Servant of the Red Quill is the follow-up to Terry M. West’s haunting period piece, The Giving of Things Cold & Cursed. The star of both tales is Baker Johnson, a flawed, British psychical researcher living in New York city in the 1920’s. The first tale in the Baker Johnson series received glowing reviews and was read by many fans of classical Gothic horror.
Servant of the Red Quill takes place in 1927, two years after the events of The Giving of Things Cold & Cursed. Baker Johnson has turned his back on the paranormal field and he spends his days drunk and in the company of questionable women. When Baker is approached by the attorney of a powerful man, the psychical researcher is reluctantly pulled into a case involving a troubled family in Yonkers. Jeremiah Simms, a wealthy collector of haunted objects, has acquired a rare tome penned by the infamous Marquis de Sade. Titled Servant of the Red Quill, this cursed book unleashes an evil spirit that threatens to destroy the Simms family. Baker must face a cunning and powerful demon to save the innocent. But the deadliest demons of this battle lie within Baker.
This new 11,000 word novelette will be released on Amazon Kindle on 01-02-15 with a paperback version to follow. It has a price of $1.99. West also recently announced a third Baker Johnson story, Weird Tales of the Dark Prophet. While a release date or details of the third entry haven’t been announced, West did confide that the legendary HP Lovecraft would be appearing in the tale.
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