ASH: RETURN OF THE BEAST -- (A supernatural crime chiller, steeped in occult lore by Gary Val Tenuta)
"Rivals the best I've ever read by Stephen King, Peter Straub, or Dean Koontz. Hell, Clive Barker would be proud of this one. Yes, it's that good." - Jeff Whelan •
ASH: Return of the Beast is a modern-day supernatural crime chiller, a tale of revenge steeped in the occult. The story is a work of fiction inspired by a little known factoid about the death of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), the notorious occultist whose favorite number was 666 and whom the British press once labeled as "The Wickedest Man In The World". Crowley’s body was cremated but the unexplained 1947 disappearance of the urn containing his ashes has remained a mystery… until now.
• "An ending you will never see coming!" - Lila L. Pinord •
This diabolical tale propels the reader through a series of curiously interconnected events spanning the years from 1947 (and the death of Aleister Crowley) to the 1990s and the coming-of-age (and eventual stardom) of a "death-metal" rocker with the unlikely name of Rodney Duckworth.
• "Brilliantly conceived and executed. I couldn't put it down." - Rai Aren, author of Secret Of The Sands, Destiny Of The Sands •
The time-line shifts to the present day where Brian Kane, a gruff and gritty street-worn Seattle Police Detective, reluctantly teams up with the mysterious Rowena Ravenwood, an attractive and rather unconventional female FBI agent assigned to a most unusual investigative unit. Their task is to figure out why good, healthy, God-fearing preachers in their fair city are suddenly dropping dead... one at a time... exactly nine days apart.
• "It threw me for a literary loop, and I could NOT put this baby down!." - J. Wall •
What is the meaning of the strange symbols branded onto the bodies of these hapless victims? Are they all part of some bizarre cult? No eyewitnesses. No fingerprints. Is it really murder? Where’s the evidence? And what is the disturbing secret that Detective Kane is holding so close to his chest?
• "The character creation is fabulous." - Christina M. Condy, goodreads.com reviewer •
The investigation catapults Kane and Ravenwood headlong into life-threatening situations as they feel their way through the strange, dark labyrinth of the world of the occult and find themselves battling for their lives against the powerful forces of ritual magick.
• "Filled with magick... at times drawing one into the evil." - Ellen In Atlanta, amazon.com reviewer •
A bloody carnage of unimaginable horror is about to be unleashed upon the world as the offspring of the fabled “Old Ones” are awakened from their ancient slumber.
• "If you are a fan of Stephen King, you would like this occult thriller." - John C. Stipa •
The survival of the entire human race hangs in the balance and the clues to help solve the case are in desperately short supply. Worse yet, so is the amount of time left to stop the mysterious killer's reign of terror before all Hell breaks loose. And – according to Special Agent Ravenwood – that’s not just a figure of speech.
Drop everything (unless it's breakable) and settle back for a good dose o' creepy. Episodes 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the illustrated audio/visual readings from the supernatural/occult crime chiller, Ash: Return Of The Beast, are up and running. The story is set mainly in present day Seattle and was inspired by the mysterious 1947 disappearance of the urn containing the ashes of history's most notorious occultist, Aleister Crowley, who referred to himself as "The Beast" and whom the British press once labeled as "The Wickedest Man In The World".
These illustrated readings are from the multi-part prologue, chronicling the strange events that led up to the present day mystery that became the most baffling and, ultimately the most dangerous criminal case that had ever landed on the desk of police detective Brian Kane. Fortunately for him he has the help of the oh-so-sexy (and tough as nails) Special Agent Rowena Ravenwood to help him solve the case. But that's later in the story. For the time being, turn the lights down, the volume up, go full-screen and get your creepy on. •
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