Behind Lace Curtains

By Suzanne M. Synborski

Horror | Paperback


Jake Preston, successful New York photographer, had spent his life searching for something more, a magic he could never quite perceive—yet he always hid behind his camera, always let the lens see for him. Like so many of us, he hungered for a revelation, an epiphany, but was terrified at the prospect of finding one . . . until he returned home to discover his lover’s body, dead on his blood-spattered bathroom floor, and on a mirror, a Cajun French message scrawled in fresh blood, the words merging with his reflection like sordid war paint. Even though he cannot translate the scarlet message, he is sure he knows what it means. The murder is his fault—blood for blood. With unblinking eyes, Jake smears the haunting words into a meaningless blur of red, and then with scarlet-stained fingers transcribes the message onto his flesh, transferring the bloodguilt onto his soul, completing the ritual by painting his face with a glistening mask of red. He knows what he has to do. Believing he is on a quest for revenge, Jake rushes to New Orleans, a maelstrom of color, disguise, and depravity. Stranded alone in a city where nothing is as it appears, Jake's quest manifests into a supernatural battle between good and evil that leads him across Louisiana, spellbound by the magic and mystery of one of the most unique and mysterious cultural regions in existence. Be there for the unmasking.


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Jake Preston, successful New York photographer, had spent his life searching for something more, a magic he could never quite perceive—yet he always hid behind his camera, always let the lens see for him. Like so many of us, he hungered for a revelation, an epiphany, but was terrified at the prospect of finding one . . . until he returned home to discover his lover’s body, dead on his blood-spattered bathroom floor, and on a mirror, a Cajun French message scrawled in fresh blood, the words merging with his reflection like sordid war paint. Even though he cannot translate the scarlet message, he is sure he knows what it means. The murder is his fault—blood for blood. With unblinking eyes, Jake smears the haunting words into a meaningless blur of red, and then with scarlet-stained...


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Suzanne Synborski is a freelance writer/editor with experience in public and private sector communications, marketing, public relations, script writing, video editing, and web content & design. Suzanne holds a master's degree in British and American literature from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, summa cum laude, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing with a minor in Writing issued by Syracuse University/Utica College, summa cum laude, and an associate's degree from Mohawk Valley Community College, also summa cum laude. She also studied Photography/Darkroom and Silver Smithing at the Munson Williams Proctor Institute School of Art. While in Louisiana researching locations for a novel, Behind Lace Curtains, Suzanne fell under the spell of Cajun Country. In 1994, she relocated to Louisiana and began working as a freelance copywriter and marketing consultant. For two years, she was the feature writer for Acadiana Woman, a regional magazine that highlighted issues important to the women of Acadiana. Suzanne was one of the founding members of the Acadiana Women's Political Caucus, a branch of the National Women's Political Caucus. When not writing or teaching others to write, Suzanne concentrates on her ongoing study of Uranian Astrology and continues to explore the mystery and magic of Cajun Country.


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Suzanne Synborski is a freelance writer/editor with experience in public and private sector communications, marketing, public relations, script writing, video editing, and web content & design. Suzanne holds a master's degree in British and American literature from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, summa cum laude, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketi...


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