February 20, 2011

Beneath Dark Waters: 10 days 'till publication!

Yes, people, I finally got word from the printer, saying the book will definitely be printed and in my hands by the end of February. So we put the publishing date on the 1st of March! That means, ten days from now, the book will be available both as a paperback as well as PDF-format.

For those of you who don't know yet, the book is my first collection of horror stories. There are ten bone-chilling stories inspired by the place I grew up in and its people. It features, among other things, flying vampires, creeping monsters, mysterious old hags and just plain old evil people. For a full background on the book and the setting, please read my earlier post The Making of 'Beneath Dark Waters'.

While waiting in nervous anticipation for its publication, each day I will give a small synopsis of the each story in the book.

Today: Lost to the Raging Storm.

A strange old farmer goes out at night to check on his cattle. Outside the autumn storms are raging as he makes his way to the small barn where he keeps his temporary cattle. Soaked and cold, he feeds it and gives it water as his thoughts stray from his standing in the village to his life as a farmer. All the while the cattle hides in the shadows. It is only when the old farmer leaves the barn that we find the horrific truth.

This was one of those lucky moments that came to me while trying to write. Sometimes it happens. You look at the blank page before you and the words just pour out. I chose it as an opening story, because it basically sums up the entire collection and gives the reader a good idea of what it's all about.

I love the vile nature of the story and the twist at the end. It reads like a character description which turns darker as the pages turn, giving the reader, hopefully, an terrific punch at the end of it, which will set the tone for the rest of the book.

Free sample below:

Tomorrow: With the Strength of her Conviction.

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