“In the tradition of William Peter Blatty and Stephen King, a new voice in horror fiction has arrived—and his name is Paul Sturm,” said Kathie McGuire, director of Brighton Publishing LLC. “As enthusiastic as Paul’s readers are about this book, we’re even more excited to be working with him on this venture. Paul Sturm is a powerful voice capable of entertaining, and scaring, his fans late into the night.”
In Whispers of the Dead, Cooper returns to the family ranch for his mother’s funeral. While there, he learns of a deeply held family secret, of ancient artifacts hidden in caves on the ranch—artifacts originating half a world away that promise everlasting life, and for which he is next in line to be the custodian.
For centuries, elite people of great wealth and stature the world over have journeyed to an eternal spring in the caves, offering kings’ ransoms to purchase eternal life from a terrible creature guarding the shrine and disappear into the immortality of a lost utopia where death has no foothold.
But even in this promised idyllic paradise, nothing is what it seems. Even greater than the price of admission is the terror and punishment for those who dare to leave. And with a devastating drought sweeping across the valley, and the caves and shrine in danger, all that lurks below the surface now desperately wants to get out.
Cooper, along with India, his childhood love, and great uncle Travis, are all that stands between humanity and an ancient, terrible power that may no longer be able to be contained.
“The twists and turns, obstacles and threats facing Sturm’s characters—and us all—in Whispers of the Dead are many, and they seem never to stop coming. But with great skill, he weaves a plot that will frighten and entertain until the final pages are turned,” said McGuire. “This is a book you’ll have a hard time putting down, and one you’ll recommend to all your friends once you’ve finished. The ending alone will leave readers breathless and hopeful for a sequel.”
Award-winning author Paul Sturm holds a doctorate from the University of Texas and is an ongoing student of archeology. He is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas and the Elks Lodge in Cripple Creek, Colorado, where with his wife, Brenda, he escapes to write each summer. He is at work on his next novel Requiem in Blood.
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