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For some people, fall is all about pumpkin spiced everything, curly gourds and giving away the leftover vegetables from their fading gardens. For kids, lets be honest, it is about the trick-or-treating and the candy. And for others, it is an opportunity to scare the pants off themselves and have some fun at the same time.

The rage of zombie activities has increased dramatically recently. There are now zombie pub crawls, zombie 5ks, zombie art shows. (Maybe I should be concerned).

And do you like horror movies? Did you peek through your fingers during Psycho and Scream or is Hocus Pocus more your style?

If you like to read horror books – the kind that keep you up late at night, The Tone Poet is one to add to your list. Here is a full description and when you get ready, be sure to lock the doors and keep the light on. This title earned the following awards, so the fear is real:

  • Eric Hoffer Book Awards 2015 Finalist
  • eLit Awards 2015 Bronze Medal for Horror

The-Tone-Poet_front-cover-400x600The Tone Poet by Mark Rickert – When a family car accident leaves six-year-old Cameron Blake for dead, his body is engulfed by a light that sings extraordinary music. Once his heart beats again, the music fades and is gone. This is astral music, and it haunts Cameron for the rest of his life.

As an adult, Cameron is a renowned composer, but he feels unsatisfied. He’s spent his life trying to recapture those astral tones he heard at death’s doorstep. Unable to grasp the elusive music, his latest commission has left him burned out and disillusioned. Enter Maestro Leonin Bloom, the conductor of an orchestra with lofty aspirations: to perform the musical expression of the creative universe. And he needs Cameron’s help.

To perform their special symphony, Bloom’s orchestra needs a tone poet, a special composer who has experienced astral music and who has the ability to fashion sound into unlimited musical possibilities. Cameron fits the bill, but his memory of the near-death music is impossibly out of reach.

Cameron travels to Holloway where Bloom keeps his orchestra and a private concert hall. But something is unwittingly off in the small mountain town. A woman is missing, and the nights are haunted by strange music.

Cameron is soon introduced to the process of attuning, an artistic exercise that forces him to compose nightmare concertos as a means of purging lifelong resentments. But his progress is stunted by doubt, and attuning seems to draw Cameron into darkness rather than enlightenment.

Death and resurrection, demons and nightmare music, The Tone Poet is a redemptive, spiritual journey that will lead Cameron Blake to the secrets of the self and beyond, to the vibratory heart of the universe.

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