Extract from ‘The Clearing’, a supernatural thriller

TheClearing_v2_200pxThis week sees the publication of The Clearing by Thomas Rydder. This is the book for you if you enjoy the novels of Dean Koontz, Stephen King or Michael Crichton, those stories where everyday people encounter far from everyday challenges.

The book launches in paperback and eBook editions on March 1st. You can see some early comments and reviews about the book on Goodreads here. If you’re quick (and based in the US), you could be in with a chance of winning a paperback copy in this Goodreads giveaway that finishes on Thursday. (We’ll be doing giveaways for other countries at a later date).

To whet your appetite, here’s the prologue:

He stepped aside and let the followers pass. They were haggard and spent from days on the trail with no food, hiding during the day and travelling by night. One of their members had not survived the long walk, and would have to be replaced, and quickly. He looked up at the moon – three quarters full and shining in a cloudless summer sky. Soon. They would have to find a suitable location soon.

Dawn brought them to a small valley, spotted with quaint farms and cattle herds. He left the followers in a dense stand of underbrush and set off to scout the surrounding countryside. By noon he had found it. A cave opening stood before him, the depths cool, inviting, and most important, secluded. Making his way back to his charges, he led them back to the cave and in, allowing them to lie down on the stone floor in exhaustion.

He walked back outside and over to the edge of the steep hill. The valley spread before him, full of creatures who would become their victims. It was time. Time to find the seventh member, for it must be seven. And time to find a successor, for he was growing tired.

Glancing back into the cave, he observed no movement, and only snoring came to his ears. They would sleep soundly until the moon came full, bidding them to rise and feed. He trotted down the hill and toward the lights of houses. The voice of the moon spoke to his soul, and it told him north. North to find a new follower. North to find food. North to kill.

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About Tim C. Taylor

Science fiction publisher and author of the bestselling Human Legion series. I live with my wife and young family in an English village. I am currently writing full time, when I'm not roped into building Lego.
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5 Responses to Extract from ‘The Clearing’, a supernatural thriller

  1. Pingback: Greyhart Press, with our first publicity blurb for the March 1st launch of “The Clearing”! | Thomas Rydder

  2. Hey Tim,

    Hope all is well with you and your family and you had a great holiday and new year.

    I have entered my name for the book give away…it looks like a great read, hope I get a copy. The real book would be wonderful but If I don’t win then I will have to go with a ebook. I am assuming that the ebook can be purchased thru Greyhart Press? I still prefer real books…the feel…the smell. Not only do I love to read but I love the whole experience of reading…ebooks are easier and don’t take up any space (I really don’t have any room for more book)…I just love to read in any form.

    Hope I win…Melissa

    • timctaylor says:

      Hi Melissa,
      I know what you mean. I started buying eBooks a decade ago (for my Compaq iPaq) because I had simply run out of space for print books in my house. Perhaps one day there will be odor-enhanced eBooks one day that make your Kindle smell of ink???
      You won’t be able to make direct purchases from the Greyhart site, but there will be links to amazon.com and iTunes and all those other places.
      Tim

  3. Gill Shutt says:

    Looks like my sort of thing 🙂

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