The painting loomed, large and foreboding. At a little over six feet tall and five feet wide, it wasn’t the strangest he’d ever seen, but close. A girl with a wounded, sack-like face; a boy with pinhole eyes and a cruel sneer; and a distant shadow peering out from behind a dying tree, all stared back at him.
Yet it wasn’t only the subjects that challenged him, but the note that came with the anonymous painting.
"Here in Art, Denial."
For professor Daniel Rineheart, these four words herald a riddle that sets off a surreal nightmare. Where objects from his past manifest in canvas and oil. Where painted clocks tick-tock away in the dark hours before dawn and a missing dog whimpers from between the walls. Where the painted subjects themselves leave the canvas to stalk the halls of his once quiet house.
And where all answers lead back to a blind artist and an impossible creation, one that threatens to destroy his family and devour his sanity.
FORSAKEN is a dark novel, a throwback to the haunted tales that slowly boil and get beneath the skin, sticking with the reader after the pages are finished and the story is over. It's a dark tale that blends the line between the psychological and the supernatural and challenges the reader to descend into a maddening world where past and present blend together, where the blind see far beyond the living veil, and where evil comes alive in oil and art.
As if that doesn't sound cool enough, the author went on to tell me that his target audience for this book "are the type of people who like character driven horror that's not afraid to get messy, the kind of readers who think vampires should have a pair of fangs and, well, balls, and that they definitely don't twinkle in the twilight. The kind of readers who, like me, read a bit too much King and Barker and saw a few too many scary movies at far too early of an age and are still trying to recapture that early fear."
Well, I think that pretty much describes all of us true horror fans! This is one to check out for sure!
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