My latest novel, Rites of Extinction, is out and I’m really anxious to have you read it! It’s fitting for this strange bit of folk horror to be released at the end of winter/beginning of spring. I’m not sure my publisher (the incredible people at Grindhouse Press) planned it that way, but this is the perfect time of year to have this one escape into the wilds.
If I’ve ever sold you a book at a convention, you know I like to boil things down into little customer-friendly “elevator pitches.” For example, Island Red is Jaws meets Night of the Creeps. I find this a useful way of pitching my fiction to those who aren’t familiar with my work. It sells the core of the story using pop culture Cliff’s Notes, and does so in a way that prevents me from spoiling my own stuff. Basically, you get to go in fresh this way, and I have a shorthand way to sell you on my story. Everybody wins!
Rites of Extinction is True Detective meets Hereditary:
Some truths will do anything to avoid being found
Rebecca Daniels is a down-and-out private investigator on the hunt for her daughter’s killer. The trail leads to Bright Fork, a sleepy New Hampshire town where Rebecca discovers this is no ordinary manhunt. Her investigation becomes a tangle of brutal killings, secret rituals, and terrifying visions that force Rebecca to question reality. This is more than an opportunity to take revenge on the one who tore her family to pieces. It’s a chance to confront the darkness growing inside of her, the madness that threatens to possess her entirely.
This is a short novel. Twisty, odd, disturbing, and experimental in a way that I’ve always wanted to be. From its inception, I had hoped Carrie and Andy at Grindhouse Press would accept this story into their wonderful family of books and was incredibly stoked when they did. I also knew I wanted my talented friend Scott Cole to give me a cover design that was somewhat abstract, but still manages to sell the story. I think he accomplished that with aplomb.
When you read Rites of Extinction, I hope you’ll consider leaving an Amazon review. I hate to ask. I really do. I feel like in this day and age there’s so much competition for attention, and getting you to take a chance on my work is victory enough. But reviews are the real lifeblood of this business. They tell Amazon customers what’s worth reading and what isn’t. I hope you’ll feel like this short novel of occult horror is worth your time, and that you’ll want to let everyone know about it.
So what are you waiting for? Get Rites of Extinction on Amazon today.