My Published Novella – Under A Raging Moon

from World Castle Publishing: https://www.worldcastlepublishing.net/mike-sherer

A mother and her possessed son battle for their lives against a horde of demons intent on not only their destruction but the death of the unborn child she carries.

Stressed-out single mother Vivian has to fetch twelve-year old son Kody from an overnight after he gets into a fight with the friend he was spending the night with. On the way home she nearly runs over a man out for a night jog. Who ends up being run over in front of her house. When a police officer very quickly responds he shows little sympathy for the injured man, instead drawing his gun. But the jogger kills the officer first. Vivian calls for help, then flees her house with her son. Thus begins a long gory night as Vivian is hunted down by demons intent on her destruction. As the reasons for this come into focus, an extremely weird relationship develops between Vivian and her possessed son who is on the brink of death. Forget Norman Bates. This mother-son relationship is more twisted than the Gordian Knot.

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INTERVIEW:

Written by Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief
Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:31
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Fanbase Press Interviews Mike Sherer on the Novel, ‘Under a Raging Moon’

The following is an interview with Mike Sherer regarding the recent release of his latest novel, Under a Raging Moon, from World Castle Publishing. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Sherer about the inspiration behind this story, his creative process in bringing the story to life, the impact that the story may have with readers, and more!

Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief: Congratulations on the release of your latest novel, Under a Raging Moon, by World Castle Publishing! For those who may be unfamiliar, how would you describe the book’s premise, and what inspired you to tell this story?

Mike Sherer: The premise is that when a pregnant single mother is attacked by demons intent on her destruction, a “guardian angel” comes to her rescue by possessing her 12-year-old son. What inspired me to write this story was that I wanted to explore the relationship between mother and possessed son. Early on, the son is mortally wounded, and the only thing keeping him alive is the spirit possessing him. This spirit is trying to protect the mother from the attacking demons while keeping the boy alive, while the mother is trying to deal with this adult spirit in her son while fleeing for her and her son’s lives.

BD: What can you share with us about your creative process in bringing the horror novel to life, and what have been some of your creative influences?

MS: My process is to loosely outline the plot points, then rush non-stop through the first draft, then go over and over and over the story until I am satisfied. But each revision has a specific purpose. The second draft will be to check for plot holes and inconsistencies. The next draft will be to develop character. The next draft will be to fill out scenes with richer descriptions. The final draft will be to check for grammar. There are usually many more drafts than these, but this is the way I work. Get it quickly down on paper, then go back to enrich the story. My creative influences: Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Bloch, Clive Barker, Shirley Jackson, Richard Matheson, and William P. Blatty.

BD: At Fanbase Press this year, our #StoriesMatter initiative endeavor to highlight the impact that stories can have on audiences of various mediums. How do you feel that Under a Raging Moon’s story will connect with and impact readers, and why do you feel that this story was important for you to bring to life?

MS: I hope to impact readers by setting my stories in the real world with real people. I try to avoid exotic settings and fantastic worlds. I believe grounding incredible stories in reality makes them more frightening. Are you more concerned with what goes on in Transylvania? Or in that run-down house at the end of your street? Are you more frightened of zombies eating your brains? Or of that not-quite-right neighbor roaming your streets at night? I tried to ground this story in the reality of a small-town suburban community and inhabit it with real people dealing with real problems even before the scary stuff starts. I want to show that real life can be much more frightening than monster mash-ups in abandoned castles or haunted Victorian mansions.

BD: Do you foresee expanding the novel into subsequent books or even into other entertainment mediums, if given the opportunity?

MS: There is definitely a sequel potential. Without giving away too much, the story ends at an interesting place that begs to be continued. I would love to see this filmed. I wrote a screenplay that was filmed by a producer in LA and released direct-to-DVD: Hamal_18. It is listed on the ImdB site. That was an amazing experience I would love to undertake once again. I worked closely with the producer on the screenplay, he involved me in the casting sessions, then invited me to the premier at the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood. A fascinating process.

BD: Are there any upcoming projects on which you are currently working that you would like to share with our readers?

MS: My MG paranormal adventure novel, Shadytown, was released by INtense Publications on January 27th of this year. The publisher provided great support. I am currently securing interviews for it. If any of your readers would be interested in reviewing it, I can send them a PDF file. Just be aware it was written for a young reader; it is nothing like Under a Raging Moon. That is definitely an adult story. Shadytown is available in digital and paperback formats at Amazon. Also, I have a horror short story, Campground Host, that will appear in the April issue of Scribe Magazine, which is published by Breaking Rules.

BD: Lastly, what is the best way for our readers to find more information about Under a Raging Moon and your other work?

MS: Email is the easiest most direct way to reach me: m.sherer (at) yahoo (dot) com. Links to all my published works, and my travel blog (American Locations), are posted at my WordPress site:  https://mikesherer.org. I’m also on Facebook: FB mike.sherer.7140  and Twitter: @mikewsherer. I also have an author page on Amazon.

REVIEWS:

Mike Sherer’s Under a Raging Moon was a wild ride from beginning to end.

The pacing was short, snappy, and honestly perfect for the short story it had to tell. Readers were dropped into an exciting scene that was already unfolding quickly without much explanation at all as to what was going on. The most important bits were quickly revealed, though, and they only made me more curious to see what would happen next.

Vivian’s character development was handled nicely. She’d been thrust into a horrifying chain of events that she had no way to prevent or plan ahead for. The fact that she adjusted so quickly to the new rules she’d have to discover and follow in order to have any hope of keeping herself and her son alive was admirable, especially once I realized that her Achilles Heel was just about the last thing I’d expect her to be afraid of after everything else she faced. She definitely acted fast in the beginning, but her reasons for having that reaction made sense to me once they were revealed.

There were so many imaginative plot twists. While I did see some of them coming in advance, that didn’t make them any less exciting because of how quickly they popped up and how invested I was in finding out what would happen to Vivian and Kody next. They were in very real danger, and this was one of those cases when I as a reader genuinely didn’t know how they’d survive all of the things that were threatening to end their fragile human lives.

I wasn’t as thrilled with the subplot involving the relationship between Vivian and the entity that was possessing her son. The plot would have been tighter without it, and it added some strange undertones to what was happening that I would have preferred not to see play out. With that being said, I did appreciate how far the author stretched the boundaries of what should and should not be included in the horror genre.

The ending, though, was perfect. After all of the blood and gore – and there was a lot of it – I was not expecting the characters’ stories to be tied up the way that they were. In fact, I thought I’d seen all of the plot twists by the time this final one popped up. It couldn’t have been more satisfactory.

Under a Raging Moon kept me on my toes. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for what the author comes up with next.​

Under a Raging Moon BY MIKE SHERER

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This book narrates the story of woman who has to protect her son Kody (who has been possesed by the way) from a bunch of demons.

Horror, fantasy, suspense… a great mixture.

One of the main strenghts of this book is the main character, Vivian, a strong woman who will do anything to save her child. The author was been able to show us her struggle, inner thoughts, and humanity. It was like being there with her.
The plot caught me off guard more than once, when I though I already knew where the story was going there was a plot twist that changed the scenario. The premise is kinda familiar, yes, but Mike Sherer manages to make this story unique and really entertaining.

The gory descriptions make the story look more realistic, a nice touch.

I.M. Redwright

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New! Tim Meehan reviewed Under a Raging Moon
For fans of possession horror April 7, 2020

Under a Raging Moon embodies one of my favorite types of horror novellas. I like to think of it as a snapshot. The reader is thrown into a story already in development on page one. Anything we need to know as far as backstory or setting is addressed pretty quickly unless the plot calls for it to be dragged out. These novellas are usually fast-paced and take place over the course of hours or maybe a day or two.
The main character is Vivian. We learn early on that although she cares for her son Kody, their relationship is a bit strained. You could write it off to Kody’s age perhaps. The truth is we don’t get to know him super well before he undergoes a bit of a change.
Mike Sherer does a good job of hooking the reader by not allowing you to establish a firm foothold right away. As soon as you get an idea of where the story is going, the ground shifts underneath you and knocks you over. This was probably the biggest strength in my personal reading experience. I found that once all the big reveals had been made I wasn’t quite as invested as I had been at the onset. Sherer delivered enough drive to keep me reading the whole story, but the magic created at the beginning didn’t quite hold up for me.

Readers who enjoy strong female leads or stories of demonic possession will likely find this book to their taste. There are some graphic scenes but nothing so over the top that a casual horror reader will feel the need to shy away.

I was given a copy by the author for review consideration.

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New! Ray reviewed Under a Raging Moon

Engaging story April 7, 2020

This book narrates the story of woman who has to protect her son Kody (who has been possesed by the way) from a bunch of demons.

Horror, fantasy, suspense… a great mixture.

One of the main strenghts of this book is the main character, Vivian, a strong woman who will do anything to save her child. The author was been able to show us her struggle, inner thoughts, and humanity. It was like being there with her.

The plot caught me off guard more than once, when I though I already knew where the story was going there was a plot twist that changed the scenario. The premise is kinda familiar, yes, but Mike Sherer manages to make this story unique and really entertaining.

The gory descriptions make the story look more realistic, a nice touch.

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viconeil1599 reviewed Under a Raging Moon
Horror Novella Done Wella October 22, 2019

It’s a tale as old as time, yet with a modern twist. What more powerful motive can a hero have than protecting their child? How about saving the world at the same time?

This was an action-packed read that never let my eyes glaze over. Each page turn was easier than the last. I highly recommend this book to anybody looking for a good horror/thriller story.

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Never1701 reviewed Under a Raging Moon
A new twist on a classic theme October 14, 2019

A young mother must attempt to protect her son, who has coincidentally been possessed by an angel from a host of body jumping demons. If she fails not only does she lose her son, but possibly the whole world will burn.

This is an old theme with many variations, but Scherer offers a bold new twist in the demon’s Achilles heel. Vivian is great because she isn’t your typical beleaguered mother trying to save her child. She comes off as very human, very natural. She is the kind of person that you probably know. And that’s what we love about her. She makes mistakes, she rushes to judgment and sometimes she just freezes up unable to cope with the madness her life has turned into.

The demons themselves make an interesting and challenging foil. On one hand, they possess the ability to jump between human hosts, turning them into blood-mad psychopaths bent on creating as much havoc as inhumanly possible. On the other, their baser natures leave them open to being slain before they can complete their missions. I loved the exploration of this hedonism, personified by hell’s minions.

Under the Rage Moon is clever, concise and imminently readable. A lovely page-turner that kept me interested from start to finish.

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Pamela reviewed Under a Raging Moon
Well-written and Engaging Horror Novella October 10, 2019

Loved the twists and turns. Action packed, fast read. Great imagery, well-written, and full of intriguing characters. Will be checking out more from this author. Recommend to other horror/thriller junkies.

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3.0 out of 5 stars
Look out for the full moon!
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2020

This actually a 3.5 star rating and for a novella, it packs a lot of punch. Vivian and her son Kody are about to have a horrible night as the super moon releases a legion of shapeshifting demons. Vivian wants to protect her son from harm and that help comes from the most unlikely form. No spoilers! The story does move along in a rapid pace, places change constantly as if you are running right along side. My only complaint is the spatter gore gets redundant and the ending seemed nicely tired up but I found the adventure wholly enjoyable! I’m new to this author and I will read more of his books in the future, enjoy!!

Kimberly Napolitano

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