Maybe it has something to do with the design. That could be it.
And yes, it is *definetly* horror, you are very smart or educated in these things because you are right with your idea. I shouldn't have written that, but it is quite obvious, I think. I am unsure if it is really that, though it is possible. The reader doesn't experience/learn about everything that has happend and led to the events of the presence.
Fact is Echo has alot potential. The base version is incredible well written in my opinion and Echo Route 65 is romantic, at least more than Echo, sadly, because it's shorter. I propably said that already...
I downloaded two new VN's btw. if you are interested, but haven't started on them yet. They are called Project Aego and Repeat, just so you know. :)
I didn't know if I should tell you or not, because they may not be very good.