One thing you can count on here at Dread Central is our never ending quest to uncover the best horror fiction out there and share it with our readers. Today we got word of a new serial killer saga called Chalk from DC alumnus Ryan Acheson. Just don’t expect your father’s serial killer … in Chalk he’s a blatant racist!
When Stanley Shaw witnesses a murder, his life isn’t the only one turned upside down as a result. The effect it has on him ripples out across the city, turning chance encounters into life or death decisions. It puts Martin Radbourne’s reputation as one of the city’s brightest young entrepreneurs at stake. It puts the life of Derek Namek’s sister on the line. It stretches Tim Greenley’s skills as a criminal profiler to their limits.
And in the shadows of the city stalks a serial killer. He has chalk outlines that need to be filled. Come rain, come shine, come heavy snow. Come night, come day. By hook, by crook, by pistol, by knife, by bruised fist. Some call him the ‘Man in the Hat’ because of his black fedora. Some call him the ‘Magpie Killer’ because he takes a souvenir from each victim. He picks his targets based on the colour of their skin, which is bad news for the black community, but it’s also bad news for anyone who doesn’t think that black people deserve to die.
Originally from England, Ryan now lives on Cape Cod with his wife and their three cats. Chalk is his debut novel (although it’s actually the third he has written), and he will be starting his next project, 12:34 AM, in January, 2011. He considers his role models to be Rod Serling, Russell T Davies, and Ed Wood.
Not sure Chalk is for you? Try out the first 16 pages by going here and clicking the “Preview” link. If you like what you see, order Chalk for the Kindle from the US or UK EvilShops below or via lulu.com (click here for the paperback or here for the downloadable version). And while you’re at it, pick up a copy of Acheson’s short story collection, Tropes, too. It’s a great stocking stuffer!
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