Friday, 31 March 2017

Beyond the Red Door Excerpt

Beyond the Red Door
The Demon Series Part 2

Excerpt

Fairfield, California, 2012
Taylor stood before the old house.
Jesse grinned. “So, what do you think?”
She took a step closer. Crossing her arms, she looked up at the building. “What did you call this place again?”
“The Starke house.”
“And you say some serial killer lived here over fifty years ago?”
“Yep.”
“And he buried twelve boys in his basement?”
“You can check for yourself, if you don’t believe me.”
She studied him, her blonde hair falling down into her eyes. “I just might do that, Mr. Miller.”
Jesse’s grin widened. “You haven’t heard all of it.”
“You’re telling me there’s more to this story?”
“You have no idea.”
“Well?”
Lowering his voice, he leaned in. “It’s been said, Starke killed a teen in this house, in 1962.”
“Didn’t you say he was executed, in 1956?”
“Uh-huh.”
“Let me guess. His ghost rose up from Hell and slayed him.”
He shrugged. “To be honest, I think it was the demon.”
Taylor’s brow furrowed.
“I read Starke made a deal to raise his little brother from the dead—if he sacrificed thirteen boys to a demon.”
“Wait, if there was some sort of pact with a demon to raise Starke’s little brother, then when this teen—”
“Max Jensen.”
She paused. “If Max Jensen was killed by this demon, as you say, wouldn’t that have completed the pact?”
“Now that you mention it, there were stories of a five-year-old kid found wandering the streets, that same night. The kid was the spitting image of Starke’s little brother.”
Again, her brow furrowed. “But why Max? Surely, people have gone into the cellar before that day.”
“A bag, a knife, and a chip of wood were found just inside the door. The knife had blood on it. They think he was trying to take a piece of the door and cut himself.”
“And he bled on the ground.” She nodded. “You’re not saying you actually believe any of this.”
The corner of Jesse’s mouth curled. “You want to know what happened to the little kid, don’t you.”
“I never said…” She pursed her lips. “Okay, what happened to him?”
“He was adopted by the people who found him. Wasn’t long after that they moved. From time to time, for years after, a reporter would track him down and dredge the whole Starke thing up, to make a fast buck. But, after some time, he dropped off the map.”
“So, as far as you can tell, he’s just some regular Joe.” She hesitated. “What I don’t get is why Max was down there in the first place? What was he doing trying to take a piece of the door?”
“My best guess? Someone bullied him into it.”
“You’re serious.”
“What can I say? Things never change, it seems.” He sighed. “But, like I said, check it out for yourself, if you don’t believe me.”

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