[PERSONALIZED PER AGENT PROFILE] I am writing to you because I read on [SOURCES] that you are passionate about horror. I am hoping that mine is one you could also feel passionate about. MACHETE-RETURN OF THE CELTIC is a crime/horror novel steeped in Gaelic history (113,000 words).
Central Park is the safest precinct in New York. No murders in over a decade. When Mike Saunders and his partner Nick Papadakis respond to a call at Umpire Rock, they are shocked at the sight of a killing so vile and disgusting it defies description. The body was ripped to shreds, blood splatters in every direction. The patrolmen who discovered the scene found two clues – a small purse that held an IDNYC card, and tiny footprints that led from the rock to Columbus Circle, where a witness reported a little girl covered in blood was taken to a nearby hospital.
The next morning, they visited 10-year old Beth Shure at Mount Sinai West. Zelda Taafe, her grandmother, was sitting by her side. When Mike asked Beth what had happened, she could only repeat what she told the nurses. “He tried to touch me where Oma said men shouldn’t, then he was gone.”
A week later, another killing occurred at Cleopatra’s Needle, followed by several more spread across the city, each one more brutal than the last. The executions followed a similar pattern – a child molester moments away from raping and killing their victim was sliced to pieces with surgical precision, the child left unharmed. The detectives struggle to develop a profile, as the only common threads are a pectoral cross nearly all of the surviving children possessed, and a shared description of a nightmarish creature the newspapers call ‘Machete’ that appeared out of nowhere, killed their attacker and disappeared.
The cross holds the key. Discovering its history starts Mike and Nick on a path that begins in the 6th Century, leading to the story of a powerful Celtic monk whose miraculous accomplishments were shrouded in antiquity. They learn there is a cult in Manhattan that believes his powers still exist, and plans to resurrect him to start a purge that will cleanse the Earth of evil. Mike and Nick are convinced a cult member is a religious zealot turned vigilante serial killer. However, the murderer they pursue is more than a man.
MACHETE-RETURN OF THE CELTIC will appeal to readers who were fascinated by the Mary Magdalene story in The Da Vinci Code, and haunted by the creatures in the walls in Dean Koontz’s Darkfall, stories that have an unrelenting pace, reveal historical secrets, and challenge convention. I have attached the first [PER SUBMISSION GUIDLELINES] of MACHETE-RETURN OF THE CELTIC. The full manuscript is available upon request.
I graduated from a Top Ten law school, and I have spent my career practicing international securities law. I have authored federal and state legislation, all passed unanimously. Six months out of law school, I won my first motion case before Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the Supreme Court for criminal cases. The creation of this novel was spurred by a fortuitous discussion with the Archbishop of the San Francisco Catholic diocese regarding Christian mythology, which put me on the path to discover the relatively obscure source material.
Thanks for taking the time to review my query. I look forward to hearing from you.
Antoine Maurice Devine