• Horror

    Revolt of the Rats: A Dark Fantasy Novel

    The first in a series by mystery thriller author Reed Blitzerman. Revolt of the Rats features two heroes, separated in time by fifty years. Bosnian War veteran Kahle Desireau is young and wild, with an ability to see auras and the black smoke exhaled by the sentient dead. Eli Steiner has just returned from WWI. His ability to see the future has a blind spot called the Great Depression. After leaving Bosnia, Kahle follows a woman to a dying factory in Frampton, Ohio. For her love, he’ll compete with Motomax’s handsome CEO and join a desperate fight for the factory’s survival. But his love interest is more than he bargained for, and the darkness that he’d hoped to escape has followed him. Eli Steiner is no stranger to challenge. But in the shadow of the Great Depression, the banks aren’t lending. The ground has dried hard and turned to dust. Without a crop loan, he and his small family will lose their farm. When a yellow roadster comes to town, they may lose more than that. This is book one of five in a complete series. Here’s what readers are saying about Reed Blitzerman and this mystery thriller:“When it was done, I was begging for more” ★★★★★“A compelling read” ★★★★“The story grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go” ★★★★★“Once you get in it’s a great read” ★★★★“Loved this fantasy mystery” ★★★★★ Come inside. Interview with the Author Q: Why should anyone read this? A: It’s a great story that’s marinated in my head for over twenty years. I’ve attempted to let the characters develop in a way that’s interesting while still moving the plot along. The story takes place primarily in a factory and a farm, but it’s really about families: the ones you were born into and the ones you create and how we fight to preserve them.Q: Why write a book as novellas? A: Fear. Fifty pages in, I doubted I would ever finish. Maybe if enough readers asked for the next book, I’d be forced to finish it. Or if it wasn’t any good, I wouldn’t have invested too much time to find out. I’d seen others do it and thought it was perfect. Readers love quality. The novella format reinforced that. Paraphrasing Joe Hill, every sentence had to fight for existence. So I edited over and over. My mother is really my first reader. There’s not a lot she misses. She said that several passages were boring, so I spent seven months doing a rewrite. It produced a much better product.Q: What have you done that you hope readers will enjoy? A: Early readers placed a premium on the language. The journey of reading was more pleasurable than the destination. I’ve read most of Stephen King’s occult supernatural novels. As a kid, I read all the books by Dean Koontz. The same with “NOS4A2” by Joe Hill. I’ve been told the next thing to read is Preston & Child. What hooked me as a reader was how they created the effect right under my nose. Maybe I could do the same for someone else.Q: Where did you get the idea for the series? A: When I got out of the Army, it seemed like we were everywhere, this diaspora of ex-military members, an invisible society within society. What if it really was a secret society? And then, what if those same people were summarily discarded? The historical parallel would be the ronin, masterless samurai during the Japanese feudal period, who lost their lord but retained the bushido code of honor. The Tom Cruise movie, “The Last Samurai.” had already done the heavy lifting of explaining the idea for me. Why not give it a try?