Friday, January 20, 2017

The First Page: Cat O'Nine Tales by Krystal Lawrence #horror #suspense

Title: Cat O’ Nine Tales
Author: Krystal Lawrence
Publisher: Telemachus Press
Pages: 284
Genre: Horror/Suspense
What evil dwells within the pretty lady next door or the ordinary house cat?
What happens when you pursue your dreams into the desert after dark?
Beware the man borne of your imagination. He could seek vengeance on the one who created him.
Visit a bookstore offering a most alluring and sinister service.
Journey to the dark side with ten twisted tales of horror, malevolence, and the truly uncanny.

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The First Page

The Perfect Crime

Claude Winston was a man with few redeeming qualities. He was possessed of superior intelligence and was a sharp dresser. Apart from those two attributes, there was absolutely nothing praiseworthy to be said of the man.
Few people knew this however, because Claude always put on a very socially acceptable demeanor, and could charm both men and women alike. In short, he had everyone snowed, including his wife.
Julia Winston was the polar opposite of the man she married. Though she was born into great wealth, Julia was kind-hearted, well-mannered, and always willing to help those less fortunate. She was generous, soft-spoken and exceptionally pretty.
Claude had, of course, married Julia for her money. For the first year he found living with her tolerable. However, the honeymoon ended quickly and Julia began to get on his nerves. Eventually, every last detail about his wife drove Claude crazy.
He hated the smell of her perfume, how she chewed her food, the sound her heels made clicking across the polished marble floors in the house, her laugh, and especially the sight of her naked body. She revolted him.
Since Julia’s father controlled the money, Claude had to become quite creative when it came to feathering his own nest. He took a job the old man generously offered in the accounting division of his firm, and slowly began embezzling funds into an off-shore account he set up in the Cayman Islands. Never enough money at any one time to raise suspicion was moved, and nothing that could ever be traced back to his desk in the unlikely event someone should become wise to his activity. He had stolen the passwords of three other employees, and all illegal transactions were performed from their computers after hours.
Julia had a terrible phobia of flying and did not like to
travel. Claude, on the other hand, enjoyed taking frequent trips. Julia never stood in his way or complained about these sojourns. She trusted Claude, and never imagined him to be the cheating kind, so was unworried when he jetted off to some distant port without her for a little R&R.
Julia was correct in assuming that her husband was not unfaithful. He was smart enough to know that should he ever get caught with his hand up another woman’s skirt, Julia’s father would put an end to the marriage, the Mercedes, the mansion, and most of all, the money.
He would lose his reputation as a stellar gentleman among the town’s elite, and ruin everything he had been working toward so carefully. 
Claude knew almost from the day he married Julia that he was going to kill her.

About the Author

Krystal Lawrence lives in the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of three novels—— two vampire stories, Risen and Risen II: The Progeny, and a trilogy entitled, Be Careful What You Wish For which is currently under consideration to be turned into a television series. Cat O’Nine Tales is Krystal’s first and much anticipated collection of short stories. Her books are available through Amazon and all major book retailers.

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