Tour: The Cabin Sessions

By Isobel Blackthorn

March 11 – 14

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  • Genre:  Psychological thriller
  • Print length: 286 pages
  • Age range: This is an adult book but suitable for mature teens
  • Trigger warnings: Incestuous contact; death of a child by drowning
  • Formats available for the Tour: all standard electronic formats (sorry, no paperbacks)
  • Amazon Rating: 4.5

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About The Cabin Sessions

A storm is is rolling into the narrow mountain pass when hapless musician Adam Banks stands on the bridge over the river that cleaves the remote village of Burton. The night is already blighted by an astrological omen, and Adam thinks of turning back. Instead, struggling against a rising panic, he resolves to fulfill his obligation to perform the guest spot at The Cabin Sessions. He cannot let down his mentor, Benny Muir.

But bad news awaits him. And at least one fellow musician he would rather not meet.

Told from third person viewpoints of Adam and Philip, the town’s plumber, the evening is mapped out in slow eerie detail – that at once manages to evoke Burton’s fanatical cult history while also acting as a harbinger of the disaster to come. In between these two male viewpoints, is the delicate first-person voice of Eva, the breath holder, whose recollections shed an unsettling light on the characters in The Cabin.


Praise for The Cabin Sessions

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well! Talk about being blown away.
If you are in search of a stonking read with delicious descriptions and perfect prose then this is the book for you
The horror was delivered with sophistication and stealth – so much so that when I wanted to pull back or run for cover I couldn’t. The story telling is masterly and I would class this book – author, as a modern day classic.
Unique – individual- and unapologetic Amazon review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is a delicately balanced psychological novel, its horror not so much in the events of the evening (as shocking as they are) but in the sinister histories and disturbed mental states of its characters. I don’t normally ready such dark fiction but found myself gripped in horrified fascination by Blackthorn’s subtle story build and accomplished prose. Amazon Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

It’s Christmas Eve in the small town of Burton and the local musos have gathered at local bar, The Cabin, for an open mike night that has also become a memorial to one of their own. As a storm wreaks destruction outside, trapping all within, the seeping darkness inside The Cabin builds to some shocking revelations and a finale that will take your breath away… Blackthorn is a mistress of psychology and atmosphere. Amazon Review

About the Author

Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of unique and engaging fiction. She writes across a range of genres, including gripping mysteries and dark psychological thrillers.

The Unlikely Occultist: A biographical novel of Alice A. Bailey received an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Reader’s Favorite book awards. A Prison in the Sun was shortlisted in the LGBTQ category of the 2021 International Book Awards and the 2020 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Her short story ‘Nothing to Declare’ was shortlisted for the Ada Cambridge Prose Prize 2019. Her dark thriller A Legacy of Old Gran Parks won a Raven Award in 2019. The Cabin Sessions was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award 2018 and the Ditmar Awards 2018.

Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism from the University of Western Sydney for her ground-breaking study of the texts of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Her engagement with Alice Bailey’s life and works has culminated in the biographical novel The Unlikely Occultist and the full biography Alice A. Bailey: Life and Legacy.

Isobel carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain, her former home. Five of her novels are set on the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. These standalone mystery novels are setting rich and fall into the broad genre of travel fiction.

Isobel has led a rich and interesting life and her stories are as diverse as her experiences, the highs and lows, and the dramas. A life-long campaigner for social justice, Isobel has written, protested and leant her weight to a range of issues including asylum seekers and family violence. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives in rural Victoria, Australia.

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