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Kindle Nation Daily Bargain Book Alert: John A. Karr’s Ujahwek is Our 4-Star eBook of the Day at just $2.99, and Here’s a Free Sample

Here’s the set-up for John A. Karr’s Ujahwek, just $2.99 On Kindle:

As God created Man in His own image, so too did Lucifer create the Ujahwek to prey upon the fleshed manifestations of his enemy.

For years Randall Montgomery swung a sledgehammer in a coal mine, as if pitting himself against a mountain would replenish a soul depleted by the Civil and Indian Wars. With the onset of black lung and middle age, he journeys west to visit an old army buddy before starting life anew. Instead of a friendly reunion, he finds a burgeoning terror last encountered in North America by early humans. A threat bent on claiming all who draw breath in the Wyoming Territories.

For ages the dark spirits of the once-feared Ujahwek have waited, ravenous and expectant … until a banished female shaman of the Blackfoot tribe is drawn to Skull Cliff in the Owl Creek Mountains. The shaman embraces the spirit of Xotaena, Ujahwek high priestess, and unleashes the means to resurrect the unholy species. Immediately they hunt their prey: humans. Xotaena selects Randall Montgomery for possession with the soul of her mate. To survive he must battle in both the physical and mental realms, or get dragged into the depths of humanity lost.

From the reviewer:

This fits comfortably in the Weird West genre with lashings of demonic possession and a hint of zombiedom. The trio of protagonists, led by a not-so-lonesome hero, fits nicely together and take the reader on a thrill ride to a desperate conclusion. It’s hedonistic reading, something to be devoured, and would not be out of place sandwiched between Howard E. Robert and Joe R. Lansdale. If you read and enjoyed the Weird West anthologies, this is something you will enjoy.  –  Pierre Mare

Visit Amazon’s John Karr Page

John A. Karr believes fiction writing each day helps keep the demons at bay.
He is the author of a handful of novels: Death ClauseHippocrates ShatteredRhone, and Van Gogh, Encore.

Dark Continents recently published his Weird West novella, Ujahwek. His short stories have appeared on webzines AllegoryThe Absent Willow Review, and Danse Macabre. More works are in progress and in the marketing queue Upcoming release: Paranormal mystery, Ghostly Summons.


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Van Gogh, Encore
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“A recommended read for anyone who enjoys speculative fiction, or is a fan of Vincent Van Gogh’s life and work.”
–GraceKrispy @ MotherLode blog

Here’s the set-up…

Imagine Vincent van Gogh in our modern world.

Suppose, during the last year and a half of his life, when he severs part of his ear and commits himself to the insane asylum, he stumbles into the very circumstance he has longed for his entire adult life — a family. Would his life change for the better, or would his self-destructive tendencies again prevail?

Van Gogh, Encore is a speculative novel based upon the last year and a half of Vincent van Gogh’s life.

Set in the United States, the tale presents an alternative dimension to the complex and fascinating artist who died impoverished and unappreciated … while the images he created went on to have global impact, and can be found on everything from vodka bottles to vehicle dashboard covers, television commercials to t-shirts, and whose original works now sell for millions.

What Reviewers Are Saying

“What if… what if Vincent Van Gogh were alive today, in modern times? What if his life took a different turn, if he met someone he could love? What might be in store for him? Van Gogh is famous for his powerful works of art, and infamous for his mental health issues and resulting bizarre behavior. How would that play out in the context of today?

“In this work of speculative fiction, John A. Karr portrays the last 18 months of Van Gogh’s life in the United States, and presents possibilities of a different future for the troubled, but gifted, artist. Given a different setting and nationality (Van Gogh is Canadian in this book), and a blossoming love with a vivacious woman, Van Gogh gets another chance at life. The book stays true to many facts of Van Gogh’s later life- his brother Theo’s support, his relationship with Gauguin (including the knife threat and Van Gogh’s plan to start an artists’ colony), cutting his ear off and offering it to a prostitute, and his battle with mental illness and epilepsy. The author seamlessly and realistically weaves these facts into the new context, creating an engaging read.

“At nearly twice the size of the average ebook, this was a page-turner. Descriptive and eloquent, this book really allows you to feel what it might be like to be Van Gogh, to live inside his tormented mind as he attempts to make sense of contradictory stimuli. The author uses carefully selected words and phrasing to portray Van Gogh’s thoughts in a way that really highlights his inner turmoil, as well as his artistic passion. The characters were nicely drawn, but the star of this story is really Vincent, whose character is well-established. With regards to other characters, I did find a little hard to believe the love Lynn obviously felt for Vincent. I could understand his attraction to her, but didn’t really get why she was so attracted to him. His paintings were genius, but she obviously loved him for much more than that, and his obvious vulnerability didn’t seem to me quite enough to explain that love.

“This book could use one more editing pass to fix the last mistakes (not enough to be really frustrating, but enough to make note), but overall was engaging and satisfying. A recommended read for anyone who enjoys speculative fiction, or is a fan of Vincent Van Gogh’s life and work.”

–GraceKrispy @ MotherLode blog
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