Summoned into her dying mother’s coma, recovering addict Eunice Ames must traverse a surreal, apocalyptic dreamscape in search of three generational spirits who have imprisoned her mother’s soul. Together with Joseph, a crippled drifter who serves as her guide, Eunice treks an abandoned highway strewn with debris from her mother’s “emotional” wars. Along the way, she encounters Mister Mordant, a perpetually whiny grub, Reverend Ash a fragile, supremely self-righteous minister, and Sybil, a beautiful sylph with a knack for deception. Eunice and Joseph endeavor to lead this peculiar brigade into the hell of her mother’s making, through the swamp of Mlaise and the volcanic plains of Cinder, to the Dark Throne where they were forged. Along the way, Eunice experiences, in awful living color, the forces that have shaped her mother’s descent into madness and disease.
Yet a more malevolent power conspires against Eunice. For not only is she forced to relive the psychological terrain of her own upbringing, she must now confront the darkness it has spawned… the one inside her. Can Eunice destroy the spirits that have cursed her family and rescue her mother, or will the sun set on their hell forever? The Wizard of Oz meets Dante’s Inferno in this novella a dark adult fairy tale about finding faith, redemption, and confronting the monsters of our psyche.
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I’ve lived in SoCal my entire life. My wife Lisa and I were married in 1980, and have raised four children, all of whom live in Southern California. I grew up reading, drawing, watching the Twilight Zone, going to the weekend matinee — pretty much anything I could do to escape. I attended Catholic school before veering off on my own spiritual quest, one that’s left me bruised but wiser.
I’ve chronicled my conversion to Christianity in a series of blog posts entitled The Hard Road Home#1, #2 and #3. Shortly after becoming a Christian, I was ordained and planted a church in my hometown. I remained in full-time ministry for eleven years. It was a bittersweet experience, one I chronicled in my essay “The Ark,” which was published in Relief Journal 2.3 and received the Editor’s Choice award. During that time, I preached, taught adult Sunday School, led worship, counseled, developed discipleship curriculum for several churches, trained small group leaders, and was a Youth Pastor. After leaving the ministry, I returned to the construction field, and during my off hours began to pursue a career in writing.
I have published in a variety of mediums, both traditionally and independently, I’m referred to as a hybrid author. In Spring of 2010, I signed a two-book contract with Charisma House. My first book,The Resurrection, was released in February 2011. My second novel, The Telling, released in May 2012.Subterranea is an anthology of my short stories that have been published in various outlets. One reviewer described my digital novella Winterland as “John Bunyan meets Tim Burton.” More recently I published The Ghost Box: A Reagan Moon Novel, the first in an Urban Fantasy series following paranormal reporter Reagan Moon and his otherworldly antics in the City of Angels. The Ghost Box was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of best independently published novels of 2015. I have a non-fiction project entitled Christian Horror: On the Compatibility of a Biblical Worldview and the Horror Genre in which I explore the Judeo-Christian roots of contemporary horror, the religious themes that frame much of the horror art, and how evangelical culture has come to distance itself from such a potentially rich and powerful medium. I am a guest columnist atNovel Rocket, which was included in Writer’s Digest 101 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS, 2008, 2010 & 2011. I’ve been interviewed in various mediums, including Rue Morgue magazine Issue 87 for an article entitled “Divinity in Darkness,” ABC’s Encounter podcast “Sacred Horror: Zombie resurrections and Vampire Souls” and Christian Today magazine. My article “Old v. New” on the evolution of zombie films appeared in Zombies Magazine Spring 2014 issue. BreakPoint magazine included my non-fiction commentary entitled The Mission Field of Young Adult Fiction: Re-Examining Cultural Engagement with the Next Generation. To find out more details about all my writing, see my BOOKS page