When you're 16, you think everything is against you, no one cares about you, and things are never going to change. When you're Mark Watson, the first two are true and the last is the thought that keeps you up at night crying. He's poor, orphaned to an uncle that couldn't care less about him and a social pariah at school. What's keeping him up now are the nightmares where (your hook starts here --->) he sees through the eyes of a young kidnapped boy from 1953, trapped in a basement by a madman who's sacrificing children to a dark power only he can see.
The dreams are the least of his worries. The killer has returned from the grave as a force of darkness and fire and is targeting the few loved ones Mark has with deadly supernatural power. Their deaths are a message for Mark: what happened in that basement is not over, and it's not going to be until Mark learns the truth about what happened al those years ago.
He's falling in love for the first time, his bullying nemesis at school is out for blood, and his best friend is eyeing his new girlfriend. There's no peace wherever he turns, and that looks to be exactly where the killer wants him: broken, alone, and facing his end in the house that saw the deaths of four children all those years ago and still holds a terrible evil. "Shadow of the Past" is a 98,000 word completed horror novel.
Well, the plot doesn't make sense since Mark doesn't appear to be calling in the authorities. So what if he knows? And "back from the grave"?? Nameless faceless evil is boring even if it is undead.
And of course we all know my feelings about dead kids.