I’m very excited about this. David Wood and myself have collaborated on a new novella (almost a novel, in fact) called Dark Rite. It’s coming out in a few weeks from Gryphonwood Press and look at that sweet cover. When my wife saw it, she said, “Ooooh… eesh…” which is *exactly* the reaction I like to hear! When I say it’s almost a novel, it’s actually about 42,000 words, so it’s right at the upper end of novella territory. A lot of the old pulp novels were around the 50-60k word mark. I’m very happy with what David and I have come up with, so I hope readers enjoy it too. Here’s the back cover blurb:
A small mountain town hides a dark secret…
When the death of his father brings Grant Shipman to the tiny Appalachian town of Wallen’s Gap, he believes his biggest problem will be dealing with the slow pace and odd townsfolk. But something sinister is at work. A dark power rises, an echo of the town’s bloody past. A book of blood magic offers an unspeakable horror a gateway into the world of the living, and only Grant stands in the way of their Dark Rite.
And we’ve got a couple of great reactions so far:
“Wood and Baxter have delivered a stunning tale that reminds of an early Stephen King’s talent for the macabre with a pinch of Graham Masterton’s flair for witchcraft and terror. A sinister tale of black magic and horror – not for the faint hearted.” Greig Beck, bestselling author of Beneath the Dark Ice and Black Mountain
“With mysterious rituals, macabre rites and superb supernatural action scenes, Wood and Baxter deliver a fast-paced horror thriller.” J.F. Penn, author of the bestselling ARKANE thriller series
I’ll post again when the book is available to buy. It’ll be available in print and ebook wherever books are sold, and hopefully an audiobook to follow eventually.