Please join me in congratulating Jeremy Hepler.
Today he signed the contract (in blood, of course) to publish his debut novel THE BOULEVARD MONSTER next spring with Bloodshot Books.
As Tom Deady‘s story did earlier in the open call, Jeremy’s novel stood out from the pack.
Here’s a little teaser for you all:
“When forty-four-year-old construction worker Seth Fowler sees a woman’s body in the bed of his best friend’s truck, he assumes it’s a mannequin. A Halloween decoration. A blow-up doll. Anything other than a corpse. But when he touches the woman and looks into her frozen, horrified eyes, his assumptions are proven wrong and he knows he must notify the police. What he doesn’t know is that notifying the police will set in motion a chain of events that could jeopardize the lives of his entire family.
Within twenty-four hours of calling the cops, his best friend’s truck is found abandoned at a nearby lake, and Luther, an ageless, bloodthirsty man with unfathomable powers who is protected by a horde of demented blue jays, hunts Seth down and gives him an ultimatum: take his friend’s place and begin disposing of corpses in exchange for a wealthy sum of money, or he and his family will die.
Unsure of the depth of Luther’s wrath and capabilities, Seth gives in to Luther’s demands. But how long can he hide the truth from his family and the police? What horrific choices and sacrifices is he willing to make to protect his family? And can he avoid becoming a monster himself?”
The Boulevard Monster will be released in the spring of 2017.