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  • Everett, WA
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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 "The Beast" 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.


"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

"It threw me for a literary loop, and I could NOT put this baby down!. The characters are very realistic... the plot is amazing. The twists in this story were terrific." - J. Wall, photographer

“The writing was flawless, and the plot was so clever and enticing, that I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys occult mysteries. A riveting story.” – Sandra Carrington-Smith

"A page turner... dragging you into a world where few authors have successfully gone... to the Gates of Hell and back! The thrill ride alone is worth the purchase." - Valerie Bowen, author of the Mind of a Madman series

"Wow...Dan Brown fans watch out! It's gripping, tantalizing... I was hooked by the end of the first chapter and literally unwilling to put it down!" - Nikki, book blogger at Close Encounters With The Night Kind

“Spectacular imagery...” – Michelle Parkins, South Africa

"The character creation is fabulous." - Christina M. Condy, goodreads.com reviewer

"A good break after all the boy-meets-girl plots. Good writing... interesting concepts... a riddle and some clues to solve... I was reminded of Dennis Lehane. Very different from other horror fiction stories... even gave the whole Necronomicon tale a new spin." - Cyma R. Kahn, goodreads.com reviewer

"Brilliantly conceived and executed. A riveting occult crime thriller. I couldn't put it down." - Rai Aren, author of Secret Of The Sands

"A close-the-drapes-and-hang-onto-your-seat-read. Highly recommend it." - Meredith Wright Hutchins, attorney, Olympia, WA

"An ending you will never see coming! Highly recommended!" - Lila L. Pinord, Port Angeles, WA

"Filled with magick... at times drawing one into the evil." - Ellen In Atlanta, amazon.com reviewer

"Plenty of atmosphere and a compelling narrative. A worthwhile roller-coaster ride." - Bob Freeman, author of The Descendant

"What a great story – fast paced and exciting, right to the end." - Roxanne Bland, Of Werewolves And Other Strangers

"Excellent read! Exciting, really moves right along & a wee touch of romance. You wont be sorry!" - Sue McRae, Stanwood, WA

"If you are a fan of Stephen King, you would like this occult thriller. It's not quite explainable and you can't tear yourself away." - John C. Stipa, Virginia

"A tingly, spine-chilling little entry that belongs in any true horror aficionado's collection." - Wendy Potocki, author of The White Lady Murders

“The narrative takes a different approach to the run-of-the-mill Satanist storyline.The action builds nicely and we are drawn into the web of evil and dark revelations as the story progresses.The narrative is rich with details on magic, mystical cycles, and ancient gods and goddesses.” – Drake Morgan at Horror Novel Reviews

"Although this is fiction it makes you wonder whether there is some truth behind the whole story. A real page turner." – Anthony Cessar, Gudja, Malta

Caution: This book is intended for adult readers due to strong language and some implied sexual content of a deviant nature. Note: the sexual content is implied as opposed to graphic. It is not included as a gratuitous element. Rather, it is critical to the background of one of the primary characters, his personal development and the motivation driving his future behavior.

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At 6:01am on March 22, 2011, Mike O'Hare said…

Many thanks for the link up, Gary. I’m looking at ways where we can help each other promote our material and ourselves. I suppose it begins with good communication. Did you have anything in mind in addition to this? I'm not that experienced in writing but I have a wealth of knowledge about people. This is the cover to my co-written book. You’d be welcome to post yours in my comments box or to the text facility on my page. All you have to do is ask :-)

At 6:43pm on March 21, 2011, Mike O'Hare said…
I'm in the throes of helping to breathe a bit of extra life into WRDF. Can we be friends? If so, please add me.

At 9:46am on February 21, 2009, Ann B. Keller said…
Hey, Gary! There you are.

I love your cover for Ash, by the way. Did you enter that cover in any competitions? You might want to try that. It's worthy of an award or two.

Ann B. Keller
At 8:23pm on February 19, 2009, Hywela Lyn said…
Hi Gary

Welcome to Writers and Readers. It's great to have you here. I'm sure you'll soon find your way around and make friends - if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask, we're a friendly bunch.


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Available now: 'Starquest'  ~* 'Dancing With Fate'  (One of the ‘Song of The Muses’ series)
Coming soon from The Wild Rose Press:
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'Freeread': 'A Bargain With Death'  

Reviews for Starquest: "The lovely, lovely descriptions never slow the action, but manage still to convey emotion and carry the narration forward. This is an incredibly original tale, and for all the science fiction trappings is truly a classic quest for love...” 'Snapdragon 'LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS  "If you are looking for action, danger, romance, and love the science fiction then look no further than Hywela Lyn's futuristic romance, Starquest!";Denisse, THE PEN AND MUSE  ~
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At 10:43am on February 19, 2009, Judith said…
Good Morning Gary,

Welcome to the group. Hope you have a fantastic time here.


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Writer, reader, book cover artist, and book trailer video producer.
If a writer, are you published, pre-pubbed, or self-published?
My novel, The Ezekiel Code (www.ezekielcode.com), is published by Outskirts Press, a POD company.
As a writer, what type of stories do you Write or Read?
My first novel, The Ezekiel Code, is billed as a Metaphysical/Mystery/Adventure/Thriller.

The novel I'm currently working on, Ash: Return of the Beast, is an occult/mystery/crime-thriler.
As a reader, what is your favorite genre, writer?
Speculative fiction, sci-fi, religious thriller.

My non-fiction reading tends toward ancient mysteries, world religions, alternative history, paranormal research, quantum physics, etc.
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As a professional in the graphics industry for 30 years I've recently begun creating book cover art and book promo videos for authors.

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My 30 years in the graphics and illustration field have never been so rewarding as the experience of designing book covers. I love the creative challenge of reflecting the essence of an author's story in a visual form. My job, as a cover artist, is to give the potential reader (and, hopefully, the potential buyer!) the motivation to pick up the book and give it a browse. Once that first impression is made and the book is opened the rest is up to the author's words.



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It's pretty simple, really:

If your book cover doesn't grab a potential buyer's eye the potential buyer may not grab your book.

My covers should come with a warning:

Is that an overstatement? Am I exaggerating? No! Well, okay. Maybe a little.

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CryptoNumerology & The Apotheosis: Adding Another Layer To Dan Brown's Latest Mystery

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Two books have been released this year, each focusing on the esoteric underpinnings of the foundation of the Unites States of America and the symbolism related to these underpinnings that are scattered all over Washington… Continue


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