Review: CONDUITS by Jennifer Loring
I started this story expecting classic horror: haunted house, spooky doings, nasty cult hangout, sacred ground. All this came true, but in a sense peripherally; the "haunted property" is not.the focus, but a portal opening into the ways of the dead. Author Jennifer Loring does a tremendous job of eliciting our empathy for a flawed, vulnerable, protagonist, one who often seems not to know her own mind, and of explicating the inner workings of a psychiatric ward, and also exploring the more untraveled paths of Japanese mythology and spirituality. By the end of the novella, I had been emotionally and mentally "through the wringer," but oh, what an extraordinary journey!