Ocean View, Hawaii – December 2012. The first printing of john g rees’ new HORROR novel Out of Stone is going through its final stages before publishing in early 2013. Out of Stone takes two characters from his earlier award-winning anoxic zone series and gives them headline roles. They fulfill them rather tremendously;
Sechra may have been a child when she was salvaged from the revolution, but not before witnessing the barbaric nature of the enemy. The nightmares she lived through could not be forgotten, nor the odium in her soul. She hid the execration behind sparkling eyes and a seemingly open nature. Just behind her eyes, however, lurked something entirely disturbing. Sechra’s subconscious found release through her artistic abilities. No one initially thought anything of her renderings other than they lent themselves to the macabre. The hideous subject matter was overlooked, as it seemed a cathartic for the young woman.
What wasn’t seen, however, was the dark hand that guided her artwork, or the deep-seated hatred that gave strength to her arms and hands to create it. Not until it was too late, that is.
Her aunt, Karuna Danesti, raised the young Sechra. Her love for the child kept her from seeing the darkness within the girl’s work. Let us say ‘love is blind’. But love is also unconditional. Karuna would do anything to save Sechra from a fate worse than death. Anything!
Sechra’s journey takes her back into the Transylvanian Alps of her youth. The hardship of traveling by motorcycle deep into the mountains is nothing compared to what awaits her at the end of the road. Karuna flees Romania, only to return to its distant past, in an effort to salvage the future, Sechra, and herself.
Evil is not something that wishes to be put away in the darkness, to be shuttered out of the light and out of sight, as we would like it to be. No, it wants to live among men and be the very bane of their existence.
The epic, award winning anoxic zone series continues on with john g rees’ Out Of Stone. If you thought evil had been put to rest with his previous novels, think again.
john g rees was a salvage diver out of Honolulu for some years in the 80’s and 90’s, getting a lot of research for his novels first hand. Working in Pearl Harbor and the Pacific Islands. He dived the watery field in his youth, on Navy vessels to Japanese fishing boats to bridges, only to see all the horror years later. He enjoys writing it down with his feet up!
TITLE: Out Of Stone
AUTHOR: john g rees
Publisher: Black Water Books
Advanced copies are available to reviewers.