“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
The same ancient evil that killed 115 people at Roanoke, Virginia in the late 1500’s has arrived in a small eastern Colorado town. A fog covers the small town and closes in on Tom Benton and his family. The evil that lurks within the fog feeds on humanity but has special plans for those with anger deep inside. Tom Benton’s son Bobby 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. Can Tom Benton and his family escape the issues of their past in time to save themselves from Croatoan?
Bob has spent the past 40 years running from an evil that has relentlessly tried to kill him. Nancy is a stranger who wants to know Bob’s story of survival. As Bob reveals the story of his life to Nancy, of his constant loss, he is as much telling his story to her as he is weighing her response.
Who is Nancy?
An innocent stranger listening carefully to a story shared by an old man, or a part of the ever-present evil that continues to pursue Bob? From Illinois to Texas, from Maine to Colorado, Bob survives one attempt on his life after another. What is it that continuously hunts him? What is the true purpose in meeting Nancy? As the afternoon fades to night, Bob looks for the signs that have defined the destruction of his life. The truth will finally be revealed with the coming darkness. Who is innocent? Who is evil? And who is …… HUNTED?
Book two of Within The Fog – An ancient evil arrived in a bank of fog and decimated the town of Wray, Colorado. The fog covered the small town including the home of Tom Benton and his family. The evil that lurked within the fog fed on the townspeople, destroying everyone in its path. Croatoan, the master of that evil, has special plans for those with anger deep inside. Tom Benton’s son Bobby surrendered to his anger and has become a servant to his master. For Croatoan, Bobby is only a tool to aid in the destruction of Tom in the same way he murdered Sandy, Tom’s wife. Tom though, has a different plan in mind. He intends to end Croatoan and save his son from the infection that is slowly overtaking his small body. While the fog continues to squeeze down on the Benton family home, Tom knows there will only be a narrow chance at saving his son. There is no time to mourn those he has lost, and precious little time to save Bobby. But how? With an unlikely ally at his side, Tom plots his revenge. He lost his wife to the ancient vampire. His son is almost gone. He has one shot at redemption. Can Tom escape his anger long enough to save Bobby, or will it rise up and lead him straight into the devious trap of Croatoan?
On the morning of Rachel’s wedding anniversary, she finds her husband gone, and an envelope on his pillow. She is to solve the clue in the envelope to find the next clue. Each clue will lead to another until she finds her husband and her anniversary surprise. Excited to celebrate their day, she solves the first riddle and finds the next clue. As one clue leads to another, the tasks become harder and the clues hint at a more devious plan. A terrible reality dawns on her as she realizes she must complete the game to its end to save her marriage and possibly her life. Rachel’s adventure is not the celebration she imagined, and the creator of the game has a different prize in mind. At the end of the game, he waits for her to complete his revenge. But who created the game? Why does he seek revenge? And who will be waiting for her at the end of her Scavenger Hunt?
Laurie is a woman with a penchant for displaying impatience and judgment. She does not like to be bothered, particularly when she is in a hurry, which is a most unfortunate thing. One morning on her way to an important appointment, Laurie is confronted by a homeless woman who wants a small amount of money, and respect.
Instead, of respect, Laurie tells the woman that she is a lost soul, feeding off the back of humanity.
What Laurie doesn’t know is that this particular homeless woman is not simply an unfortunate, down on her luck member of society.
She is a powerful, ancient God, as old as time itself. A God who has been escorting mankind to the Land of the Dead for an eternity. Soon, Laurie finds herself lost in this timeless, corrupt land.
Boone is a man who desires nothing more than to be known as ordinary. He does not like attention from others and detests physical touch. Boone lives a life of contentment, until the day that he discovers his new gift. It is a gift that Boone has not sought, and one that he does not want, for he suddenly has acquired the gift to find things that have been lost.
Amid his struggle to comprehend where his gift has come from, and why it has selected him, Boone’s best friend, the only person he trusts, Sly, comes to him with a request. Sly asks him to find Laurie. The Land of the Dead is a poisoned land. It is a land filled with angry and vengeful Gods who protect the Hall of Truth from those who have not yet been judged for their sinful existences. Sly will stop at nothing to find his lost love, Laurie. Can Laurie be saved before she is judged in the Hall of Truth? Boone and Sly will need to survive the dangers of a lost world to save her. They will need to overcome a wasted land, and the evil that desires their death, to Find(h)er.