The Jason Crane series volume 1 is out.

Normally when I recommend books, I set them up as revenue generating links. Not this time. Richard Gleaves, the objectivist playwright, videographer and now author has released the first in his series of horror books. I’ve seen (and used) enough of Richard’s other work to order it on ahem.. faith and to mention it here as a piece of news. It is not often “our lot” write books with the potential for mass appeal.arise-headless

My hero is an atheistic kid who discovers that certain supernatural things are real — so it’s a what if story for Objectivists, exploring how would you react and proceed. It’s not an Objectivist story per se, but it is consistent with an Objectivist sense of life and concerns. It’s moral code is essentially pagan and pro-heroic view of man.

From the blurb:

JASON CRANE just turned seventeen years old. He’s a STAR WARS fan and a history geek. He doesn’t believe in ghosts or the afterlife. He doesn’t believe in psychic powers or tarot cards. He doesn’t believe in the HEADLESS HORSEMAN. But SLEEPY HOLLOW will change all that. Because Jason Crane has a heritage to claim.

Apparently, Gleaves is looking forward to writing off ghost hunting trips as a business expense. Hopefully, he’ll take a break and finish off that video series first!


UPDATE Jennifer Snow’s review reads:

One of the best aspects of this book, I think, is that it is multi-generational.  Too many novels that focus on a young adult protagonist (sixteen in this case) treat older people as if they were a different species and only the shallow, transient interests of the young protagonist are important.  In this case, while Jason Crane does exhibit youthful preoccupations, this is shown more as a stage of development, a striving toward adulthood to take on adult concerns without being a faux adult.  It also lacks the Lord of the Flies-style situation where the young people are abandoned by their elders to degenerate into savagery.  I much prefer this treatment to The Hunger Games and even Harry Potter.

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