He/Him. Novels THE GUTTER PRAYER, THE SHADOW SAINT & THE BROKEN GOD from Orbit. Currently writing: Fear Itself stuff, 1.5 novels, other gaming bits.

Cork, Ireland. Probably.
Joined March 2007
Infrequent blogging at garhanrahan.wordpress.com Next novel THE BROKEN GOD out May 2021 from Orbit Books.
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Gareth Hanrahan retweeted
Do you reckon Ed Miliband is into Warhammer? Because I reckon there should be a miniatures painting version of Bake Off - “Chaos with Ed Miliband”. :)
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Check out the price tag
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I swear, I find this every four or five years as I move the Attic Boxes around
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I’m also amused by the swerve in “my god! But our son died twenty years ago! And he was handsome and lovely. Here, meet his fiancée who will also attest to how great he was. Oh, and by the way, he was a teeny little bit of a Satanic corpse defiler, but he had such lovely manners”
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16. THE OPEN DOOR, Charlotte Riddell. A young man’s hired to solve the mystery of why a door in a country house won’t stay shut.
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Gah, this one’s a mess. At first, I couldn’t decide if the slow burn was genius or not - half the word count is the protagonist worrying about money, getting advice from uncles, and hearing rumours about the rich merchant who’s rented Ladlow Hall but won’t stay there…
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Because of the Open Door. Then we meet the merchant, who confirms that there’s a spooky door there. Everything else is fine… but he dare not stay there… Because of the Open Door. A well-meaning uncle tries to convince the protagonist to give up, for fear of… The Open Door.
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So when we get to Ladlow Hall, yeah! Door time. And the door is indeed spooky. No matter what he does, one door won’t stay shut. As soon as he takes his eyes off it, it opens. Bolt it, nail it shut. Won’t work. There’s an Open Door.
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Then we get backstory. Lord Ladlow was murdered in that room. There’s a missing will; initially, the Lord was going to leave everything to his wife, but he was found dead with a half-written letter to his nephew, saying he was changing the will to leave everything to him instead.
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Is the letter a forgery? Is the nice young lord whose befriended the protagonist the villain? Is there really a ghost? What about the mysterious locked room?
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Then, after 11 pages of money worries and build-up, 17 pages of investigation and backstory, it turns out that the lord’s widow’s sneaking in at night to look for the missing will. Oh, and there might be a ghost, maybe, but the question of the door is never mentioned again.
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It’s nonsensical. Either (a) the widow’s been creeping in every night for two years or so to look for the will, and failed (but our protagonist works out where it is instantly) or…
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(B) she waited until the spooky door drove everyone away so she could search in peace, in which case the ghost is utterly counterproductive.
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Maybe I’ll head canon (C) - the young lord murdered his uncle, the ghost is trying to point this out, but our protagonist is greedy enough to help the young lord cover up the crime in exchange for a payoff.
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“I have a farm which I manage, and make both ends meet comfortably… but there are times when a great horror seems to fall upon me…” - guilty conscience much?
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Post apocalyptic held ape #typooftheday
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