The new international thriller Screamer: Never, Ever Steal from a Banshee written by Frank J. Vizard draws upon Irish and American folklore in a fast-paced adventure that swerves between Ireland and United States.
When New York film festival director Ryan Connor discovers a muddy relic on the shores of a disappearing lake in a remote part of Ireland, he comes to learn that a lethal banshee, the Irish messenger of death, pursues him across the Atlantic to retrieve it. The banshee, however, soon finds herself in an abusive relationship with a newly-resurrected Dutch demon that last terrorized New York during the American Revolution and is currently engaged in a murderous kidnapping spree of young women.
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Connor finds an ally in a beautiful redhead with a mysterious, otherworldly agenda until she is kidnapped as well. The race to save her soon involves a giant hunter who hears voices in his head and a federal ICE agent faced with an immigration problem beyond his wildest dreams. A science journalist handy with pistols, bloodthirsty dwarves with a taste for mobsters, and a band of heavily-armed Iroquois warriors with a grudge add to the action. Connor realizes he has every reason to surrender the relic he found – until he begins to understand its true power.
“While Screamer is primarily a thriller, readers should note that the novel is heavily researched,” said Frank J. Vizard, author of Screamer: Never, Ever Steal from a Banshee. “I visited all the locations mentioned in the book – including the disappearing lake in Ireland – so the accounts are based on first-hand experiences. The description of the banshee is based on a 14th Century text called the Triumps of Turlough written by an Irish historian and supported by the immortal words of Irish poet W.B. Yeats. Likewise, the ancient Dutch demon called the Heer of Dunderberg is based on old legends of New York’s Hudson River Valley including the Headless Horseman. My goal in Screamer is to make the line between the real and the unreal as thin as possible and at times, entirely erased.”
Screamer: Never, Ever Steal from a Banshee is available in paperback via Amazon and as a Kindle e-book.
About the Author
Frank Vizard is a veteran journalist with a long career as a magazine editor and writer with publications that include Popular Science and Departures Magazine. Vizard is also the author of Why A Curveball Curves and co-author of The 21st Century Soldier. Vizard also is director of the Manhattan Short Film Festival. Vizard’s Norman-Irish family has moved between Ireland and America for generations. Screamer is his first novel.