The Carpathian mountains have long stood as the jewel of eastern Europe, with their magnificent peaks, steeped in folklore and mystery. But in the village of Gura Haith, something lurks in the night, screaming out in maddening hunger. Now, Nelu, one of the village’s most skilled hunters, tries to devise a plan to eliminate what has become a threat to the lives of everyone in the small mountain village. However, it is also haunted by the presence of a small girl, rescued from the mountains by a hunting party.
Taken in by Nelu and his wife, Anca, she almost immediately begins to exhibit strange behavior, prompting many to believe that she is cursed. Yet, with Nelu’s plan having failed, only one option remains for the centuries old village, and the results will be devastating, leaving its people locked away at night, with few remaining choices for their survival.
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A native of Upstate New York, Clifford Beck received the bulk of his education at the State University of New York at Albany. His writing began with experiments in poetry, inspired by ancient literature. Later, he attended Southern Maine Technical College, earning a degree in New Media. His work is largely an exploration into human darkness and the dynamics of madness. Having a background in design and illustration, he also creates the cover art for his novels
Now a resident of Portland, Maine, he writes what speaks to him the loudest, occasionally relying on music for inspiration. But, ideas have always come to him during the most unlikely of situations and is always with pen and pad at the ready. During the course of his life, he has been seen as someone in possession of a rather peculiar personality, but has come to accept this as a commonality among writers in general and an expression of what makes the mind of a writer tick.
He has most of his life in the helping professions and has witnessed a good deal of human suffering. Using his work as a tool of reflection and a doorway into his own personal demons, he brings these experiences to the surface in the form of ideas pertaining to social issues and the direction the world appears to be taking, and he is able to paint the darkness of human nature on a much broader canvas. Using a strong sense of visual imagery, he is also able to bring his novels to life, immersing the reader in a world governed by a unique and separate reality.