Miserere: An Autumn Tale
(Night Shade Books www.nightshadebooks.com / July 1, 2011)
Exiled exorcist Lucian Negru deserted his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his sister Catarina's soul, but Catarina doesn't want salvation. She wants Lucian to help her fulfill her dark covenant with the Fallen Angels by using his power to open the Hell Gates. Catarina intends to lead the Fallen’s hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven’s frontline of defense between Earth and Hell.
When Lucian refuses to help his sister, she imprisons and cripples him, but Lucian learns that Rachael, the lover he betrayed and abandoned in Hell, is dying from a demonic possession. Determined to rescue Rachael from the demon he unleashed on her soul, Lucian flees his sister, but Catarina's wrath isn’t so easy to escape. In the end, she will force him once more to choose between losing Rachael or opening the Hell Gates so the Fallen's hordes may overrun Earth, their last obstacle before reaching Heaven's Gates.
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Raised in a small town, Teresa Frohock learned to escape to other worlds through the fiction collection of her local library. She eventually moved away from Reidsville and lived in Virginia and South Carolina before returning to North Carolina, where she currently resides with her husband and daughter.
Teresa has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying. Miserere: An Autumn Tale is her debut novel.
Teresa can be found most often at her blog and web site (http://www.teresafrohock.com/). Every now and then, she heads over to Tumblr and sends out Dark Thoughts http://teresafrohock.tumblr.com/, links to movies and reviews that catch her eye. You can also follow Teresa on Twitter (http://twitter.com/TeresaFrohock ) and join her author page on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Teresa-Frohock/134892453223242).
Magan asks: "If you could give a copy of MISERERE: AN AUTUMN TALE to any person or being (dead, alive, fictional character, etc) to have them read and discuss, who would you give it to and why?"
Wow, Magan, I really had to think about this one.
I think it would be Guillermo del Toro. I really believe he would get what I’m doing with my characters and monsters in Miserere.
I love del Toro’s works, especially Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone. He placed so many layers in those movies, so many small touches that most people would miss. In Labyrinth, I loved the way the faun became younger and more vibrant with each ensuing scene, the shapes del Toro hid within other shapes, and the way Ofelia’s personality changed each time she emerged from a tunnel. Likewise, in The Devil’s Backbone, I appreciated the way he had the characters move cautiously around the bomb in the courtyard juxtaposed with the careful way they moved through relationships and situations primed to explode.
He puts such soul into his stories.
I wanted to have monsters, but I didn’t want James Cameron/Peter Jackson flash and glamour. The most prominent of my monsters is the demon that accompanies Catarina, Cerberus. Rather than a fanged demon oozing in pustules, he is a seductive manipulator. He never pushes, but he knows just when to nudge Catarina in the right direction.
However, I keep Cerberus and the other demons in the background; I didn’t want the monsters to overwhelm the story. I wanted a story with a soul and I think del Toro would get that.
The next interview in the blog tour will be at Lost for Words http://www.lostforwords-corrine.blogspot.com/where I will be talking about which character from MISERERE I would most want to have at my back if I was ever in a street brawl.