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Twisted Love
Archaeologist Julietta Anguilar makes the find of a lifetime when she discovers a hidden chamber under the ruins of the Templo Mejor in the heart of Mexico City. But Julietta's obsession with the past also has a dark side - abused as a young girl, she struggles to find peace amidst chilling reminders of her dead grandfather and other even more sinister spirits whom she has awakened even as she stands on the brink of fame. Mexico too struggles with its own sordid past, filled with political corruption, criminal overlords and moneyed dynasties. A drug cartel pays an assassin to murder Julietta's father, a political reporter. Her search for the truth leads her on a dangerous chase deep into the underbelly, where she meets her father’s assassin - a man in black with a nefarious background. He goes by one name, Rocky. Gritty violence, soul-searing hatred, and strange fetishes make Twisted Love a fast read of macabre personalities.
Louella Nelson

Master of danger, the occult, and passion


From word one, this novel grips and shakes you with its unique descriptions and its velvet use of terror. Sample the opening: "The pervasive wood smoke of Mexico City created an orange midday glow. Death. Its challenging presence rode hot thermal wavelets, making the ground quiver." The hero is ruthless and passionate, the heroine driven, ambitious, and loyal, even to those who corrupted and used her. Everyone holds secrets, even the dead, and it's a race to see who will survive the revelations of those dark, devastating truths.

What's Coming.

Besides Twisted Love and a string of related Rocky stories and novellas, Runnels is at work on another series, this one set in WWII and based on a true story about the Nazi obsession with occult powers. Keep an eye out for the Dispatches from the Wolfenkrieg trilogy coming out in 2017. He is also in the forthcoming Forsaken anthology edited by Mark Onspaugh and Joe McKinney, coming early next year from renowned horror publishers Cemetery Dance.