on October 2nd 2014
An accident puts Kevin Tremmel into a coma. Upon waking, he is not the same. Is it psychological trauma or something darker at work?
Until recently, Kevin Tremmel was at peace with his life. He had a wonderful family, a meaningful career, and his life is finally settling down. Everything seems to be going great - until the night he dies in a car accident.
When the doctors revive him, it's evident that he's not the same. Strange urges and images haunt his waking hours, and he finds himself fighting frightening new impulses. Has the trauma of the accident caused a mental illness -- or has he brought some malevolent being back with him?
In order to save his sanity, his sense of self, and his family, Kevin must discover what force is at work on him and how to overcome it. It’s that, or give up all he loves and become a servant to the things in the darkness.
"Terrifying and engaging, impossible to put down." Henrique Couto, Writer/Director of Babysitter Massacre and Director of Haunted House on Sorority Row and Scarewaves.
"Creepy, contemporary riffs on Lovecraftian themes!" John Oak Dalton, Screenwriter - Among Us, Haunted House on Sorority Row, and Scarewaves.
Those Who Inspire Me
By Ira M. Gansler, author of The Things in the Darkness
In my humble opinion, any good horror writer should grow up reading horror. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that it’s good to see what has been done before in order to decide what you feel works and what doesn’t. While you never want to copy someone else’s style, you may find pieces that do work well to integrate into your own unique writing. A major influence for me is the writing of Stephen King. While King has crafted some amazing and disturbing stories, it is not the monsters, ghosts, or killers that I find to be his greatest strength. For me, King is as great as he is because he gives us characters that are so well written that they seem like someone we have known our whole life. Then, just as we are becoming comfortable with the people in the story, he shows us that no one is safe. Growing up reading King inspired me to write character-driven stories. It’s one great reason why all good writers should read. Another reason is that whole stories can be inspired by just small pieces or themes of other stories.
Sometimes the influence is more direct and obvious in the finished product. Although my book just came out, I have been told many times that it is very Lovecraftian in nature (and in case you are wondering, I take that as a compliment). Lovecraft’s main themes have always fascinated me and made me wonder what is really the greatest threat that a person can face? Are outside forces, perhaps alien or perhaps supernatural, the biggest things that man should fear? Do we even need to look outside of ourselves to find the things that we truly should be afraid of more than anything else? Maybe the biggest question that I always thought Lovecraft raised was simply: is it worse to lose your life or your mind? These are all ideas that I tried to explore with The Things in the Darkness.
I hope this has been informative and interesting to you, my intrigued reader. Now go ahead and turn off the lights, and make your way throughout the rest of your day. And when you reach the moment when you are putting your head down to sleep, don’t worry too much about that shape in the corner of your room. You may find yourself asking, “is that a living grotesquerie or just some figment of my overworked, perhaps diminishing mind?” No, don’t worry too much about it, my friend. In the end, does it really matter what it is as much as what it has planned for you?
Ira M. Gansler is the father of three girls whom he adores and hopes to one day mold into fellow horror fans! He has been married to his fantastic, supportive wife for almost twelve years. Ira focuses on honing his writing craft through fiction, blogging, and screenwriting. He was one of the writers for the film Scarewaves, having written the screenplay for the “Office Case” segment.
Ira has been an avid horror fan since the time at age five when he ran screaming back to his bed after having witnessed the scene in A Nightmare on Elm Street where Freddy was dragging a bloody and dying Tina across the ceiling. Since then, he has embraced all types of horror. The Shining, anything by H.P. Lovecraft, and the original Night of the Living Dead will always hold a special place in his twisted heart. He prays that when the zombie apocalypse does come that it consists of slow zombies and that the Elder Gods show mercy on us all.
You can follow Ira M. Gansler on his blog, The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void at http://ragecircus.blogspot.com, on twitter @RageCircusBlog, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ragecircusblogger. Ira also writes reviews and conducts interviews for the From Dusk Till Con Network at www.fromdusktillcon.com.