Throughout history, around the world, there are many examples of the mass disappearance of people living in small towns. Easter Island in 1718, Hoer Verde, Brazil, in 1923, Lake Anjikuni, Nunavut, Canada in 1930, Roanoke Island, Virginia in 1587, all were found deplete of humanity. Meals remained rotting on dinner tables, pets wandered aimlessly, not a soul to be found. The same ancient evil that devastated these places has arrived in a small eastern Colorado town. A fog covers the small town and closes in on Tom Benton and his family. Susan Benton watches the day turn to night from the inside of a store. She is determined to get home to warn her husband and son of all the destruction she witnesses. The evil that lurks within the fog feeds on humanity but has special plans for those with anger deep inside. Bobby Benton has seen the face of evil outside his bedroom window in the darkest hours of the night. The man who appears at his window offers a veil of redemption to those holding onto anger and rage.
As the fog wraps around the Benton family home there will only be a narrow chance at survival. The evil that has gathered outside seeks a way in, but young Bobby Benton knows the true risk may be the secrets each member of the family holds. The greatest danger may not be the violent, evil creatures who await them, but each other. Can Tom Benton and his family escape the issues of their past in time to save themselves from Croatoan?
“Featuring a likeable, ordinary family fighting to survive a horrific evil, Charles Welch’s WITHIN THE FOG is a gripping debut that reimagines the vampire story to create something that is simultaneously familiar, fresh, and utterly chilling.” Craig DiLouie, author of THE CHILDREN OF RED PEAK
“Dr. Welch brings us intimate details of the family’s relationships and weaves those issues into the story brilliantly.” Rosalie Bowman
“I loved this book! Dr. Welch has brought horror back in a great way!” Shawnae
“This was a super read! Intense from beginning to end.” Karen Banton
“The novel is well written and give a good impression of the horror that comes from the unknown. Something is within the fog. Something is coming. Something is hungry.” Julie Eman, https://bookshelfadventures.home.blog/
“Welch leaves plenty of mystery for the next in the series. A very pleasant hook at the end and I am hooked as well. SO excited to read HUNTED when it comes out.” MariaP
He is about to clear the last of the hedge and move to the tree line that will lead to the garage when Tom pauses. He will be in the open for at least ten steps when he heads for the trees. Listening carefully, he hears nothing. There is no movement. The fog seems settled and stagnant, and that’s as good a sign as he will get to move forward. Stepping out from the protection of the hedge, he reminds himself that slow and steady will win this race. Counting his steps is a way of keeping his imagination in check. One, two…three. As he sets his right foot down for his fourth step, the fog thins. Ahead of him, squatting by the garage, he can see the shape of a man. He knows that what he sees is not a man, but instead one of the vampires. Clad in black, he can see the white skin on the side of its neck and face.
This one has a head full of black hair. Tom locks himself in place, knowing that he cannot move at all. He prays that Sin is right about the blankets being enough to shield his body heat from the vampire’s senses, or he will soon be dead. Without taking the risk of moving even the position of his head, he focuses his eyes on the shape of the vampire. It sits on its haunches like a dog, sniffing at the mist in front of it. It faces away from him to his left. It sniffs, looks about, and sniffs again. It crawls forward, sniffs again, and lightning-quick turns in his direction, leaping through the air. The vampire lands three feet in front of him. It takes every ounce of Tom’s inner strength to keep standing still. If the vampire is smelling him, he is dead. If he moves at all, he will be dead. He holds his breath. The vampire lifts its head, and it is close enough that Tom can smell the reek of death and see how black its eyes are. They are the black of a starless night in the middle of winter. There is no life within them, and no light from them. They are a void, an empty bottomless pit of despair. He is fascinated by them and feels a little like he is losing his focus. It sniffs again, tilts his head away from Tom, then looks in Tom’s direction, sniffs the air one more time and jumps, landing on top of a white and tan rabbit. The rabbit squeals once, and then it is dead, half of its body in one of the vampire’s claws, the other half caught in its teeth.
1- Does writing exhaust or energize you?
2- What is your writing Kryptonite?
3- Do you try to be more original or deliver to readers what they want to read?
4- How do you feel about books that build off each other with common characters?
5- Who do you believe is an underappreciated writer?
6- What does success look like to you?
7- How many hours a day do you write?
8- Do you hide any secrets in your books that friends or family will find?
9- Do bad reviews bother you?
10- Do the people you work with at your day job know that you are a writer?
11- What comes first, the plot, or the characters?
12- What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
13- What all takes place before you dive in and write a story?
14- What is more challenging in a series, the first book or the subsequent novels?
15- Where do you get your inspiration?
16- What process do you use for coming up with a book cover?
17- What future novels can we expect from you?
18- Who is your favorite author and why?
19- Do you have a favorite character in the book?
20- What scares you?
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