ChiZine Publications is gearing up to release Westlake Soul by Rio Youers in a limited hardcover edition. Cemetery Dance Publications is currently taking orders for the book. Peter Straub says, “Rio Youers is one of the most vital, most exciting young talents to come along in this decade.”

Description: “All superheroes get their powers from somewhere. A radioactive spider bite. A science experiment gone awry. I got mine from a surfing accident in Tofino. The ultimate wipeout. I woke up with the most powerful mind on the planet, but a body like a wet paper bag…”

Meet Westlake Soul, a twenty-three-year-old former surfing champion. A loving son and brother. But if you think he’s just a regular dude, think again; Westlake is in a permanent vegetative state. He can’t move, has no response to stimuli, and can only communicate with Hub, the faithful family dog. And like all superheroes, Westlake has an archenemy: Dr. Quietus — a nightmarish embodiment of Death itself. Westlake dreams of a normal life — of surfing and loving again. But time is running out; Dr. Quietus is getting closer, and stronger. Can Westlake use his superbrain to recover … to slip his enemy’s cold embrace before it’s too late?

You can pre-order through Cemetery Dance here: Westlake Soul

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