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Website of author and professional editor Rachelle M. N. Shaw. Find information about her books, her editing services, and her blog, From Mind to Paper: On Writing and Editing.

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The Porcelain Souls

One haunted house, whispers of a missing girl, and a demon with vengeance at his core. This series holds a collection of chilling paranormal horror shorts that will make you think twice about porcelain dolls. Inspired by the works of Poe and Hitchcock, The Porcelain Souls gives you suspense without all the gore. If you like creepy houses and quirky characters, you'll love the unexpected twists in these classic horror tales.


Coming 2017/2018

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The Porcelain Souls Part Three

This demon's tortured spirit is more restless than ever, and he'll stop at nothing to complete his collection. But can the only girl with the power to stop him overcome her fears before it's too late?

Coming 2018

In 2018, two bonus shorts will be released to newsletter subscribers and will be published as bonus shorts in a special paperback edition of the series.

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These bonus shorts serve as prequels to the main trilogy. Many of you have asked for more background about the house and one of the main characters in part one. In part four, you'll be thrown directly into the life of the antagonist, discovering the chilling events that led to his role in the series and set the trilogy in motion.

In part five, we'll take a look at the role of a minor character who spends most of her adult life in an asylum due to the tragic passing of her son. She is haunted by the memories of his passing, and with each new year of confinement and torturous conditions, the division between her reality and fears blur. Fighting for her sanity, she must come to grip with her past while a dangerous demon fractures the barrier between the living and dead, searching for the perfect souls to complete his collection and set him free.


Part One: The Eyes That Moved

Kendra Merrick has a knack for spotting unusual trinkets and treasures, and she isn’t afraid of using unconventional—or illegal—methods to obtain them. When she meets Adam, a fellow sleuth and collector, they embark on their biggest adventure yet: the Whitson house. The house is a marvel, and its secrets are even stranger than she imagined.

Kendra stumbles upon the find of a lifetime. But she may have signed on for more than she bargained. There’s a darkness in the house that wasn’t there before, a pair of eyes in every corner, watching, waiting. And Adam isn’t at all who he claimed to be.

Part Two: The Ballerina's Gift

Marley Harcove wants nothing more than to inch her way up the social ladder and win over her three-year crush. But after her parents buy the infamously spooky Whitson house, she comes face-to-face with the rumors surrounding it—and one of its previous occupants.

When her rival, Alex Wingate, crashes her party, everything unravels. Marley needs a plan, and fast, especially after whispers of a missing girl spread and an anonymous gift turns up in her bedroom. But those are the least of her concerns. If rumors about the house are true, more than Marley's reputation might be at stake.


Reviews for The Eyes That Moved

Before I knew it, the characters were cast and one was in the "collection."  — Amazon reviewer
"Such a wonderfully creepy tale with a devastating twist I didn't see coming. Shaw has a way of drawing you into the world of her characters." — Amazon reviewer
"This is one fast-paced, compelling paranormal short story! ...The plot was completely unpredictable, and the direction it took much delighted me. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!" — Silvana
"It reads much like a ghost story, with the creepy old house, vengeful ghost boy, and of course, creepy dolls!" — Amazon reviewer
"I really enjoyed this story. The twist at the end was very well written and unexpected." — Robert D. Stanley
"The narrative is descriptive and moody, well-paced and with a real sense of the irrational fears of darkness, cobwebs and draughty old buildings...an enjoyable little tale." — MJ Meads
"The story was captivating and extremely eerie. I find porcelain dolls to be creepy anyway, but after reading this story, I’m even more terrified of them. It was very well written." — Kirsten
"This is very well-crafted short story.... I'd happily read more of this author's work, and certainly recommend it to others in need of a few scares." — Roger Jackson
"A classic horror short. The prose is clean and creepy...and I especially liked the fact that we didn't necessarily have to like the characters in order to empathize with them." — Katie
"I'd highly recommend this. It's a quick read...and Shaw has a clear voice that is easy to follow. I can't wait for more from this author!" — Christopher Crockett
"As a high school student that reads paranormal stories, this was one of the best short stories I have read in a while." — J. Harrington
"...The Eyes That Moved has echoes of Price and Poe. With scintillating prose, Shaw captures two not necessarily likeable characters in a piece that proves looks aren't always what they appear." — Victoria
"This was a very well written, intriguing story! ...different than most of the paranormal stories I have read." — Torrence
"Lovers of horror will delight in this bite-sized supernatural treat." — S.A. Starcevic
"Rachelle M. N. Shaw's clear, lovely prose will draw you in before you realize, just like the unfortunate protagonist of the story." — Kristina
"After reading this haunting little story, you won't look at Dolly the same. She will be looking back at you." — Cynthia Hilston

Reviews for The Ballerina's Gift

"This story was creepy, and I loved it. It moved quickly and had a nice element of mystery. You don't get to find out exactly what's going on, which I love in a book. [I] will for sure be seeing this series through to the end." — E.M. Denning
"A great continuation to the first story, leaving the reader not wanting it to end, eager to learn more about the characters and the Whitson house, [which] might as well be a character itself with its intriguing and mysterious history that Shaw has crafted." — Amazon reviewer
"The Ballerina’s Gift is a wonderful addition to the series. It is a pleasurable and captivating read." — Kirsten
"Loved this one! Just as suspenseful as her first work in this series." — Robert D. Stanley
"I especially love when a setting becomes a character, and this mansion has become a character in its own right." — Sherry Howard