Shameless self promotion alert and as an indie author most of the time if I’m not shouting about my books, nobody else is apart from a very selective well read and cultured few. So here’s some top reasons why you should invest your money, imagination and hopes into the literature I have brought into this world, we’re gonna start where it all began…. Open Evening
1. This book is different…
Okay, you’re probably thinking everyone says that about their stuff but stay with me here. Open Evening initially reads like a typical high school horror but spends most of the book being anti-genre and even turns certain horror cliches back on itself. Our nerdy sometimes socially struggling narrator has to overcome so much more than a lack of confidence to survive what becomes a night of running and trying to live.
For those who have read it, their initial feedback has described ‘OE’ to read more like a film than a book with a bunch of clever and fun twists along the way…
2. It represents the struggles all of us have been through as a teen, even though it’s based in the early 2000’s..
Everyone who has ever been a teenager will know what I mean by the struggle of what high school is, and that is one of the main themes captured in Open Evening. I took the idea of this book from a bunch of notes I wrote when I was at school and could easily tell this theme ran throughout so I had to translate that to Open Evening.
Whether you’re the bully, the jock, class clown or anything in between, there is something everyone can relate to in the whole psyche of high school and that is present in Open Evening. There are elements of ‘breakfast club’ and who doesn’t like 80’s films or nostalgia?
Sometimes it feels the teachers are against you and sometimes it feels like the world is against you and in Open Evening there is something else was lurking underneath it all….
I will even admit there are some elements which are taken from my own personal experiences, so you could say it’s semi autobiographical. In all of my works you’ll probably learn more about me than in anything else I do.
3. It’s extremely action packed…
This book goes! Yes there’s running and screaming, but there is also a lot of sequences that involve fighting and even explosions (yes there was budget for pyro…).
If Open Evening could be compared to a film it would sit somewhere between Alien, Aliens, Blade and Jurassic Park. The short punchy chapters are designed to keep pages being turned and there is never a dull moment, and if it goes quiet, be scared, be very scared…
4. Open Evening is practically free to read..
So here’s the deal, outside of writing I have a job which pays my bills and I love it therefore I do not need to make money from selling books which means I care more about producing something worthwhile that will enrich a reader.
Technically if you have kindle unlimited you can download the e-book for free but if not the price is well below most books and if you’re like me and prefer holding a book in your own hands then you can find it via amazon for £6.99 or some dollars…
5. Open Evening is part of a wider franchise….
Open Evening is indeed just the beginning of a wider franchise which looks deeper into the occult world. By the time you have finished Open Evening there will be a bunch of head spinning questions in which the wider franchise will answer for you. This includes my second novel Darke Blood which is set in the same world as Open Evening!
Just last year Cemetery House was released, the direct sequel to Open Evening. The story will then move towards the world of Darke Blood in a cross over story planned for the near future. So there will be a plethora of books and stories to invest your imagination in, which all started with Open Evening….