by David Bain
Want to know what happened to Will Castleton immediately before the events in ISLAND GHOSTS?
My most faithful readers are about to find out!
ISLAND GHOSTS, a short story featuring my paranormal investigator Will Castleton, has been free on Amazon for a year or two now. Readers download hundreds of copies every month. The story takes place while Will is still a U.S. Marshal and supposedly on leave on a Florida key following a particularly violent and traumatic case. But Will’s tropical vacation is no escape from his past. The reporter who cashed in on the tragedy resulting in Will’s psychic abilities is hot on his trail as Will races time through a hurricane to save a woman’s life.
I realized the other day that the time has come for me to tell the story of that horrific case which forced Will to take that mandatory R&R. The time had come to write the prequel to ISLAND GHOSTS.
The working title is PHOENIX BLOOD. Set in Phoenix Arizona, PHOENIX BLOOD will prove to be one of the most suspenseful, grueling and action-packed episodes in Will’s life. During his most terrifying and intense vision ever, Will must simultaneously protect a witness and search out a sadistic killer.
And, as I hinted above, the new story will only be available to the most faithful of my readers. PHOENIX BLOOD, which I hope to deliver by Christmas, will only be offered to current and new newsletter subscribers. I won’t be putting it in a collection or on Amazon or my writer website or anywhere else for at least a year – after which I plan to offer subscribers another exclusive story.
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I remain honored, humbled and awed that anyone reads and enjoys my work, and I want to pay especially devoted readers back. I only send out newsletters a couple times a year, usually for new books or major sales, and I always try to include something special for those who take the time to sign up and trust me with their email. This is just one example. Thanks, again, for reading.
Also, I want to note again that another new Will Castleton story, “The House in Cyrus Holler” – a short novel, actually – will be appearing sometime, probably earlier than later, in the new year, in PIERCING THE DARKNESS, a new charity anthology from Necro Press.
I’m especially excited about this one, first of all, because it’s a charity anthology for a great cause, Children’s Literacy Initiative, secondly because the rumor is Will gets to bat cleanup, holding down the sacred closing position in the book and, last but not least, because I’ll be in some truly awesome company. The table of contents – which you can get a sneak peek of here - also contains stellar writers like Joe Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, F. Paul Wilson, Edward Lee, Kealan Patrick Burke, C. Dennis Moore, Jeff Strand, Brian Keene, Simon Wood, Gary Braunbeck and still more – it’s like a horror writer’s dream team!
“Cyrus Holler” is, for me, at once an homage to old time radio and probably the craziest Castleton story I’ve ever written – there’s ghosts, monsters, mutated hillbillies, time travel, interdimensional travel, narrow escapes, you name it, I tried to pack it in there! Had an absolute blast writing it, and I can’t wait to share it with readers! Watch this space for more news on this one as I learn it!