Among the celebrations today for Fat Tuesday, I am also extremely excited to announce the release of my latest novel Palace of Ghosts. For those looking for something in the vein of Jacob’s Ladder meets The Haunting of Hill House (with touches of Lovecraft), I think Palace of Ghosts may be a story up your alley. Palace of Ghosts is a story that addresses my own ghosts. I wanted to explore the question of what would happen if traumatic memory could take physical form and terrorize and haunt the host.
Since 2008, I have sought some way to express what I’ve buried deep inside myself, what bubbles up between the cracks in my mask. I also wrote this story to hopefully give another perspective on how veterans returning from war think how other people see us, as if we’re otherworldly shadows…ghosts you might say, or something else entirely. I also wanted to talk about exposure therapy, a very real form of therapy that psychologists use to help veterans, and in a lot of cases to produce productive and healthy results. Some are not as lucky. The story is not a criticism of exposure therapy. Perhaps a warning, though. Be careful searching the psyche of men and women who have been to war and come home, you may not like what you find.
I want to personally thank my team for helping make Palace of Ghosts a physical reality. To Luke Spooner for the amazing cover design, to Patrick Loveland for his awesomely creepy interior chapter images, to Duncan Ralston for his support, confidence, and proofing, to my editor Chad Clark, for making me kill more than a few darlings on this, but all for the better. And lastly, to my wife, Kaia, for her support, love, and patience as I once again entered and exposed that dark world called memory.
Palace of Ghosts
Now Available on eBook and paperback (audiobook coming soon)
Four veterans of the Iraq War seeking a cure for Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder arrive at a notoriously haunted house in the bogs of Galveston Island called Amon Palace.
Samantha Green, a friendless former Army K-9 handler looking for a way to put her loss behind her. Brad Myers, a lighthearted former Military Police Officer severally wounded in war wanting nothing more than a good nights sleep. Andy Lovejoy, an overweight light spoken drone operator who once watched the war from above now questions who he has become. Marcus Pangborn, a headstrong Marine who desperately wants a dead friend’s forgiveness. The group joins Doctor Frederick Peters, an experimental psychologist looking to prove his exposure theory hypothesis, and his two assistants, Tiffany Burgess and Dexter Reid.
At first, their stay seems to conjure nothing more than spooky encounters with inexplicable phenomena. But Amon Palace is gathering its powers—and soon it will reveal that these veterans are not who they seem.
Again, huge thanks to my team for their contributions and support. And also to you for taking a chance and (potentially) reading my new book. I know horror is not for everyone and subjects such as PTSD can be too heavy for some, and that’s okay. My goal is to relate my own emotions on these complex matters, to be as honest as I can, even if that means the truth being ugly (because it often is). I also want to write something that is entertaining and will (hopefully) give you nightmares. Can’t say I didn’t try! Until next time friends, don’t forget to…
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