By: Stephen Cost
For thousands of years, Death walked behind the dark veil of the living, waiting to ferry the dead. That is, until the day that Death took a life for pleasure rather than duty. On that day, the first Reaper fell to Earth. Now, Reapers live among us, craving the taste of death, forcing them to kill to satisfy their immortal hunger.
Giles Reid fell more than 300 years ago starving for the taste of death, only to find himself drowning in a sea of the living and blinded by a hunger that forces him to kill. In the centuries since his fall he has tried to be more human, desperate to live a life that makes up for what he is and the wrong he has done. Driven by his guilt over killing, he has chosen to feed only on evil; humans that have never been a threat to him but who are always a danger to others. That is, until the day he tries to feed on a human as strong, fast and cunning as himself; a human who, it turns out, has been hunting him. Now he is being pursued by the very evil he has fed on for centuries, embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game, where friends and other Reapers connected to him are simply pawns on a chessboard waiting to be sacrificed. Giles is left with a choice, save the life of the women he loves, the daughter of his mentor, or betrays her for his own survival.
Stephen Cost was born in Wexford Ireland and raised in a small seaside town not far from Dublin. From a young age he would spin dark tales and write them down for his own amusement. At the age of 13 he moved from his home in Ireland to America and his love of dark American cinema took root.
He passes his free time, when not writing, by reading horror and fantasy genre novels in addition to watching science fiction and horror movies.
He graduated from University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. A computer engineer by trade, he specializes in integrated system services and uses the knowledge gained from his degree to write emotionally captivating urban fiction.
Character Interview with Giles:
1. What is your favorite scene in the book?
Giles: That is really a tough question to answer because I do so enjoy my playtime. Certainly my time at Stars was memorable, but killing the rapist, well, what could be more fun on Tuesday night.
2. What's your favorite word?
Giles: Coffee. Has there ever been a more beautiful word. I get the chills just thinking about having a cup.
3. Harry Potter or Twilight?
Giles: A much as the world needs more daylight disco balls walking around, I’m going to have to go with Harry Potter.
4. Truth or Dare?
Giles: Dare, please!
5. Night owl or early bird?
Giles: I’m very much a night owl. I catch my best snacks at night.
6. Craziest thing you ever ate?
Giles: Jack the Ripper. That guy was a raving loon. Everyone kept speculating he was some serial killer mastermind, but in reality, he was just Polish whack job. He was like a walking cartoon character with bulging eyes and a really pronounced limp.
7. Favorite smell?
Giles: There are two that come immediately to mind, death of course, but the other, coffee. I love the smell of coffee. Flavored, unflavored, bitter, sweet, it doesn’t matter.