EMERGING by Thomas S. Flowers
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Subdue Series, Book #2
Release Date: Dec. 15, 2015
= = SYNOPSIS = =
Traumatized by war, friends gather for a reluctant reunion…
A historic house in Jotham, Texas harbors a malevolent force, and as her fear grows, widow Maggie Smith pleads with three lifelong friends to gather in her home. But will their presence combat the darkness…or feed it?
Minister Jake Williams fears Maggie has had a breakdown…
Feeling he has no choice, Jake locates the other intended guest, Bobby Weeks, who agrees to go with him but struggles with keeping his lycanthropic curse hidden.
Jonathan Steele, a wounded veteran battling PTSD, arrives with his disgruntled wife. After drinking too much at dinner, Jonathan insults the homeless Bobby, and Bobby is missing from the house the next morning.
The dark past of Maggie’s home awakens in the present…
Jake, whose faith is in doubt, confides in a local priest while he and Jonathan search for Bobby, and Ricky’s ghost makes another visit to Jonathan, causing him to become fixated on saving Maggie from the evil that surrounds her.
As the danger intensifies, trust is elusive, and betrayal is certain…
Maggie might be lost, Bobby confronts a terrible choice, and Jake and Jonathan fight to save them all—before they become more victims of the horror emerging beneath the deadly house in Jotham.
= = PURCHASE = =
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= = THOMAS S. FLOWERS = =
And now, the guest post!
What the Heck is Emerging?
By: Thomas S. Flowers
With the recent release of the Subdue Series, I thought it would be a nifty idea to talk a little bit about
what the book is really about. Nearly a year ago, I dreamed up this magnum opus of sorts for what I
deemed to be a telling of my “war experience.” But not just my experience, but also my understanding
of war and what war can do to people, how war changes people as traumatic experiences typically do.
Please understand, this is not a topic I talk lightly about. It has taken years for me to build up the
strength and will power to do so. What I’ll discuss here is my run-a-bout publishing journey, per say, and
why I wrote such a difficult book. It started when I finished writing my story. In the end, I had a massive
150,000 or so manuscript. Initially, I wanted to keep the series together as one book. I had shopped the
book around to several publishers. Without turning this into some long publishing story, suffice to say I
had stumbled upon Limitless Publishing, LLC, through a writer resource page. I heard back from LP about
a month after submitting my book. And…well, not to brag or anything; they loved the story. The only
problem was that it was too long. Most publishing houses, if not all, try to keep books to a 100K
maximum. This has nothing really to do with the author in so much as it has to do with
marketing/publication costs. If you’re a big time writer, like Stephen King, you can write whatever or
however long you want and folks will line up at Barnes & Noble to buy. Sounds fantastic, right? For me,
to keep the costs low, I had to go smaller. Instead of deleting parts in the book, I agreed to turn Subdue
into a series, thus Dwelling (book 1) and Emerging (book 2) were born. As luck would have it, Subdue
had a natural split in the middle of the story. Book 1 (Dwelling) became a character focused book, where
I spent most of my time letting my readers get to know the characters and their wounds and motivation,
if any. And because there are four central protagonists, I pretty much needed to take up an entire book
just to talk about them! So, if Dwelling is a character focused story, what’s Emerging about?
Emerging is a situational focused story. With Dwelling you were able to get to know the cast; with
Emerging you’ll get to see what happens to them. Characterization is still key. With anything I write, I
focus on characters. I believe, as I was brought up reading the likes of King and Barker and Bradbury and
Tolkien, if you can create believable characters and make people care about them, the hard work is
already accomplished and you’re free to create one hell of a book. Even if what happens is totally
implausible, so long as the characters are human being, as in real humanity motivation type stuff,
everything else is for the most part fair game. The Subdue Series is fictional, paranormal, perhaps maybe
even a little horrific, or dear me, do I even suggest…literary? I’d like to think so. But I’ll let the readers be
the judge of my work! Because book 2 is situationally driven, the pace I think is faster. The book is
longer, but I doubt it feels that way. Or at least not in my own head.
As Dwelling ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, Emerging picks up a few months after the events at the end
in book 1. Without spoiling anything, I can say that a majority of the focus is with the house in Jotham
and the characters interaction with the house that drive the plot in this second Subdue book. I’ve
received some positive comments regarding some of the “flashback” characters. Don’t worry, Augustus
and the Fetcher family do make a minor appearance in the continuation. Questions about the house are
answered, to a degree. Some mysteries are better left unsaid. You might also catch a Lovecraftian vibe
in book 2. As with situation, I delved a bit more in mythology and dread. For those readers who’ve read
Dwelling and have commented on how much you have come to love those characters, I cannot promise
not to break your heart. As with life and war, some damages are unchangeable. In keeping things real,
heroes do not always necessarily save the day, as it were. Certain themes return in book 2, mostly about
suicide, and I hope as you read you find some of those motivations or justifications. There is also a more
developed theme (hopefully) about the American Dream. I’ll say nothing more on the subject.
You may be asking, “Why write about this stuff if it is emotionally difficult?” or “Shouldn’t some things
be left unsaid?”
Another great question!
Yes. Emerging was hard to write. Both books were. But aren’t the best stories worth sharing difficult to
write? Consider H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, “The Outsider,” as a superb self-examination of personal
fears and anxieties of how the “outside” world sees us. Or consider up and coming author Duncan
Ralston’s debut novel, “Salvage,” a classic ghost story that doubles as an examination of depression and
overcoming fears of not only our place in society, but of our past. Or even Clive Barker’s excellent
novella, “Cabal,” where he used mythos to talk about his fears of how society views and is too often
prejudice against homosexuality, seeing them as some monstrous thing. I’m not saying mine is as good
as these, but I think it fits within the same category, because these are things we ought to be talking
about, the woes and bitterness of society needs to stretch loose the rust and engage in meaningful
discourse. Above all, we are (as those mystics like to say) not islands. It matters not what you believe, be
it God or science or Kabala or whatever, our species was made for community. If we’re going to live
together, we got to learn how to talk with each other, and what better way to do that then through
Thomas S. Flowers is the published author of several character driven stories of fright. He resides in Houston, Texas, with his wife and daughter. His first novel, Reinheit, was published by Forsaken. He also has a short story, “Lanmò,” in The Sinister Horror Company’s
horror anthology The Black Room Manuscripts. In 2008, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army where he served for seven years, with three tours serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2014, Thomas graduated from University of Houston Clear Lake with a BA
in History. He blogs at machinemean[dot]org, where he does author interviews and reviews on a wide range of strange yet oddly related topics.
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