by Alan Draven
Bitternest’s favorite radio disc jockey and debunker of supernatural myths Nick Kubrick is on vacation and on his way to Montreal to surprise his big brother. When he gets there, he finds his brother’s mailbox overflowing with mail and the lawn hasn’t been mowed in weeks. No sign of him anywhere. He decides to stick around town and try to find out where he is. Nick rapidly realizes that the city of Montreal isn’t so different from his spooky hometown of Bitternest as a string of bizarre, gruesome murders are shocking the city. After bumping into an old high school buddy named Lance, Nick is invited to a gated community that Lance and his wife designed. It’s a postcard-perfect spot, but there is definitely something odd about the place. No one’s over forty, there aren’t any kids anywhere, and its residents all look like supermodels. Things come full circle when Nick returns to eerie Bitternest and is approached by private eye Jim Coffin who requests his assistance to investigate a series of strange, ghastly murders. Are these murders linked to the ones in Montreal? Meanwhile, a mysterious traveling carnival rolls into town. Nick and Jim are in for a few surprises and when all will be said and done, Nick will never be the same again….
About the Author
Alan Draven was born the same year Canadian slasher film "Black Christmas" hit theatres. He lives in Montreal, Canada. His stories have been published online, in magazines, and anthologies and can be found in two collections: The Bitternest Chronicles and Spooky Showcase. His two first novels, Bitternest and Fractured Time were published in 2007 and 2011 respectively. In 2008, he edited the gothic anthology Sinister Landscapes which went on to become a number one Amazon bestseller. He can be reached 24 hours a day via Facebook at facebook.com/bitternest and on his blog at bitternest.blogspot.com
- Black Bed Sheet Books, October 2014
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