Saturday, March 28, 2015
Recently, it seems the horror genre has been overrun with teen melodrama. Just google "why Twilight is bad" to get a sense of the disdain (my personal favorite is from The Oatmeal).
Bestselling author, B.D. Bruns wants to know, "what happened to just plain scary?"
In his new book, In The House of Leviathan, Bruns avoids the overdone teen drama and instead relies on classic gothic elements to create tension and terror. “Mainstream horror has gone so mainstream that it isn’t scary anymore,” says Bruns. “Glittering teenage vampires aren’t even intended to be scary. But, classics like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, now that was terrifying. The difference is that Stoker embraced the unknown. I hope that readers of In The House of Leviathan find my embrace of the unknown to be equally thrilling.”
Set in an Italian paper mill during the 1860s , In The House of Leviathan follows Giuseppe, a humble man working in the mill, who witnesses Old Man Grapaldi summoning the Devil. Omens from the sea threaten the village and bizarre, violent happenings at their mill threaten his family. With their church rocked by inner turmoil and so many good men succumbing to dark secrets, Giuseppe himself must overcome his fears and his physical handicap to save his beloved sister.
Throughout the pages of In The House of Leviathan, readers can expect:
A reinvigoration of the classic horror and gothic genre.
Vivid imagery transporting readers to Italy’s exotic Amalfi Coast.
A connection between our greatest fictional thrills and the exotic history of the real world.
A throwback to masterfully built tension, believable characters with rich backgrounds and plot complexity informed by real world experiences.
Adventurer B. D. Bruns has traveled to over 50 countries to gather material for his bestselling books. He’s won 19 national and international book awards, including three national Book of the Year awards. Bruns’ first fiction book, The Gothic Shift (2014) won the International Book Awards Best Short Story Collection.
He also contributes to Yahoo Travel, BBC, CNN, The Daily Beast, and The Travel Channel.
Bruns’ travel adventures span from entering the Pyramids of Giza and swimming in the Panama Canal to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and touring Torture Museums in Estonia.
He has attended ceremonies from the descendants of cannibals in the South Pacific and has been consulted by a ghost tour in Malta. After residing in Dracula’s hometown for several years, Bruns moved to Las Vegas with his Romanian wife, where they live with two cats, Julius and Caesar.
For more information, please visit www.bdbruns.com or connect with Bruns on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, Shelfari, and LibraryThing. In The House of Leviathan is available on Amazon.