Crimson Souls by William Holden ~ Book Review by Queue

crimsonTitle: Crimson Souls

Author: William Holden

Publisher: Bold Strokes Publishing

Cover Artist: Melody Pond

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/14/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Fiction, Horror


In 1920, Phineas Nathanial Roberts fought back against the “Secret Court” of Harvard’s elite and their unjust purge of homosexual men. The members of the court, fearing his influence, attacked him and threw him off a bridge to look like a suicide. As Phineas lay in the river dying, he was given the chance of eternal life, a life that would allow him to seek out the men who had murdered him. He accepts the offer and becomes Nate, The Midnight Barke, a shadower ruling over the dark realm of his Netherworld. Now, over eighty years later, Nate has tracked down the last remaining descendants of the members of the Secret Court, and for one night will gather them together for a final confrontation of lust, desire, and revenge.

My View:

Oh. My. God. This was an amazing book. Unforgettable. But by no means is it for everyone.

I enjoy horror movies and horror books and I like when I can find one with LGBT characters. I’ve read a collection of William Holden’s stories so I thought I knew what I was getting into.

But I didn’t.

There was a level of blood in this book that was almost too much for me. I persevered but it wasn’t easy. Those with a low tolerance should avoid it. But if you can stomach the unsettling scenes you are in for one helluva ride.

Holden amazes me with his talent and skill at writing some of the scariest shit I have ever read.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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