SOUL OF THE UNBORN
“Can you call yourself human if supernatural forces control your every breath, every emotion, every desire?”
In the 1930s, several members of a close-knit family purchased summer homes in a village not far from Moscow. A series of mystifying events took place in the life of one of the sisters. She couldn’t have anticipated that one day Natalia, her Russian-American great-granddaughter, would make the decision to write a novel based on the family mythology, a story so strange that only the Dark Fantasy genre could accommodate its eerie vibe.
SOUL OF THE UNBORN is coming in November 2016 from City Owl Press.
Posing as a folklore-tour guide, Valya Svetlova takes a group of American college students and their professor, Chris Waller, to her summer home in the Russian village of Vishenky for a few nights of supernatural phenomena. She works hard to appear a perfect hostess. Valya doesn’t want anyone to discover she harbors selfish motives when it comes to one participant, the only person who can refute a wicked tale declaring her a stillborn resurrected by a paranormal entity, a puppet in someone’s horror show destined to perish in the otherworldly dimension.
Within hours of their arrival, Valya learns that the students, too, foster some dangerous agendas. Her nascent feelings toward the handsome professor inhibit her ability to control the supernatural manifestations and her inquisitive guests. When her unforeseen affection turns Chris into a target of the malevolent forces, Valya faces the excruciating reality. It’s no longer in her human power to ensure her guests’ safety. But to keep Chris and the students alive, Valya must brush off her humanity and become something she fights so desperately to prove she is not. A soulless monster.
Finalist in Cotemporary category of Gothic Romance Writers Haunted Hearts Contest (as Duckweed)
Second place in Fantasy/Science Fiction category in The Sandy Writing Contest (as Duckweed; the final judge suggested to change the title)
First place in Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror category in Paul Gillette Writing Contest (as The Soul of a Stillborn)
Best Speculative Fiction in American Icon 4 Contest (as The Soul of a Stillborn)
Finalist in Paranormal category in Linda Howard Award of Excellence of Southern Magic Romance Writers (as The Soul of a Stillborn)