Netherworld Books

SIGN: A Novel

Life changing events force Jim and Deirdre Thompson to escape for the weekend to confront their problems on a road trip, only to find themselves lost and terrorized by strange man. He is a harbinger, a SIGN pointing to a secret that Jim is hiding.

On a balmy night in San Francisco one year earlier, Jim met Marlene; a sexy, street savvy art dealer. She would change his life in an unthinkable way. Jim finds himself trapped between his lust for Marlene and his unwitting involvement in a heinous murder. Jim's tortured mind struggles to bury those darkest memories.

Now, emerging from the fog on a long drive through rural Pennsylvania, Jim and Deirdre, mired in a relationship electrified with tension, search for anything that would lead them away from a foreboding county road. The places they stumble upon begin to haunt them, and show them visions linked to the past in a night of unrelenting and terrifying encounters. Jim must remember the details from that tumultuous night in San Francisco, and rediscover the truth that can save them. This may be his last chance to stop the malevolent stalker from killing them. It may already be too late.

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Fall 2016


This year's event in Toronto should be fantastic. Lou and fellow writers from the Horror Writers Association will be at the conventiaon all 4 days. Lou will participate on 2 panel discussion on the genre of Horror writing!


Lou Rera is working with the publisher to record the audio book version of his novel. A video book trailer of SIGN can be view at this link.