Hannigan's Hand by Geraldine Ryan-lushHannigan's Hand by Geraldine Ryan-lush

Hannigan's Hand

byGeraldine Ryan-lush

Paperback | November 19, 2013

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Geraldine Ryan-Lush turns a forbidden childhood ghost yarn into a thriller of a read .  Based on a true Newfoundland ghost story!  Find out what lurks inside Hannigan's Hand!   Many years ago, in an isolated logging camp,   a young Dan Hannigan witnessed a horrifc headless spectre and poltergeist activity which shook him to the core. A priest had to intervene, to exorcise the demon  which invaded his campsite and him, following his using a remote beach trail for some summer work.  While exorcising the demon from his devil-possessed hand, the priest told Dan he was being punished, by the spirits of a tragic shipwreck which had happened there a year before.  He also told him he was never to repeat what happened at the camp that terrible night, or the same curse would be upon him, and anyone else who heard the story.  Sixty years passed.  Old Dan Hannigan mellowed, and began to believe the priest's warnings were all hogwash. Until a visit from a friend and four innocent teenagers prompted the telling of the story again. Things start happening!  The spirits are back, more vengeful then ever!  Is Old Dan Hannigan just a crusty old codger who stepped in a ghost path many years ago, or is he now.....something worse!

Based on a true Newfoundland ghost story!

Geraldine Ryan-Lush is the author of many books and stories for children, a volume of poetry for adults, and a contemporary adult novel. Awards/Honours for her works include American Bookseller's Pick Of The Lists,  School Library Journal Review Pick, and the Merit Magazine Studio Award. Her books are in schools and libraries in North America and worldwide, as well as the trade market. Her book of poetry is on collection at major universities in U.S. and Canada.  She has been awarded major writing grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council to further  her work. She was born and raised in St. Joseph's, St. Mary's Bay, NL, the setting for this first Paranormal novel, a departure from her previous works, and an exciting new genre in which she plans to publish widely, utilizing her home province's tantalizing hold on the realm of the supernatural!  She lives and writes in St. John's, NL.

Age Range:  YA-Adult

Title:Hannigan's HandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:November 19, 2013Publisher:Mulberry BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0968280579

ISBN - 13:9780968280577

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this scary book. I really enjoyed this ghost story. Lots of spooky action. The parade of water ghosts on the beach coming out of the battered ghost ship is really cool, as is Old Hannigan's demon arm. The book reminds me something of R.L. Stine, but Ryan-Lush writes with more depth, and fleshes out her characters. The end, when the old man himself , though still alive, turns into the headless spirit creature and growls "NEVER BLOCK A BEATEN PATH" is genius. This author is very clever. Read it in one go. Great read.
Date published: 2014-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Newfoundland Ghost Story. Any fan of spooky ghost stories would enjoy this book, but more especially those who tell or listen to, or remember, those hair-stand-on-end ghost stories of the past in rural Newfoundland. At the lonely, tragic site of a shipwreck where men, women and children had lost their lives, a foreman and his crew set up a logging camp, oblivious to what entities were resting, or haunting there. They stubbornly did not heed a priest's warnings to "Never block a beaten path!" I'm not sure which scene I enjoyed most in this tale, probably the exorcism scene, but rest assured it is chock full of chills, and suspense. Geraldine Ryan-Lush knows whereof she writes, and from the personal accounts of kitchen stories, creates a masterful fiction work that can make its mark anywhere, such is her command of characters and plot. Descriptive phrases such as "from the depths of their sea-scooped graves..."highlight her writing style, and the young boy in the throes of visiting the feared priest to rid himself of the "evil thing" snaking its tortuous way through the blood vessels of his devil-possessed arm is Poe-ish in delight. The biographical data states there are more books of this ilk to come from her. Bring them on. They're new and fresh, and a most original take on those old ghost stores. Top marks.
Date published: 2014-05-01