Hellfire Publishing is gearing up for the October release of the paperback of William Brian Johnson’s Hell To Pay. The digital edition is already available through Amazon.com and Smashwords.
Description: A man who thinks he’s losing his soul meets a man who has.
Detective Michael Bailey is a seasoned homicide detective who can’t escape the deaths of twin girls that happened on his watch. Over the years, it has slashed at his sanity and sobriety, and now he stands at the crossroads of his life. The murder investigation of a young woman sends him over the edge as he finds the main suspect may be possessed. Like Charles Bukowski said: It’s no good quitting, there is always the smallest bit of light in the darkest of hells.
George Graham is an antique store owner who has fallen for the wrong woman. When rejected and berated in public, George runs home to find a strange old man with an odd antique box wanting to make a deal. George buys the box and inside finds a matted scalp, a relic of untold power.
The setting of Ashton, Kansas was made after another local Kansas town and was written before the economic collapse of 2008. Ashton was like many cities that lost industry and left the locals wondering what to do. Unfortunately, some of the homeless are becoming harbingers of the Apocalypse and think a new local evil needs to be cleansed with fire.
William Brian Johnson has a previous degree in Chemistry and found in college he had to take some literature and writing courses to even out the brain. He discovered Joseph Campbell’s writings, and the influence he had on modern day storytelling. “With his story structure, I took a bit of an anti-hero and started him out as almost the antagonist of the story. The true antagonist starts out as a likeable sheepish character until he begins to change with the story and certain facts begin to emerge.”
Hell to Pay is a haunting story about the loss of one’s life, redemption, and personal sacrifice. This supernatural thriller is strongly based on Joseph Campbell’s epic storytelling and mythology.