Homecoming to Horror...
After a ten-year absence, Barry Riggs
returns to his hometown of Aiken Mill, Virginia, in search of his
brother, Matt, who has mysteriously disappeared. Not only is the younger
Riggs missing, but his house has been ransacked and branded with the
strange word Lebo — painted in blood on the master bedroom wall.
Faced with a local sheriff whose efforts to solve the crime are anything
but devoted, Barry sets out on his own to discover the truth. He meets a
number of locals he had known in his youth, including a young woman
named Jennifer Brand, whom he had once treated with contempt because she
suffered from a repulsive, crippling affliction. After some awkward
moments, the two become friends, and together they attempt to unravel
the mystery of Matt’s disappearance. Certain locals suggest that the
name Lebo holds ominous significance, but no one will so much as
whisper its meaning. Barry eventually encounters a mysterious character
who goes by the name of Ren — a reputed worshiper of Satan. As Barry and
Jennifer unravel the clues, they learn that all is far from what it
appears — and that dark, inhuman forces truly are at work.
The Lebo Coven
By Stephen Mark Rainey
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Release Date: September 2010
Suggested retail price: $2.99
Originally published in a
limited edition by Thomson-Gale/Five Star, 2004, now out of print. Visit the
original edition Web page
The Lebo Coven:
"This former editor of the legendary
horror magazine, Deathrealm, has written a novel of supernatural
terror worthy of his esteemed literary reputation. The Lebo Coven
seethes with darkness from the first page and surges forward in a pulse-pounding
pace to the very end. This is a thrilling tale,
custom-made for a dark and stormy night, that will keep you flipping pages until
you've reached the slam-dunk, knock-your-socks-off climax."
—J. L. Comeau,
Count Gore de Vol Presents Creature Features
"Stephen Mark Rainey’s characters are
believable in their fear, their doubt, and their strength. The Lebo Coven ,
with its edginess and speculation as to the supernatural elements of this story,
will ensure the reader’s interest. It’s eerie enough to keep the pages turning
until the mystery is unraveled. Magick, danger, suspense, murder, tragedy, love,
hope, forgiveness...it’s all here. Chances are, readers will think about The Lebo Coven with a shiver long after they’ve read the last word."
Romance Reviews Today
"...Rainey gives his horrors an original
cosmic twist...A few twists and a well-executed climax raise
The Lebo Coven
above more routine horror fare."
"The Lebo Coven
is a traditional horror novel...the writing is smooth, the characters are
believable, and the action is swift and lethal. Stephen Mark Rainey takes the
time to develop and explain some occult background, but this does not detract
from the quick pace and straightforward style of the novel. The Lebo Coven
is a strong, very entertaining work. Highly recommended."
—David Niall Wilson, Cemetery Dance
"This chilling novel by one of Greensboro's most prolific writers contains as
many bumps in the night as a Stephen King novel... Ominous messages and a
gruesome murder add to the intrigue... Rainey knows how to squeeze suspense from
Redding, The Greensboro News & Record
"If readers are looking for a compelling read that
will entice them in, making them eager to see how the story will end, then read
The Lebo Coven. It's well written, with a strong plot and stronger
characters. It is sure to tempt even the most particular of horror aficionados."
Hartsell, Love Romances
Author Stephen Mark Rainey has crafted a tight, fast-paced horror novel that
never becomes slow or boring. If you like occult stories with creepy happenings
and enough humanity thrown in to keep things grounded, then...I highly recommend
The Lebo Coven.
Mark Rainey is author of the
Shadows: Dreams of the Dark (with
Blue Devil Island, and
Frontier; the short story collections
Devil & Other Weird Horrors,
of the Night, and
Other Gods; and over 100 works of short
fiction. He achieved questionable infamy and absolutely no fortune as editor of
Deathrealm magazine, and has edited the anthologies
Song of Cthulhu, and
Evermore (with James Robert Smith).