Reading by Mary Cronos from her book “Houston Hall – Die Schatten der Vergangenheit” (Shadows of the Past)
Houston Hall is about a great mystery, Scottish mythology, a tragic family history and great emotions. Anthony Houston, a successful Edinburgh lawyer, returns to his parents’ country estate when his family is cruelly killed. He wants to find out who is responsible for this tragedy. But the fear of being in the perpetrator’s sights as well turns him into another, a perturbed, paranoid person who won’t let anyone get to him. Until Mary suddenly shows up at his door and applies as a new maid. She turns his life upside down – and gets his investigation going. But above all, she confronts him with a reality that lies beyond his rational mind.
Houston Hall cannot simply be put in a drawer. It’s full of history and mythology, full of drama and suspense, full of crackling, emotion and humour. And from time to time pathetic – if the lecturer may be believed. But above all it is full of miracles and coincidences for the author. Dirleton’s real story has many scary parallels with the parts of the story Mary Cronos made up before she even knew of Dirleton’s existence. For the author, the proof that this story simply had to be told.
Houston Hall has made it to the finals of the Deutscher Phantastik Preis in 2019 in the category “Best German Novel”. This will be celebrated by publishing the novel in February 2020 in a new look, also as a hardcover.