They say to do something well, you must put 10,000 hours into it. It doesn’t matter whether that’s playing an instrument, shooting hoops, or writing. My 10,000 hours began at fifteen and took a winding difficult road, upon which I left littered long halts and excuses, until many years later (more than you need to know) they culminated with the upcoming publication of my first book, a paranormal thriller called 99 Souls.
My first manuscript, which I managed to hold onto for sentimental reasons until I moved to Europe, was a horror about reanimation and told with more heart than skill. It came after starting a dozen other tales in various genres, all of which I eventually lost interest in. It also came after I read Michael Chricton’s Sphere, which is the book that inspired me to start writing to begin with.
So what is 99 Souls about?
Ninety-nine bodies have been found dead worldwide with “God is Blind” burned into their torsos. And when Sarah Winslow’s eight-year-old son, Brandon, is abducted by a man who bursts through her door in an explosion of light, she is terrified that her son’s kidnapping will bring the total to one hundred.
Reflecting on the man who took him—his superhuman strength, that strange light, the way he seemed to vanish into thin air seconds after entering Brandon’s room—she realizes she’s up against something more terrifying than a serial killer; she’s up against something supernatural.
Making matters worse, the police begin to suspect she may have killed her son and be using the abduction story to cover it up. So when they try to arrest her, she takes off on her own, desperate to find Brandon before it’s too late.
But if Brandon was taken by something supernatural, then why? What does it want? And how is his abduction connected to the “God is Blind” murders? Those are just some of the answers Sarah will seek in her quest to find her son.
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“Gabriel Burns offers up an imaginative mashup of serial killer crime procedural and paranormal noir with an unnerving villain, non-stop action, and a plucky kid you’ll root for until the very end. ”
–Emily Carpenter, best-selling author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
“Gabriel Burns’s writing provides a dream-like yet hauntingly realistic quality.”
–Cynthia Pelayo, author of Santa Muerte