Publisher: Vulpine Press
Genre: Horror/Dark Adventure
Release date: 18 06 2021
Price*: Kindle £2.88 (GBP)/ Paperback £9.99 (GBP)
Kindle $3.99 (USD)/ Paperback $11.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 244
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Description of the book: When Jon Riley begins volunteering at the Richter Street Animal Shelter, he hopes it will help bring some purpose to his life. After all, who doesn’t like hanging out with a few dogs after a tough day at work?
Jon quickly finds himself befriending, and eventually adopting, a mysterious dog named Desmond. But that’s when the problems start, and soon Jon and Desmond find themselves fighting for their lives against The Ancient Evil and its Shadow People.
Filled with possessions, flour-drenched battles, ancient cliff tombs, and a shadowy underworld, The Ancient Evil Versus the Good Boy follows Jon and Desmond through a gripping adventure and proves the lengths people will go to for their beloved pets. Especially when they’re under attack from something sinister…
Desmond greeted me at the door again, but I could tell by the concerned look in his eyes that something was up. But more telling than the concern in his eyes, I suppose, was the fact that he was covered in a chalky white powder. He looked like he had just returned from the wildest bender this side of Vegas.
I stood outside for a second and braced myself for the worst. Though at this point in my little adventure, my limited imagination couldn’t even come up with a situation to prepare myself for. I just assumed it would suck. Hard.
I burst through the door with my hands up and ready to give whatever was there the old one-two. Meanwhile, Desmond began to bark simultaneously, as I made my hero’s entrance. I was relieved to see the living room was alright. For a fleeting moment, I allowed myself to hope that I had only imagined Desmond’s call for help. I mean, the powder could have just been some loose drywall that had sprinkled him, or him getting into some normal dog mischief. It all made perfect sense for a moment in the living room. However, as soon as I made my way into the kitchen, any relief I had misguidedly felt went up in flames.
The kitchen looked like a hurricane had made its way through my humble abode. Among many other things strewn across the floor, I found the culprit for Desmond’s current dusty state: a broken jar that was shattered on the painted wood flooring. It was one of my ceramic containers that had watercolor robins painted on, a move-in gift from my grandmother, which I used to hold cooking supplies. This one in particular had spilled its powdery contents all over the floor when it was knocked over, and the layer of flour on the floor painted a vivid play-by-play of the earlier events that I missed while I was at work.
I stood in the entranceway of the kitchen and surveyed the scene. Closest to me—and providing enough evidence to make this the world’s easiest whodunit—were prints. Paw prints.
Now, in any other situation that’d be that: mystery solved. Just a dog left to his own devices making a mess. Desmond even looked up at me with a guilty look on his giant T. rex head, but I knew better. I looked back at the war zone that was my kitchen, and as I expected to see, noticed that it wasn’t only paw prints in the floury dusting. There were several other prints all around the room that were most certainly not canine in origin.
And by room, let me be clear, I don’t mean just the floor of the kitchen. The walls, counters, even the ceiling, were covered by flour dusted footprints. It seemed like there had been a great migration of something that had occurred in my kitchen, and the prints were almost human.
About the author: Zachary Finn is a lover of all things history and horror. He currently resides in central NY with his dog, Bruce, and his girlfriend, Natalie. You can usually find him reading, writing, getting lost in the woods, wandering old cemeteries, or trying to improve his jab.
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