The Nightmare Man
by J. H. Markert
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Pub Date 10 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 15 Nov 2022
Blackwood mansion looms, surrounded by nightmare pines, atop the hill over the small town of Crooked Tree. Ben Bookman, bestselling novelist and heir to the Blackwood estate, spent a weekend at the ancestral home to finish writing his latest horror novel, The Scarecrow. Now, on the eve of the book’s release, the terrible story within begins to unfold in real life.
Detective Mills arrives at the scene of a gruesome murder: a family butchered and bundled inside cocoons stitched from corn husks, and hung from the rafters of a barn, eerily mirroring the opening of Bookman’s latest novel. When another family is killed in a similar manner, Mills, along with his daughter, rookie detective Samantha Blue, is determined to find the link to the book—and the killer—before the story reaches its chilling climax.
As the series of “Scarecrow crimes” continues to mirror the book, Ben quickly becomes the prime suspect. He can’t remember much from the night he finished writing the novel, but he knows he wrote it in The Atrium, his grandfather’s forbidden room full of numbered books. Thousands of books. Books without words.
As Ben digs deep into Blackwood’s history he learns he may have triggered a release of something trapped long ago—and it won’t stop with the horrors buried within the pages of his book.
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Let me catch my breath for this one....
I was part of the "cover reveal" team for The Nightmare Man. Not only was I super excited to be a part of this team but come on, lets just take a minute to stare at this cover in complete awe.
I am completely and totally OBSESSED with The Nightmare Man. This is a haunting novel that will have you looking over your shoulder for months to come. This book took over my world and consumed every minute of my life while I was reading. I got sucked in and I could not tell the difference between reality or fiction. The characters are multi-dimensional. The plot is narrated with precision. J.H. Market's talent shines with each flip of the page. I can not rave anymore about my love for this book but....
I can tell you that much. I am totally and utterly petrified of The Nightmare Man. I don't know if I will ever sleep again.
Get ready to be exposed to sheer terror....