Miracle Man follows an average man and librarian who discovers he has a unique gift to heal people and resurrect the dead. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?
Most of my writing pits one or more people against an outside force. I drop ordinary, everyday characters into an impossible situation and watch them squirm. With Miracle Man, I wanted the battle to be internal. I wanted to see what it would take to turn a good man into not just a bad man, but into a monster. What better way to do that than by giving him power?
By granting Elijah control over life and death, I knew it would only be a matter of time before he started to think of himself as beyond human, meaning he would have little regard for mere mortals. And by giving him the very powers that Jesus was purported to have, the contrast between good and evil couldn’t have been more stark. Plus, I got to have fun stirring up some controversy with some of Elijah’s sermons.
Did you plan the tone and direction of the novel before writing or did it come out organically as you were writing?
I always go into a story knowing the main plot points I want to hit, but I leave myself the freedom to get there in whatever way feels right at the time. I fully intended Elijah to become bad, but honestly, he surprised me with just how far he fell, and how quickly. I generally start each writing day going over what I had written the day before, and there were times when I thought that I had gone to far and should probably dial it back. On those occasions, I would remind myself that that had been my intention from the beginning, and I would let it stand. Of course, I then had to outdo myself in the next chapter, so the plunge continued.
What character did you enjoy writing for? Was there one that was more challenging to write for?
My answer to both questions is the same. Elijah Zion. Once Milton adopted the persona of Elijah Zion, he became immensely interesting. It was a joy to write scenes of him performing literal miracles while at the same time lecturing the faithful on how ridiculous it was to have faith. There was a dichotomy there that was a lot of fun to play with. I also loved those deep dives into his psyche, seeing how he could justify his actions so seemingly rationally.
The most difficult scenes to write were when he was stroking his ego by doing some pretty despicable things to his human playthings. I drew the line at harming children in any way, but those scenes were challenging to depict in an honest and realistic way.
What is the next book that you are working on, and when can your fans expect it to be out?
The next book in the Stage 3 series should be out by spring of 2023. It is called ‘Stage 3: Delta’, featuring our familiar cast of characters along with others who will have larger roles to play later on. And hopefully by the end of the year there will be a new standalone, as yet unnamed, about a man who may or may not be losing his grip on reality.
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Who would have ever thought a pure and wholesome love would awaken something so vile and hideous? Milton Fisk was a kind, plain librarian at the library down the street who’s had a crush on his best friend’s sister, Debra, for years. All he ever wanted was to live by Debra’s side, doing the most mundane things and loving her forever. But things changed when one day, he stumbled upon an incredible power that he knew not the origin of. After that, everything seems to be going fine until one bad decision after another, greed and rejection later. Suddenly the plain librarian down the street was no more. Now he wants to make the world forget about the powerful man from Nazarene and put into action his plan for a new world. He’s willing to go to any length to accomplish his goals, whatever it takes.
Miracle Man by Ken Stark is a dark fantasy horror novel revolving around a man who came to wield such incredible power the world had only read about in books. Milton Fisk, his longtime sweetheart, Debra, and his best friend, Frank, were unsure what to do about this great power. Until Frank came up with a brilliant idea to utilize this newfound power to earn them a fortune. Milton’s love and devotion for Debra kept him on the right track, not losing sight of his true self amidst attention and money. However, one bad conversation later and Milton slowly began to slip away.
Author Ken Stark has written a gut-wrenching horror fiction story. Miracle Man had me on a roller coaster of emotions. At first, it was all roses and sunshine, and then the light switched, and everything became darker, appalling…yet intriguing. The character development of Milton, now Elijah Zion, is intense and mindblowing. Readers can follow the protagonist’s vile thought process and still be shocked and horrified. The change and progression in this character will keep readers on edge and glued to the pages as his devious plot unfolds and mere humans are left to try and stop him.
Miracle Man is a gripping horror novel that takes readers into a spiritual battle that will alter human existence. Ken Stark has written characters that readers will love and hate, but one thing is for sure, they will not forget them. This work of art was unapologetically flawless. Therefore, I recommend this book to dark fantasy and horror-loving readers. The author holds nothing back, and the book contains graphic sexual violence and gory scenes that are intended for mature readers.
Pages: 324 | ASIN : B0B9YTYX35
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Gaia’s Game follows the sheriff of a small town as he investigates what is killing the townspeople, trying to find answers before they are all dead. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
We’ve been destroying our planet for centuries, and we have now reached a true tipping point. We all know it, but it seems like such an impossible problem to fix, and it’s hard to worry about what might happen years from now when we already have so much on our respective plates. We are the proverbial frog in a pot, swimming merrily along even as the water gets hotter and hotter. Instead of setting the story in one possible future, I wanted to bring the future to the present and drop the global crisis right on our heads. The Gaia Hypothesis proposes that the Earth is a living entity, so maybe it won’t be a slow descent into the inevitable after all. Maybe this living Earth will reach a point where she has finally had enough of us and simply wants us gone. I wanted the threat to be up close and personal, and in Gaia’s Game, it’s as personal as it gets.
What intrigues you about the horror and paranormal genres that led you to write this book?
Fear is the most fundamental of emotions. It hits with an immediacy and impact unlike any other emotion, so a scary story will stay with the reader longer than most. And since the scariest stories are the ones in which we can see ourselves taking part, I like to throw everyday, ordinary people into extraordinary situations and let them fend for themselves. The horror in Gaia’s Game spans the world, but it is shown through the eyes of a handful of people in small-town America in order to bring the horror home. If I can tell my story in a way that gives a reader nightmares, I will have affected them more than a hundred cautionary tales about what we’re doing to this planet.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
First and foremost, I want to entertain. Everything else is secondary. But telling the story in a microcosm means that instead of just having characters react, I get to dig into why they reacted that way, and how their reactions affect the reactions of others around them. There is good and bad in all of us, and I love to explore that gray area where motivations mean as much as deeds. Doing the right thing is easy when it’s easy, but how difficult would doing the right have to get before doing the wrong thing starts to look attractive? And who’s to say what the right thing is to begin with? A lot of wrongs have been done with good intentions.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I am working on the next book in my Stage 3 series as well as another standalone, but the next book to come out will be Miracle Man, due out later this year. It is about a simple man who acquires the ability to heal with a touch, and that power slowly but surely turns him into a monster. It is by far the darkest thing I’ve ever written, and I expect it to be rather controversial. I can’t wait to hear the feedback.
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Gaia’s Game, by Ken Stark, is the story of how one day changed the lives of all those who reside in Keeter’s Bluff. With the help of fellow Bluff residents, Sheriff Tom Cooper helps save the town from a disaster they’ve never seen before. Newcomer, Emma Wong, explains “Gaia’s Theory” to try and understand the events that unfold that horrifying day.
The story begins with a simple wedding. Then, the Sheriff gets called away to investigate multiple animal attacks throughout the city. What starts as animal attacks slowly turn into murders. The Sheriff believes this is just a crazy day and that the events are not connected.
After meeting Emma Wong, she proposes the idea that Gaia has upped the ante and created a force capable of killing the human race that wouldn’t be so easily stopped. The Sheriff and Emma work as a team and with other surviving residents to stop the deadly force from murdering the entire town. Throughout the day, they realize that what they are experiencing is worldwide and not just isolated in the town of Keeter’s Bluff.
The sharp writing style and eerie tone of this book are blended perfectly to create a high level of suspense throughout the story. Every character that is introduced has their own unique characteristics and develops in interesting ways, even those who are only mentioned in the moments before their death. As readers follow the gory deaths occurring, they begin to realize who is committing all of the murders. The realization of who is doing the killing will leave readers horrified and on the edge of their seat. The enigmatic horror element of the story was one thing that kept me coming back to this book. This novel’s mystery has substantial shock value and keeps readers on edge most of the time. This novel reminds me of the dark supernatural feel of the movie “Sinister” or an updated “Children of the Corn.”
Gaia’s Game, by Ken Stark, is a suspenseful mystery novel for readers who love bizarre horror. This paranormal story will thrill readers until the end and leave them with a chilling conclusion.
Pages: 353 | ASIN : B098GQ4RTJ
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