Death by the River
Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: October 2nd 2018
Genres: Horror, Young Adult
A high school “American Psycho.”
SOME TRUTHS ARE BETTER KEPT SECRET.
SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER OFF DEAD.
Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.
And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.
The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Handsome. Charming. Intelligent. The star quarterback of the football team. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.
He is also a psychopath.
A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the ruined St. Francis Abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.
As the victim toll mounts, it becomes crystal clear that someone has to stop Beau Devereaux.
And that someone will pay with their life.
Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.
He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.
Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.
One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)
Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.
Guest Post: What is Their Writing Process Like?
Our collaboration for Death by the River began after Lucas Astor wrote the original story. He had mapped out the path of the tale and then gave it to me to develop. I jumped in and started with the characters I loved, especially Beau Devereaux. I fleshed him out and developed his psychopathic tendencies. My years of nursing experience came in handy with him. I also changed the setting to somewhere I was familiar with, the New Orleans area. I wanted to add a chilling vibe to where the kids party on the river and chose to base The Abbey on a seminary school close to my home, located on the banks of the Bogue Falaya River. The ruins of the St. Francis Seminary School and the derelict cells became the perfect backdrop for the story.
One of the things I wanted to pursue was developing Beau’s parents. Lucas and I felt for the reader to understand the depths of Beau’s depravity they would need to hear about his past from his parents, Gage and Elizabeth. Then they could be used to help intrigue the reader about Beau’s secret past and how his parents worked to keep it from everyone in their small town. Gage Devereaux is a favorite character in the story. The way he manipulates his son, the cold lust for money, and the almost obsessive way he worries about the family reputation, helped to add to Beau’s slippery descent into his self-made hell. The scenes exemplifying their twisted relationship are essential for understanding Beau.
I was also given a chance to develop the characters of the sisters, Leslie and Dawn, and create a deeper back story which would explain their distance. Lucas agreed they were the crux of the story and needed to be the center points of the reader’s focus. Leslie sees Beau for what he is—a monster. Dawn is blinded by his popularity and wealth. They begin on opposites sides of the fence but come together and find the love they once shared. It is a side-story meant to provide a little perspective to readers. Never judge a book by its cover.
The collaboration process between us is always smooth. Lucas and I have worked well together on several books, and we find our taste for twisted characters and horrific tales makes us a great fit.
Thank you Lucas and Alexandrea for this very wonderful and informative guest post! I myself loved it and I’m sure my followers will as well!
Happy reading everyone and once again “may the odds be ever in your favor”.