Oakwood Island (Paperback)
Shadow Dragon Press, 9781932926538, 228pp.
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
There are many mysterious and evil things lurking on Oakwood Island. Things so strange that the locals are left wondering if their small coastal community will ever be the same. The police are concerned when Maggie, the local waitress, shows up at their doorstep cold, weak and frail, after having escaped a kidnapper that she describes as a monster. Her strange symptoms of a mysterious illness that seems to be growing stronger baffles her nurses and doctor. What happened to her?
A few local residents hold some of the answers, but will they be able to save their neighbours, and better yet, do they want to? What is watching them as they try to hide? The residents are all part of a much bigger mystery than they realize.
The island holds many secrets, but will they come out in time to save them all? Caught between the past and the present, good and evil both find their place on the island, but which will prevail and at what cost?
About the Author
Angella Cormier grew up in St-Antoine, a small town in south east New Brunswick. This is where her love of reading and writing were born. Her curious nature about everything mysterious and paranormal helped carved the inspiration for her current passion of writing horror and mystery stories. She is also a published poet, balancing out her writing to express herself in these two very opposing genres. Angella is also a mother of two boys as well as an established freelancer in graphic design.
Pierre C Arseneault, the youngest of eleven children and grew up in the small town of Rogersville, New Brunswick, Canada. He fulfilled a childhood goal in 2004 and became a published cartoonist. His first published work of fiction was in 2013; a collection of short stories called Dark Tales for Dark Nights; written in collaboration with Angella Cormier. This was followed up by Sleepless Nights, a collection of short stories published in 2014. His novel, Oakwood Island, also co-written with Angella Cormier, was published in 2016 and has been named finalist for several awards. Pierre currently lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
Praise For Oakwood Island…
"This story took over my life like the yellow pus took over some of its characters. I felt the impact of this mystery novel immediately and it kept going throughout!
Not typically a fan of the macabre and grotesque, I make an exception for some of Stephen King’s work and would definitely compare this story to his writing. ATheir collaboration work is seamless as this novel was put together in pieces but completed like a morbid but well sewn quilt.
It begins with a dramatic scene at an orphanage on Oakwood Island where a crazy lady was calling out to Maggie, a child resident, and leaving her something while she was hauled off to the psych ward by a medical team. The fast paced and mysterious action only went on from there.
The island is described as picturesque and a close-knit community, a place many would be interested in visiting for an escape from their regular work life. And it certainly offers an adventure that no one would call boring. With a creature unlike a werewolf but often described as such for lack of understanding, the island is complete with a mystical elder, an eager botanist and a hospital filled with nurses, doctors on missions and psych patients it’s a mixture that will certainly make some memories.
If you’re a fan of good old-fashioned death, blood and gore, like Stephen King books and mystery - this is a must read!" — Sarah Butland, Imagination Captured blog