A little while back, I finished my newest
Ameri-Scares novel —
New Hampshire: Ghosts from the Skies —
and turned it in to
Crossroad Press. Since I have provided images for the covers of each of my novels in the
series to date, I’ve been toying with a few visuals that felt appropriate for
this book. Last night, I made up a composite image, which you can see here. I
reckon it might make a striking cover image, should Crossroad wish to
New Hampshire: Ghosts from the Skies goes something like this....
Thirteen-year-old Heath Sutton invites his friend Patrick Brady over for a
sleepover at his house in Exeter, NH. In the middle of the night, they wake up to see a
cluster of brilliant lights hovering above the nearby woods. To their shock, the boys realize
the lights are part of some gigantic flying object, which appears to leave
something in the woods before it zooms away into the star-filled sky.
The next morning, Heath goes out to the woods to see if he can find what the mysterious object might have left behind. He discovers a weird, metal rod jutting from the trunk of a broken tree. Suddenly, the rod emits a strange musical sound, and Heath feels as if insects are crawling all over his body. In terror, he runs out of the woods, convinced that the weird sound must have been some kind of alien signal.
Heath tells Patrick about what has happened, and the boys decide to learn all they can about Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). Heath recalls that, in 1965, large numbers of people—including Heath’s Grandpa
Dan, then a young boy—reported seeing flying saucers in and around Exeter. In
fact, on that same night, Grandpa Dan’s younger brother, Gene, disappeared without a trace.
Heath feels certain that, all these years later, there must be some connection
to that tragic event. Hoping to learn what that connection might be, he goes to see his grandfather. While there, he glimpses a shadowy figure lurking around the house, seemingly spying on them. Nervous about this strange visitor, he returns home, only to find his parents and sister gone for the day.
However, he quickly discovers is not alone in the house. He hears footsteps coming down the stairs from the second floor. And to his shock and horror, the figure that appears to him turns out to be something unexpected. Something not human.
To his relief, Patrick appears at the door, and the weird, alien figure vanishes. But Heath’s relief is short-lived, for something about Patrick seems different. It takes only a short time for Heath to realize that his friend is no longer his friend. In fact, Patrick, it appears, is no longer even human....
To get the rest, you’ll need to get the book. It’ll be coming soon from Crossroad Press, and you can be certain that I will announce it to the high heavens as soon as it’s here.