Please recommend
   using these social sharing buttons:




  book details  


  books by Stephen J. Semones  



Book: The Sacrifice of Candace Blake by Stephen J. Semones

Book: The Sacrifice of Candace Blake by Stephen J. Semones

categories: Book, Suspense, Thriller, Cult, Terror, Supernatural, Novella, Pulp, Horror


Stephen J. Semones

Author Stephen J. Semonesabout this book: The Sacrifice of Candace Blake came about in an unusual way for me. I was working on another horror novel, Hell Comes to Jericho, and needed a break. I wanted to write more horror, but something quicker than a novel. I had the basic plot for a short story or novella, but wasn't sure how I wanted to approach it.

At first, I wanted to do a dark and heavy novella, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. I had this idea for a story about a man that ends up in a cave used by a Satanic cult. As I worked on my other book, my ideas seemed to blend together and, as I plotted Candace Blake out, both books kind of became one.

Ultimately, I decided to use a secondary character from Hell Comes to Jericho as the main protagonist in The Sacrifice of Candace Blake. Taking place some 25 years earlier, I figured this would be a good way to use this character while not having the stories overlap or seem forcibly connected. I didn't set out to connect them and, solely on the same character appearing in both stories, they're not.

This novella, however, was a way for me to take a break from writing Jericho, while still remaining in that same world- that universe. It was a great writing experience, as I based most of the setting on what I knew of Nashville, Tennessee and the surrounding area. Also, setting the story in the late 80's also felt more natural for the overall arc of the story, something in which I felt turned out very well.

With its shocks, twists, and turns, I'm very proud to have taken the break to write The Sacrifice of Candace Blake. It was a way for me to tell a more condensed story while still feeling as if I was making progress on my other book. I never set out to do this, it organically happened. Sometimes, as a writer, those occurrences are the best.

To this day, I've yet to see Hell Comes to Jericho published, as I'm still not happy with my latest draft. Hopefully, one day soon, I can look back and see it published. One day. Until then, The Sacrifice of Candace Blake stands as my first published work of horror, a work I'm very proud to have written.

preview: read a sample from this book

what to read next: if you read and liked this book...

Learn more about this book

Other books by Stephen J. Semones

Gloom by Stephen J. Semones
Unhinged by Stephen J. Semones

This book on





More Reviews

   • Book Review: Unhinged by Stephen J. Semones
   • Book Review: Corpus De Licti - The Body Returns by Walter Parks

  show list of all published reviews | subscribe to the feed

Home | Contact | Legal Notice | Impressum Book Promotion | Do you like | Boost Your Karma

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates.