THE HUNTER GRAYEER
by Alex Billedeaux
There are twisted creatures, hiding in the darkness. In the deep woods, the abandoned barn, the back alley, the empty apartment next door. Some control minds or weather, others dabble with lost souls and possession. They have preyed on the unwary for centuries and are only satiated by the next victim they take.
But they have not gone unnoticed.
There are Hunters, scouring just at the edge of the light. Michael Grayleer is one such man. Shotgun in hand, Grayleer tracks down whispers of attacks, finding the perpetrator and removing them before they can hurt anyone else. It is not so cut and dry these days, especially since Grayleer’s prey has found a new orchestrator. Grayleer is not the Hunter anymore. They are being sicked on him, one by one, until he either dies or turns to find protection at the hands of men that he would have never put trust in before. As he watches his new friends slowly lose themselves into the ruthless kills that his job requires, he is forced to wonder whether his Hunt is just – or even forgivable.
How would I describe the novel?
It has its share of horror, but it is not a mindless b-movie scare. The moral development of the characters, more than anything else, is the focus as the book goes on. If you’ve written off thrillers as “mindless”, give The Hunter Grayleer a try. It may just prove you wrong.
Do I have other media comparisons?
If you like the TV show “Supernatural” on the CW, you’ll probably like the book. If you’ve never heard of the show “Supernatural”, you should probably remedy that as well.
Where is the book available?
Most major retail sites. Check out:
BARNES AND NOBLE
The Hunter Grayleer – my supernatural thriller – has a release date, cover art, and is available for pre-order!
Needless to say its been a busy week for me.
Look above for your not-so-sneaky-peek at the cover art. If I was an amazing visual artisan, I’d say something about how the setting evokes a feeling of dread or awakens deep seated fears from the viewer – but as it is I’ll just say that I am overly pleased with the product of my cover artist, Jennifer Rich. I couldn’t have gone a better direction.
As for the release date and pre-ordering, might I direct your attention to…
It is a day of celebration.
On October 10th, my book will be available in both electronic and paperback form. You can, however, already pre-order an e-book copy on Smashwords.
Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2:Episode 1 are up for grabs.
And all you have to do is follow the blog and follow my electronic scavenger hunt!
For those of you who don’t know, Half-Life is a series that began in the 90’s – but its second 2005 installment created a new standard for video games everywhere. Play as a scientist named Gordon Freeman –
– as he struggles to rid earth of the alien oppressors that he unwittingly released in a research experiment twenty years prior. –
Meanwhile, you will be bashing heads with crowbars, firing shotguns, and unloading machine guns on nearly everything in sight. The Resistance is calling you, and they are calling you with one of the most memorable casts of side characters that have existed in modern video entertainment.
So you’re sold now, right? Alex, how do I get these magnificent video games?!
Calm down. I’ll tell you.
In two of my previous posts, I have retroactively added a reference to Half-Life somewhere in the text. If you can find one of them, post a reply at the bottom of the page with the reference’s location. You will have just earned yourself Half-Life 2. The person who finds the second reference will win the Half-Life 2:Episode 1 copy.
I’m doing this because I like to advocate video games series that have a good story attached to them. I do require, however, that you be a current follower of the blog to redeem your prize. The games will be delivered via Steam, a free software platform developed by Valve. All you will have to do is install Steam and friend me, I’ll send the prize your way.
So hurry! There are still 2/2 prizes left to find!
And its my new supernatural horror, The Hunter Grayleer! It will be available for purchase this upcoming October.
In the meantime, it appears that the cover art is on its way down the pipeline. That means that, for those of you interested in such things, the fine piece of horror artwork will be view-able right here on the blog!
For the rest of this post, I’d like to open it up to the followers and passing readers. I feel as though this blog could use some interaction with the good people who read it – please, don’t hesitate to jot a quick response. If you are posting for any of the following reasons, I will certainly respond to your reply.
- Want to know something about the book?
- Want to know something about what its like to write a book/get published?
- Secretly just want me to come look at your blog by posting a fun and conversational comment? Do it.
- Chit-chat in the reply section? Whatever, I’m game.
Belittle the blog author.
Please, I’m just here for the pictures and captions.
Either way, don’t hesitate to head over to the Blood Red Sun post series and get your vote in on the newest chapter (we are still open for voting). Looking forward to hearing from you all.
While I wait for my Friday post to accrue some votes, I figured why not post the E-Book I wrote for the site?
The E-Book is meant to help both readers and writers get the most out of their craft. There are tips to help unenthusiastic readers get more out of books. There are tips to help writers overcome writer’s block and get back to typing.
Head over to the new ‘Free E-Book’ tab at your leisure.
Many blogs link their free content so that it is only sent to new subscribers, but I find that to be a little devious toward you – the reader. If you are only here to get the e-book, I don’t want you to have to get my emails or be forced to follow me. I only hope that the book can speak for itself and get you to sign on of your own free will.
I hope you enjoy the E-Book.
In other news, there are more exciting things on the way. The cover for my upcoming book, The Hunter Grayleer, is well underway and chugging down the pipeline. Check back for updates and details, you won’t be disappointed.
Some of you might wonder why on earth I would choose to use my last name on the blog, Billedeaux, which looks more like a large garble of letters than a word. I really did ponder using some other handle.
The thing is – I’m proud of my family.
They did a lot of cool things for me growing up, even when I was just a kid who wandered around only paying attention to the made up stories in his head. We traveled all around the world and saw a lot of historical sites, looking out off of Greece Islands and over the Mediterranean to where the Minotaur’s Labyrinth was supposed to be. It was those trips that sparked the interest in mythology and fiction for me.
I mean, look at this guy.
(and that look isn’t anger – that’s seduction.)
If you like fantasy, science fiction, or horror, than we probably have something in common. I’ve been writing in those genres for years and nowadays I soak them up like life essence. It wasn’t until recently, however, that I had my first novel put on track for production by the wonderful editors over at Ink Smith Publishing.
The book is called The Hunter Grayleer.
Grayleer’s current non-existent cover art. Working on it.
Here’s the summarizing pitch that won me the publication:
Monsters walk among us. Michael Grayleer hunts them. But when his actions draw the attention of an endless host of fiends, spirits, and creatures, the hunter quickly becomes the hunted. In the face of impending death, Grayleer is forced to bring his allies into his supernatural world before the little strength that he has left is extinguished.
But they will not be the same when they leave.
The demands of Grayleer’s job require each participant to leave their humanity behind, becoming cold and analytic killers. Against all odds, the group could push back against the monsters and come out victorious, but if none of the hunters remain human enough to adjust back into society, it won’t matter and he will have lost his friends anyway. Grayleer must decide whether his true goal is to save himself, his friends, or to destroy the creatures; all the while knowing that it was his hand that brought the slaughter down upon them.
Do you like a little lore and mythology in your fiction? The Hunter Grayleer has quite a bit. Comment with the coolest creature you’ve read or heard about, I’d love to hear from you guys.
As a starting author, I’ve always been told that I should be making the most of blogging and social networking. As a young man, I’ve always told myself that I would have absolutely nothing useful to say.
Turns out that isn’t so true when your books start getting published.
So this blog is going to be about just that – books.
(much like these…
but with distinguishable titles.)
Books I like, books I wrote, books I’m writing, maybe even some books that I don’t like (crazy stuff). So, here’s to hoping there are some people out there that want to take this journey with me.