In a house in Raleigh, North Carolina there is a long corridor lined with doors. When these doors are opened and closed in specific patterns they open portals to other worlds. Recently heartbroken Isabelle Caldecott Rose has inherited this house from her grandmother. Poor, distraught Isabelle knows nothing of the house's secrets.
Xeratis is a demon exiled on earth for challenging Lucifer's rule. Stripped of most of his power he searches desperately for a way home. Now that the house's guardian is deceased, Xeratis plans to use the hall to open a portal to Hell and make his triumphant return.
Celia is a ghost trapped within the house. She needs Isabelle's help to solve a century-old mystery and discover how she died. This will help Celia move on, but may wake something far darker and more evil imprisoned within the house.
Justin owns the local occult shop and was a friend to Isabelle's grandmother, Evelyn. Having missed Evelyn's funeral, he feels he owes her granddaughter a debt. Justin knows many of the house's secrets, if only Isabelle is willing to listen.
While adapting to the loss of her relationship and her new life, Isabelle must help Celia while thwarting Xeratis. Along the way she will learn secrets about her family's mysterious, magical past, the reason why the house was originally built, and the formless, malevolent creature trapped within.
Filled with magic and horror, Hall of Doors is a contemporary fantasy novel in the vein of Charles de Lint.
Pare down on the characters. Focus and be specific about one or two. A house can be a character as well as people.
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