Jeremy has been isolated and adrift since the death of his brother. Most people just see him as the skinny emo kid who wears eyeliner and plays drums. No one gets him. Nobody tries. He thought the indie rock band Stygian would become his anchor, but—lost in their own problems—they’re far from the family he sought.
Still, hoping to get close to Kennedy, the band’s enigmatic guitarist, he follows Stygian to northern Louisiana for a summer retreat. They had planned to spend six weeks focusing on new music but things go awry as soon as they arrive at the long-deserted Caroway mansion. Tempers flare, sexual tension boils over into frustration, and Jeremy turns away from the band to find a friend in his eerily beautiful landlord Hunter Caroway.
Kennedy suspects there’s something off about the creepy mansion and its mysterious owners, but Jeremy thinks he’s finally found somewhere he fits. It isn’t until Kennedy forces the Caroway’s secrets into the light that Jeremy realizes belonging sometimes comes with a price.
This book is different than anything I’ve ever written and I’m really excited about sharing it with everyone. There are mysterious strangers, paranormal elements, and sex in the drippy heat of northern Louisiana in the dead of summer, but STYGIAN is also about four young guys who have scraped through their adolescence in horrible circumstances and are trying desperately to make their band work. But it’s not that easy. They’ve found each other, but they’re still not sure how to trust and love each other, and that is the primary plot of the book besides the mystery and the paranormal.
The two main characters of STYGIAN are Jeremy and Kennedy–the drummer and the guitarist respectively. They’ve had it bad for each other for a while, but while Jeremy is too uncertain to assert himself, Kennedy is reluctant to make a move for his own reasons.
But there’s also Watts and Quince–two supporting characters who are just as important to the plot as the main dudes. They’re also involved in a relationship rife with sex and conflict and uncertain emotions, and I love them so much despite Watts not being an easy guy to like. The interpersonal problems in this band became a major subplot and one that I want to explore further some day. I hope readers are able to root for them all.
I’ll keep the paranormal element mysterious for now, but I will leave you guys with these teasers and another reminder to preorder now!: