Monday, October 27, 2014

The Monster Man By CHAD HUNTER Giveaway, Interview & Excerpt

The Monster Man


A brief summary of the Monster Man – King of Fools – Damian Malachi is a best-selling horror writer.  He is also a loving husband and dedicated father.  However, Malachi holds a dark secret.  Twenty years ago, as a young boy, he disappeared for two days.  His parents and police searched for the lost child only to have him reappear at the front door of his home with unexplainable scars, a slight amount of growth and a sense of tragedy behind his eyes.  What no one knows is that in the forty-eight hour absence, Damian experienced five years in the colorless world of Sanctuary, a place much like our own world exceptthe monsters that we have seen in black-and-white movies and books are real.  More than that, the monsters in Sanctuary had won.  Mankind was extinct.

In Sanctuary, Malachi discovered a dark prophecy - One of the five green shards of a crystal, the Walestone, enabled him to tap into the stone's other five recipients - the lumbering Frankenstein's Monster, the savage Werewolf, the feral Swamp Creature, theenigmatic Mummy and the tyrannical Dracula.  Trained by the poetic and repentant Igor and the now-vampiric Dr. Van Helsing, Malachi became the Monster Man - a chimera of all the monsters and their greatest threat.  After a brief war, Damian returned home and grew up knowing that the old movies and books were not fiction but warnings.  And now, two decades later, in Malachi's own world, the war with horror has begun again.  Three boys have gone missing in the exact same fashion as Damian did when he was a child.  Additionally, creatures have found their way into Malachi’s home, threatening his wife and son.  Now, Damian must go back to the world that stole him away once and never left him the same.


With that, the 100-foot arachnid stormed off and down the side of the cavern crossed by the bridge.

“Is he alright?”  The voice came from the taller man.  It had an accent and was very formal, very educated.  He had a long walking stick that he held as a cane.  More so for look or class than necessity.

“I believe so, doctor.”  The shorter man’s voice had a grunting breath to it.

“We’ll need to get him into hiding.  It’s a miracle one of the Five haven’t been here yet.”

“Maybe they do not sense him,” said the short man.

“No, my friend, they sense everything – especially a living mortal.”

Damian looked up at the two men talking about him.

One was tall, thin – the other short and hunched over.  They removed their hooded faces.

“Luckily neither of us have been alive for some time.”  The taller man was chalk white with red eyes and fangs.  The shorter figure was a more greenish color and one eye was far larger than the other.  His back massively deformed.

Malachi found no scream once again.  But he did find he could pass out.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

About Chad Hunter

Chad Hunter was born in East Chicago, Indiana. Raised by a single mother in the city's Harbor section, he is the youngest of four. Growing up in the Midwest and a proudly self-proclaimed "Region Rat," Hunter has written and published several books and novels. He has written for magazines and newspapers throughout North America and has been published in several languages. His writings have been called sophisticated yet humorous, sharp witted and unrelenting.

Most often, Hunter's writings have been considered so wide and diverse that they span a scale that would include multiple writers with multiple forms.

How To Lists from the Innerwife intimately discusses the subtle internal conversations that can greatly improve relationships.

Black Parakeets Only Hatch in December walks readers with poetic imagery through a lifetime in East Chicago, Indiana.

Finally, The Portray Protocols grip with horrific vivid detail, supernatural terror and mesmerizing intensity. If anything binds his varied styles, it is Hunter's theme of the human condition, humor and family closeness - all to the backdrop of romantic love, vibrant remembrance and even monsters themselves.


Where are you from?  I’m originally from East Chicago, Indiana – an inner city about ten miles outside of Chicago and side-by-side with Gary, Indiana.

Tell us your latest news?  Sure thing – I’ve just released my horror/thriller novel “The Monster Man – King of Fools.”  The book’s description is as follows - Damian Malachi is a best-selling horror writer, loving husband and dedicated father. However, Malachi holds a dark secret. As a young boy, he disappeared for two days only to return different - changed. In what felt like a lifetime, Damian was stolen to Sanctuary; a place where the monsters that we know in fiction were real and had all but destroyed humanity. In Sanctuary, Malachi discovered a dark force binding him to the powers of the lumbering Frankenstein's Monster, the savage Werewolf, the feral Fish-Man, the enigmatic Mummy and the tyrannical Dracula. Trained by the poetic and repentant Igor and the undead Van Helsing, Damian Malachi became the Monster Man - a chimera of all the monsters and their greatest threat. Today, two decades later, with more children missing and his family threatened, Damian must go back to the world that stole him once and may kill him now.”

When and why did you begin writing?  I began writing as a small child.  I wrote really bad poetry in 4th through 6th grade, probably inspired by some soul-shattering crush!  I created my first protagonist (Jonathan Portray – the Parannihilator of The Portray Protocols) in Junior High and wrote my first story at the same time.  I found that I really enjoyed English classes and composition.  Plus, at the same time, I realized I was no good at sports!

I began writing as a type of obedience to the drive to write.  I also had a lot of inner stuff that I needed “get out” as a child.  My collection of anecdotes about growing up in “the Region” (Black Parakeets only Hatch in December) chronicles being a child of divorce, moving, leaving schools, new schools, growing up as a heavy-set boy and so on.  Well aware I had nowhere near the worst childhood ever; I still had turmoil inside that needed a release.  I think everyone has that need, some way to vocalize the unspoken inside.  For some, it is music or sports or painting, for me, it was writing. 

When did you first consider yourself a writer?  Funny, I illustrated my first comic book at the age of six.  And I thought I was an artist from there on out but I gradually realized I was just as much a writer if not more so.  I think once I hit junior high school I found more joy in the power of writing than in the stilled shot of illustration.  So my answer would be about 7th grade.

What inspired you to write your first book?  My first book that I put out there for the world to see was inspired by having planned my wedding.  My wife couldn’t make calls to vendors from her job at the time so I handled phone calls, meetings, planning, etc.  I made tons of notes and learned a lot about relationships as well as wedding planning.  My wife said I should write it all down and thus Love Life, Ultimate Strife – How-To Lists from the Innerwife was born!

What would you like my readers to know?  They have a personal invitation to a literary experience of heart, humor and horror.  Regardless of which book speaks to them, all of my works, especially The Monster Man – King of Fools, are built upon human connectedness with an appeal that allows every reader to find words that speak to them.

a Monster Man package with a signed copy of the book, signed original artwork and several Monster Man related products from (e.g. keychains, coffee cup, etc) to a randomly drawn commenter via rafflecopter 


  1. I liked the what inspired him to write a book section. It was nice he helped his wife and that led to a book. Inspiration often comes from where one least expects it.

  2. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and the interview. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read!

  3. I love reading author interviews and learning more about them.