Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My wife, Linda, and I live in Bexhill. It’s a picture postcard small town and we love it there. We used to live in Brooklyn; moving was the best thing we ever did. I teach psychology at Milton, the local college. They offered me a position after my book What Your Stuff Says about You became a best seller. Oh, my name is Denton Reed, by the way.
What is your role in the story?
I guess I’m the detective. I mean, I’m not a detective—the world of crime solving isn’t something I’m a part of. But with the disappearances and the murders, someone has to do something. I hate criticizing them—I have a good friend on the force—but the local police are looking in all the wrong places. What am I supposed to do? Just let the killings go on, while they follow one harebrained theory after another? No, if I have the skills to get to the bottom of things, then I have to use them.
What is your favorite hobby?
I don’t know if I really have a hobby. I’m mostly focused on my life with Linda and my career. I collect Jazz CDs and rare Scotch, does that count?
What is the challenge you’re trying to overcome during the story?
I’m trying to make Bexhill a safe place again. I’ll do whatever it takes to bring peace back to the town and make sure nothing happens to Linda, but it isn’t easy. The murders would be enough to deal with, but there is something changing people—altering their personalities and making them obsess over the number eight, or the infinity symbol, or whatever it is they’re compelled to draw everywhere. Bexhill has become a fragile place, where it’s hard to tell friend from foe and I’m in too deep to stop until it’s over.
If you could make one wish, what would it be?
I’d wish that trouble never came here. And Linda and I could have continued our happily ever after, without any of this bloodshed touching our lives.
Title: Mr. 8
Author: David J. Thirteen
Genre: Psychological Thriller / Horror
Psychology professor Denton Reed has been pulled out of the classroom to find a killer. Bodies are turning up all over the quiet town of Bexhill. They are found dismembered and burned beyond recognition in a snow covered farmer’s field, by the abandoned mill, and under the train bridge. The only clue linking the victims is the bizarre figure eight patterns left behind in their homes.
Denton must use his unique profiling techniques to uncover the murderer, who the police have dubbed Mr. 8. As he begins to unravel the mystery, a strange pattern begins to emerge. Before their deaths, each victim was seized by dark obsessions and inexplicable changes in behavior. Whatever strange forces are affecting the people of Bexhill, they may actually be more dangerous than any killer.
As a wave of insanity sweeps the town, Denton will put his life on the line to get to the source of the madness and risk all to protect the woman he loves.
But is it already too late?
David J. Thirteen has studied English Literature, Film Making, and Media Studies. He has lived and worked in the technology field for twenty years throughout the North East, in both Canada and the U.S. Writing has been a hidden passion for most of his life.
Mr. 8 is his first published novel and will be in stores on February 5th, 2015. It was first written as a serial story on Wattpad, where it became a #1 ranked feature novel. He still writes and posts new stories on Wattpad every week.
David currently lives in Toronto, Canada and lives a bright life, while dreaming dark dreams.