Before I give you the sample of Home, Sweet Home, I’d like to fill in some of the background for you.
In the forthcoming Dark Chapter Press anthology Kill For A Copy (details of which you can find here), my story marks a return to the fictional town of Tilwick. I have not released a story from Tilwick since 2003, when, years before Kindle and Nook, I released an e-book called Matt Carsun: Saturnine through doomed e-book platform No-Spine.
Matt Carsun, as central character in what was intended to be an ongoing horror/dark urban fantasy series, is a young man who resides in the town of Tilwick, a place in North East England so protected and secretive, that it appears only on maps printed and bought within Tilwick itself. The citizens of Tilwick may only leave when they are 18 years old and when they have passed examinations to show loyalty to their dark master, the exiled demon Mammon.
Mammon, having been blamed for Lucifer’s failed uprising as told of in Milton’s Paradise Lost, has forged a new home among humans, where he utilizes his powers to maintain the balance of his small realm, and where the worship of the humans around him enables him to live on through the generations, shifting from human body to human body every 200 years or so. In Matt’s time, a cohort of demons attempt to win favour in Hell by coming to Tilwick to topple the disgraced angel, but in doing so they cause a chain reaction of terror that ultimately sees Tilwick’s master drawing upon his ancient reserves of strength deep within the earth upon which the town was built, and in doing so, unleashing supernatural forces that threaten the safety and sanity of his people. Of course, a certain young businessman named Matt Carsun becomes embroiled in the plot and I won’t spoil how, but he certainly finds himself in great danger and with personal and moral tests to address as he strives to save the people around him from the evil machinations of a town that treats individuals as puppets whenever the master so desires…
Long overdue a reboot, I am working to bring this story back in a new version called simply Carsun, but in the meantime, here is an excerpt of a new story which takes place in the same town during the period described, when Mammon has tapped into those reserves of ancient supernatural energy, and events both strange and horrific break loose on every street.
(Note this is not the final draft and is a “warts ‘n’ all” sample before editing).