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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