Billy Moon would have given his life for rock ‘n’ roll stardom, but the Devil doesn’t come that cheap.
Goth rock idol Billy Moon has it all: money, fame, and a different girl in every city. But he also has a secret, one that goes all the way back to the night he almost took his own life. The night Trevor Rail, a shadowy record producer with a flair for the dark and esoteric, agreed to make him a star. . . for a price.
Now Billy has come to Echo Lake Studios to create the record that will make him a legend. A dark masterpiece like only Trevor Rail can fashion. But the woods of Echo Lake have a dark past, a past that might explain the mysterious happenings in the haunted church that serves as Rail’s main studio. As the pressure mounts on Billy to fulfill Rail’s vision, it becomes clear that not everyone will survive the project.
It’s time the Devil of Echo Lake had his due, and someone will have to pay.
“This book sings a dark, dark song — it’s got a grim rhythm that even rock-and-roll has forgotten. If you’re standing at the crossroads and you don’t know where to go, take the road that leads you to this book.”
– Chuck Wendig, NYT bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, Blackbirds, and Zeroes
“Wynne combines the cinematic imagery of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll with a good old-fashioned ghost story.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Doug delivers the quiet, atmospheric horror that pervades the story with the deft touch of an experienced writer. I may not have heard of Douglas Wynne before I started reading The Devil of Echo Lake, but now that I have finished this excellent debut novel, I can honestly say that I’ll be looking for more of his work in the future.”
— Joseph Nassise, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Templar Chronicles and the Jeremiah Hunt series.
“The author’s love of music adds another level to this atmospheric supernatural thriller, which should appeal to fans of Goth rock as well as horror aficionados.”
— Library Journal
“It’s not often I find a novel that so engrosses me; it kept me turning pages until well after I should have been asleep. I simply could not put this book down. The fact that this is a debut novel is simply astounding. It is only very rarely that a new author arrives on the scene with such a well written book.”
“The Devil of Echo Lake does what all good books do–it compels the reader to keep reading…through the night. Write the name Douglas Wynne on a note, underline it, put it up on the fridge door–then buy everything this guy writes.”
— Gene O’Neill, Author of Operation Rhinoceros Hornbill and The Burden of Indigo