Mask Beneath Her Face
During the 1980s, the Slashers terrorized America. With machetes and masks, these unstoppable killers stalked college campuses, quiet suburbs, and lakeside cabins.
Thirty years ago, Bobbi Metzger survived a massacre at her 16th birthday party. She spent decades putting her life back together.
Tonight, Bobbi will face a new killer: a high-tech Slasher hell-bent on opening the doorway to an abyss of unimaginable horror.
How long can Bobbi survive this nightmare? What will she do to protect the people she loves?
How much blood is she willing to spill?
"Rafael Chandler has one of the most amazing minds ever. He is right up there with Stephen King."
-- The Avid Reader
"A thrilling read, one that is impossible to put down... Chandler's style is reminiscent of the great Clive Barker... One of the best novels I've read in years."
-- Games, Brrraaains &
A Head-Banging Life
"The plot is blown into epic proportions as a determination to deliver revenge is revealed. And when I say epic, I mean epic -- you can't even imagine!"
-- Cover to Cover
"The ending is jaw-droppingly perfect... You know what a fan I am of Stephen King. Well, in my humble opinion, this is unequivocally King-worthy!"
-- By Hook or by Book
"It's a gloriously insane homage to the slasher movies of the 80s."
-- Paperbacks and Pugs
The Astounding Antagonists
Dr. Agon, a megalomaniacal inventor with an arsenal of lethal gadgets. Motley, a wisecracking jewel thief with nothing left to lose. Chillpill, a cryogenic drug lord who just wants a normal life. Baelphegor, a demonic psychopath with an ugly score to settle.
They're the most dangerous supervillains on Earth, and they're about to pull off the perfect crime. There's just one catch: if they succeed, they might accidentally save the world.
From the skyscrapers of Apex City to the gates of Hell itself, the Antagonists are pursued by violent superheroes and billionaire vigilantes. But as loyalties are tested and old hatreds are rekindled, the line between friend and foe begins to blur.
"The writing in the book is superb... It's a beautiful thing when a writer can pull together humor, sadness, euphoria, and dismay all into one book, and Chandler does just that."|
"I loved this book... It was fun, it was deep, it was snarky, it was diverse, it was complex, it was poignant and it was epic and horrific and amazing."
-- Fangs For The Fantasy
"It all culminates in a brutal street brawl with lots of accusations, recriminations, and payback. It's like a giant crossover event scribbled on a napkin by James Robinson and Marv Wolfman."
"The best capepunk novel since Soon I Will Be Invincible. I've read a lot of books in this genre in the past few years, and discovered many gems among the dross, but Chandler's is the first since Grossman's to give me this much of a visceral, emotional and literary thrill. His characters are so strong, uniquely voiced, understandably motivated, and genuinely engaging I found myself fearing for their lives and well-being with every turn of the page."
-- Stephen T. Brophy,
author of The Villain's Sidekick
The name is Nicolae Tepes. I'm a federal agent with Hex Division. I'm also a vampire.
When the sun comes up, the girl of my dreams is going to murder me.
My partner's a werewolf, but we get along okay. We were investigating a homicide when we stumbled across a conspiracy unlike anything we've ever dealt with before. Ghostmortems, Scarevoyants, all kinds of freaks.
It started bad and got worse quick: a psychic on our team had a vision of the future. At sunrise, the woman I love is going to kill me, and then a psychotic death cult will deploy a supernatural weapon of mass destruction.
We've got eight hours to prevent this prophecy from coming true, but the psychics of Hex Division are never wrong...
"To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement... I loved this book. It started well and just got better. There's no element to it I didn't like, there's very little I would change and there's very little that could force me to put it down until I'd read the very last page."|
-- Fangs for the Fantasy
"Coming from an author who has written video games, I would expect the tight action and inventive characters, but what proved a real treat was the emotion Chandler wove into the story."
"Even though fundamentally he is a killer with various personality problems, Tepes still managed to make me worry about the outcome of his day... It's fun and exciting and you should totally go buy it."
-- Troll in the Corner
Dracula: The Modern Prometheus
A monstrous woman flees across Arctic sea ice, pursued by an implacable nemesis. Three shadowless brothers prowl through wolf-haunted forests in search of fresh victims. And in a subterranean laboratory, an undead Countess conducts a gruesome experiment...
Mina Harker's journey to Transylvania is supposed to advance her career, but instead, it plunges her into a war between an ageless evil and a hideous new form of life. As the streets of London run red with blood, Harker takes up the wooden stake, crucifix, and Kukri knife against her nightmarish foes. But when one hunts monsters, a terrible price must be paid.
In this gender-flipped mashup of Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, storylines and characters are combined in unexpected ways, and familiar horrors are transformed into new nightmares.
"Chandler grabbed the best passages from each novel and stitched them together... This book is all killer, no filler and quite a page turner. A perfect read while waiting for trick or treaters!"
-- Keith Stetson, author of
Seco Creek Vigilance Committee
"Seeing Dracula and the Monster confront each other and pit themselves against each other in a battle of monster vs. monster in a story that is actually really good is every Victorian horror fan's dream. The two stories were wound together almost seamlessly and it turned into a brilliant Gothic adventure."
-- Ghouls, Gryphons, and Gadgets
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I like death metal (Ulcerate, Artificial Brain), crime fiction (George V. Higgins, James Ellroy), and horror movies (REC, Martyrs). I live in North Carolina.
Video Game Writing and Story Design
In addition to novels, I also write video games (about a dozen of them, including SOCOM 4, Dark District, and Rainbow Six: Lockdown). Over the past 15 years, I've worked as a writer for Ubisoft, Sony, Kabam, and Gameloft.
Between projects, I've lectured on video game narrative at the Montreal International Game Summit, the Game Writers Conference, and the Russian Game Developers Conference.
Publications and Education
My articles about video game writing have been published by Gamasutra.com and Writer's Digest magazine, and I'm the author of The Game Writing Handbook, which was a finalist for the 2007 Game Developer Front Line Awards.
In my spare time, I lecture at various colleges and universities, including George Mason University, Longwood University Institute for Teaching through Technology, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
I've also served as an advisory committee member for Piedmont Community College, and a curriculum advisor for Champlain College and Wake Technical Community College.
Tabletop Role-playing Game Design
I've been a Dungeons & Dragons fan since the early eighties, and I still play every chance I get (preferably Moldvay Basic or AD&D). I've designed a number of tabletop RPGs and sourcebooks, including Teratic Tome, Lusus Naturae, No Salvation for Witches, World of the Lost, ViewScream, and Pandemonio.
"The book's a riot to read -- Rafael Chandler is the kind of writer that the RPG field sees maybe a couple of times a generation."
-- Stew Wilson, designer of Black Seven
and Aeternal Legends
"One of the best traditional RPGs I've seen. It's rock solid entertainment with rules that are easy to grasp, cool to play with, and make play fun."
-- Matthijs Holter, designer of Archipelago
"An excellent horror game."
-- Kenneth Hite, designer of Trail of Cthulhu
"If you love gorehound transgression at its most base, this is the game for you. You will be vomiting needles ten pages in."
-- Jason Morningstar, designer of Fiasco
"This is an independent-publishing triumph."
-- Ron Edwards, designer of Sorcerer
"I bought the game and devoured it immediately. Excellent writing, flowing with ideas, and worth every penny I spent on it."
-- Jason L. Blair, designer of Little Fears
and writer on Saints Row IV
"Imagine, for a moment, if H.P. Lovecraft and Clive Barker collaborated on an AD&D monster manual, you would have the Teratic Tome."
-- Christopher Helton, Dorkland
"Rafael Chandler is one metal *********... He's also well-known for the Teratic Tome and Lusus Naturae, which may be my single favorite bestiary in the OSR."
-- Blood, Death, Satan, & Metal
"I can only presume that Chandler dreamed up these monsters while smoking weed mixed with the ashes of Ed Gein."
-- Shane O, DriveThruRPG review