Today I am very please to announce I have a great guest taking over my blog, a man who needs no introduction but I’ll give him one any, ladies and gentleman let’s give it up for A.L. Mengel, author of the newly released Blood Decanter & #Writestorm:
Today he will be talking about his current works, links to where you can find them and of course you’ll get to learn a little about him to. A.L. Mengel is a Paranormal Fiction writer and blogger. His novels and stories have each been called a “complex examination of relationships” with strong antiheros. His works address issues of alcoholism, intolerance, grieving and death, fear of the afterlife, and the journey for understanding, among others. His protagonists, some of which are angels and demons, are frequently found on a search for purpose or transformation, which are recurring themes in his stories.
Blending realism with fiction, and weaving together the paranormal with the theology of Catholicism, superstition and common myths, he introduced a simple story with a profound message and deep, spiritual elements. The majority of the message resides between the prose, while other themes are flung into the reader’s face. “Ashes” does not hold back in addressing issues of bigotry and intolerance, alcoholism, betrayal, sexual identity and broken relationships.
The story opens with Antoine, an abandoned immortal, longing for the company of his maker once again. Antoine seeks to resurrect him, and bargains for the ultimate payment – his soul. And the demons come. Antoine manages to escape, but not without those pursuing him at every corner.
“Ashes” is a seemingly simple horror story with unexpected complexity and undeniable impact. It will take the reader through facets of time, space and across dimensions – and delivers a profound message. That a scratched surface is merely scratched.
Fires, storms and an eternal dark sky fight to hold the people hostage as an unprecedented flow of bodies keep the morgues at their breaking point. Some are of fallen immortals who once sought renewed eternal life.
A.L. Mengel crafts a hypnotic story which inhabits the land of demons and angels; telling of heartache, loss, hope and love. Lush and exotic, with Darius at the heart, he desperately searches for the elixir to end his curse.
From his early days we learn of his heritage; from his time in Paris when Vaudeville was in its infancy; to present day New York and Miami. This story of compassion visits Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris, the coffee fields of Sri Lanka, and the dusty bungalows of ancient Jerusalem and Gethsemane with elegant prose and stunning detail.
A.L. Mengel weaves a tapestry of luxuriant wickedness; paints a portrait of a dazzling vixen seductress; a mysterious secret society; and an unusual mortician all searching for the same purpose…but each spellbound by evil.
No matter how the clouds part,
Nor the skies clear,
I open my eyes to blood rain;
Wash the tears away,
And weep again for a different purpose.
Who is The Hooded Man?
Rumors have spread across the Immortal community – from Miami and New York to Paris, Frankfurt and Rome. Talk of ‘the man in the hood who carries the decanter’ have been increasing. But are the rumors true?
Immortals around the world have been losing their dark gift – becoming mortal once again, dying an eternal death, cursed and damned forever. The rumors continue to spread, worldwide, as a mythical figure is seen shortly before each “death” carrying a bulbous crystal decanter. Is it the end of the Immortals?
A.L. Mengel continues the Tartarus saga with powerful passages and eloquent description. Mesmerizing and exquisite; traveling to Piazza San Pietro, to Paris in the Dark Ages, ancient Jerusalem and modern day Lyon and Cairo, The Blood Decanter does not hold back with dazzling prose, across oceans and throughout time, interwoven together in a genealogy of blood ancestry.
Visit his Website: www.almengel.com
Or you can follow him on Twitter: www.twitter.com/authoralmengel