Saturday, June 13, 2020

Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Monsters Within by Kody Boye

Title: The Monsters Within
Author: Kody Boye
Publication Date: June 15th 2020

Print Length: 344 pages
Genres: Horror, Mystery, New Adult, Romance, LGBT

Not all monsters can be seen.

When Dean McAllen wins a writing fellowship that offers him the chance to escape his abusive home life, he boards the first plane out of Utah and prepares for a life free of dysfunction.

Not long after arriving in the small town halfway across the country, he meets Brad Michelson. Kind, sweet, and caring, the fellow artist is everything Dean could ever want in a man. He’s also Dean’s first true shot at love.

But what Dean doesn’t know is that Brad harbors a darkness inside of him—and though Brad has struggled to hold it back his entire life, Dean will soon find that the monsters that dwell within Brad’s conscience are real, and out to destroy them both.

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The tug against my heartstrings was incomparable to anything I had ever felt before. Part relieved, part excited, but mostly thankful and scared, I tightened my hands around his and clung to him as around us people continued to dance, masked or costumed or dressed down to hardly anything.

The air was warm, the space crowded, the people around us ignoring anything we could have offered or said.

It was, in a way, the perfect escape.

I knew, however, that we would be separated eventually. Something—and I’m not sure what, exactly—told me that. Call it a sixth sense, a paranoid thought, or even a psychic ambition. Regardless, I knew that Brad would step away. So when he said, “Hey,” I looked up and gave him my full undivided attention.

“Yeah?” I asked.

“I need to piss. Mind getting us some waters or something?”

“I—” I started, then stopped and said, “Yeah. I can do that.”

He slid five dollars into my palm and headed for the divide in the wall that I could only assume led to the restrooms.

Then, he was gone.

I wasn’t sure what to do at that point. Being separated from him, even if it was only going to be for a few moments, ignited my anxiety, and it wasn’t just because I was predisposed to it.


Something was going to happen.

I had a feeling it wouldn’t be to me, though; and for that reason, I strayed toward the bar with haste, intent on getting us the waters he’d requested.

Halfway there, I bumped into someone.

“Excuse me,” I said as I tried to twist out of the way. “I didn’t mean—”

The figure grabbed my arm.

I looked up.

And almost screamed.

It wouldn’t have been scary in the daylight. That much was already clear. But here, in the dark, with light dancing across its face, it inspired the utmost dread. Its body was dark, its fur glossy like a grackle’s oil-slicked feathers, and its face was like that of a rabbit, were rabbits to have stood some six-and-a-half feet tall. Worse yet: its eyes bulged obnoxiously from its face, and in them, there was nothing but a glowing white countenance—alive and radiating with energy I had never experienced.

While trapped in its grasp, and trembling as if I was having the life force pulled from me, all I could do was stare.


At the thing that I knew was real, that the thing I knew could not be real—at the thing that, from somewhere deep down in the darkest part of our beings, all monsters dwelled.

It said, “Hello, Dean.

And I, so shocked that I couldn’t speak, trembled.

It released its hold on my arm.

It began to back away.

Into a dark space it disappeared.

Then, when the light struck the space again, it did not appear again.

As I caught sight of a figure bee-lining toward me, I could only watch the dark spot where the apparition had disappeared in.

“Dean?” Brad asked, drawing up alongside me. “Is everything all right?”

“Yeah,” I managed, somehow able to maintain control of my emotions.

“Did you get the waters?”

“I didn’t make it,” I said. “I… bumped into someone.”

“Oh.” Brad paused. He then reached down and took my arm and said, “Come on. Let’s go.”

So we went; but still, I heard its voice in my head, its simple hello within my brain.

And I knew—just knew—that something was not right.
Though he was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, Kody Boye has lived in the state of Texas since 2010. His first short story, [A] Prom Queen's Revenge, was published at the age of fourteen. He has since gone on to publish numerous works of fiction, including the young-adult novels When They Came, The Beautiful Ones, The Midnight Spell, and ALT CONTROL ENTER as well as fiction for adults. He currently lives and writes in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.

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  1. The cover is so creepy, it really draws you in.

  2. I liked the excerpt. It sounds like a really interesting book, very intriguing. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Sounds like a awesome read. I also like the book cover!

  4. Congratulations!! to the winners here :)