The Vanishing Room

The Vanishing Room is the début from S. M. Fenton. The book was officially released on 31st October 2018 in hardback and ebook editions.

The story is set in modern times, but is styled after Gothic tales and classic horror, inspired by J Sheridan La Fanu, Mary Shelley, and H. P. Lovecraft.

The Vanishing Room‘ is a slow burner that reads like a great escape novel filled with gothic tinges and creepy moments…

Steve Stred, Kendall Reviews


A haunted inn. A scarecrow festival. A cursed room. When Richard Beckett quits his job to travel the world, he soon learns that he is a magnet for trouble. His attraction to the unearthly beauty of a young married woman leads him to a strange room in a dilapidated inn. Can the headlines about mysterious disappearances be explained rationally, or will he become the latest victim of The Vanishing Room?

Paralysed and in pitch darkness, I was assaulted by the dust that rose from the thick fabric I now rested on. It burned my airways with each shallow breath; and the tiny motes stuck to my dry eyes, causing a fierce itch that I was helpless to remedy. The rush of panic lasted several minutes and though I suffered it in both stillness and silence, my mind screamed and thrashed.

The Vanishing Room – S. M. Fenton

I have 20 signed paperback copies of The Vanishing Room available with special matte covers. You can buy these directly from my website for £7.99 with free UK mainland postage.

Fenton’s expansive vocabulary is refreshing, as too is his command of twists and turns. I was reminded in some aspects of John Buchan’s Richard Hannay stories, which I’ve also very much enjoyed. If you like mystery, intrigue and adventure (and a well-written novel), you will most probably love this book. More please!

B. J. Mears, Author
The Vanishing Room Book Cover

I made my final preparations to depart on my adventure, feeling oppressed by the dark wood and old furniture of the dispiriting room, and by the heavy tenebrous curtains that I struggled to draw across the windows to defend against the sombre night. The panels hung like stiff cerements and refused to meet adequately in the middle. An oblique patch of moonlight stole in past the heavy fabric and was thrown upon the floor; the bright offspring of an inky-dark window. Peering between the folds of irreverent fabric, I looked out once again upon the landscape slumbering in those silvery beams. There stood the outline of the Château de la Tristesse, its chimneys and many turrets, with their cone-shaped rooves, black against the mottled grey sky. The silhouette was as dismal as the ruin that was revealed in daylight.

The Vanishing Room – S. M. Fenton

If you would like to buy a signed paperback edition of The Vanishing Room, you can purchase one for £7.99 with free UK mainland postage.

Also available on Wordery.

E-Book available on Google, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble

The Vanishing Room by S. M. Fenton

Hardback ISBN: 978-0-244-72056-8
eBook ISBN: 978-0-244-72151-0
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-244-18408-7