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Genre: Horror (Monsters)
Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.
Wyatt Baldwin’s senior year is not going well. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An ongoing debate with his best friends Melvin and Howard Drucker over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.
But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can interact with vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.
With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?
What were the interlopers doing here? Billy thought furiously. This was their territory. The humans didn’t belong in the swamp. The moon continued its trip to the heavens, the familiar agony beginning in his chest. Billy fought the demons churning within his body, feeling the pain of metamorphosis. He curled inward, hunching his shoulders, the curse of his nature making his spine pull until his tendons and muscles tore from their human positions to transform into something wicked. A howl erupted from his throat, followed by another, and then another. Grabbing handfuls of dirt, he tried to fight the awful change, but, as the sun dipped to its fiery death, the moon took control of his life, and the unnatural force tore through his unwilling body. Reason fled; his heart raced. Falling on his hands and knees, he let loose a keening cry as his face elongated, his body changing into a canine, fangs filling his mouth. He raced in a circle in a demented dance, knowing his fellow pack members did the same thing. Slowing, he regulated his labored breathing, forcing the icy calmness he needed to keep some semblance of reason. He peered through the dense brush. Lights from the search party bobbed in the distance. The odor, the stench of humanity, filled the clearing.
He turned, digging furiously on the ground, throwing dirt on the flames, hiding their existence. It was no good. Discovery would ruin everything. No one could live with their kind. Humans brought disease, humans brought anger, humans brought hatred. They were there; he could smell them, see their clumsy bodies invading his home. “They’ve found us,” he growled in the special language they used. “Run!” he barked as he turned to his pack, watching his friends’ naked skin transform until it was covered with the same silvered fur. They cried out in unison at the pain, howling with the injustice, and then ran in fear from the interlopers threatening their habitat.
A special sneak peak–a day in the life of Michael Okon!
Day begins at 6am. I rarely eat breakfast, or if I do it’s bacon and eggs. Fasting has become a huge part of my life and I feel it really gets the creative juices flowing. Kids go to school. Wife does her thing – errands, etc…I head to the office (my den) to begin my research and development. All day is researching my subjects. Learning about my characters. Developing strategies for their growth. Lunch is generally a double bacon cheeseburger. More research and development. Kielbasa and cheese for a snack. Kids come home from school and I generally take a break and cook dinner for my family. Dinner is served, generally a rib eye, ground beef or chicken wings. Play with kids a bit, swim if the weather is nice, play basketball. It gives my mind a break. Then its shower and bath time. I read a story to my daughter, and watch wrestling with my son. Then, I tuck them in. I take about a half hour to cuddle with my wife (I see her all day because we are both home). We watch the latest Real Housewives episodes. I get bored and nauseous really quick, then I tuck her in. I head back to my office and write until my eyes go. Weekends I take a break. Generally will go to Adventureland, mini-golfing, or out to eat with my family and my brother’s family. At night, I always like to squeeze in a chapter here and there.
Michael Okon is the award-winning and best-selling author & screenwriter formerly known as Michael Phillip Cash. His originally self-published book Monsterland was picked up in a two-book publishing deal by WordFire Press. Michael is happily married and writes full-time on the North Shore of Long Island with his two screaming monsters in the background.
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