Do you like solving puzzles and working your way through mystery novels? Are you the type of person who can’t put a horror novel down because what’s in it chills you to the very core, or at least- do you want to read a book that will do that? Then I suggest you read Shadows by Thomas Stadley.

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Thomas Stadley started his career as a bookseller before entering the publishing industry at a literary development company. He is a kind person despite writing a horror story that involves the most unsettling fears one can imagine. Shadows has been compared to Stephen King’s early work in its reviews.

I’ll be honest, what Stadley has done with his debut novel is something I never even would have thought to try. Shadows is at face value a damned good horror concept, however Stadley gives the reader certain questions to consider as they read. He allows you to piece the puzzle together while the story continues on. While I originally wasn’t sure what to make of this- I found while reading, it gets the reader into the spirit of the mystery and helps make an already good read into a page turner. And may I add, that his writing speaks for itself. The emotions of the characters stand out, the urgency and pace of the story flow uninterrupted.

But don’t take my word for it- take a look for yourself.

*I do not own any rights to this story or to any creative license to this work by Thomas Stadley. This is a featured post that I do not claim to own nor have I altered the text contained in any way except to format it to my website. All images and texts you see are from Thomas Stadley himself, his amazon page, and his own website with my understanding as to his permission to use them. Consider this statement a void of the Creative Commons to this page on this website.*

Thomas Stadley’s introduction to Shadows:

Detective Terry Walker: a man filled with loss after his wife died at the cancer research hospital Bradbury, a man filled with guilt and suicidal thoughts after having forced his wife into the hospital where she did not want to go, a man who turned away from his wife as she died in pain.

Returning to the force after a three month grievance leave, Terry Walker is put back on a case involving the same cancer research hospital where his wife had died. Murders that are brutal in nature and inhuman in description. Murders brining the following questions:
(1) why would Terry be brought back to investigate murders from the place his wife had died,
(2) will Terry ultimately succumb to the anguish he has developed after the death of his wife,
(3) will the killer add Terry to its growing number of victims, and
(4) is Terry more involved with the murders than he appears to be?

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The Author’s own words on the novel:

Definitions: Shadows
A. To cast a shadow on; darken or shade.
B. To make gloomy or troubled, especially over time.
C. To represent vaguely, mysteriously, or prophetically; foreshadow.
D. Phantoms or ghosts.

An excerpt from prologue to the story:

Tuesday, 8:22 p.m.

The sound of the stairwell door closing and locking was sharp and definitive, but not new. Having the habit of using the stairs rather than an elevator, that sound had been in Laura’s ears for almost three years now; however, unlike previous days, it was noticed this time. It grabbed hold of her heart, making her slightly jump and then freeze, letting her know that she had no place to run.

But why run?

What could be in here to run from?

It was just a parking lot under a building. It had cameras, locked doors, secure elevators, and guards at the entrance, but somehow she knew that this just wasn’t enough. Unnaturally frozen, she looked about, noting the surroundings: her mirrored black Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe alone in the parking lot, the occasional pillar in between the open parking spaces, the elevators a good distance on the other side of her car, and the small dark niche on the other side of the elevators. That was where it was. She couldn’t actually see it, but she knew it was there, waiting in the shadow for her. Who was it? A security guard taking a break, a coworker hanging around after hours, or perhaps even a bum. But strangely enough these things just didn’t seem correct. In her mind it was a monster. But it didn’t matter. Her car was a good distance closer to her than to it, and she kept a .38 in her glove box. She wasn’t a victim—not anymore.

But now it was moving and she was not. With a step that could only be described as a silent gliding lurch it moved towards her, still bathed in shadow as if the light from the garage’s LED’s was afraid to touch it.

Move, Laura…MOVE, her mind screamed. Undaunted by her silent outburst, the form continued to lurch forward. First past one pillar, then another, reaching the point where Laura’s car was now equal distance between them. Her eyes locked on the shadow’s progress as she felt a motionless rage build within her.

*I do not own any rights to this story or to any creative license to this work by Thomas Stadley. This is a featured post that I do not claim to own nor have I altered the text contained in any way except to format it to my website. All images and texts you see are from Thomas Stadley himself, his amazon page, and his own website with my understanding as to his permission to use them. Consider this statement a void of the Creative Commons to this page on this website.*

I ask that you do check out Thomas Stadley’s Shadows, and hope that the bits and pieces I have put here are compelling enough to interest you. You can find Thomas on facebook on his author page here, and his group page, here. His novel was edited by  Martin Tucker and the cover work was done by Lee Briesemeister. Click here to visit his website.

Shadows is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Feel free to Chat him up and discuss his story, he is a kind individual who wants to know what you think about his work. I feel that the facebook group connected to the novel may become an essential component to its reading, and is an excellent avenue for him to update you on coming books in the series and to improve on his ideas as he works.

Thank you Thomas for sharing your work with us, and thank you to my readers for tuning in. Keep reading and keep writing, my friends!

 

-ABK

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