Let me tell you a story...
On November 26th my very first novel, “The Blood in Guthrie,” released on Amazon for Kindle and on paperback. I wish I had been prepared to announce it in a more thorough way, but as many of you know, I live with bipolar disorder, and I have been fighting a “down-time”. That doesn’t make the release of my novel any less exciting, but it does make my participation in promoting it a little less than all-in.
Guthrie was born after a five-hour car ride, while listening to Robert Johnson’s “Crossroad Blues”. It takes place in 1934 Louisiana. While it does have many of the hallmarks of a horror novel—blood, gore, murder—it also has a great deal of detective work, some dark humor, and a hint of a love story. So, I’d like to think there might be something nestled in Guthrie for anyone who just likes a good mystery/thriller.
Here is a synopsis of “The Blood in Guthrie” that will give you a better idea of the story.
1934 Guthrie, Louisiana: population 577—make that 571.
Severed heads, caked in blood, are piling up in the sweltering Louisiana sun with no trace of the bodies they were once attached to. The town is run by dimwitted Sheriff Elmer Avant. His new deputy, a Cincinnati transplant with a dark past, Jack McMann, is trying to ward off his demons by hunting down the killer and saving the people of Guthrie. Unfortunately, the folks in Guthrie don't take kindly to outsiders, and Jack can't seem to drag the truth out of anyone no matter how hard he tries. With a killer roaming around, pecking folks off with no rhyme or reason, it seems everyone in town is averting their eyes to anything that might be considered suspicious. Nothing makes sense in the small town filled with dirty blood and dark secrets, but Jack will have to figure out the brutal be-headings and strange clues before Guthrie is left with a population of zero.
What this synopsis fails to mention is the amazing Minnie, who plays a great part in the story and who, as I love women in horror, is a crucial element.
I have received a lot of support from the women at Ladies of Horror Fiction (www.ladiesofhorrorfiction.com), and I am so grateful for their posts about Guthrie as I continue to try to get my feet wet in the land of horror. I will be making an appearance on their wonderful podcast (Ladies of Horror Fiction podcast) on Tuesday, December 11th. I hope you’ll tune in. Also, Olly, at Sci-fi and Scary gave me a wonderful review, which I am very grateful for.
Self-publishing is a long and winding road, but I chose it for “The Blood in Guthrie” because I wanted the story to be told just as I wrote it. No major edits, no changes in plot, for better or worse. So, I hope you’ll check out my very first novel and leave a review. I hope you enjoy it. I hope you’ll come back to let me tell you more stories in the future. You can find a link to “The Blood in Guthrie” on my published work page, or you can search it on Amazon.
All the best, and until #HumpdayHorror!
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