The Summoning …
Edrington, Oregon – a town with a horrifying past. A town with dark secrets. A town where a woman has summoned something terrifying.
Three hundred fifty miles south, Ryan wakes up in a motel room with a bag of stolen money, bullet hole scars on his chest, and no memory of his past – his only clue is a scrap of paper in his wallet with an Edrington address scrawled on it.
Plagued by nightmares of a tortured man who seems to be forcing his way from the dream world into our world, Ryan journeys north to the small Oregon town where the answers are waiting for him: the answer to the tortured man haunting his dreams, the answer to his missing memory, and the answer to who and what he really is.
Targeted Age Group:: 18 and up
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I love writing creepy, scary stories – but I think all good stories and films are mysteries at heart. We want to know what’s in the next room, or if those two will fall in love, or will they make it out alive? So I think we’re all writing stories with mysteries in them for the readers to solve.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Read a lot and write a lot.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to write every day – sometimes the muse comes in spurts (at least for me it does).
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to make your first draft perfect (I’m guilty of this one). Sometimes you have to just get it all down on paper (or on the computer) and then begin the long rewriting process.
I’ve been writing since the second grade when my teacher called my parents in for a conference because the ghost story I’d written had her a little concerned. By the time I was fourteen years old I was trying to find every Stephen King book I could in the library. I was hooked – I knew I had to be a writer. Even though I worked many jobs over the years (drywall hanger, line cook, lawn spray tech, welder, concrete laborer) I was always reading and always writing.
I’ve had several stories published and I’ve had four screenplays optioned by producers in Hollywood, one of which is being considered for development at a major studio (keeping my fingers crossed). I have three novels (Ancient Enemy, Descendants of Magic, and The Summoning) on the Kindle at this time. I’m a member of the Horror Writers Association.
I’m working on my next novel right now – Night Terrors. It’s about a serial killer with psychic powers who stalks a woman who has psychic powers of her own.
I grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida. After travelling around for a while, I settled down in Tampa, Florida with my wonderful and supportive wife, my son, and a stray cat that we adopted. I would love to hear any comments or questions from readers. I can be reached at: MarkLukensBooks@yahoo.comWhat Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This book started out as a short story a long time ago, and over the years the story just kind of grew in the back of my mind until I finally had to write it as a novel.
I love writing supernatural stories, creepy stories – but what I love more than that is creating a mystery. And this book opens with a mystery that the main character has to solve – but the more he learns, the more he isn’t so sure he wants to find the answers.
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