THE CULT OF OCASTA - My New Novel
Five years ago, almost to the day, Evil Jester Press released my first published novel, THE QUARRY. It enjoyed a really lovely reception, and I got a lot of positive feedback on the novel. I also took a particular pleasure in the fact that the story was set at Limestone College, my alma mater, and the cover art even incorporated some photos I took of the campus.
I had no plans at the time to write a sequel, but it was actually my editor Peter Giglio who championed the idea, and an offhanded comment he made about the connection between two characters sparked the idea for a continuation.
And now, five years later, Evil Jester Press has released my follow-up to THE QUARRY, my newest novel entitled THE CULT OF OCASTA: THE FINAL LIMESTONE STORY.
This book was a long time coming. I originally started it very shortly after the release of THE QUARRY, but I had to put it aside when I contracted to deliver a novel to JournalStone. Once that novel was done, my attention was taken by a few other projects, until finally I looked back over what I had written on THE CULT OF OCASTA and my passion for the story was reignited and I dove headfirst into it.
The writing took a little longer than I expected. Not because I struggled or put it aside for chunks of time. I wrote on the novel consistently, but it just turned out to be a longer project than I had anticipated. It is far from a Stephen King sized tome, but it is to date my longest novel.
Once it was completed, I turned it in to Charles Day over at Evil Jester and was thrilled when he agreed to publish it. Peter was no longer working for them, having decided to focus on his own writing, but Briana Onishea edited this one, and Jim Kavanaugh did a stunning cover that recreates in wonderful detail one of the Limestone buildings.
I'm beyond ecstatic to finally have this book out. I think it's some of my finest work, and a novel I'm incredibly proud of. I hope that people enjoy it, and I look forward to getting some feedback on it.
THE CULT OF OCASTA can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06W2JCVYJ/ref=s
THE QUARRY can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Quarry-Mark-Allan-G