TREAD CAREFULLY FOR THEY ARE... OF THE NIGHT.
Whitfield Creed had never been one to believe in such things as luck. Yet when he wakes to find he’s hung from a meat hook, in a warehouse, he can’t help but feel his luck may have run out.
A chance meeting with the wrong people immerses Whitfield in an underworld that he had presumed to be no more than folklore. Yet these creatures exist and with eternal life have manipulated mankind from the shadows through the millennia’s.
Trying to come to terms with the way these creatures occupy their eternity Whitfield must live amongst their ranks. With the elders of this ancient society bickering with one another and the constant threat of execution hanging over his head he must try to survive. Whilst also accepting his own immortality.
Of The Night is the debut horror novel by Mark Simmons and is a Tour De force of thrills and scares that will leave the reader breathless and begging for the morning.
Mark Simmons has been writing Horror and thrillers recreationally since a very young age, finding his inspiration from a cavernous backroom full of horror at his local video shop. Renting all manner of features, well before his age legally allowed him to do so.
Mark was born and raised on the coastline of Suffolk, England by North East parents. He also found his creativity stimulated by the rolling countryside and coastal emptiness of East Anglia.
After twelve years of working in various areas of the Television Broadcasting Industry in London, he has returned to his roots, and now lives on the banks of the River Stour with his Epidemiologist wife, The Doctor.
Mark enjoys watching all manner of movies, but his greatest affinity is to horror flicks. He has a passion for classic and modern literature mainly in the horror and sci-fi fantasy genres. Mark enjoys immersing himself in the RPG gaming world. He can often be found taking a nice Ork in the country, but not in a biblical sense of course.
He also has an acute ear for music, particularly the Metal persuasion. Football plays a small part in his life, playing a bit of 5-A-Side in his spare time and supporting a North East team of the Black and White striped variety.
1. Mark made his screen debut on the Channel 4 show Sugar Rush as a DJ. He was paid £50 for the role.
2. Mark can make his ear pop using only his little finger. Ask him and he'll show you sometime.
3. Mark has longer hair than his wife. Due to this she is forever asking him for spare hair bobbles.
4. He got married in a pair of black and white checkerboard Vans.
5. He watched AC/DC play Download festival 2010 on an exclusive stage, in front of 90000 fans, and a full size train mounted by a giant inflatable woman that drove down the stage. But he does not remember a thing. Fortunately neither do the 2 friends that were with him.
6. He can hit the high notes in a-ha's Take On Me, without the aid of pliers!
7. He once had lunch with Michael Fassbender in the car park of Morrisons superstore, Camden.
KG: What or who inspired you to be a writer?
MS: I’d always enjoyed making up stories. Even as a kid playing with my toy soldiers there was always a plot to what was going on. Then I guess I just watched TV and movies, and read books, and thought I can do that.
KG: What gave you the idea of your latest book?
MS: There are various aspects to what gave me the idea. Ranging from Literature to Movies. But I can’t say which ones because that would spoil the book for the readers.
KG: Who is your favourite writer and why?
MS: I can’t really choose one. I like the weird outer worldliness of H.P Lovecraft. And I love the no nonsense writing of James Herbert. But I also enjoy the (every chapter should end on a cliff hanger) style of George RR Martin. And Roald Dahl of course. Any self-respecting Literature fan should have an appreciation of his work.
KG: What's your favourite book?
MS: Again I can’t say just one book. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson because it brings Science into the vampire folklore. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a masterpiece. But I also love Moby Dick by Herman Melville. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Dracula. Christine. The list goes on.
KG: Do you read a lot? If so what are you reading right now?
MS: I try to. But life can get in the way sometimes. I’m currently reading Locker Arms by Zakary McGaha. A young fellow KGHH writer that I think has a promising future.
KG: What writing projects are you working on?
MS: I’ve got some extra chapters that I want to add to an Omnibus version of the Trilogy I’ve been working on. Then I have a Detective novel that I have had on the back shelf for a number of years now. Plus, some other projects that I will get around to one day.
KG: What do you like most about writing?
MS: The escapism of it. And the ability to create worlds and universes that previously did not exist.
KG: Where do you see yourself and your writing in five years time?
MS: With seven or eight books under my belt and an enthusiastic fan base that cannot wait for my next piece of work to be published.
KG: What one writing tip would you share?
MS: It an old one but still the best. Your first draft is always terrible. But it is the foundations for something better. Just keep building on top of the terrible and something magical will be built.
KG: What would you say to educate and inspire young writers?
MS: Get the project you are working on finished. Until you have a finished product you have nothing to show to readers/publishers. GET IT WRITTEN.
© KGHH Publishing 2018
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Whitfield Creed is living a waking nightmare.
Unlike his dreams this nightmare has no end, and he has an eternity to live it.
His world, the beings that inhabit it, and the death that surrounds him, are pushing him to the edge of his sanity.
A pitched battle is in full swing and these creatures of the night are sparing none from its carnage.
Whitfield must try and find a safe place to stay out of the way as a civil war rages amongst these immortals.
Caught between warring factions his only hope is to flee the bloodshed.
As Whitfield tries to hold onto his humanity a new level of senses begins to stir within him.
Can he find answers to all the questions his new-found immortality has raised?
Or will the society he has stumbled across tear each other apart, and him with it?
Purged in Flame is the second novel by accomplished author Mark Simmons.
Whitfield Creed has awoken.
And yet he has no idea what from.
Something has stirred in the very core of his being; bringing to the surface powers beyond his comprehension. Powers that defy logic.
Around Creed, his world is tearing itself apart. Rioting has spilled onto the streets, buildings burning, and people are dying.
There seems to be nowhere to turn or hide, and less people to trust.
Whitfield must rely on his own wits and try to enhance his new abilities if he is to survive another night in this eternal hellish life.
Raised From Darkness is Mark Simmons third book in his trilogy.