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About Mark Lukens
Mark Lukens has been writing since the second grade when his teacher called his parents in for a conference because the ghost story he'd written concerned her a little.
Since then he's had several stories published and four screenplays optioned by producers in Hollywood. He is the author of many bestselling books including: the Ancient Enemy series, the Dark Days post-apocalyptic series, Sightings, Devil's Island, The Exorcist's Apprentice, Followed, and more. He is a member of The Horror Writers Association.
He grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida. But after many travels and adventures, he settled down near Tampa, Florida with his wonderful wife and son . . . and two stray cats they adopted.
He loves to hear from readers! He can be found on Facebook at Mark Lukens Books, on Twitter @marklukensbooks, and you can follow his blog at www.marklukensbooks.com.
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It starts when Stella, an archaeologist specializing in Anasazi culture, finds David, a young Navajo boy who stumbles onto their dig site in a remote corner of the Navajo Reservation. David's coat is smeared with blood and he's in shock from something he's seen, revealing nothing but his name. Soon Stella and the other archaeologists will discover that something is chasing David, an unimaginable ancient evil that will stop at nothing to get him.
After Stella escapes the dig site with David, driving north into Colorado, right into a blizzard, she's carjacked by a gang of criminals fleeing a botched bank robbery. All of them take refuge from the snowstorm in what they believe is an abandoned cabin. But after they find the owner's mutilated body stuffed into a freezer, they realize that something is out there in the blizzard waiting for them.
The Ancient Enemy wants things . . . you have to give it what it wants or bad things will happen. Very bad things.
Nick Gorman, a billionaire movie producer, assembles a team of ghost hunters and scientists to investigate the Thornhill Manor on Devil's Island . . . the most haunted place in the world that no one's ever heard of. He's there to find proof of ghosts, evidence of an afterlife. But he's also there to uncover a secret hidden on the island that could change all of humanity.
The ghost hunting team is led by Shane Edwards, who lost his TV show in a scandal and now is a disgrace in the ghost hunting world; this is his last chance to redeem himself and revive his career. But as soon as he steps foot on Devil's Island, he realizes this is no ordinary haunted manor - this is a place where everyone will face horrors they never could have imagined, an island that brings their darkest fears to life.
As Nick gets closer to unearthing the secret on the island, Shane begins to wonder if any of them will survive their two-night stay on Devil's Island.
Teri Holtz, author of a successful thriller series, has just gotten an email from a man who claims to be a serial killer. He doesn't believe the serial killers in her books are portrayed accurately and he just wants to help. Teri's agent, and even her own son, beg her not to respond to this man. But the emails have sparked a new idea for a book, finally breaking her writer's block.
But the more Teri gets to know the serial killer through the emails, the more it seems he knows everything about her life, including the disappearance of her twin sister, Tara, years ago. Has he been watching her all these years? Following her? Does he know something about her sister?
And then the murders start, murders where copies of Teri's books are left at the scene, murders very similar to the ones in her books. But Teri can't stop digging . . . she needs to know what happened to her sister.
Could this serial killer be the one who took Tara? Does he know where her body is? Could Tara still be alive after all these years? Is the serial killer coming after Teri to finish what he started so long ago? Read Stalker and find out.
In 1988, Lydia Conner was abducted by aliens from her cabin near Specter Lake, Minnesota while her husband lay in bed, temporarily paralyzed. She screamed at him for help as she floated up to the ceiling in a blinding flash of light . . . and then she was gone.
In 2009, three film school students journey to the Specter Lake cabin where the abduction of Lydia Conner took place, bringing along Fran, Lydia Conner's daughter. They hope to capture proof of an alien visitation on film. They hope to re-create events from the abduction. They plan to use Fran as the bait . . .
. . . but they encounter much more than they ever could have imagined.
After a rancher finds ten mutilated bodies at an archaeological dig site on the Navajo Reservation, both Captain Begay of the Navajo Tribal Police and Special Agent Palmer of the FBI become involved . . . but the case leads Palmer back to Colorado where five more mutilated bodies and Stella's vehicle have been discovered at a burning cabin.
Cole, Stella, and David escape the cabin, heading south to get David back down to the Navajo lands. Now that Stella believes David is a natural-born shaman, she knows their only hope of David ever defeating the Ancient Enemy is to find a reclusive shaman named Joe Blackhorn who can train David to use his powers.
But with Agent Palmer and Captain Begay hot on their trail, Cole and Stella must find Joe Blackhorn and the secrets he possesses before the Ancient Enemy destroys them all.
Edrington, Oregon - a town with a dark past, a town hiding secrets, a town where a woman has summoned something terrifying from hell.
Three hundred and fifty miles south, Ryan wakes up in a motel room with a bag of stolen money, bullet hole scars on his chest, and no memory of his past. His only clue is a scrap of paper in his wallet with an Edrington address scrawled on it.
Plagued by nightmares of a tortured man who seems to be forcing his way from the dream world into Ryan's world, Ryan journeys north to the small Oregon town where the horrifying answers are waiting for him.
It has been seven years since David sent the Ancient Enemy back to its world in the ghost town that was once the town of Hope's End. He lives at his aunt's house now, but he knows the Ancient Enemy is back - he can feel it. He sees a serial killer in his dreams, a killer possessed by the Ancient Enemy, a killer who will stop at nothing, a killer who is coming for him. With Joe Blackhorn now dead, the only person David can turn to for help is Begay, the former captain of the Navajo Tribal Police.
Cole and Stella have lived in Costa Rica for the last seven years. They wanted to believe the terror of the Ancient Enemy was really over . . . but there were always doubts. And when Stella sees a horrifying vision in the jungle, she's certain that the Ancient Enemy has returned.
Former FBI agent Palmer's nightmares have returned, and when he's called in as a consultant on the recent copycat murders - re-creations of the massacre at the archaeological dig site seven years ago - he knows that the ancient evil is back.
Together, they are drawn into one last stand against the Ancient Enemy . . . but this time the battle will be fought in the Ancient Enemy's world.
Seven hundred years ago the Anasazi people built massive cities in what is now the southwestern United States ... and then they vanished.
Stella, an archaeologist specializing in Anasazi culture, and David, a mysterious Navajo boy, are on the run from something terrifying. As they flee up into the snowy mountains of Colorado, they are carjacked by criminals escaping a botched bank robbery. Caught in a blizzard, they must take refuge in what they believe is an abandoned cabin. It's at this cabin that they will face horrors beyond their imagination.
What reviewers are saying about Ancient Enemy:
"Mark Lukens proves to be a master at escalation and evoking empathy for his characters; his settings are so realistic that one has the urge to grab a warm blanket (and then hide under it). Such a relentless tension drives his horror plot that he kept me up until the wee hours wanting to get to the bottom of the supernatural mystery." - A.M. Stickel: Editor of Black Petals Magazine (blackpetals.net)
"With Ancient Enemy, Lukens has shown the world that he can imagine and write with the best ... Mark Lukens will soon be a household name. Superb writing and my interest in Ancient Enemy never flagged for one moment." - Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite (readersfavorite.com)
"Mesmerizing!" - James Byron Huggins, author of CAIN and HUNTER
What is the truth? What is reality?
Twenty-six-year-old Zach Hughes and his wife Michelle were just hoping to have a nice dinner at a restaurant on a Friday evening. As Zach is seated at the table, Michelle goes to the restroom . . . she never comes back.
After a frantic search, the only thing Zach finds is his wife's purse in the restroom with her keys, money, and cell phone inside. The police are called and a witness claims she saw Michelle leave with a man willingly.
But Zach believes his wife was taken. With no police help, Zach begins searching for his wife, unearthing clues. As he digs deeper into her past, he finds a secret life that she's been hiding from him.
Every night since Michelle's disappearance, Zach wakes up to find himself fully dressed, the lights on in his house, and his front door unlocked. Has he been sleepwalking? Where has he been going? What has he been doing? Could it be connected to his wife's disappearance? He films himself while he sleeps. What he sees on the video scares him to death . . . and it's only the beginning.
Pick up Sleep Disorders and discover the terrible secrets along with Zach.
Even though Jo wanted Ray and his group to stay at her store and help defend it, Ray believes he must go to Avalon - he knows something important is waiting there . . . the answers to the plague.
After Ray, Mike, Emma, and Josh leave for Avalon, Jo's store is overrun with rippers, driving her and the others up to the roof, trapping them there.
The Dragon uses Petra as bait to lure Luke and Max to Hell Town where he has laid a trap for them. Luke, Max, and Petra collide with the Dragon and his army of Dark Angels. Will they win? Will good triumph over evil? Will Ray finally find the answers in Avalon he's been looking for, or will he find something he was never expecting?
After the government office where Ray Daniels works shuts down, he just wants to get back to his wife and kids. On his arduous journey home, Ray gets a call from his supervisor, inviting him and his family to his home where the answers to the Collapse and the Ripper Plague are waiting for him, but the phone call breaks up and ends, and Ray only hears the word Avalon.
As the infected prowl the streets and soldiers shoot to kill, Ray has no choice but to flee with his family. The Collapse is here, and Ray wants the answers waiting at his supervisor's house, but first he must keep his family alive.
In 1891, in the badlands of northern Arizona, Jed Cartwright, a bounty hunter and U.S. Marshal, transports a dangerous prisoner back to the town of Smith Junction. As they travel through the woods, they are attacked by what they believe are skinwalkers.
As Jed flees the woods, he finds a house where a family has been slaughtered. The only survivor is an eight-year-old Navajo boy, a boy traumatized by the horrors he has seen.
As Jed and the Navajo boy make their way north to Smith Junction, a sudden sandstorm diverts them to the small town of Hope's End. They take refuge from the storm in the saloon with some of the townspeople. But hours later, when the storm is over, they discover what has happened to the rest of the people in Hope's End . . . and the terror is only beginning.