This book will be on exhibit at the upcoming 2020 BookExpo New Title Showcase- a highly anticipated event where readers and fans may meet their favorite authors in person.
What begins as a seemingly straightforward request rapidly moves into a wild ride with unexpected twists and an unforeseeable ending. Whether you are a fan of old school horror like H.P. Lovecraft or modern fast-paced mysteries and thrillers, The Old Mans Request is for you. Joab Stieglitz has proven himself to be a master storyteller in this chilling and intriguing story. A must read!
Fifty years ago, a group of college friends dabbled in the occult and released a malign presence on the world. Now, on his deathbed, the last of the students, now a trustee of Reister University enlists the aid of three newcomers to banish the thing they summoned. Russian anthropologist Anna Rykov, doctor Harry Lamb, and Father Sean OMalley are all indebted the ailing trustee for their positions. Together, they pursue the knowledge and resources needed to perform the ritual. Hampered by the old mans greedy son, the wizened director of the university library, and a private investigator with a troubled past, can they perform the ritual and banish the entity? The Old Mans Request is a pulp adventure set in the 1920s, and the first part of the Utgarda Trilogy.
Ron Fortier reviewed this book for the ESO Network, praising the books impressive appeal and suspense. He says:
In the summer of 1929, three people are summoned to the hospital by an ailing college professor. Fearing his time is short; Prof. Jason Longborough confides a terrible secret to his prorge, Anna Rykov, a Russian anthropologist, Dr. Harold Lamb, a general practioner and Father Sean OMalley, a Catholic priest versed in the churchs exorcism rituals. Fifty years earlier, Longbrough, then a college student, and several friends, made the foolish decision to dable in the occult; the end result being they actually summoned a horrific demon named Urgarda. Trapped in our world since that time, the shape-shifting monster has kept his existence secret by murdering those with any knowledge of presence.
The old professor realizes it is his responsibility to somehow re-summon the demon to the abandoned farmhouse where he first appeared and there destroy him. The task is too difficult for one person and thus Longborough brings his three young colleagues into his plans. But time has run out for the guilt ridden teacher and after relating his wild story to the trio, he dies.
Initially all three question whether the old mans tale was factual or the rantings of a failing mind. Still, to ignore it would have serious consequence; chief among these allowing the demon to continue his evil machinations in our dimension. Bit by bit, each of the three begin to accept the mission that has been foisted on them and the real horror it portents. Having no other recourse, it is up to them to carry out Longboroughs final request and confront the beast.
Joab Stieglitz offers up a really well crafted thriller filled with enough suspense and action to adroitly move his plot along. Anna, Dr. Lamb and Father OMalley arent superheroes, but rather good people caught up in an affair far beyond anything any of them had ever experienced before. It will take all their courage and mutual trust in one another to summon the demon and defeat it. If that is even possible? The Old Mans Request, is a sure fire page turned. Need I say more?
Immerse yourself in the grippingly entertaining and suspenseful literature of Joab Stieglitz by supporting his book The Old Mans Request: Book One of the Utgarda Trilogy (Volume 1) as he presents it at his book-signing this May 30th, 2020 from 10 AM- 11 AM at the 2020 BookExpo New Title Showcase, or purchase a Kindle or paperback copy of it on Amazon.
The Old Mans Request: Book One of the Utgarda Trilogy (Volume 1)
Author | Joab Stieglitz
Publisher | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition
Published Date | July 26, 2016
Genre | Lovecraftian / Occult Fiction
Paperback Price | $10.00
About the Author
Joab Stieglitz was born and raised in the Warren, New Jersey. He is an Application Consultant for a software company. He has also worked as a software trainer, a network engineer, a project manager, and a technical writer over his 30 year career. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
He is an avid tabletop RPG player and game master of horror, espionage, fantasy, and science fiction genres.
Joab channeled his role-playing experiences in the Utgarda Series, which are pulp adventure novels with Lovecraftian influences set in the 1920s.
You can follow Joab on Twitter @JoabStieglitz, on Facebook, and on his blog: joabstieglitz.com.
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