‘Well’ is a bit of a departure from my usual horror stories. It has no supernatural element and no Celtic history. This change of emphasis, and trying something new, made it great fun to write.
The story is a homage to my literary hero, Richard Laymon. Laymon has influenced both my style and subject matter. ‘Well’ has many of his characteristics – an American wilderness setting, a feisty blonde in jeopardy, and a nerdish male lead. I can only hope some readers will think it a fraction as good as the great man’s work.
Many thanks to all those who helped improve an early draft, particularly those American friends who worked hard to translate the book from British English to American English. It’s my name on the cover, but ‘The Well’ is very much a team effort.
Here’s the link. It’s electronic only at the moment, but I’m assured print copies will come in due course:
Finally, here’s the blurb:
When beautiful heiress Connie Straker wakes from a drugged sleep, she has no idea why she is at the bottom of a dry well.
Connie anticipates freedom when her prison floods, but is dismayed to find she remains a captive. If she is going to escape, she must outthink two violent brothers with a grudge against her family, overcome wild animals and find a way through the cage barring her way.
Connie’s best chance of freedom might lie with the college nerd who has had a crush on her for years. But Julian is a creep who Connie despises and she has to decide whether to trust him. Can he overcome his fear of the brothers and help her escape? Or will her captors put a violent end to Julian’s efforts? Will Julian take advantage of her desperation and make Connie’s life-or-death situation even worse?