After the success of (VERMIN: Book One of the Stanley Cooper Chronicles (review here)), author Scott A. Johnson brings his reluctant clairvoyant back in his eighth novel, PAGES: Book Two of the Stanley Cooper Chronicles. For those just catching on, Stanley Cooper was a normal guy until he fell from a thirty-story building and was declared dead for ten minutes.
When he came to, he discovered he had the ability to see ghosts, among other things. It’s this ability that puts him in horrifyingly dangerous situations in a combination of horror, urban fantasy, and noir thriller.
Set in Pittsburgh, a town famous for football, hockey and zombies, PAGES brings a Lovecraftian twist to Cooper’s life with terrifying results. Returning in this book are witches Maggie and Andrea and police detective Matt Taylor.
I wanted to create a hero for the rest of us, the kind of guy that doesn’t have the chiseled jaw or bulging pecs. Stan is just some random schlub that looks like everyone else you might meet, says Johnson. With PAGES, Stan’s perception of the world changes. There are some real ramifications to this book that let the characters evolve into more fully realized people. And since I really love the works of Lovecraft, I felt like this was a good place to put a nod to his influence.
PAGES is now available on Amazon from Library of the Living Dead Press. Look for our review to come up soon. To find out more about Scott, his work, and to order his books, visit his online site at http://www.americanhorrorwriter.net.
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