After being held against their will in a house used for trafficking, three girls plan their escape.
Alex: A hardened goth-punk who's convinced she's a vampire with a penchant for blood.
Stacia: A seventeen-year-old raised by an alcoholic mother, her fellow captives the only family she's ever truly had.
Kammie: The youngest of the three--a mute who finds solace in a houseplant.
But does life outside the house offer the freedom they'd envisioned? Or is it too late, the scars too deep?
A coming-of-age tale of revenge and survival that explores a friendship and the desperate measures taken to ensure they stay united, held together by the scars that bind them.
This contemporary Suspense Thriller / Horror novella with an all-female cast is the perfect read for fans of Robert R. McCammon, Stephen King, and Jack Ketchum.
Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing--Tales from the Darkest Depths.
Interview with the author:
What makes this Suspense Thriller so special?
Taking into consideration the predicament of the three girls in the book, rather than reading as a typical thriller where most of the time is spent in a cat & mouse chase or building to the climax of escape, the book focuses on the psychological aftermath of the trauma and explores the bittersweet feeling of being free and whether the joy of freedom can be truly celebrated alone. Also, there aren't enough female-centric coming-of-age stories out there.
Tell us more about your lead character.
Stacia is a 17-year-old, everyday, teenage girl who was raised in a very dysfunctional home where the front door is left revolving by myriad of temporary father figures brought home by her alcoholic mother. She's never truly felt what it means to be loved, until she meets the other girls in the house on Seaside Lane.
Why should readers give your work a try?
Because I try my hardest to write stories using concepts that I feel haven't been done before. Originality is my primary concern, followed by a huge dose of empathy for characters the reader will care for deeply, darkness, and often times hope, but never in an unrealistic manner.
"Chad Lutzke's The Pale White knocked the air out of me in the first paragraph. Lutzke courageously tackled an aspect of true horror with determination and astonishing sensitivity. This book not only demands to be read, but it demands to be discussed."--Mercedes M. Yardley, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Little Dead Red.
"A harrowing tale of abuse, violence, and the redemptive power of love."--Tim Waggoner, author of The Forever House
"Just when you thought he couldn't, Lutzke plunges the knife deeper. This one hurts good."--Matt Hayward, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of What Do Monsters Fear?
"It's impossible Chad Lutzke can tug at my heart strings with such ease. Each book gets better, more heartbreaking and more amazing"--Armand Rosamilia, author of the Dying Days series
"Lutzke's The Pale White packs a powerful punch to both the gut and the heart. Not to be missed!"--Elizabeth Massie
"Chad Lutzke's The Pale White is anything but white. It's black and blue like a bruise and the deep red of arterial blood. This is a short, brutal, heartbreaking tale of abuse, hunger, strength, and survival that reeks of bodily fluids and desperation. It will hit you hard...and you will hold your breath and enjoy the pain."--Gabino Iglesias