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Cover Copyright ©2004
Trace Edward Zaber
Shadow Of The Beast
by Margaret L. Carter
ISBN: 1-59279-321-5 (Electronic)
ISBN: 1-59279-812-8 (Paperback)
One night Jenny Cameron arrives home to find her twin brother and their kid sister slaughtered by what looks like a feral dog. Why can't she remember more about that night? Why do nightmares plague her soon afterward—dreams of running in the moonlight in search of flesh and blood to devour? The quest for the truth about herself leads her to search for her long-lost father, who deserted the family before her birth. Though he fled to protect his wife and unborn children from his own dark side, he wants to meet Jenny now. He seeks redemption from his curse, but has his life of bloodshed placed him beyond all hope?
Terrified that her father's destiny foreshadows what she will someday become, Jenny fears she can't even trust herself with the man she loves. As death stalks her friends, she faces the possiblity that she may have to destroy her own closest kin. Haunted by her wild heritage, she seeks her true nature...under the shadow of the beast...
Horror / Werewolf
Length: Novel (57k words / 176 paperback pages)
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...Naked, Jenny knelt on the bedroom floor, leaning on the side of the mattress. Her head still spun. Her throat burned.
It had started, as usual, with a headlong run through a misty forest. Her chest labored in rhythm with the pumping of her leg muscles.
When her house loomed up in front of her, the nightmare changed. The fog cleared. Instead of a vague dream-landscape, she saw the sharp angles of the duplex against a backdrop of trodden snow, as clearly as in broad daylight. But it wasn't day. It was night, dark and moonless. So how could she see so clearly, although in washed-out pastels?
She hesitated under the tree in the Perlmans' half of the front yard to sniff the air. She smelled snow, automobile exhaust, pine needles, human traces, and the blood-heat of some small animal's coppery, furry scent. Her tail lashed indecisively.
She trotted around to her side of the house, automatically scanning the yard. The animal scent grew stronger. She froze, ears perked. A rustle under the porch steps drew her attention.
She padded closer. Glowing eyes met hers. Her lips twitched in a silent snarl. The creature under the steps hissed. An instant later, a small streak of orange and black shot past her. She sprang into action. Wind rushed at her face as she loped after the fleeing animal.
She tasted its fear on the breeze.
And then Jenny woke up on the bedroom floor.
She forced her stiff limbs into motion. She noticed that the window was closed. Just a dream, just— Stumbling across the room, she turned on the light. She had to blink a few times before her pupils adjusted. Only then could she see the damp footprints on the floor and the thin red scratches on her legs...
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