Hell's Muse came from a very dark, angry place. Originally it was going to be nothing more than a tool to exercise a few ugly demons from my system. The first chapter begged me 'write'. And so I did. I gave over to those dark demons and allowed the narrative to drag me to Hell (as it were).
The demons, I must confess, were born of the publishing industry and its treatment of indie authors. I felt it necessary to infect a story with the dark side of a business that most readers are usually shielded from. Add in fallen ruler of Hell, a fallen king of the horror genre, a few fallen victims and blend them until the pulpy whole is a vicious mix.
What came to be was a book that has been called the bastard child of Barker and King. Hell's Muse is a book within, within a book, within a book. It's evil, angry, and brought me wicked smile after wicked smile. The book was originally going to be a one-off, but as I reached the end, I realized there was way too much wonder within to just give up after one story. And then...it happened; a happy accident that not only twisted the veins of the plot one last time, it also allowed me to transition the Hell's Muse plot into a trilogy I had planned to write long ago.
Why did I decide to publish something so “damning”? Would this be a case of biting the hand that feeds you? First and foremost, this is horror and with horror one cannot be afraid to push boundaries that others might not want to push. Second, it had to be said. Ultimately, I'm not pointing a demonic finger at any one person or company – it's just a broken system that needed to have it's facade ripped off to show the hideous truth that lay just under the flesh. It was a book that could have only been written and published by an indie author (no publisher would have taken it on for fear of damning themselves).
Hell's Muse marks one of the most important moments in my career as a writer. On a number of occasions this book has been compared to the early writers of Clive Barker. It just so happens, Mr. Barker is my idol. How can that be a major milestone in my career?
I hope to begin the second book of The Nameless sage, The Nails of Calvary, before 2013 comes to a close. I've had the plot for that book laid out for a very long time and every time I near the idea, it growls and bites and threatens me within an inch of my life should I neglect it further.
Patience, my pet, you will be given life, so that others may taste of death.
For those curious, here's the description of Hell's Muse:
In the beginning was the Word - and the Word was a lie.
A struggling writer dives into the dark pits of madness to create his most perfect work - a parallel of his own life, only twisted into a malignant hatred. When the written word opens a gateway to Hell, every truth the writer believes is challenged, every lie made truth.
As a trail of death and sorrow spills from the words, the writer is drawn into an unholy abyss to become Hell's Muse.
You can purchase Hell's Muse from the following locations:
· Barnes And Noble
· Paperback Edition
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