Hurt has a new cover.
This book feel like it is very long because it covers almost a century of horror in a small town that turned into a ghost town. Like cicadas, every sheath of years brings out the monsters that are like bat-men. The creatures slaughter men mercilessly and take women for mating. I tell the stories of the past but then wind to the present in which a group of urban explorers decide to investigate a huge old school. They meet the monsters and it's a fight for survival, but in addition, the group of friends managed to pick up some tag-alongs, young rednecks that may be serial killers and rapists.
I wanted to write a true monster story and found it to be one of the most difficult books to write. The creatures were not difficult because I based them on some handy Greek mythology, but suggested they could also be an old life form or demons. The rednecks and that side story was also easy going. My challenge was in allowing my group of young adults to uncover the secrets, fight the creatures, and find a way out. Someone had to survive! But at some point, I wasn't sure anyone could possibly make it out alive and I had to bust my ass to find a way that was fair and honest. It became a little B--movie shlocky, but I realized that was part of the fun.
Anyway, it was a difficult book to write, but one I found satisfying. It's just the one "different" book I have. It's still gory, scary, and shocking, but it is unique.
The cover changed at least 5 times but this is how the creatures look, so it's perfect. The title is from Johnnie Cash who defined "hurt" and made me think about what the word truly means.
It's coming soon and I hope is causes a few nightmares.