My Thirst for Horror: a guest post by J.M. Shorney, author of "Night of All Evil"
Of All Evil: Freya Monroe used to be part of a circle that engaged in the occult, but has turned her back on it. However the circle are determined to bring her back into the fold, to use her powers for their means, including resurrecting their leader from the dead. The group will stop at nothing to achieve their aims and Freya must call on all her resources to resist the power of evil. But will it be enough?
A tense tale of gothic horror – not for the faint-hearted.
thirst for Horror, Witchcraft, and the fascination with Highgate
by JM Shorney
is it that draws us down the Dark Path of Evil?
interest in what is known in satanic circles as the Left Hand Path
began at the age of seventeen. Maybe it was even earlier, when as a
child I thrilled to my father's winter entertainment of telling the
inevitable ghost story.
these were no tales of fiction, for my father possessed the ability
to see dead people. This ability lessened as he grew older, but as a
youth, he recounted tales of ghostly coachman and mysterious lights
disappearing into gnarled old trees. Of headless horsemen, and a
spectral hunt riding through an abandoned priory. His stories of
otherworldly apparitions fuelled my appetite for things to come.
a teenager I was invited to join a coven of witches. I was chosen
because I devoured so many books on the Occult and psychic self
defence. Although what I knew of these covens, their Satanic Masses
consisted of young girls dancing naked around a bonfire, prey to all
kinds of temptations.
father knew of these things, and threw the letter in the fire.
first novel I released through Amazon, All
of them Vampires!, takes
a journey through history, beginning with the French Revolution where
we meet the vampire the Comte de Santigny, whom I based on Comte De
Saint Germain, a man reputed to be immortal. I then take the story to
Highgate Cemetery where Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal, the wife of the
artist and poet, Dante Gabriel Rossetti lies. The vampire is Lizzie,
taken by the Old One at the hour of her suicide.
fascination with the old Victorian cemetery in North London comes
alive once again in Night
Of All Evil.
The night in question is All Hallows Eve, or All Souls, when the veil
is thinnest and the dead allegedly walk among us. There is no night
better chosen than to resurrect the satanist Dante LeVey. LeVey, once
as powerful as either John Dee or Aleister Crowley, breathed his
last, on December 31st, 1999.
promised to return with the help of his coven, the Hecate Circle,
following three virgin sacrifices and an unblemished host body. Then
he would release chaos and debauchery to the world. The night of his
death murder and crime were rife, that people considered to be due to
the end of the century. There is only one person capable of both
returning him to the world and his destruction; the most powerful
witch and medium Freya Monroe.
apart from helping the bereaved as a medium, is in retirement. Not
even her second husband is aware of her powers. In the wake of her
departure from the Circle ten years previously, disillusioned by
their debauched ways, her first husband Richard was discovered burned
to death at the wheel of his car while the rest of the interior
Circle want her back, They need her for the powerful ritual. LeVey,
once her lover. needs her but she is afraid for her husband and son.
She fears they will be destroyed as Richard was. When the Circle
kidnap the Monroe’s
six year old son, and hold him at the mercy of a powerful demon,
Freya has no choice but to return to the Circle.
Army captain, Nick Monroe, Freya's husband, has had his share of
warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq. No witches are going to scare him
that easily. All Freya has is her love for her husband and son, her
faith and Holy Water. Which is the most powerful?
of the Monroes will do battle against the Dark Forces in their own
way, well, with a bit of help from an anthropologist and a jaded
police inspector, as they all convene on a ruined chapel in Highgate
Wood on the most unholy of nights .
an avid reader of the late Dennis Wheatley's novels,
The Satanist, The Haunting Of Toby Jugg
Devil Rides Out,
this book is my homage to one of the master storytellers of the last
have also written several crime novels from the perspective of the
criminal, including a trilogy dealing with a young gangster's release
from prison. This character, Aidan McRaney, embarks on a sexual and
criminal rampage, before settling down with his woman and his
children, but he has a reputation that will always be exploited.
Exploring the darker side of the human mind makes a fascinating
vehicle for the written word. I’ve
recently finished a new story in the Aidan McRaney saga called The
Dangerous Ones, where
vengeance is shadowing McRaney’s
life in shocking and twisted ways.
also working on another gothic horror. A young parapsychologist, in
the belief that demons do not exist, conjures one up by mistake. This
particular demon is not called the Destroyer for nothing, and murder
and chaos is unleashed in a quiet Cornish village in The
Existence Of Demons.
my books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other outlets.
Also on my webpage at JMShorney.Wordpress.com