

    And, boy, oh, boy — never underestimate the power of GMG! Since this went live last night at 7 almost 200 books have sold! Last I looked it was up to #20! Thanks, everyone.


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