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Welcome Home Abigail: Kiss of the Calliope ... A Tale For One & All

I decided to go back with my eighth go-around with this book writing business.

Way back.

I can remember the time when I wanted something more from the fiction I was reading ... something darker; much darker than the books and comics I was reading in those days. Fed up with happy endings and stories tied up nicely with a bow, I was ready for more. And yes, even though sometimes happy endings are fine, a change is definitely nice every now and again. So ... all those years ago, when I was about 8 or 9, I ventured into my sister's room and looked through her collection of books.

I stumbled across a bunch of books by a dude named RL Stine. The covers filled me with a sense of excitement--the same sense of excitement you feel when waiting in line to ride a wicked roller coaster at a theme park--you know the feeling.

As I held those dozen or so books in my sister's collection and rifled through the pages, a feeling passed through me and in it there was a hint of something I couldn't exactly put my finger on ... something sinister, but I knew I'd hit the mark and I couldn't have been happier at what I'd found. It's the feeling all of us fans of horror feel when we've found a book we just know we'll love. Gore and just what I was looking for leaked through the pages of those books, I just knew it, and believe it or not, I was more than ready for it.

My sister also had a decent amount of Christopher Pike novels and they did the trick too (boy, did they!). And just like that I was hooked. I read those books and others voraciously, horror suddenly becoming my favorite genre. As time passed, I even got into Diane Hoh, who was also a great storyteller.

So it was these writers who were responsible for ushering me to a land of horror and excitement in which I currently dwell, and I will forever be grateful. As time passed, I graduated to Stephen King, others ... and well, the rest is history.

So this is why at this point in my career, I've decided to write a novel, a horror novel, that would be suited for youngsters ... youngsters that are ready for a little more. And I know that it's a departure from the usual books I like to write, but heck, I had a great old time writing this one and if I do say so myself, it's quite the spine-chiller.

The truth is, I've always wanted to write some novels like this--novels that were suitable for one and all like the masters and teachers I mentioned above. And not to worry, you grown-ups out there will get a kick out of this one too, as it's not just for kids. The themes are lighter and the horror is a tad tamer, but I guarantee that when you put the kids to bed and curl up to read Kiss of the Calliope, it'll scare even you. So keep a light on, won't you.

Until next time.

Keep reading Friends and Readers


PS: Find the novel here in print and in eBook format ...

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Domenic Marinelli is the author of Weathered Tracks, Save … Act – A Collection of Ten Stories, Miles In The Dark, Beneath The White Darkness, 13 Years of Lamentation, Resonant Words (articles), Strays In The Cold and Kiss of the Calliope. He is also a freelance writer who has contributed various pieces (over 100) to many publications including The Sportster, The Gamer, Hot Cars and Steel Notes Magazine.

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