Tag : Richard Letourneau

Lilith’s Puppet by Richard Letourneau

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedintumblrmailby feather

Lilith’s Puppet

(From the Shadows #1)

by Richard Letourneau

front cover Liliths puppet by Richard Letoourneau

 

Know More

The year is 1810, five children stumble onto an ancient, terrifying secret that will affect the rest of their lives. While playing near an old oak at the edge of the forest, Henry, Howard, Rachel, Phillip and Thalia come across an age-old artefact that will unleash an unimaginable evil that will follow them to adulthood.




A Word from the Author

Author Richard LetourneauThe inspiration behind Lilith’s Puppet was The Exorcist, and IT. The first time I saw The Exorcist I was thirteen and was equally in love with it and scared, just the mention of the film to anyone brings back haunting images of that horrific face. I wanted to create my own tale of demonic possession as it’s a subject I love. With the demon coming back to terrorise the characters when they’re adults we come to my other inspiration, IT. The idea of following the characters as children and adults appealed to me as we get to see how their relationships have changed plus, it meant I could let the demon do more things I couldn’t get away with during their younger years. I’ve always had a fascination for demons and the occult so, for me creating this book was lots of fun. My research took me to some strange places which I shall return to as the series continues.

(Richard Letourneau , November 2017)

 

 

 

Get It

Amazon USA

Amazon UK

Amazon CA

Amazon AU

Tweet

tweet Liliths puppet by Richard Letourneau


Newton Town A Series of Dark Tales by Richard Letourneau

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedintumblrmailby feather

Newton Town – A Series of Dark Tales by Richard Letourneau

cover-newton-town-a-series-of-dark-tales-by-richard-letourneau

 

Know More

Six tales of terror reside within these pages, each will take you on a journey into the darkest recesses of the human mind.
These are not for the faint of heart.

Welcome to Newton, a town in the south of England with a dark history. A history many of the inhabitants would rather forget and ignore exists. With a deep web serial killer, cannibals, multiple murders, a cult, incest, bodily dismemberment, torture, rape and paedophiles. It’s no wonder the town wants to keep their history a secret.

Do you think you have what it takes to get through these tales of terror?




A Word from the Author

Author Richard LetourneauThe idea for Newton began several years ago when I was a teenager, at the time I was writing a few short stories and I decided to have them set in the same town. I have no idea where or how I came up with the name Newton but it sounded good to me so it stuck. I have since lost the few stories I wrote but have a few memories of what I wrote.

As for my recent project Newton Town A Series of Dark Tales, I had written a torture scene a few paragraphs long and the idea for The Engagement grew from that. I wrote the paragraphs a few years ago, before my son was born and never returned to write the idea as I was busy. Then in 2016 I was on my Facebook looking through some old notes I had written and there it was.

I then saw a competition a few days later and started working on improving and extending the idea, trying to turn it into more than a torture scene and create a story. It took a few days but after some planning on some A4 I had a few characters and a basic plot.

There were multiple errors in the work after I typed it but I still sent it, just because I wanted to even though I had a sneaking suspicion I wouldn’t win. The story grew again and again and I ended up changing the lead bad guy but it worked. I joined multiple groups on Facebook and that’s when I found my first beta reader.

The beta who has been with me since The Engagement was in its early days. It is because of her support and for being my first fan that I named a character after her (Heather) and made her the focus of one story Heather’s Scar.

It took a while but I gained new betas and named a few more characters after them, first name not both. I finally finished The Engagement and my beta readers loved it and I had a feeling of accomplishment and was a little smug for a few hours.

My smugness grew tenfold when about two months later I was approached by a publisher who wanted to publish all 6 stories. But we can get to that later. As I was writing The Engagement, especially at the end I had a few new ideas, they had to be separate stories but relevant in their own way to another one, be it set before or after this one. So I named the stories first, strange to name them first I know but most of the time I find it helps me write. I had four names plus The Engagement and I was happy with that but a few days later during another story planning I came up with the idea for another.

That’s where Deep Web comes from, it was supposed to be its own story and have nothing to do with the series, the basic idea was the same but as I had similar names in my other stories I decided to make it part of the series.

The Engagement was the easiest to write, it underwent four maybe five changes to its length and ending especially. Room 242 I wanted to be a full on mad story not only about a psycho but it needed a love interest too to break away from the strong moments of mad violence and gruesome torture.

I had lots of fun writing it and didn’t hold back any ideas as you will see or have seen. When it came time to write Deep Web I already knew what I wanted to do as having the previous story about a killer on the deep web it made everything easier.

I had to give my main character a good back story and a reason to fall off the rails plus I needed to show things from his perspective. I also felt I had to do a scene about the killer from the previous story Room 242 as I’m sure lots of you were wondering why he was the way he was.

He was meant to have his own short story with more details of the event thrown in but I decided against it and just gave him a short part to explain things. Heather’s Scar was interesting to write, I wanted to make the last three stories set in the 17-1800’s so I could show Newton during this period but also the Norrington’s. I wanted to make a strong female lead character, she had to go through an ordeal that not only broke her mentally but also made her stronger.

It needed to be a revenge story as the previous wasn’t and it needed to show Newton in the past during the industrial revolution. At first the plot was Jeremiah was the father and Heather tracks him down for her revenge. I also changed it from his sons raping Heather to it being his friends as I didn’t think the idea would work as well. As for their torture and dismemberment I felt that maybe a few male readers would feel uncomfortable reading what happens so naturally I wrote it and kept it in.

Ghosts of Newton had to be set before Heather’s Scar so I could bring the Norrington’s into the story. The time period had to be when they had been living in Newton for a few years and as police didn’t exist at that time I naturally did my research and have brought the constables and night watchmen to Newton.

Thomas is on his first night of duty as watchman, a duty he is nervous to carry out as the previous two watchmen had been murdered. Newton in winter was also the new theme as I hadn’t really thrown much weather at any characters or the town. As I love winter, love the snow but also good old British weather all the rain so I have given Newton plenty of English weather for the Ghost’s as Thomas is spending most of his time outside.

The Norrington’s was a pleasure to write, as was all the others but this one had to be very dark and show you who they really were. Everything needed to be explained in this the closing chapter of the series so I planned it all out long before I even got close to writing it. The characters had already been created and the basic back story had been planned so when it was time to write it I knew what I was creating and it all fell into place. I had to make a few changes along the way but overall it is the same story I wanted to tell. Eldon and Lenora had to not only be evil but smart and savage, I also gave them a Gomez and Morticia Adams charm.

The 18th century is interesting to write about as the fashion and ways they lived are so different to our own now. We have so much digital technology now it’s unreal, most of how we communicate now is done on some sort of digital device. They also didn’t have a police force to help, the Watchmen were all they had and it was also this that attracted me to that time period.

It’s also a great place to start a history for families who have come to live in the town, it gave me loads of inspiration for where people came from and how some things would affect others further down the line. I have taken my knowledge and experience of this and thrown it into my new project, From The Shadows.

Part of my inspiration for the skin masks used in The Engagement was taken from Ed Gein. With the torture scenes I tried to use my imagination as much as possible and didn’t do any research into how any murderer killed their victims. Even though it was rather tempting.

I wanted it to be my personal thoughts and not something I took from a real life psycho, I wanted to create my own psychos. Coming up with the ideas for the torture scenes took a while, they had to be different and graphic to show off the madness of the character. Room 242 is a great example of how far I was willing to go, it was apparently so graphic that a group of book reviewers refused to look at it all.

Job done I say, I wanted to create something shocking, something only the true hardcore horror lovers would enjoy and come crawling back for more. My betas are as bloodthirsty as they come. Thank you all for sticking by me and for reading all my mad work. For those of you who are reading my work for the first time I have to say you’re in for a real treat.

(Richard Letourneau 2016)

Get It

Amazon USA

Amazon UK

Amazon CA

Amazon AU

Book Depository (Free Delivery Worldwide)

Tweet

tweet-newton-town-a-series-of-dark-tales-by-richard-letourneau

 

 

 


Newton Town – A Series of Dark Tales (1 – 3) by Richard Letourneau

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedintumblrmailby feather

Newton Town – A Series of Dark Tales (The Engagement, Room 242 and Deep Web) by Richard Letourneau

Newton Town a series of Dark Tales by Richard Letourneau cover

 

Know More

Grab the first three stories in the Newton Town series, The Engagement, Room 242 and Deep Web.

The Engagement

Sally is only twenty-five and has already been through so much pain and heartache. She meets Matt at a Slayer concert and after six months are engaged. Wanting to celebrate their news Sally asks Matt to join her in the local night club but he has a prior job commitment and can’t attend. Sally and her four friends head for the club to celebrate and are soon joined by a group of young men. They seem friendly but Sally’s intuition tells her something is wrong.
She awakens in a basement with her friend Amanda. They are soon beaten and tortured by a masked man who then maliciously severs Sally’s finger. Will they ever escape the basement before the mad man returns? What possible other horrors could be lurking upstairs? And why were they brought to this place?

Room 242

Lisa is a young woman working in the local Wicca shop, she’s shy and doesn’t want to tell Justin Dawson how she feels due to a few bad relationships. It doesn’t take long for Chris to fix his eyes on Lisa and start to stalk her. Chris isn’t just a killer he is a calculating, smart and sadistic killer. Chris runs his own red room on the deep web from his flat, with a loyal fan club tipping him bitcoins to carry out multiple torture acts on the unfortunate victims then kill them. But when Lisa becomes the next target has Chris bitten off more than he can chew? Is Justin in love with Lisa or does he have a hidden agenda?

Deep Web

Justin is a young man who has just lost his job for arguing with his boss. Not satisfied he returns at night and burns the office but is caught on camera and after a short trial is put on community service. It is here he makes friends with a group and learns about the deep web and room 242. It doesn’t take long for Justin to succumb to the pull of the red room and become lost in the violence which he now relishes and is aroused by.
Can Justin drag himself away from the deep web pull? Can he turn his life around before it’s too late?




A Word from the Author

Author Richard LetourneauThe idea for Newton started about fifteen years ago when i wrote a few short stories and just came up with the name Newton for the setting. I have no idea what happened to the old writing, earlier this year I saw a note on my facebook. It was a few paragraphs I wrote about four years ago where a killer was kidnapping people, torturing and killing them in his basement whiles wearing a clown mask. I knew I had to make this into a story but then I had the idea of making it a series. A series showing the past and present history as well as being separate tales about twisted individuals.
I did some research on what I would like it to look like and looked at history in my local area as well as writing several A4 pages for plots and characters. I soon had six plots, all of which changed a little over time as did the characters. All of my inspiration grew from that one note I made a few years ago. Everything I have written has been carefully planned out and thought through many times.
The Engagement started from that one scene, the difficult part was coming up with a gripping plot. It actually started out as a 7500 word short story which I liked but felt it wasn’t telling enough about Sally. After a week I had expanded it and went back to a previous relationship she had. It had to be shocking and quite realistic as well as disturbing.
It was a pleasure to write The Engagement and I didn’t hold back with the plot or violence as I wanted to create a series of shocking stories that not only slap you in the face with plot twist but throttle you to death after.
Room 242 was going to be a separate story but once I started it I knew it had to be part of the series. It was twisted and sadistic and not only follows the life of Lisa but that of the killer also. I wanted to pull the reader deep into the killer’s world, right into his room in this case. I heard about red rooms from my time on Youtube and thought it would be a good idea to write a story about one.
The hardest part with Room 242 was trying to keep it interesting and not repeat things again and again. I knew I had to create a love interest to push the story further and focus on something other than the torture and I already had the idea for Deep Web and ended up changing the love interest and climax to Justin Dawson. Room 242 raises a few questions especially at the end so when it came to writing Deep Web I wanted to answer them but make the reader wait to discover the answers.
When it came to writing Deep Web I had to now think of the viewer, what he saw, felt and did. I also had to look back at Room 242 and write it from his perspective. I had to think of Justin’s history and how it made him the man he is today but then I had to answer all the questions I raised in Room 242 and once more leave you with a punch in the face as we reach the climax.
I had to do a fair bit of research with deep web sites which I ended up cutting out of the final story. I enjoy taking my reader as far out of their comfort zone as much as I can. I also asked a few people about their phobias and tried to get parts of them into the stories. Being vulnerable, tortured, the feeling of being watched and followed. The real scenario of a violent relationship and even cannibals ended up becoming integral to the stories. And as we get to the final 3 everything you have experienced so far will come back to haunt you in ways you cannot imagine. Welcome to the sadists paradise and your hell, welcome to Newton.

(Richard Letourneau 2016)

Get It

Amazon USA

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

 

 

Tweet

Newton Town a series of Dark Tales by Richard Letourneau - the engagement tweet

Newton Town a series of Dark Tales by Richard Letourneau - Room 242 tweet

Newton Town a series of Dark Tales by Richard Letourneau - Deep Web tweet

 


Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On Google PlusVisit Us On Pinterest