A reader looking for intrigue, suspense, and gruesome horror in a setting that raises the stakes can pick up The Devil’s Whelp by Vin Jackson and step aboard the Olympian, an accurately described, floating exploration rig, crewed by eighty tough, no-nonsense oilmen, who mistakenly think that Scott Reef #8 is just another routine job.
The drilling awakens something in the deep that wants to play a cruel game with the crew of Olympiana game with win or die stakes. It’s up to toolpusher Del Presswood, the only one who understands the situation, to figure out how to convince the others of how much danger they face and plan a counterattack to save their lives.
The book is grounded in reality, with vivid and gritty details of oil rig life provided by the late C. Lynn Martin, to whose memory the book is dedicated. Martin, who worked on an oil rig before his untimely death, was Jackson’s next-door neighbor, and offered expertise and detailed research to help Jackson create verisimilitude in the tale.
Each time Martin returned to the rig for his twenty-eight day shift, he brought with him Jackson’s latest draft and list of numerous questions from the author. Martin’s research was exacting because, for him, the facts had to be right. So, he took photos, timed events, assessed feasibility, tested various scenarios, and studied the interaction and character of the crew.
In a testament to the gripping nature of Jackson’s macabre storytelling, reading the manuscript had the power to spook even his researcher, despite his insider’s view. One night, after Martin finished reading Jacksons latest chapter, he had to walk the same route as one of the characters, and as he traipsed the ship, his hair stood on end as he became overwhelmed with a paranoid sense that something dreadful was hiding in every shadow. “I was sure as hell glad to get back to my cabin,” he later admitted to Jackson. Sadly, Lynn didn’t live long enough to read the completed book, which the grateful author dedicated to his memory.
“Although Lynn is no longer with us,” says Jackson, “his invaluable contribution to the story is felt on practically every page.”
Vin Jackson, author of the mature heroic fantasy novel, Reborn, and a fan of Stephen King, is an Australian writer who began to write as an antidote to his role as a stay-at-home dad. Jackson believes horror should push the readers grip on reality to start them thinking about their predictable, comfortable existence and lead them to wonder if it might be less safe than they had always assumed. That idea grew into The Devils Whelp.
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