Here is a sneak preview of my next novel, THE PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION, which is the final installment of my CADAVER ISLAND trilogy:
Constantine Stark lived in the cellar of his brother’s cathedral. Candlesticks and wall-mounted torches provided light in the dark, cramped room. Mahogany bookcases, which were stocked by classic novels and history tomes from The Old Times, towered above the cellar’s cobblestone floor. Small, narrow windows near the ceiling allowed sunlight to filter into the chamber during the afternoon.
reclined in a leather chair and flipped through the pages of an Edgar Allan Poe novel while he chugged red wine from a bottle.
He paused, placed the bottle on a wood table, and tossed the book aside
when he heard loud screams, which originated from upstairs. He rose from the chair, dusted bread crumbs off of
his black robe, and walked briskly toward a spiral staircase. A cold draft of wind caused his long, white
hair to fall across his hazel eyes while he climbed the stairs. His arthritic knees popped and ached while he
hastened his climb.
“This is an abomination! I must cleanse this church of vermin!” he proclaimed.
“I beg you, my Lord! Cleanse this church! Rid it of all evil!” Constantine said.
The teeth of the rodents chewed Reverend Stark’s arms, hands, legs, and face until the skin was gone. Raw flesh glistened in the pale light of torches and candles. Blood spurted from severed veins and arteries. Reverend Stark’s left eyeball dangled from its socket at the end of its optic nerve. His robe, crucifix, and leather shoes boasted splatters of flesh and gore. He stumbled toward the pulpit and reached for his brother.
Constantine gasped while he
watched rodents emerge from splits and ruptures in his brother’s robe. He screamed when he noticed a massive hole in
Reverend Stark’s upper torso. Dozens of
rats dug deeper into the ruptured cavity and feasted on his intestines.
Constantine. I’m cursed, my brother. I must spread the plague!” he said.
“This can’t be happening! There must be a way to save you!”
“It’s too late for me. It’s much too late. You’re witnessing the consequences of sin. I’m doomed to roam the countryside for all of eternity!” Reverend Stark said.