WHO IS DALLAS MULLICAN?
If you're wondering the answer to that question, you're not alone. Although Dallas has been writing for years, he's only been published for a short while. When he first began writing his chilling series of thrillers featuring Birmingham, Alabama homicide detective Marlowe Gentry, Dallas, he knew he was onto something special. Influenced over the years by authors such as Thomas Harris (Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon), John Connolly (Every Dead Thing, The Killing Kind), and Jeffrey Deaver (The Burial Hour, The Bone Collector), Dallas used those influences to dive into the grisly, chilling, deeply personal life of a flawed man in protagonist Marlowe Gentry. Killing has touched his life in horrifically personal ways, Gentry set out to rid his city of some of the darkest killing minds in history.
First up, in A COIN FOR CHARON, readers are introduced to the Seraphim Killer (dubbed so by the local media). The primary question at the heart of this chilling tale is this: Is Seraphim killing his victims...or saving them? Only reading the book will answer that for you. ANGEL OF MERCY...OR SADISTIC KILLER?
Gabriel isn't murdering anyone. He's saving them. The media has dubbed him the Seraphim Killer. He believes the gods have charged him to release The Chosen—those for whom life has become an unbearable torment. Gabriel feels their suffering: his hands burn; his skull thunders; his stomach clenches. Once they are free, he places gold coins over their eyes, to pay Charon for passage into Paradise.
Detective Marlowe Gentry has spent the past two years on the edge. The last serial killer he hunted murdered his wife before his eyes, and left his young daughter a mute shell. Whenever the girl looks at him, her dead eyes push him farther into a downward spiral of pain and regret. The Seraphim Killer is his opportunity for revenge, a chance to forgive himself...or die trying.
Is Gabriel a messenger of God? Is Marlowe on a mission of redemption...or revenge?
The truth is hiding somewhere in the night.
FROM A COIN OF CHARON
When he opened his eyes, Max found himself strapped to wooden beams in the shape of an X—legs spread, arms upraised.
Pain stood near the far wall, placing instruments on a table. Terror filled Max. He tired to cry out, but no sound would come. Agony hit him. The stump of his tongue lolled about the back of his mouth. He gagged on the vile, coppery slime sliding down his throat. Thick, dried blood caked his chin and his chest.
Pain approached, holding a bucket sloshing with water, droplets splashing over the edge. He placed light fingers along Max’s abdomen. Seeming pleased with the spot, he reached into the bucket and pulled out a slender eel-like creature more than six feet long. The thing thrashed viciously as it swung inverted from Pain’s hand.
Pain held it up for Max to admire. It possessed no eyes, only two rows of needle-like teeth set in a large, oval mouth. One row of teeth turned one hundred and eighty degrees clockwise, the other, the same degree of rotation counter-clockwise. Max’s imagination could not help but picture the wounds such a bite would inflict—penetrating, tearing.
Pain unsheathed a curved blade, set the tip against Max’s skin, and drew it downward. At the scent of fresh blood, the eel-thing gyrated madly. Pain shoved the ferocious creature into the open wound and grunted with satisfaction. Trapped in silence, Max’s inaudible scream ripped through the ether, sending monsters and gods hiding their heads in fear of such terrible agony.
For a thousand years, Pain entertained Max with his tricks and delights. Each time Max felt certain there could be no worse torture, nothing more heinous to imagine, Pain proved him wrong.
One day Max found Pain gone and his restraints loosened. Leaning forward slightly dumped him onto his face. The open door seemed a million miles away, and the silver light beyond an appalling lie. He dragged himself toward the door, fingernails raking the floor for purchase. Outside, he erupted into maniacal laughter. Under the full moon, surrounded by a forest he knew well, blood and broken, Max wept.
In Dallas's second installment THE DARK AGE, The Heretic knows they lied. And now he will make them confess. Using torture devices dating back to the Middle Ages, the Heretic elicits his confessions from his victims...one way or the other.
The first murder, a small town pastor burned at the stake, seems personal, an act of rage committed on impulse. But when a second victim is found brutally tortured to death, Detective Marlowe Gentry realizes he's dealing with a serial killer who is drawing inspiration from the Inquisition. The killer's methods grow more gruesome with each victim. He's escalating, racing toward an endgame. How far will The Heretic go to punish those who betrayed him? And can Marlowe stop him before the ultimate trial?
FROM THE DARK AGE
A girl's abduction...
A father's torment...
He paled at the sight of dark red smearing the walls and staining the floor. His Jenny, his little girl, had lived here? He could not fathom the idea. How had she fallen so low? Those bastards took her. On her way to church, they had abducted his baby and coerced her to abandon chastity and virtue. Evil bled from the floor and walls like a tangible presence—leering, grinning. How could she resist, alone among lions seeking to devour her innocence? But they too were dead now. He felt no joy or relief, no sense of vengeance quelled.
Evan staggered down the hallway, the smell of blood and a host of other pungent odors making him sick, causing his head to spin. An inexorable force seemed to draw him onward. He merely glanced at two bedrooms and a foul bathroom; fetid water in the tub and toilet adding to the stench.
In the last room he came to, Evan broke down, bawling and tearing at his hair. A soiled mattress lay on the floor, droplets of dried blood tarnishing the dingy white sheet. Wedged into the corner at the top of the bed, a ragged brown teddy bear glowered at him. How did she get it? She didn’t leave the house with it. Jenny must have returned to retrieve clothes when he was not home and took the stuffed animal with her. On his knees, he undulated in manic rhythm. The voices howled in his mind and echoed off the walls of his skull, the static background crackling like countless bristles sweeping across his thoughts.
“My God, why have you forsaken me?"
The series' third installment OCTOBER'S CHILDREN (now available from Scarlet Galleon Publications), takes Marlowe Gentry and his team in a slightly different direction...
Three six-year-old girls vanish from a playground in Red Weed, Alabama, and they aren’t the first. Two others have disappeared over the last five years, all in October. Marlowe Gentry and his team believe the abductions are part of a ritual, the kidnapper acting out some event from their past. Clothes and toys taken suggest the children are still alive and being held captive…for now.
As they delve deeper into the case, Marlowe finds a town where everyone hides personal demons…and secrets. To uncover the truth, he and his team must peel back layers of deception, veiled agendas, and horrible realities. The clock is ticking. The girls don’t have much time left…if it isn’t already too late.
TITLES BY DALLAS MULLICAN
Marlowe Gentry Thriller Series
A Coin for Charon
The Dark Age
Aamon’s War Trilogy
Blood for the Dancer *
The Sun at Night *
Song of the Unspoken *
The Music of Midnight *
Praise for Dallas Mullican’s Debut Novel A COIN FOR CHARON
In A Coin for Charon, Dallas Mullican has created a gritty contemporary thriller with overtones of the paranormal. The author delves so deep into the head of the killer that the reader is right there with him, never quite sure if this is a madman or someone truly doing the work of God. As a delusion, it is portrayed with enough depth to the point of being indistinguishable from reality. Perhaps Gabriel really is doing the work of a divine agency?
- Matthew Cox, author of the Division Zero and Awakened series
A Coin for Charon is Dallas Mullican’s debut novel, a psychological thriller detailing the lives of four people and how they intertwine. An exciting and well-paced page-turner, the first novel in Mullican’s Marlowe Gentry series is heavy thematically. Suicide, hope, and how our past experiences have molded us, are all present in a story that packs enough emotional punch to knock the wind out of any reader.
- Nathan Crazybear, Horror Novel Reviews
Serial killer…or angel of mercy? Sadistic, murderous butchery, or divinely-guided release from suffering? The mixes of theologies and mythologies worked well, I like the way the killer’s selection of targets is handled, and his back story. Good descriptions, some touching moments and a lot of compassion and tension throughout, leading to some surprises and a satisfying conclusion.
- Christine , The Horror Fiction Review
A dark psychological thriller, well-paced with excellent characterization and a brilliant ending. A stunning debut.
- Adrian Shotbolton, Hot Shotbold Reviews
An absolutely stunning debut! Seraphim is the latest serial killer on the loose. His real name though is Gabriel. Gabriel believes he is killing to save his victims and finally set them free. The law and Detective Marlowe would dispute this.
- Confessions of a Reviewer
Are they better off dead? Gabriel will decide. A Coin for Charon is about a very unique serial killer and the hard-bitten, embittered detective who is tasked to track him down. Quite a few page-turners have been written in this sub-genre of detective fiction, perhaps most notably Thomas Harris' books about Hannibal Lector and The Red Dragon. What sets A Coin for Charon apart from the rank and file crime novel, is the subtlety and brilliance of the characterization and the literary quality of the writing.
- Amazon Reader
Dallas Mullican hit a bullseye with his debut novel. If the next book is anything like this one, Dallas has a hit series on his hands.
- Shaun Hupp, Author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After spending twenty years as the lead singer of a progressive metal band, Dallas Mullican turned his creative impulses toward writing. Raised on King, Barker, and McCammon, he moved on to Poe and Lovecraft, enamored with the macabre. During his time at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he received degrees in English and Philosophy, Dallas developed a love for the Existentialists, Shakespeare, Faulkner, and many more great authors and thinkers. Incorporating this wide array of influences, he entices the reader to fear the bump in the night, think about the nature of reality, and question the motives of their fellow humans.
A pariah of the Deep South, Dallas doesn’t understand NASCAR, hates Southern rock and country music, and believes the great outdoors consists of walking to the mailbox and back. He remains a metal-head at heart, and can be easily recognized by his bald head and Iron Maiden t-shirt.
To learn more about the author you can follow him on social media (links below) or read the recent three-part interview by Nev Murray at Confessions of a Reviewer. Please click on the corresponding images of the author below to be taken to the separate interviews. There are also links to book reviews from Nev Murray for A Coin for Charon and The Dark Age.
Dallas Mullican Interview - Part One Dallas Mullican Interview - Part Two
A Coin for Charon - Book Review The Dark Age - Book Review
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What readers are saying about OCTOBER'S CHILDREN
WHAT A GREAT STORY
~ Patricia Statam, Amazon Reader
"Marlowe and the team are back...and heading to Red Weed, Alabama, to help find three girls who have gone missing...and they aren't the first. Others have gone missing in October over the past two years. With time running out, and all the leads pointing to a ritual killer, will Marlowe and the team be able to find the killer before the girls turn up dead? This book is a little different than the other two. We have missing children and more players in the game this time around. We have small-town sheriff Amanda Beacher, who is hiding a big secret. She is tough, but also hiding a lot of pain. You want her to be strong and help Marlowe get the person behind the kidnappings, but she is having trouble getting over her past and what happened then. You kind of really don't like her at the beginning--it seems like she has a big chip on her shoulder that you really want to knock off. When you find out her past and her secret, you really kind of warm up to her a bit. She does really need an attitude adjustment though! You will either like or hate her, but you will have a reaction to her either way. Marlowe and the gang question the townspeople. A couple who stand out are Ms. Headly, the old grouchy lady of the town. She seems to have no good things to say about anyone. I laughed when I read her...all she cared about was her mailbox being knocked over. Then there was Sam Ewell, the loner and outcast who wanders the streets of Red Weed. He is creepy...and I mean creepy! You think that , Oh, my...maybe he actually is the one who did it. The author also lets us in on the back stories of Marlowe's team and what makes them the team they are. We find out about Lori's past and what she had gone through, which molded her into the person she is. We also find out about Marlowe's past, and wow, its a doozy. The author takes us on a roller coaster ride. The story is full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat! I read this book in a day, I just couldn't put it down. The author has a way of writing that will suck you in and keep you glued to the pages. The characters are complex and strong. The storyline is, well, a little dark. I mean 'missing kids,' the thought just sends chills down your spine, because it could happen in real life...and it could happen to anyone! I will say that each book in the series is really good. They just keep getting better and better. I hope that there will be more books in this series in the future. I would love to see where the author takes these characters. I mean they have been shot at, and almost blown up on a couple of occasions. A child abduction should be easy, right?. Well, not in this case. The author lead you one way, and then, bam, takes you in a totally different direction. You should try and read all the books in order, to fully understand the complexity of the characters, but if you don't, [October's Children] could be read as a standalone, and you won't get lost in the characters or storylines. Each book doesn't leave you with a cliffhanger, you do get a ending that will make your relieved with each one, so if you want a great book--or series--to add to your fall and winter reading list , this series is a must. Trust me...you will love these characters and cheer for each one of them!"
ANOTHER FANTASTIC MARLOWE GENTRY BOOK
~ Ruth E., Amazon Reader
"This series has become my favorite detective series. The storylines are so creative and well written, but the characters are what really shine. I feel for every one of them, not just the main players, but even the villains. They all have such depth and all are relatable. October's Children is another strong book, maybe the best so far, and that's saying a lot. It keeps you guessing and makes you care what happens to everyone involved. I didn't want to put the book down until I finished. Do yourself a favor and start this series now."
MARLOWE IS AT IT AGAIN
~ Rick, Amazon Reader
"One terrific read! Dallas Mullican has brought back Marlowe Gentry and his crew, this time to find out what's happened to the little girls who've gone missing. Different from the first two in the series, October's Children is more mystery than thriller. Not to imply that it isn't thrilling, that there aren't chills, there are aplenty. We learn more about each of the main characters we've met in previous books. Mullican draws three-dimensional characters, humans with faults and frailties, strengths and demons, but never at the expense of moving his story forward in a way that dares you to put the book down. You won't want to. Are the little girls still alive? What do the toys mean? This isn't the first October that children have disappeared. Can Marlowe make it the last? The race is on. Treat yourself...if you dare. Grab this book."
~ Debby Brady, Amazon Reader
"Dallas outdid himself on this book. I think it's his best so far. I can't wait for the next installment of the Marlowe adventures!"
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