“She was the subject of a project a student of mine submitted. He took pictures of her room. I saw the eights there.” Unintentionally, Denton mimicked Bill’s staccato delivery of the facts.
“I came here to check it out for myself. Make sure I wasn’t imagining things before I called you. Oh god, is she dead? I should have called you yesterday.” His voice melted into a piteous tone, as he began to see that his hesitation and petty fears had helped this to happen.
“Whoa, whoa. Calm down.” Bill placed his hand on his shoulder. It was meant to be reassuring, but there was something practiced about the gesture that made it impart no comfort. It seemed like just something he did whenever he had to deal with a hysterical witness.
Denton took a half step back and the hand slipped off.
“No one’s dead.” Then Bill said in low voice, so he wouldn’t be overheard, “Missing girl. Roommate last saw her Friday evening. Thought she was with her boyfriend, until this morning, when he called looking for her. She probably just went home to Mommy and Daddy. Happens all the time.”
“But there are eights. I need to see her apartment.”
“No you don’t. You need to go home or go to class. Do what you would normally do. Let us handle this.”
“Just let me talk to the roommate for one minute.” He pointed with an uncertain finger down the hall at her door, whichever one it was.
“Couldn’t. Even if I wanted to.” Bill started heading down the stairs. “She’s at the station giving her statement.”
“Then you ask her?”
Bill stopped and looked up at Denton, who was leaning over the banister. A half smile on his face said, okay, I’ll bite. “Ask what?”
“When did she first notice her roommate’s personality change?”
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.