Evil never dies. It may sleep for centuries, and then awaken to bring horror into the lives of modern people who have never dreamed that the supernatural might be real. NEXT, AFTER LUCIFER takes place in a quiet rural village in France. There, in the year 1307, a medieval knight--a renegade Templar named Guilhem de Courdeval--was burned at the stake for practicing magic, offering sacrifices to the demon Belial by ruthless murdering and drinking the victims' blood in vampire rituals. After his execution, his evil spirit was sealed in a hidden underground spring, and trapped there for almost 700 years. But when a wealthy American couple arrives to rent a nearby luxury villa, the sacred spring is tapped to fill their swimming pool--with no one realizing that the vampire Courdeval is now released, and free to ply his evil magic again. His first agenda is to possess a human body, through sinister, supernatural seduction--a tightening vise of horror that brings tragedy, death, and spine-chilling fear to the local French villagers and the Americans alike.
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The first three novels I wrote--horror thrillers Next, After Lucifer; Adversary; and Cast Angels Down To Hell--were published between 1987-90, and were out of print from then until their re-release in February, 2012. I had a great time writing them, and while I went on to authoring mainstream thrillers during later years, I always hoped to make these three available again. Now, finally, they are, both as trade paperbacks and ebooks.They're supernatural, with ancient evil and magic invading the lives of modern characters; they rely more on suspense and creeping dread than gore, although that's there when called for, and they're not shy about sex. After twenty-plus years, I think they still hold up well, and in terms of what they aim to do and how they go about it, I don't know of anything else quite like them.Please visit my website (EvilAwakens.com) for more information about these books, and an in-depth look at the experience of writing them--the story behind the stories.From the Inside Flap:
"Creating a believable villain is the hardest work in the artistic world . . . which makes Neil McMahon's success . . . so stunning . . . In McMahon's assured hands, the duel between the rational, scientific doctor and the fascinating, frightening Freeboot . . . is an absolutely riveting read." (Revolution No. 9)Chicago Tribune"Neil McMahon's thrillers have the precision of a surgeon's scalpel. To The Bone is a tautly written mystery embedded with characters as real as the surprises are many."Michael Connelly"McMahon has now found his true voice with the splendid and suspenseful novel . . . It is the poignant and knowing prose that elevates this novel to literature." (Lone Creek)Otto Penzler, New York Sun"McMahon's stellar stand-alone offers a cunning technological twist worthy of the late Michael Crichton . . . (McMahon) easily makes a scientific concept plausible in a pulse-pounding read that doesn't sacrifice intelligence for thrills." (L.A. Mental)Publishers Weekly"Reading Dead Silver is like discovering that the great Raymond Chandler wrote a mystery about Montana."James Patterson"McMahon is a writer and a half . . . his words carry for miles." (Lone Creek)New York Times Book Review
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