The Blood in the Darkness, is Joel Goulet’s newest novel.
1888, Whitechapel, City of London. Five women have been brutally slain. The murders are so heinous that many couldn’t stomach the sight of the mutilated victims. Twenty-one year old, Oliver Montgomery Beckett found his handiwork to be anything but repulsive. He was better known as Jack the Ripper. He meets a man named Freddy who is immortal, having lived hundreds of years. Oliver serves his master, doing the killing in Whitechapel so Freddy has a source of fresh blood. The killing of a constable forces Oliver and Freddy to flee England. In The United States Oliver has changed his name, now calling himself Jonathan.
Jonathan makes his way to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A freakish accident has him at death’s door. Before he dies Freddy gives Jonathan some of his blood, turning Jonathan into an immortal being. As time slowly passes, Jonathan becomes aware of abilities he never knew he had, the most striking of which is the power to awaken the dead. Once awaken the walking dead serve Jonathan.
In modern day Michigan, a group of five teenagers become Jonathan’s obsession. He sets the teens off on a quest to find the source of the Paulding Light. All along he is plotting their demise while entertaining them at the site of a long forgotten British fort. The fort’s inhabitants, hundreds of risen British soldiers and Native Americans toy with the teens, knowing that eventually all five of the outsiders will be tortured and killed, all done in order to please Jonathan’s thirst for blood.
In Detroit, the FBI has been investigating the unexplained disappearances of numerous people in the Upper Peninsula. From an unlikely source they come to call Jonathan a person of interest. The Special Agent in Charge has a chilling, face to face encounter, with the man they have seen move with lightning speed, and survive unscathed being shot.
In an epic encounter, Jonathan faces his old master, Freddy. For the first time in his extended life, Freddy becomes frightened when he witnesses Jonathan’s powers. Freddy finds he has no control over his former accomplice. Feeling as though Freddy had abandoned him, Jonathan unleashes unimaginable suffering on his former mentor.
One teen is turned into an immortal by Jonathan. They plot each other’s fate while not trusting the other, knowing that at some point there will be an unequalled use of lethal powers.
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