Title: The Demon’s Grave
Series: The Demon’s Grave #1
Author: E.M. MacCallum
Published: June 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Recommended Age: 16+
Synopsis: When strange shadows and messages plague Nora’s daily life she fears for her sanity. To escape questions from her family, Nora joins her friends on a weekend getaway. Despite not liking Aidan Birket, Nora finds his remote, Victorian house charming. Until they discover the marble doorway on the third floor and, against Nora’s better judgment, they open it.
Trespassing into an unfamiliar world called the Demon’s Grave, the group face a charismatic demon and six nightmarish Challenges as punishment. Those that make it to the end can go home, but those that don’t will be his forever. Friendships are tested, secrets revealed and sacrifices will be made.
Nora battles zombies, doppelgängers, eyeless bikers, and the demon—whose interests are more than just a game of cat and mouse. If it’s all in her head, then it should be easy. But, if not, it means the demon knows about her sticky past, and the death of her twin sister.
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Excerpt from The Demon’s Grave by E.M. MacCallum:
“Aidan,” I insisted in a whisper.
A few car lengths north of the Chevy a stereo crackled to life. An echoing voice sang followed by a choir of voices that doo de doo’ed in the background. The slow song sounded like something from the 1950’s.
Read and I exchanged a curious glance as the echoing main voice mentioned a game. Read pulled his hand from mine and we both wiped our slick palms on our jeans.
“What is it?” I asked Aidan. “What should we be looking for?”
He didn’t answer, his eyes kept wandering to the cars then down the street and to the motorbikes.
Read’s shoulders sagged, exasperated. He looked ready to say something when the roar of an engine smothered the music as well as my yelp. It stopped Read cold.
Aidan jumped and grabbed my arm as if I were the one to save him.
Craning my neck to see if there was a single vehicle taking up the roadway, I saw none. It had been so loud I couldn’t pinpoint the direction it came from.
The music began to take over the street once more, a new song erupting from the crackling speakers.
Between shallow breaths, Aidan said, “come on.”
Before Read or I could question him, Aidan stood up and started in long, purposeful strides, the kind that was harder to stop.
Read nudged me to move, or rather shoved me. Panicked, we hurried to Aidan. Looking to him, our pace quickened to keep up. Aidan stared straight ahead. His lean figure was rigid, but he hadn’t slowed.
Keeping close to the buildings, we passed the occupied car playing music. I could see three teenage boys inside. The muffled vintage music carried through the window.
I felt the scream choke in my throat as we passed. The passengers didn’t have eyes.
Their shapeless pale faces lacked not only the eyes but also mouths. The skin where lips should be had stretched horizontally, sealing any opening. The only portion of their faces that was noticeable was the lump of their nose—without nostrils. Even their hair was all the same color, styled the same, with a part in the middle, and they wore the same collared shirt and slacks.
I thought to myself, it’s just a few of the faceless, nameless people of this city, like any other…right? Maybe the demon had a sense of sick, very sick, humor.
I could hear, the eerie chorus of voices within the car, making it all the more surreal.
The three boys in the car watched us pass, as is if they could see. They turned their heads as we hurried along and I found myself staring back for as long as I could.
About the Author:
E.M. loves long walks through bookstores, Disney, horror movies/books, anything supernatural, and researching random facts. She lives by a lake out in the Canadian wilderness with internet access, her husband and rag-tag band of pets.
We are very happy to have E.M. MacCallum with us today!
1) Describe your relationship with a good book.
My relationship with a good book usually starts with a unstoppable first chapter then with characters who are both relatable and flawed. After that, if the story takes me on a journey I didn’t expect or predict, I’m quite attached and a bit obsessed. Like Harry-Potter-Fan-Obsessed.
2) When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?
I started writing in grade three when I wanted to put a new twist to one of my favorite novels. It wasn’t long before I made up my own story. I’ve always been proud of this story though it may never see the light of day. It was about the first vampires in existence. Bear in mind, I was eight or nine when I wrote this. The first vampires were twins and when their thirst surfaced for the villagers to find out, the one fled leaving the main character to pay the price. I’ve been working to enhance this story for a real publisher, but it’s still being developed, and has only become more twisted with each pass.
3) Please describe your work ethic as an author.
One thing my parent’s instilled in me when in school was to “always try your best. Even if it’s not a 100%, at least you did what you could.” I try to apply that to every story, which might be why I’m so late to the publishing game. I want my stories to be the best I can put out there at that time.
4) How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?
I try to time-manage. It’s not always successful, but it’s something I always keep at the forefront of my mind. On days off work I can have from 1-7 hours of marketing/pitching/writing/blogging. Days on, it’s 30 minutes max for my writing. Thankfully, my work schedule at the moment is 4 days on, 4 days off, so it balances out.
5) Why did you write this book?
I originally wrote it when I was thirteen. At the time, I’d meet with my awesome cousins three times a year with a new story to read them. I loved their questions and suggestions and always tried to have something new to read them when I visited. I have no idea what inspired this story in particular, to be honest. At the time, I started stories organically and just let it go wherever it wanted to go. It was years later that I dusted it off and started to re-write to make it worthy of an audience.
6) What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?
You know what? Nothing and everything. It depends on the story and the characters. When it comes to reactions to situations, I rely on the character’s personality and people who I know who might be similar and mash it up for the end result.
7) What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?
In five years I hope to have many more novels out and, hopefully, a career writing and a family of either rug-rats or animals. I’m good with either way life swings me but I want to keep writing regardless.
8) Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.
I love spicy food. Like baked potatoes with too pepper is what I live for.
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
- GRAND PRIZE is a $25 Amazon gift card and an ecopy of The Demon’s Grave.
Giveaway is International.