22 May, L A.S. (2015)
My first book officially has a publisher!
I’ve been holding this announcement close to the chest until the ink was on the contract, but today I’m ready to let the world know:
My first novel, titled The Devil and the Doctor: Book One of the Malcolm Leeds Chronicles is a supernatural thriller to be published by E.R. Vernor’s Dark Moon Press publishing company. I’ve purchased and enjoyed multiple books by this publisher, (you’ll see reviews on here soon,) and have met Mr. Vernor personally. He is a gentleman, a scholar, and a talented artist.
Cover art will be ready for the public within a couple months. For now, I’ll share with you the premise of my novel:
Malcolm Leeds appears to be a normal enough young man, working as an animal relocator and exterminator in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, indulging in all that his isolated life has to offer. Few people know that he is in fact the Jersey Devil of American folklore, and fewer, himself included, know his true origins or full abilities. One night, Malcom’s life is suddenly interrupted by the brutal kidnapping of his friend’s children by a mysterious cult that idolizes a mad doctor named Benedict Holt. Now, Malcolm must track down the cult, uncover and stop their plans, and save the abducted children. He will face psychotic foes, deadly magic, and his own inner-demons on his quest for justice and knowledge, in that foul place called Newbrooke...
Since I’ve only ever written short stories compiled into anthologies, writing a novel has been a big but rewarding challenge for me. It’s wonderful to get to write something long enough to allow for greater character arcs, more twists and turns, and longer action sequences and descriptions of unspeakable horror. I’ve been having a lot of fun writing this novel, and I hope you all have fun reading it. The Devil and the Doctor will be available in paperback and for Kindle this September, and more Malcolm Leeds books, featuring other supernatural foes, will be released in future years.