Friday, August 13, 2010
Harry Shannon- Daemon
In Harry Shannon's Daemon, Black Ops specialist agrees to assist his ex-wife, who is guarding a Latino rap star. She is killed during the concert, and Jeff soon discovers that someone-or something-has broken into the morgue to eat from her corpse. Harry Shannon's "Daemon" is a genre-bending romp through Iraq, Las Vegas and the desert beyond as a squad of private bodyguards moves in hot pursuit of a killer who can leap from body to body by the exchange of fluids. Lots of Special Ops stuff, forensics, many creepy moments, loads of black humor as well as a splash of blood and guts. The Award winning "Daemon
Book Trailer" by 'Dead and gone' director Yossi Sasson is posted on YouTube.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
"Daemon" is a rapid-fire horror/thriller featuring a Black Ops team, beautiful women and a creature that reanimates corpses. It is set mostly in Sin City or the desert just beyond. What's not to like? It's a wild ride, the kind of book I love to read, and the second half is flat-out greased lightning. I had a lot of fun writing it, which is a good sign, and both readers and reviewers responded well when it was first released in hardcover and trade paperback. I love that it's getting a second life as an e-book.
Q: Why did you go indie?
I was fortunate enough to hang on to the e-book rights to almost all of my novels. I'd love to take credit for prescience, but things just worked out that way. Now that the books are selling so well, I'm probably going to publish the fourth Mick Callahan novel on my own. It just makes sense. Fortunately, most readers, like writers, are also loyal fans. If your book is affordable, and they hear about it, they'll buy it. And I do love the Wild West feel of the industry these days, it's as exciting as music was back in the 1960's. There's so much going on and no one knows exactly how it will all shake down.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in mystery, suspense, thriller, and horror genres?
Well, most of the authors I love cross those boundaries without blinking an eye. And any honest list would be a long one. But to name just a few, I have everything written by James Lee Burke, Thomas Harris, most of John D. MacDonald's 70 plus novels, likewise Cormac McCarthy, all of Michael Connelly, all of John Connolly, all of Robert Crais, most or all of T. Jefferson Parker, Gregg Hurwitz, Ken Bruen. Robert Heinlein. In horror, like most of us, I was most heavily influenced by Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury and Stephen King. Anyone who says they weren't is clearly lying.