Debut Novel is One of Revenge

by Stacey Longo

Dawn of Broken GlassGordon Anthony Bean’s debut novel, Dawn of Broken Glass, is a story of revenge, conceived by World War II Kristallnacht survivor Michael Carson and largely executed by his grandson, Ryan. Michael’s revenge is focused on the ancestors of the soldiers who mercilessly slaughtered Michael’s family.

The story opens by setting up the scene that results in Michael’s unwavering desire for vengeance. The scenario is gruesome, and Michael comes off as unlikable and warped. Ryan, too, seems motivated to carry out his grandfather’s plot mostly out of spineless fear, which makes him unlikable as well. Stick with it, though: once the soldiers’ living family members are collected and sent into a twisted, trap-filled labyrinth, that’s when the fun begins.

The maze is full of all sorts of ghoulish delights, from killer rats to tunnels wrapped in barbed wire. Each turn reveals a new horror, and our hapless victims work hard to try and escape. On top of the pitfalls that each tunnel offers, there’s also a monster stalking them, and a true baddie—Michael Carson’s assistant, Jason Froemmer—intent on making sure nobody makes it out alive.

As the story moves on, Ryan is fleshed out more, and the reader finds that he’s not such a bad guy, after all. He makes his way into the labyrinth to try and help some of his grandfather’s helpless quarry, and manages to redeem himself amid the chaos. The golem, which Ryan might possibly be able to control, yet doesn’t, is a satisfying recapturing of a centuries-old monster myth. And one of the descendants of the soldiers embodies all that was terrible about the Holocaust. You’ll be rooting for most of the participants to survive, but Paul Kaufmann, a racist and disgusting human being, will be the one you kind of hope doesn’t make it.

Dawn of Broken Glass offers a glimpse at the true ugliness of revenge and human nature. But it also offers hope: for survival, for redemption, and for faith in the kindness of strangers.

Author Talks about First Novel and Writing

 

By Jason Harris

Dawn of Broken GlassGordon Anthony Bean recently published his first novel, Dawn of Broken Glass. It was released in June.

He has written two other novels, but shelved them since they didn’t feel right to him. He plans to revisit them at a future date.

Dawn of Broken Glass felt like a great story with fully developed [and] believable characters that the reader could identify with, so I decided this was the book I wanted to publish first,” Bean said.

Dawn of Broken Glass tells the story of Michael Carson, who witnesses the brutal and senseless slaughter of his family during Kristallnacht in the early days of World War II. The loss of his family has left him with deep emotional scars, and feelings of anger and hatred which become all-consuming to the young man. Years later, he seeks his revenge. Along with the mysterious Jason Froemmer, Carson begins a mission to eradicate the bloodlines of each soldier who partook in his family’s slaughter so many years earlier.

Bean wrote it over eighteen months. He spent the better part of a year doing multiple revisions on plot, characters, and writing style.

Bean is working on Bloodlines, a sequel to his first published short story, “From a Whisper to a Dream.” This story was published in the anthology, Sinister Landscapes, published by Pixie Dust Press. He does have a second short story, “Out of the Corner of His Eye,” in the Grinning Skull Press anthology, From Beyond the Grave.

“One interesting tidbit about my writing is that the stories are all interconnected. In my second novel, there will be an appearance of a central character from Dawn of Broken Glass. Basically, I’m creating a wholly contained universe where all my stories take place on the same earth,” Bean said.

His primary career is in finance, but he wants it to be writing.

“I’m trying to get my writing career to take off and hopefully be able to one day devote myself to it full-time.”

He has been writing his entire life. “In elementary school, I had a short story published in our school’s spring journal. In high school, my creative writing teacher told me that of all the students she ever had, she felt that I was best suited to be a writer.”

He belongs to the New England Horror Writers organization. He hopes to get exposure for his writing through the NEHW. This is what he hopes would happen with belonging to any writer’s organization.

“What I hope the NEHW or any other group would be able to do is help give exposure to this novel and future novels,” Bean said.

Bean has received good writing advice in his life, he said.

“The best I remember getting was to write for myself. Like most writers, I love to write. I am a huge horror fan and if I can leave a lasting imprint on a reader through my work, it’s all worthwhile.”

Besides writing, he enjoys reading. Michael Moorcock and Robert Heinlein were two early favorites and Clive Barker, who he loved when he was a teenager. He reads Christopher Golden, Brian Lumley, F. Paul Wilson, Joe Lansdale, Edward Lee, Jonathan Maberry, Dan Simmons, Richard Matheson, Douglas Preston & Lee Child now. His tastes vary, he said.

Grinning Skull Press Debuts First Anthology

from-beyond-the-graveGrinnng Skull Press debuted its first anthology, From Beyond the Grave, this month. It contains 19 ghostly tales by authors Michael J. Evans, Carol Weekes, David North-Martino, Jeffrey Kosh, Robert W. Walker, Nelson W. Pyles, Marianne Halbert, Gordon Anthony Bean, Edward J. McFadden III, Jeffrey C. Pettengill, Cynthia Ward,  Michael Thomas-Knight, Tim J. Finn, Rose Blackthorn, Adam Millard, Brent Abell, Scott M. Goriscak,  Jay Wilburn, and Lisamarie Lamb.

From Beyond the Grave is available in print from Amazon and digitally for Kindle, Kobo, and Nook.

Grinning Skull Press isn’t stopping with its freshmen effort. Their second anthology, ATTACK! of the B-Movie Monsters: Night of the Gigantis, will be released this summer.

They are working on even more anthologies. They are currently accepting submissions for a Christmas-themed horror anthology that will benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Submissions can be sent to grinningskullpress@yahoo.com or submissions@grinningskullpress.com.

Evans, the publisher, will soon announce an unthemed horror anthology, Blood on the Moon and another ATTACK! of the B-Movie Monsters except this one will focus on Alien Encounters. The press has other anthologies planned: Gore Whores (ladies only) and Splatter Punks (for the guys), Only the Undead Know Brooklyn (open to NY writers only), and Hockomock: Tales of the Bridgewater Triangle (MA writers only).
For more information on Grinning Skull Press, check out its website here.