Conrad Bishop & Elizabeth Fuller, author
A house of haunted ghosts: it's horror in a sense, but not so much of the "horror genre" as of the small daily torments to which our choices lead us. Based on the enticing legend of the Winchester “Mystery” House—a labyrinthine edifice built by a guilt-ridden armaments heiress—the story is seen through a blind man’s eyes. Raymond Smolett, a veteran tour guide on the verge of retirement, leads his final hour’s gaggle of gawkers through the monstrous maze. For the first time in thirty years, he begins to see the spirits he's nattered about. A haunted house, but haunted by reality. Yes, the bedeviled heiress is there, but what plays out in his blind sight is the life of Chuck Ratowitz, a young carpenter who lands his dream job, only to become a lifelong slave to a madwoman's obsession. His salary swells, his responsibilities mount, his ethics skew, and his marriage dissolves. His wife Dee hits bottom but makes it to shore. And the tour guide goes home to his bourbon and his cat.