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A grief-stricken spiritualist thought his faith in life after death was broken. Until the ghosts of his past come calling in this short story of believing in what can’t be seen. Driven by an uncanny mystery from his youth, Ian Randall became a “spiritual cleanser,” ridding disturbances from homes. But his belief in the beyond was challenged by his wife’s death. Merle House, A grief-stricken spiritualist thought his faith in life after death was broken. Until the ghosts of his past come calling in this short story of believing in what can’t be seen. Driven by an uncanny mystery from his youth, Ian Randall became a “spiritual cleanser,” ridding disturbances from homes. But his belief in the beyond was challenged by his wife’s death. Merle House, the root of Ian’s obsession, could change that. The woods are restless again. Maybe here, Ian will find what he needs—if he’s willing to make a deal with the dark. Fog Descending is part of House of Crows, a four-part serial about friends with a shared history of darkness. They’ve spent their lives running, but they can no longer hide from the past. Each story can be read or listened to in a single haunted sitting.


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A grief-stricken spiritualist thought his faith in life after death was broken. Until the ghosts of his past come calling in this short story of believing in what can’t be seen. Driven by an uncanny mystery from his youth, Ian Randall became a “spiritual cleanser,” ridding disturbances from homes. But his belief in the beyond was challenged by his wife’s death. Merle House, A grief-stricken spiritualist thought his faith in life after death was broken. Until the ghosts of his past come calling in this short story of believing in what can’t be seen. Driven by an uncanny mystery from his youth, Ian Randall became a “spiritual cleanser,” ridding disturbances from homes. But his belief in the beyond was challenged by his wife’s death. Merle House, the root of Ian’s obsession, could change that. The woods are restless again. Maybe here, Ian will find what he needs—if he’s willing to make a deal with the dark. Fog Descending is part of House of Crows, a four-part serial about friends with a shared history of darkness. They’ve spent their lives running, but they can no longer hide from the past. Each story can be read or listened to in a single haunted sitting.

30 review for Fog Descending

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    This was the second short story in the four-book continuing serial "House of Crows". This one deals with Ian, one of four childhood friends (Matthew, Mason, Claire) who have a shared history of darkness. He is a spiritual cleanser. Ian used to work with his wife Liz until she died. He has now been hired by a rich couple (the wife really) who want to rid a dark presence from their home… This was another entertaining and eerie read in this series. There were some very creepy moments, especially dea This was the second short story in the four-book continuing serial "House of Crows". This one deals with Ian, one of four childhood friends (Matthew, Mason, Claire) who have a shared history of darkness. He is a spiritual cleanser. Ian used to work with his wife Liz until she died. He has now been hired by a rich couple (the wife really) who want to rid a dark presence from their home… This was another entertaining and eerie read in this series. There were some very creepy moments, especially dealing with the "Dark Man", who gives people what they desire, as long as they pay his evil price and do what he asks in the end. Now, on to the next story, "Circling the Drain".

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    FOG DESCENDING is part of House of Crows, book 2 in a four-part novella/short story serial by Lisa Unger. This serial is about friends with a shared history of darkness. They’ve spent their lives running, but they can no longer hide from the past. Each story can be read or listened to in a single haunted sitting. All four books in the series need to be read in order. The House of Crows Series Includes: All My Darkest Impulses (Book1) Fog Descending (Book2) Circling The Drain (Book3) Love The Way You FOG DESCENDING is part of House of Crows, book 2 in a four-part novella/short story serial by Lisa Unger. This serial is about friends with a shared history of darkness. They’ve spent their lives running, but they can no longer hide from the past. Each story can be read or listened to in a single haunted sitting. All four books in the series need to be read in order. The House of Crows Series Includes: All My Darkest Impulses (Book1) Fog Descending (Book2) Circling The Drain (Book3) Love The Way You Lie (Book4) The House of Crows Series appears to be one long story broken down into four parts. In this second part we follow a spiritualist named Ian Randall, a ghost hunter who talks to spirits and cleans a house. But his belief in the beyond was challenged by his wife’s death. We are also told about the Dark Man that has ties to Ian's past. We also learn about what caused Matthew to lose his job at the university. Claire is debating about returning to Merle house. And we find out that these four people all knew each other as teens and something dark happened at Merle house. Ian must return to Merle House to regroup with his friends from the past. Now a psychiatrist, a ghost hunter, a spiritual counselor, and a writer respectively, Claire, Ian, Mason, and Matthew are being called back to pay debts and address some unfinished business. Once again this is another well-written short story only 60 pages but packed a punch. Creepy with engaging characters and lots of twists and turns ending with another cliffhanger. Now on to book 3 to follow the saga.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Fog Descending is part of House of Crows, a four-part serial about friends with a shared history of darkness. They’ve spent their lives running, but they can no longer hide from the past. Each story can be read or listened to in a single haunted sitting. Ian Randall is what they call a spiritual cleanser. His chosen profession is ridding homes of disturbances from the other side. He used to believe in life after death, but when he lost his wife, he lost everything. Something happened the summer he Fog Descending is part of House of Crows, a four-part serial about friends with a shared history of darkness. They’ve spent their lives running, but they can no longer hide from the past. Each story can be read or listened to in a single haunted sitting. Ian Randall is what they call a spiritual cleanser. His chosen profession is ridding homes of disturbances from the other side. He used to believe in life after death, but when he lost his wife, he lost everything. Something happened the summer he was 16 .. he and his friends, They met The Dark Man .... who will give you anything you desire ... but it's gonna cost you. He's being pulled to return to Merle House .. to once again unite with his friends from long ago. The woods are restless... This is Part 2 of a 4-Part novel. The reader absolutely needs to read them in order. Each book ends with a cliffhanger, But good news ... The other books are already available .. no waiting. Roughly 60 pages, this is suspenseful from the first page. There's a lot packed into what is basically a short story. It's well written with solidly drawn characters.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    The entire short story collection was great. I don’t know why this wasn’t just published as an Amazon original story, but maybe because it would have been too long. I liked the characters and the question of whether the Dark Man was real or not. The ending of the book though leaves a question of whether time can heal things or not. I did have to say that the character of Samantha left me with some questions though. Review for story 2: We follow a spiritualist named Ian Randall who apparently is s The entire short story collection was great. I don’t know why this wasn’t just published as an Amazon original story, but maybe because it would have been too long. I liked the characters and the question of whether the Dark Man was real or not. The ending of the book though leaves a question of whether time can heal things or not. I did have to say that the character of Samantha left me with some questions though. Review for story 2: We follow a spiritualist named Ian Randall who apparently is similar to that woman in Poltergeist that he can "talk" to spirits and clean a house. This is the first mention of the Dark Man though which has some ties to Ian's past. We also follow Matthew some more as he reveals more of what caused him to lose his job at the college. We follow up with Claire too who is thinking about returning to Merle house. And we get another character named Mason, who believes in a higher power, but is not a priest. We find out that these four people all knew each other as teens and something dark happened at Merle house. I really did like the additional characters in this one. Ian was sad to me. I can see why he was willing to do whatever to get his beloved wife back. Mason was a puzzle at first, but I liked him more in the subsequent stories.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Loosely inspired by Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, HOUSE OF CROWS is about four adult friends who all share a common dark, unexplained event in their past. They’ve moved on and away from the town where they grew up. But in many ways the experience has formed each of them. Each has chosen a career that has allowed him or her to explore in various ways things that can’t be explained. Now a psychiatrist, a ghost hunter, a spiritual counselor, and a writer respectively, Claire, Ian, M Loosely inspired by Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, HOUSE OF CROWS is about four adult friends who all share a common dark, unexplained event in their past. They’ve moved on and away from the town where they grew up. But in many ways the experience has formed each of them. Each has chosen a career that has allowed him or her to explore in various ways things that can’t be explained. Now a psychiatrist, a ghost hunter, a spiritual counselor, and a writer respectively, Claire, Ian, Mason, and Matthew are being called back to pay debts and address some unfinished business. What they find when they arrive at Merle House will depend very much on what they bring. Hope you love it! P.S. Of course I gave it 5 stars! I wrote it!! ;)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Hanes

    I am loving this anthology! This was book two in the House of Crows anthology, and the suspense is building up! I love spooky, sinister reads and I am looking forward to what book three has to offer.

  7. 5 out of 5

    lusty22

    Just gets better and better. Love the story but wonder why it isn't just one book, instead if four installments. Getting to know all the characters now, from their childhood to their adulthood. Very interesting...... Just gets better and better. Love the story but wonder why it isn't just one book, instead if four installments. Getting to know all the characters now, from their childhood to their adulthood. Very interesting......

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Redder

    These short stories have me hooked! I flew through this one just as fast as the first one, and I have a feeling the rest will be the same. ...keep 'em comin' These short stories have me hooked! I flew through this one just as fast as the first one, and I have a feeling the rest will be the same. ...keep 'em comin'

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nik's Nook

    The perfect amount of creepy mystery! Really enjoying this serial.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)

    **same review for all 4 stories** All I have done since I woke up this morning is read this series. Sigh, I just love Lisa Unger. We get this very atmospheric and creepy vibe in part #1, followed by a bit of levity layered with suspense and Slender Man vibes but with the Dark Man in part #2, ouija boards and chilly games in part #3, ending with revelations wonder in part #4. You want it, you've got it! I love how quick each read was and how I felt like I was going backwards and forwards at the sam **same review for all 4 stories** All I have done since I woke up this morning is read this series. Sigh, I just love Lisa Unger. We get this very atmospheric and creepy vibe in part #1, followed by a bit of levity layered with suspense and Slender Man vibes but with the Dark Man in part #2, ouija boards and chilly games in part #3, ending with revelations wonder in part #4. You want it, you've got it! I love how quick each read was and how I felt like I was going backwards and forwards at the same time... which I know sounds weird but it's delicious fun. I just could NOT STOP. I really can't way much without spoiling things but this is quite the ride. Not only was there this.... nope, can't say that.... hmm. I really loved that... Nope, can't say that either. Y'all! This is hard. Ok, Unger, as you know (and if you don't - go remedy that immediately), is AMAZING at setting the very creepy and suspenseful atmosphere that lends to the perfect read for this rainy, gloomy day. Talk about mood setting (thanks Nature!). Drawing readers in immediately and keeping them wondering - you'll have a lot of fun with this one. Just remember, you can't hide from the past forever and sometime evil just needs an excuse to show face... so be careful out there, readers. Caw caw.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Very quick read. This installment showed us Ian. He is a widower, who is still running the paranormal business that he and his late wife created. It was during an appointment where The Dark Man found him again. Now he's going back to Merle House, where it seems there is some unfinished business. Very quick read. This installment showed us Ian. He is a widower, who is still running the paranormal business that he and his late wife created. It was during an appointment where The Dark Man found him again. Now he's going back to Merle House, where it seems there is some unfinished business.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christine Rennie

    Fog Descending (House of Crows Book 2) Fog Descending (House of Crows Book 2) by Lisa Unger is a creepy, nerve tingling short story in the House ofCrow series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Merry

    The second in the four-part thriller, Fog Descending continues to follow the four friends, bouncing back and forth amongst them and in time. Lisa Unger's synopsis of this book: A grief-stricken spiritualist thought his faith in life after death was broken. Until the ghosts of his past come calling in this short story of believing in what can’t be seen. Driven by an uncanny mystery from his youth, Ian Randall became a “spiritual cleanser,” ridding disturbances from homes. But his belief in the beyo The second in the four-part thriller, Fog Descending continues to follow the four friends, bouncing back and forth amongst them and in time. Lisa Unger's synopsis of this book: A grief-stricken spiritualist thought his faith in life after death was broken. Until the ghosts of his past come calling in this short story of believing in what can’t be seen. Driven by an uncanny mystery from his youth, Ian Randall became a “spiritual cleanser,” ridding disturbances from homes. But his belief in the beyond was challenged by his wife’s death. Merle House, the root of Ian’s obsession, could change that. The woods are restless again. Maybe here, Ian will find what he needs—if he’s willing to make a deal with the dark.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cathrine

    Matthew’s daughter sees and follows an apparition of a girl That went missing when Matthew was 16. The real estate agent Matthew hired is the missing girls twin. We are introduced to the other house in the woods. We are introduced to Matthew’s other teenage friends, Ian and Mason. Ian and his wife Liz (deceased)were paranormal investigators/spiritualists who specialized in cleaning spaces. Ian is on a job clearing a house where the Dark Man from his teen years seems to appear.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elusive

    In 'Fog Descending', Matthew and Claire's fellow childhood friend, Ian is a spiritualist who cleanses properties. As he sets about completing his current task, he continues to miss his deceased wife and be plagued by disturbing memories of Merle House. The flashbacks revolving around the four friends' experiences at Merle House highlighted its creepiness, as well as the dynamics between them. I liked the details on the Dark Man. Overall, 'Fog Descending' shed more light on the dark and forbidding In 'Fog Descending', Matthew and Claire's fellow childhood friend, Ian is a spiritualist who cleanses properties. As he sets about completing his current task, he continues to miss his deceased wife and be plagued by disturbing memories of Merle House. The flashbacks revolving around the four friends' experiences at Merle House highlighted its creepiness, as well as the dynamics between them. I liked the details on the Dark Man. Overall, 'Fog Descending' shed more light on the dark and forbidding Merle House.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ursula Johnson

    Deeper Into the Mix This was part two of the House of Crows four book series. This one picks up right after the end of the first book. The teenage daughter sees something she shouldn't and we meet another of the main friends, Ian, missing his deceased wife. This book was better than the last one, things ate beginning to pick up. The audio book is perfect for listening to this story. Deeper Into the Mix This was part two of the House of Crows four book series. This one picks up right after the end of the first book. The teenage daughter sees something she shouldn't and we meet another of the main friends, Ian, missing his deceased wife. This book was better than the last one, things ate beginning to pick up. The audio book is perfect for listening to this story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Feyerbend

    This collection of four short stories came together to tell the story of a group of childhood friends forever changed by events that happened when they were sixteen. When Matthew inherits his grandfather’s mansion, he and his wife return to fix the place up to sell. Memories resurface, and his sixteen-year-old daughter starts having run-ins with the ghost of a teenage girl who went missing all those years ago.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angel White (Certified_Book_Nerd)

    This is fun. I'd rather listen to a serial audiobook series than watch TV and this is a perfect way to make cleaning the house fly by. A few times I had to stop and look over my shoulder because some of the scenes were eerie and I just KNEW someone was behind me 😂😂😂 Ready enjoying this short audio series. This is fun. I'd rather listen to a serial audiobook series than watch TV and this is a perfect way to make cleaning the house fly by. A few times I had to stop and look over my shoulder because some of the scenes were eerie and I just KNEW someone was behind me 😂😂😂 Ready enjoying this short audio series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kai Van

    CW: slut shaming, casual ableism (cr*zy), assuming someone's sexuality based on their clothing in the first few pages, parent breaches privacy of child's phone I liked this more than the last one a bit, the POVs felt a bit more cohesive & interconnected than the first part, im pretty sure at least one aspect of the story is inspired by slenderman so that's funny. CW: slut shaming, casual ableism (cr*zy), assuming someone's sexuality based on their clothing in the first few pages, parent breaches privacy of child's phone I liked this more than the last one a bit, the POVs felt a bit more cohesive & interconnected than the first part, im pretty sure at least one aspect of the story is inspired by slenderman so that's funny.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris Plambeck

    Keeps getting better and better. I'm pretty written out today. Probably why I'm laying here reading. 😁 I also can't think of much non-spoilery. So, no review, but, as my mom used to say, 'orders from headquarters '. If you are here, you have finished the first book, or it intrigued enough to get you here. If the latter, stop reading my garbage and grab the first for a much higher quality of verbiage. If the former, even worse, you already think you know how good it is, so why are you reading my w Keeps getting better and better. I'm pretty written out today. Probably why I'm laying here reading. 😁 I also can't think of much non-spoilery. So, no review, but, as my mom used to say, 'orders from headquarters '. If you are here, you have finished the first book, or it intrigued enough to get you here. If the latter, stop reading my garbage and grab the first for a much higher quality of verbiage. If the former, even worse, you already think you know how good it is, so why are you reading my words? Get thee hence, to Fog Descending! Oh, and it is even better than you think you know.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Once again, Lisa Unger gives us something we start and can't put down until we finish. There are four stories that make up the House of Crows series. The first part will suck you in and will hold on to you until the last page of Love the Way You Lie. If you are looking for a fast read that is somewhat creepy with a haunted house and people disappearing, don't miss this series. Once again, Lisa Unger gives us something we start and can't put down until we finish. There are four stories that make up the House of Crows series. The first part will suck you in and will hold on to you until the last page of Love the Way You Lie. If you are looking for a fast read that is somewhat creepy with a haunted house and people disappearing, don't miss this series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Lamont

    Same Review For All Four Parts Of This Series Boy, am I glad I took another chance on Lisa Unger or what? This was _such_ a good trashy horror book (and, yes, that's how the four works should be consumed, as one book, preferably in one sitting). Trash, trash, trashity trash! Mid 1970s supernatural psychological horror trash, some of the best kind! Same Review For All Four Parts Of This Series Boy, am I glad I took another chance on Lisa Unger or what? This was _such_ a good trashy horror book (and, yes, that's how the four works should be consumed, as one book, preferably in one sitting). Trash, trash, trashity trash! Mid 1970s supernatural psychological horror trash, some of the best kind!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Fascinating Thriller Installment two was just as gripping as the first. Ian, one of Matthew’s childhood friends, is the focus of this one. His present life and childhood events are shown. Lisa Unger doesn’t disappoint with a bit of mystery, a bit psychological thriller, and a whole lot of paranormal “WHAT”?!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kari Day

    Suspenseful and creepy enough to keep you up at night! Perfect read for those who like suspenseful stories about the paranormal and supernatural! Heading the story from different points of view gives you an insight into the underlying relationships and drama of Merle House and it’s affect on people. The Dark Man is always in the shadows waiting for your request to make a deal.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nick Phillips

    Just over half way through this second volume in Unger’s House of Crows series there is the line: “At the top, they saw it” Which is funny because I’d been thinking that I’d been seeing It all the way through.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Beth Roberts

    I really liked the character of Ian and his deceased wife. The supernatural element was strongest in this one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy lifewiththe_williams

    Wow Loved the second installment just as much as the first! The creepiness in this serial is vibrant and consuming . Heading to part 3 now

  28. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Harris

    Book two and still drawn to it. The creepiness keeps growing. I love learning what happened then and what is going on now. I can not wait to find out how it ends.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heather Reynolds

    If IT met Hill House met Slender man and they all has some weird little short story book babies.... then here you go.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ginger

    Book 2 of 4 of the House of Crow Series. The Lisa Unger I have always enjoyed is back, with the best stories she has written since In The Blood.

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