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Timothy Bryan
Timothy Bryan Author Interview

Chindi follows a military officer and tribal chief as they join forces to combat an ancient Native American demon. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

My inspiration for the setting for the novel grew from the area I grew up, as well from personal study of the main character, George Crook. He was a famous Indian fighter in the second half of the 19th century, but he was also the greatest advocate for the Native Americans of that time. The fort that bears his name is still a historical site near Fall River, in Northern California.

Specific to that time, I love the time period, because it enables a reader to harken back to when civilization as we know it was tenuous and fluid, with an unsettling and quick-changing backdrop for both cultures that are in the book. The chance to examine human conflict is heightened with the interaction of an otherworldly menace.

Your characters are interesting and well developed. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I wanted to insert a facsimile of the real Crook into a supernatural and evil occasion of history. His real-life persona was also obsessed with honor, but it’s great to explore how we as humans would deal with being honorable when your world is collapsing around you.

For his supporting cast of soldiers and his civilian scout, I plucked those men from actual rosters on the frontier of that time. I bet those distant people would be surprised to see where they’ve ended up 160 years later.

For the Natives he interacts with, I wanted to create characters that strongly represent the chaotic and often unfair times that Indians had to contend with. Hopefully, I’ve managed to make human stories out of the trauma to their people.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

The most important theme to me is acquiescence to violating your personal values to make your way in the world—from both sides of the conflict. What could or should one do in the service of a higher goal? What price to pay for victory is too high?

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

My next novel, The Huntsman of Corvinus, comes out on December 15, 2021, and it will be available on Amazon in printed and audio form.

It is a contemporary story set in Budapest, where an American family is hunted by a supernatural killer. It should be a fascinating read, as it involves an ancient curse and normal people that must deal with a terrifying predator.

It’s full of excitement and violence, but also a twist and ending that is satisfying. I hope readers will like it.

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California, 1862. At a remote frontier outpost, a military officer and local tribal chief join forces in a fight for survival against an ancient Native American demon. But will such an alliance save their future, or does fate offer something more dreadful to the prospect of unity amongst former enemies?


Chindi by [Timothy Bryan]

Chindi by Timothy Bryan begins in Northeastern California in the fall of 1862, diving into the story of a man named Abraham. As Abraham and his brother Billy dig something up in the rural landscape, they find a horrifying skull that strikes fear deep into their hearts. The story then travels across the plains to find a Native man named Chief Hakan as he discovers the bodies of a murdered family. He assumes the worst—that their tribe is being attacked.

The meat of the story begins with conflict. After the shocking deaths of many good people, Lieutenant Crook realizes that the Native Americans must be attacking white settlers. This spurs him to ready his men for battle, as more disastrous deaths occur around them. As we watch him struggle to understand why the conflict is happening, we learn that Abraham has been possessed by a being named Chindi—as he traverses the landscape, he collects the bodies of the dead, raising them to join him in his trek.

I found Chindi to be a harrowing story that explores history while emphasizing elements of horror. I loved the action throughout the story, and found Crook’s battles with the creature haunting and intriguing. As Crook and his men learned of the demons entering the bodies of the dead, I felt their fear along with them, completely entranced by the terrifying tale.

I would have liked to see even more description of the actual monsters. I had a hard time picturing the creatures at first, but I was thankful when Bryan explored the fearful aspects of their appearance. However, I sometimes felt that the increased dialogue took away from the atmospheric terror.

If you’re a fan of horror stories, Chindi takes the idea of a classic western and turns it into something absolutely haunting. I loved the unique nature of the monsters and enjoyed how history played a part in this spooky story. I recommend it to anyone looking for an exciting and scary read this Halloween season.

Pages: 243 | ASIN: B09FSCS87K

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