Archive for October 16, 2019

An excerpt from Descendant, available October 31

Posted in Horror, Occult Detectives, Writing in Theory & Practice on October 16, 2019 by Occult Detective

31 day blog challenge

How about another excerpt from Descendant, my latest novel set to drop on Hallowe’en?

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W4 Water PageThe final bell resounded, and the crush of students raced out of Converse High School and toward their buses for their journey home. Sarah Jones met up with her best friend Tracy Larson, and they climbed onboard Bus 14 for the ride across town. Sarah was chomping at the proverbial bit.

“Alright, what’d you find out? I heard that Dylan and Shaun and the others were out at the reservoir worshiping the devil on Halloween night. They sold their souls in exchange for unearthly power, but something went horribly wrong, and now they’re being killed off for trying to double cross the Prince of Darkness.”

“Whoa, slow down, and keep it to a whisper,” Tracy said, hushing her. “Really Sarah, you don’t believe any of that nonsense, do you?”

“I don’t know what to believe,” she said, her eyes darting toward the back of the bus to ensure no one was eavesdropping. “Maybe we should talk to Allen Parker. His dad writes about this sort of stuff.”

Earth 9Sarah pulled a book out of her backpack. The title was Strange Happenings in Beacon Lodge and Other True Tales of the Supernatural. Tracy took it from her, examining the lurid cover depicting an ominous building with a skeleton staring down from a third story window. The author was listed as Steven Parker, Paranormal Investigator and Occult Expert.

“We are most certainly not calling on Allen Parker or his dad,” Tracy said, handing the book back to her best friend. “Not yet anyway,” she added, reassuringly. “I’m not ready to believe our classmates are in league with Lucifer.” She laughed at the very idea of it, but something unsettling was gnawing at her gut.

“Fine, then what really happened?”

“I don’t have the foggiest, but I’m putting together the pieces. I’ve learned some things that raise more than a few red flags.  For instance, and this goes no further than us, I overheard Principal Stoner talking to Mrs. Thomas, and it seems that Jill Thompson and Chris Hunter were found dead in the pool this morning. And I’m pretty sure that creepy Gary Shirley was found in the parking lot. It’s all very hush-hush.”

“Oh my god,” Sarah said, looking about again to make sure no one was listening.

“There’s more, but I want to cross some T’s and dot some I’s before I say anything else,” Tracy said, even more hushed than before. “Tonight I’m going to get my sister to run me out to the Mississinewa, so I can have a look around Goose Creek.”

“Goose Creek? Why in the world…”

“It’s where Dylan and his friends had their little Halloween soiree,” Tracy said. “And if I’m right, I’ll get to the bottom of this mystery before night’s end.”

“If you’re not careful, it’ll be you that gets ended.”

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Descendant: A Novel of the Liber Monstrorum will be available in trade paperback and ebook on Samhain, October 31, but you can preorder the kindle version right now via amazon.com.

 

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