The author explained his inspiration to write dark tales began early: “I was born in 1957 in a small town in Western Pennsylvania that had — and still has — one traffic light. There wasn’t a whole lot to do there, and we had few neighbors, so I learned to play quite a bit of make-believe – soldiers, cowboys and Indians, that kind of thing. At the same time, I loved to read and watch old movies. On Saturdays, my dad played in a country western band, and I stayed up to wait for him. It was during that stretch that I discovered the horror movie. You know the ones I mean. Karloff, Chaney, Lee. The masters, right?”
The novel begins when Professor Beth Lowe’s dog, Flapjack, is savaged by wolves. Flapjack not only survives but grows larger… and more vicious. A thousand-year cycle of carnage is reaching its climax once more, and the peaceful wooded hills will soon be smeared with blood. Sheriff Cutlip leads his community in a hunt for the hidden terror, but when his own brother is bitten, the sheriff must confront terrible choices, and he can’t do so alone.
Commenting on the release, Greyhart Press publisher Tim C. Taylor said: “One of the aspects I love most about this story is that the characters feel so real. They are ordinary people transformed into quiet heroes when they confront the evil that has infiltrated their peaceful community.”
The Clearing , a supernatural thriller that will be enjoyed by fans of Dean Koontz and Stephen King, is published March 1st in paperback (ISBN 978-1481077682:
Notes to editors
About Thomas Rydder: Rydder was born in 1957 in a small town in Western Pennsylvania that had — and still has — one traffic light. There wasn't a whole lot to do there, and he had few neighbors, so he learned to play quite a bit of make-believe — soldiers, cowboys and Indians, that kind of thing.
Fast forward 40 years and he’s the project manager for a small civil engineering firm in picturesque Charleston, South Carolina with his wife and four rescue pets (two dogs, two cats) — and eight feral cats outside that put up with him because he gives them two squares a day.
He’s never stopped creating, and ‘The Clearing’ is the result.
Rydder is donating 25% of his royalties to the Feline Freedom Coalition, a charity operating in the Charleston area.
Find out more about Thomas at his website: thomasrydder.wordpress.com/
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