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Now Available from Whiskey Creek Press!

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DARK LULLABY by Mayra Calvani
Genre: Horror
SubGenre: Thriller
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-59374-908-8, $5.99
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-59374-907-1, $12.95

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Read an excerpt here.

Back Cover Blurb:

At a trendy Turkish tavern one Friday night, astrophysicist Gabriel Diaz meets a mysterious young woman. Captivated by her beauty as well as her views on good and evil, he spends the next several days with her. Soon, however, he begins to notice a strangeness in her—her skin’s abnormally high temperature, her obsession with milk products, her child-like and bizarre behavior as she seems to take pleasure in toying with his conscience.

The young woman, Kamilah, invites him to Rize, Turkey, where she claims her family owns a cottage in the woods. In spite of his heavy workload and the disturbing visions and nightmares about his sister’s baby that is due to be born soon, Gabriel agrees to go with her.

But nothing, not even the stunning splendour of the Black Sea, can disguise the horror of her nature. In a place where death dwells and illusion and reality seem as one, Gabriel must now come to terms with his own demons in order to save his sister’s unborn child, and ultimately, his own soul…

What readers are saying…

While Gabriel Diaz debates philosophy with his ex-girlfriend, Liz, in a bar, the two of them arguing hotly about the discrepancies between law and justice, and the notion of ‘higher good’, they are approached by a mysterious young woman, Kamilah, who fuels their discussion with the concept of corrupting a good and noble soul, and the notion of ‘ultimate evil’.

Young and blindingly attractive, Kamilah proceeds to seduce Gabriel, who succumbs readily to her spell. Even though he has promised to visit his pregnant sister in Belgium in time for the birth, Gabriel agrees to accompany Kamilah on a trip to her family cottage in Rize in the mountains on the Black Sea. There, amidst the splendour of the Turkish countryside, strange things begin to happen. First he loses his cell-phone, his one link to the outside world. Then he begins to feel physically ill. With terrifying nightmares, hellish hallucinations and threatening encounters assailing him from all sides, Gabriel is plunged into a maelstrom of inexplicable, supernatural events that threaten not only his very sanity but his integrity as well, not to mention the peace of mind of his twin sister far away in Belgium.

For Kamilah is not the young innocent she appears to be, and she has an agenda that is both shocking and bizarre. It will take all Gabriel’s strength of mind to resist being corrupted by her, as well as courage and ingenuity for him to escape from her clutches. And even then it might be too late…if not for him, then perhaps for his niece yet unborn and therefore highly vulnerable.

Dark Lullaby is an atmospheric paranormal horror that grips you from page one and refuses to let go until you’ve raced, breathless, to the end. The prose is so smooth there are no speed bumps as you devour the entire novel in one or two sittings. The exotic setting of the Turkish countryside is detailed and enjoyable, and the characterization of Gabriel, Kamilah, and even Liz (with her conflicted feelings towards Gabriel) is superbly handled, making all the main characters come to life. The subject matter is chilling and spooky, and the suspension of disbelief is constant. Highly recommended for fans of paranormal fiction, especially horror aficionados, though there is nothing to stop other readers from enjoying this too. Only make sure the more faint-hearted among you do not read this alone at night. You have been warned.

–J.C. Hall, author of Lady of the Lakes

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