Pitching Pencils has just published an awesome review on both Drowned Sorrow and The Strangers Outside. Click here to read the entire article: http://pitchingpencils.blogspot.com/2010/10/reviews-of-vanessa-morgans-strangers.html
“In her work, The Strangers Outside, Vanessa Morgan portrays the frightening conclusion of two sisters' Belgian vacation. Neither had yet found satisfaction in their lives and struggled with the choices that lay ahead. Their reactions to life's challenges, however, remained different and fundamentally divide them in their relationship. When the darkness gathers outside their secluded cabin, they find themselves surrounded by mysterious figures. Confronted with their own weaknesses, they must engage in a struggle for their very survival.
Vanessa Morgan explores the depths of fear in her novella, Drowned Sorrow. After a family tragedy, Megan decides to go on vacation with her daughter, Jenna, in an attempt to regain some sense of normalcy in their lives. What was hoped to be a quiet, serene town, however, turns out to be full of townsfolk who harbor an enormous secret. As the days progress, both mother and daughter must decide where their loyalties lie. The result changes their relationship forever.
In her writing, Vanessa Morgan truly captures the spirit of terror. Her exploration of deeply felt human fears provides her work with a quality that captivates at the very core. While many paranormal thrillers focus on agents of the mystical, such as vampires and ghosts, Morgan creates terror through the subconscious fears of us all, such as the fears of darkness and death. Accessing those areas that we would most like to forget, she finds her way through this primal dread to an aspect of hope in these difficult situations. For Morgan, this conflict with our own anxieties and the attempt to overcome them is basic to a life truly lived. Perhaps this sets her work apart from other authors of paranormal thrillers, for she allows her characters a quality of endurance in spite of awful circumstances. This willingness to overcome gives them the ability to continue their journey alone as readers cheer their courage. For fans of the genre, Vanessa Morgan tells stories that will frighten even as they challenge our own concepts of love and self-reliance. The Poe-like darkness of her writing makes the reader shudder even as they search for that one bit of lightness toward the end of the story. Vanessa Morgan's writing is not to be missed, for it comes from the depths of fear to give readers a chance to be entertained as well as enlightened.”