A Note from J.D. – The Fourth Monkey

First of all, I need to apologize. It’s been a long time since I wrote to you. Much longer than I would have hoped and there’s really no good excuse. Time goes by fast and it’s important to stay in touch, even if it’s just a simple note to let people know you’re still out there somewhere and all is well.

Let me assure you, I am still out there and all IS well. All is BETTER than well.

When I wrote Forsaken a few years back and put it out in the wild, I had hoped a few people might pick it up and enjoy it, maybe tell one or two friends, possibly drop me a line to tell me I added a little light to an otherwise dull day. Better yet, write to tell me they had to turn on a light at the dead of night to scare off the shadows my words caused to scurry about. That’s all any writer really wants – to know they made some kind of impact, left an impression.

I never expected Stephen King to grant me permission to use one of his characters from Needful Things in the book.

I never expected Bram Stoker’s family to read that book, contact me, and ask me to co-author a prequel to Dracula using Bram Stoker’s original notes.

I never expected Forsaken to hit numerous bestseller lists or go to #2 on Audible.

I never expected any of it. Yet…

It’s funny how words can change things, the power they have. The right words can create a place, they can introduce us to new people, they can build a world we want to visit. They can make us laugh and they can frighten us. Words can change a life – they changed mine.

I am unbelievably honored and humbled by the fact that you welcomed my words into your life, that we’re taking this journey together. And I can promise you one thing – if you’re willing to hang on, it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

The sequel to Forsaken is coming soon. The Dracula prequel is just around the corner. You see, I may not have written to you recently, but I have been writing. I’ve been writing a lot. I never stopped and there are some big things cooking in the kitchen.

Before those two books hit the shelves, I’ve got something special I want to share with you. Something I think you’re gonna like.

I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine. It’s better you meet from a distance, I think. He’s not someone you’d want to meet up close. He goes by 4MK, and he’s been a bad boy.

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J.D. Barker is the internationally best-selling author of FORSAKEN, a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, and winner of the New Apple Medalist Award. His work has been compared to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Thomas Harris. His latest novel, THE FOURTH MONKEY, released in June 2017. His third novel, THE FIFTH TO DIE, releases June 2018. He has been asked by the Stoker family to coauthor the forthcoming prequel to DRACULA due out in fall 2018. His novels have been translated into numerous languages and optioned for both film and television. Barker currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Dayna, and their two dogs, both of whom sit outside his office door daily, eagerly awaiting his next novel.

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