“We are excited by J. D. Crayne’s new cross genre novel and knew it had to be our record-setting 200th ebook as soon as we read it,” says Futures-Past Associate Publisher Jean Marie Stine. “Uncle Daniel’s Den’s blend of Lovecraftian chills and deft humor reminded us of many of Robert Bloch’s stories for Weird Tales.”
Uncle Daniel’s Den is the story of Pianora Duvall, who manages her mother’s country and western band Grand Old Gullywumpers, and has been wondering how to pay all their month’s bills. But when her millionaire uncle Daniel is run over by a herd of motorcyclists and then smashed flat by a cement truck, leaving her mother the only heir, it seems the answer to everybody’s prayers or at least to those of his niece. Happy days seem here again!
Unfortunately, when Pianora and the band move into the family mansion, they find that the house comes equipped with a sullen caretaker, a dimwitted scullery maid, a large stuffed crocodile hanging from the ceiling, a cozy little family cemetery, strange noises coming from behind a mysterious door in her Uncle Daniel’s den, and something huge, hairy, and yellow-eyed that can only be seen in the mirrors. But just when Pianora is making headway with the caretaker, who turns out to be not quite as sullen and unapproachable as she thought, all hell breaks loose. Literally! And carries her mother, the rest of the Grand Old Gullywumpers, and assorted other characters, off to their doom.
That’s when Pianora discovers she is the only one with the power to save them and that good looking caretaker she wasn’t quite done with. Battling darkness, demons, and a snowstorm that comes indoors to look for victims, our intrepid heroine is determined to win despite the odds and get back to a cold drink, a warm shower and a hot caretaker. If she isn’t carried off, too, by the nameless, indescribable, eldritch horrors from beyond, who lurk just behind the forbidden door in Uncle Daniel’s den.
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