by Christopher Krovatin
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: October 2nd 2018
Five years ago, Fiona was just a kid. But everything changed the night the Pit Viper came to town. Sure, he rid the quiet, idyllic suburb of Hamm of its darkest problems. But Fiona witnessed something much, much worse from Hamm’s adults when they drove him away.
And now, the Pit Viper is back.
Fiona’s not just a kid anymore. She can handle the darkness she sees in the Pit Viper, a DJ whose wicked tattoos, quiet anger, and hypnotic music seem to speak to every teen in town…except her. She can handle watching as each of her friends seems to be overcome, nearly possessed by the music. She can even handle her unnerving suspicion that the DJ is hell-bent on revenge.
But she’s not sure she can handle falling in love with him.
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Excerpt from Frequency
Nine years, but it felt longer. What was it her cousin Jake had said that one time over spring break? “High school years are like dog years. You got so much doing to do in them, they take forever.”
It felt like forever. Before the Pit Viper, it had been a different place altogether, a town from an alternate dimension.
By the time she’d turned nine and had really begun to understand what was happening, the Goring steel mill hadn’t been just a place to party, it had been a nightlife destination. Every Saturday evening, after gymnastics—her burden until she was twelve, dear God—her mother would walk her down Main Street, tightly clutching her hand as the partiers swarmed around them, teenagers and twenty-somethings rocking silver jackets and skintight jeans and glow-in-the-dark beads in their dreadlocks. They had blasted tooth-shattering break beats out of their cars as they crowded every stoop and parking lot. Rude, loud, in everyone’s way, never from here, quick to laugh at the dumb small-town folks. And when the sun went down, they would flock to the ramshackle cathedral of the mill and rage until dawn.
Fiona had overheard complaints from her dad and other members of the Hamm town council: passed-out club rats huddled on every inch of the train station platform, puddles of vomit dotting Oak Avenue, not a single bottle of Benadryl or NoDoz for miles. Some of her father’s friends on the town council had thought of the partiers as “the bad element” and would cross their arms and grumble about these kids transforming their town into a drug-addled freak show.
About the Author
Chris Krovatin is an author and journalist of some ill repute. His past novels include Heavy Metal & You, Venomous, and the Gravediggers series. He is a contributor to Revolver Magazine and MetalSucks.net, and formerly sang in Brooklyn-based metal band Flaming Tusk. He is an avid fan of weird fiction, the occult, horror movies, heavy metal music, and Halloween.
A native New Yorker, he now lives in Denver, Colorado.