‘Out Of Stone’ Rocks!

Out Of Stone by john g rees
Out Of Stone by john g rees

My new book ‘Out of Stone’ continues the saga of the epic ‘anoxic zone’ series. Twenty years have gone by since we last met Karuna and were introduced to the child Sechra. Jake and Johnny have left the scene along with their arch nemesis, Vlad Tepes III. To say they took evil with them would be a lie. You cannot battle against darkness and expect to win.

History will not repeat itself within these pages. You, my dear reader, deserve far better than that. Tepes is just a pawn in evil’s chess game. The game is young, with more disturbing, more powerful pieces yet to move. ‘Out Of Stone’ is one of those moves.

Two supporting characters in ‘Halocline’ have been forced into play. Whether by chance or fate, it is hard to say, but for Sechra and Karuna the game turns exceptionally ugly.

Sechra’s innocence was torn from her at an early age. In a moment of hatred, desperation, and fear she opened her little soul story to the breath of darkness. Unknown to Sechra and those she loved this darkness, this evil directed her, guiding her to become a master sculptor. After a series of frightening and unsettling experiences, Sechra must take a treacherous journey by motorcycle deep into the mountains of the Transylvanian Alps. A dark fate awaits her.

Karuna, in her love for the child she raised, must reach passed the darkness within her own soul if she wishes to save Sechra from a fate worse than death. Sometimes love is not enough.

‘Out of Stone’ is a challenging, disturbing search to discover what will happen when Sechra finishes her final sculpture!

Enjoy!

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THE FOURTH NOVEL: Into The Depths Of Hell

The initial edit completed as well as the follow-up rewrite for my new novel; working title –Tears of Stone –and is now being formatted to send to my editor and readers. Having sailed into uncharted waters with my first three books, anoxic zone, Halocline, and Black Tide, and setting new standards for gore and violence, the fourth could to be no less than a horrific ride into the gaping mouth of hell.

Tears of Stone(working title) revolves around a young character we meet in Halocline. Twenty years have passed since the revolution that created a free country. Freed from the yoke of Megacorp and a tyrannical, cruel and insane despot, the country grew and prospered. Slavery and slaughter during the revolution however left the country with nationwide epidemic of PTSD. Most dealt with it. A few unfortunately, did not. This opened the gates of hell once again. A metaphor, for they had actually never really been closed.

Our protagonist, against the odds, survived the barbarically horrendous revolution, at which she had a front row seat. What was witnessed in those early years hardened the tender areas of youth. The seeds of hatred fell upon the fertile soil of her mind, giving her strength to endure the madness.

In a twist of fate the girl is saved from the nightmare her young life had become, but not before her hatred had taken root. Her life on the run from the madness of the revolution was replaced with one of privilege, education and art. Through her art, the girl turned woman, and was able to relieve herself of some of the memories life had bequeathed her. Notoriety and fame would come from her ability to carve stone, touching her life, changing it forever.

As her talent blossomed so did the darkness that so early in life reached out for her. The hatred, anguish, and horror at seeing her family and community brutally tortured, slain, and placed in chains, wanted to live amongst men. This thing, this hatred, this evil would use the girl it bonded with so long ago to bring it to life.

The first few pages set the hook of the story. Then, until the end, we get deep into our characters’ heads to understand the nightmare their lives have become. More than one antagonist exerts pressure on the tale. Hatred, evil, greed, revenge, are my usual nemeses. Once again they rear their ugly heads to wreak havoc on mankind, being truly the sources of all that ails us. Our tale takes us on a ride into the macabre, literally. If you have read my previous works you know how wild things can get. And they do get a tad outré. Not to disappoint my readers, the action and intensity is up to par. My wife, Mara, after doing the initial read, aside from being grossed out, said that ‘this may be the best thing you’ve written.’ I’m good with that, because she is right. Though Tears Of Stone is a stand alone read, the story is related to anoxic zone, Halocline and Black Tide, therefore reading one of the previous will shed some light on a few of the inside jokes and characters. Hold on as I take you where few readers have gone before.

TESTING THE MAINSTREAM WATERS

There is a high of sorts that comes from publishing a book. When you pull that first copy from the box you get hit with a mainline of the good stuff. Having just printed my third book, Black Tide, not only have I chased the dragon but was able to grab its tail. The rush passes but the feel good remains. Now what? This is the eternal dilemma of all authors. Selling the damn thing.

We’ve worked our fingers to the bone getting them on e-pub, consignment, and as many internet sources as we could find. Even to the extent of buying shelf space in some stores. I guess bony fingers come with being a starving artist.

Through another local writer we heard of the KDP select being offered by Amazon. Having never gone mainstream before it was not without some trepidation to jump in. You never know until you try.

My novels will be put into the KDP Select consecutively, beginning with, anoxic zone. This is your chance to pick them up at rock bottom prices. Great horror should not be allowed to collect dust.

anoxic zone by john g rees

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Aloha from john g rees, author of ‘anoxic zone’ and ‘Halocline’!

Welcome to my world. Those of you that have read my books catch the drift. Those that haven’t, you really should dip your eyes into the dark prose. Sometimes it gets a little too real, even for me. The stories don’t push the envelope, they more explode all over you. It get’s a little messy. The heavy-handed vulgarity, drug use, and impalings have a point. Okay, maybe I push it a little too far. But in order to rattle the reader in these days of gratuitous violence, sex and aliens, you sort of have to. And though the point may be buried deep inside someone, it’s there.

Always in the background of the first two novels is the corporation, in this case Megacorp. Greed drives its M.O. and there is no limit. This is far scarier to me than the Vlad that I have created, because it is happening now. The third book reveals among other things an evisceration of the corporate giant. Does it get killed? Good question. Answers are given that create more questions as we learn the background and makings of Jake and Johnny.

One of my readers says it ‘rocks’. I’ll take her word for it.

‘Black Tide’ is shooting for a late fall release and we at Black Water Books are pretty stoked about it.

http://www.blackwaterbooks.com

 

Aloha, john g