Ghost Camera Synopsis: A small number of cameras have the ability to capture ghosts on film. This gift comes at a steep price; the ghosts are resentful and hungry, and the cameras offer them a rare chance to reach their favourite prey… humans.
Jenine didn’t know any of this when she found an abandoned Polaroid camera in a lighthouse. At first she assumes the ghostly shapes in the photos are a glitch or a prank – but then the spirits begin to hunt her down, and she’s forced into a deadly race to free herself from the camera’s curse. – Goodreads
Ghost Camera Review
I’m glad I decided to give Darcy Coates a second try. Ghost Camera was almost the perfect horror novella. The creepiness starts almost instantly, and keeps ramping up. The paranormal aspect is well enough described to make you shiver and look over your shoulder. That’s the great thing about short stories like this. When they’re done right, they’ll creep you out more than a longer book will, because they have to pack more punch in less words.
Bree and Jenine aren’t described in depth, and I think that’s effective here because it makes it super easy to imagine yourself in their place. The specialist they go to reminded me strongly of the demonologist from the first Paranormal Activity movie. I can’t say all the decisions they made were smart ones, but they were very believable. Coates’ characters feel very real, and the story is well-crafted. Towards the end of the story, the hair on the back of my neck was prickling. Lets just say if I owned any analogue camera, I’d probably be staying away from them for a few days.
Overall, this is a great novella and I’m going to recommend you check it out immediately. At only 118 pages, it’s a one sitting read for almost everyone I’d imagine. It’s available on Amazon – free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, well worth the $2.99 if you’re not.