New Novel From Kindle Press Described as ‘Nancy Drew Mystery—With Gore’

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Novel Described as ‘Nancy Drew—With Gore’
Stephen Stromp describes his novel, In the Graveyard Antemortem, as “being like a Nancy Drew mystery for older teens and adults—with gore.” The novel is told from the perspective of teenager, Lisa Jacobs. After her father’s gruesome murder, she is forced to spend her summer at Grand Hallow, a massive funeral and mortuary operation. There, she experiences strange and chilling occurrences she suspects are linked to her father’s death.

Horror Community Embraces Novel
The novel is receiving an enthusiastic response from the horror community. SCREAM Magazine, the world’s #1 horror magazine, calls In the Graveyard Antemortem “An engaging, creepy mystery packed with emotion and heart. A fun novel with just the right amount of darkness. Anyone still in touch with their inner teenager will enjoy trying to unravel this mystery along with the protagonist, whose adolescence is so brilliantly captured.”

The Slaughtered Bird, a leading UK-based website dedicated to the horror genre describes In the Graveyard Antemortem as “an astonishing achievement. A masterfully conceived mystery. A wonderful book of relentless pacing and intrigue.”


Author Embraces Mystery Writing
Stromp was reluctant to embrace the mystery aspect of the novel, but was ultimately glad he did. “I never set out to write a mystery. I knew I wanted it to be a fun and scary suspense/horror novel. But as I was writing, there was this moment of, ‘Oh God, I think I’m writing a mystery!’ It was then I realized I had to embrace that element to do the story justice. Working through the mystery (what to reveal and when) gave me a lot of respect for mystery writers.”

In the Graveyard Antemortem joins Wave of 80s-Inspired Horror
Recent movies, TV series, such as Stranger Things, are not the only mediums to set their chilling tales in the nostalgic landscape of the 80s. Stromp has set his book squarely in 1985. “I grew up in the 80s and was very much inspired by the horror films of the era as much, if not more, than books. “I was a huge fan of Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). But was also a fan of more obscure, surreal, and creepy films like Phantasm (1979).”

“My goal was to make Antemortem the type of mystery/horror novel I would’ve wanted to read when I was seventeen,” says Stromp. “The novel is set in the 80s. I wanted to go back to a simpler time when horror storylines seemed not as convoluted. I just wanted it to be creepy—and a lot of fun.”

Is there a danger setting a novel in a time period younger readers were not a part of? “I figured growing up in the 80s, I was an expert on what it was like to be an adolescent then—like how teens used language, how they behaved. My editor did caution against the use of all the 80s references. But what successful projects like Stranger Things proves is that there is an 80s resurgence. So even today’s teens will likely get the references.” And if they don’t? “They can Google them,” says Stromp. “I remember not getting all the references in books and movies growing up. It just reminds the reader of a larger world.”

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Selected for Publication by Kindle Press
In the Graveyard Antemortem was a winner of Amazon’s reader-powered Kindle Scout program. The e-book is available exclusively by Kindle Press. The paperback is available from JournalStone Publishing.

Release Dates
Kindle Release Date: Tuesday, September 6
Paperback Release Date: Friday, September 30

Purchase Links
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