"Like the darkest stories of Poe, Stevenson, and
Doyle, it is a slow-burning tale of claustrophobia, madness, secrets, and
myths." - Beauty in Ruins
"If you haven't had the pleasure to stumble upon
Cavendish, Wrath of the Ancients is a great one to introduce yourself." KenMcKinley - Into the Macabre
"The apprehension was so intense
that I kept looking up from the book, checking every dark corner in my
room, making sure no portraits were staring at me." - Black Magic Reviews
"If you’re looking for a great horror book to read,
look no further! Wrath of the Ancients has all the ingredients for
a spooky tale." - Mello and June
"In a world of zombies, vampires and prehistoric sea creatures, Wrath of the Ancients is a breath of fresh air." - Two Book Lovers' Reviews
archeologist Dr. Emeryk Quintillus has unearthed the burial chamber of
Cleopatra. But this tomb raider’s obsession with the Queen of the Nile has
nothing to do with preserving history. Stealing sacred and priceless relics, he
murders his expedition crew, and flees—escaping the quake that swallows the
site beneath the desert sands . . .
widow Adeline Ogilvy has accepted employment at the mansion of Dr. Quintillus,
transcribing the late professor’s memoirs. Within the pages of his journals,
she discovers the ravings of a madman convinced he possessed the ability to
reincarnate Cleopatra. Within the walls of his home, she is assailed by
unexplained phenomena: strange sounds, shadowy figures, and apparitions of
pursued Dr. Quintillus from Egypt. Something dark, something hungry. Something
tied to the fate and future of Adeline Ogilvy . . .
Stuart R. West has the knack of keeping me entertained, not only with his creepy characters and storylines, but with the humour he injects into his stories. Here he talks about his latest - Peculiar County, where the creepiest things have a habit of happening....
County is not only the name of my new nostalgic
ghost tale, it’s an October state of mind. It doesn’t matter where you live,
Peculiar County can sort of creep up on you, kinda like a shadow that shouldn’t
be moving of its own volition. You’ll know when you’ve been plunged deep into
Peculiar County, the signs are many: falling leaves the color of fire; the
crisp, brisk breath of air that teases ill omens; darkness so thick you’re
tempted to take an axe to it to loosen an impossible ray of sunshine.
It’s a time and place where witches run the
local library, a boy’s ghost stalks the cornfields next door, and strange,
unseen creatures take flight at night. At least that’s the Peculiar County I’ve
written about. But we all have our own personal Peculiar Counties to deal with,
childhood fears to contend with and pesky monsters that still lurk under the bed.
And that’s what I’ve tried to do with my
book, Peculiar County. Evoke that
curious blend of nostalgia and creepy allure even though we all know it’s bad
for us. It’s the kind of book I would’ve alternately cherished and been
terrified by as a boy, forbidden fruit. It’s what Halloween is all about. And I
suppose, in a way, I’m once again writing about what scares me. Confronting my
demons. (Because I don’t think I’ll EVER get over creepy old ladies coming back
from the dead. Brrrr…)
The heroine of my tale is Dibby Caldwell, a
teen tomboy, the mortician’s daughter in a small Kansas town in the ‘60’s.
Dibby deals with common teen issues such as bullying, the cute new bad boy in
town, a runaway mother, ghosts next door, a serial killer stalking the town…
Wait. Okay, maybe all of Dibby’s issues aren’t so common after all. But then
again, there’s nothing common about Peculiar County.
Nothing except for our childhood fears, the
ones we still can’t shake.
So this Halloween, go outside, pull up a
pumpkin, and read beneath a full moon. Settle in at Peculiar County. It’s gonna
be a spine-tingling ride.
“Amazingly good.Brilliant.Pitch perfect
characterizations and intriguing use of language remind me of the master
writer, Stephen King. Dibby is a heroine of the first order taking charge in a
very Peculiar County in Kansas. Totally recommended for light horror fans.” –
The Cellophane Queen 5-starred review.
Stuart R. West is a
lifelong resident of Kansas,
which he considers both a curse and a blessing. It's a
curse because...well, it's Kansas.
But it's great because…well, it’s Kansas.
Lots of cool, strange and creepy things happen in the Midwest,
and Stuart takes advantage of them in his work. Call it “Kansas Noir.” Stuart writes thrillers and
mysteries usually tinged with humor, both for adult and young adult audiences.
Stuart spent 25 years in the corporate
sector and now writes full time. He’s married to a professor of pharmacy (who
greatly appreciates the fact he cooks dinner for her every night) and has a 25
year old daughter who’s dabbling in the nefarious world of banking. (Stuart
also finds it uncomfortable writing about himself in the third person, but