As the third instalment of "On A Storyteller’s Night” gets
well under way, we look at the curve in the outlay, as well as seeing a more
emphasised glance on the horror content. While the first three novels circulate
throughout the outlets of both Kindle eBook and Paperback, the build of the
fourth Story-Short is destined to be even more successful.
Rising Dawn packs a powerful punch to the world of horror, with
its own unique style that unleashes a mystical beauty that is as deadly as a poisonous
Rock Fish of stealth and the off-loading introductions of more residents who
are to tell their tales of an island in mortal crisis. It is this that will
bring the reader face to face with real fear – real psychological taunts – that
will have them reaching for the bedside lamp or the sanctity of living,
breathing and caring flesh that resides in a loved one to snuggle up to for the
feeling of warmth and safety.
As with all horror, the flavour of one’s choice, as we have
seen so many times in the past, has become the bitter sweet nocturnal Anti-Viagra
of another. While many would favour King’s work over that of Koontz, others
would say that the one holding the magic pen is neither the King of horror, nor
the younger and wide-awake starry-eyed boy who made an impact in his own right
to scare the hell out of readers. With my style of horror, however, and maybe I
am being a little big headed in the tone that I use, the fundamentals of horror
are based upon a personal level that only I can imagine would scare the shit
out of others. Don’t get me wrong, the flavour is just as selective as that of
Stephen King and Dean Koontz, and yet the whole formula is varied in direction.
I am in no way insinuating that the work I do is better – or worse – than these
Masters that I have nothing but respect for, but I do stake a claim that when
it comes to the most inner workings of a tender mind, the horrors of experience
and that of the straying imagination of childhood fears, it is On A Storyteller’s
Night Series that will have many a reader breaking their stare away from
darkness and shadows for fear that their very souls will be swallowed up or
In the first of its eleven chapters "Cry Of The Lamb” takes
the reader back to 1745, when the island is visited upon by a stranger in
search of something ancient…a key – The Key; According to legend, "The Key” was
something of a mystery to the elders, and the ones who had no name – though
some of The High Guard Council who still lived referred to them as The Orixis, the
ones who lived on the western part of the island and who were very private in
both their lives and practices. The whole idea of there being anything that
resembled the description anywhere in existence upon the island – or anywhere
else - was almost discarded, until one man came forward to address the elders
with a very vivid description of the object.
Upon the Isle of Storm the killings and murders from both
known and unknown causes were at their very height, though Sheekan’s had become
the main suspects, and something that was preferred to be blamed for the
gruesome deaths. Panic, fear, desperation and final options were executed, as
the damaged bridge to the north eastern part of the island had become more than
a focus point by most residents. As this was the way in which the stranger,
Jarred Carmichael claimed he had entered upon the island, it was the bewildered
faces that showed reasons why they feared the entrapment of the island cursed
by the gods themselves.
It is the journey of this stranger that opens up a new
storyline, one which will lead the reader into a whole new world of horror,
terror and demonic manifestations that bring forward one of the most
anticipated novels of the entire series – "Severed Ties: The Storyteller’s End”.
Here you will find the answers for many of the unanswered questions that have
been asked for a long time; where is the Island? Who are the residents? What is
the plan of the gods? Where do the two bridges lead?
As some have asked whether or not "Severed Ties” would spoil
this series, it is with pleasure that I say "No”, because where one door
closes, so another door opens for a tale to be told. It is the continuity of
the residents that will live on in the series of novels, not the storyline of
one which will end it. The twists and turns that wind their way around the
stories, whether they are those of individuality or combined in unison with
others, the Isle of Storm (Storm Island), will take each its readers to a
different place entirely, but deliver them all to the same destination – fear.
As the chapters are built and the storylines unravelled,
each month I will be posting a single Synopsis to calm many of the burning
questions that some readers may have. And, while the Synopsis’s are delivered,
so too will the "Storyline” of Severed Ties: The Storyteller’s End.
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