Tortured Skin
James C. Gillen
8.5 x 5.5
304 pages
Trade Paperback
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Buckle up for a white knuckle ride in a world where vampires not only exist, but are protected as historical artifacts, own businesses, and can be your next door neighbor. But be careful not to be out too late at night. They still need to feed just like the ones you’ve always been warned about.

Set in Orlando, Florida, Tortured Skin features vampire executioner Paul Isaac, who finds his way of making a living outdated now that the laws protect the vampires from being hunted and killed. After finding a third prostitute victim with a common theme of bites, amputated limbs and a similar tattoo, Paul must help detectives Ezekial Kansas and Frank Price hunt down the monster responsible.

When Paul Isaac is confronted by the master vampire of the city and poisoned with a virus that will not only kill him, but cause him to rise as one of the undead, he must decide whether to do the bidding of the powerful vampire to save his own life, or stop the sadistic killer that threatens to leave the city with more unfortunate victims. Packed with crucifixes, stakes, and a Magnum filled with ultra-violet bullets, Paul uncovers a sinister club that caters to the dark side of pleasure and pain that might not only be the key to his survival, but also push him closer to the killer's identity. In order to stay alive, he must learn to face his inner darkness and trust in things that just might be less monstrous than himself.
Tortured Skin is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Horror category of the 2010 International Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.
Tortured Skin is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction & Literature: Horror category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.

***Winner of the 2007 Florida Writer's Conference Award***