BEHEMOTH by David Meyer

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BEHEMOTH Excerpt

"Zach Caplan halted at the corner of 73rd Street and York Avenue. His eyes closed over. His head tilted skyward and he perked his ears. The cry had rung out from half a block away, filling his brain with its strangely pleasing resonance. There was something horribly wonderful about the cry of prey, about the roar of a pursuing predator. Horrible because of death’s finality. Wonderful because death, in so many ways, fostered new life. For the first time in forever, Caplan felt at home."

BEHEMOTH by David Meyer

The Vallerio Forest. Millions of acres of undeveloped land, cut off from the outside world by giant fences, armed guards, and government edicts. It’s widely considered an ecological paradise. But beneath its majestic canopy lies a dark underbelly of strange creatures, secret facilities, and horrifying experiments.

Five months ago, survival expert Zach Caplan swore off the wild and moved to New York City. But when trouble strikes his ex-girlfriend, famed biologist Amanda Morgan, he must return to the forest that nearly destroyed him. This, however, will prove far more difficult than he could ever imagine.

For something is stirring within the Vallerio. Something ancient, something deadly. And as Caplan fights to untangle the terrifying truth about the dark forest, he will come to an inescapable conclusion. The fate of humanity is in his hands … and one wrong move could mean extinction.

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Dasnoe Manuscript

Dasnoe Manuscript: An Apex Predator Original

It’s time for the sixth document from our Dasnoe Expedition collection, the legendary Dasnoe Manuscript! For years, historians believed all copies of Joseph Dasnoe’s The Dasnoe Expedition had been destroyed in the infamous Treadwell Fire of 1904. But they were wrong as you’ll soon see.

Dasnoe Manuscript: Found?

In honor of Apex Predator Thursday, I’m releasing the sixth document—the Dasnoe Manuscript—from our Dasnoe Expedition collection. As a reminder, the Dasnoe Expedition was led by famed zoologist Professor Joseph Dasnoe. Back in 1904, he received permission from Miles Spencer Corbotch and the Corbotch Foundation to visit northern New Hampshire’s vast—and largely unexplored—Vallerio Forest. Accompanied by numerous Highforth College faculty members and students, Dasnoe set forth on September 24, 1904. Just four days later, he was forced to cut the expedition short when six students fell prey to a pack of animals, widely reported in the media as wolves. Professor Dasnoe spent the rest of his short life trying to convince the public that the creatures who’d attacked his expedition weren’t wolves.

Rather, they were something else.

Shortly after returning from his expedition, Prof. Dasnoe prepared a manuscript entitled, The Dasnoe Expedition. All copies of the book, including the original manuscript, were reportedly destroyed in the infamous Treadwell Fire of 1904. But I’m pleased to report that a single page, definitively linked to the Dasnoe Manuscript, has now been discovered. Stored for over a century in the confines of a dusty Newark library, my archivist team stumbled on it while researching the Treadwell Fire. As you can see below, the page—while incomplete—clearly mentions the Vallerio Forest. Be sure to check out the bottom of the Dasnoe Manuscript page, which just might explain what Prof. Dasnoe thought he saw in the Vallerio on that fateful day.

Our Apex Predator site continues to grow. So, make sure to stop by and leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

Future Books / Projects

Not much writing since Monday for personal reasons. Hopefully, this will change soon.

Behemoth (Apex Predator 1): First draft is in progress at 26,421 words. I’ve been cycling back a lot, changing earlier parts of the book to match up with where the story seems to be going. It’s on a better track now, but still not the right one.

Bunker (Apex Predator ?): First draft is paused at 6,090 words.

Collapse (Cy Reed Adventure #5): First draft is finished at 74,535 words.

Dasnoe Manuscript

Treadwell Fire

Treadwell Fire: An Apex Predator Original!

It’s Apex Predator Thursday and to celebrate, I’m releasing the fifth document from the Dasnoe Expedition collection. Our archivist staff calls it the Treadwell Fire article and it provides early insight into how far Miles Spencer Corbotch, patriarch of the Corbotch empire, was willing to go in order to hush up the truth about the Dasnoe Expedition.

Treadwell Fire Blazes Forth!

Today, I’m releasing the fifth document—the Treadwell Fire article—of our Dasnoe Expedition collection. As background, the Dasnoe Expedition was led by famed zoologist Professor Joseph Dasnoe. Back in 1904, he received permission from Miles Spencer Corbotch and the Corbotch Foundation to visit northern New Hampshire’s vast—and largely unexplored—Vallerio Forest. Accompanied by numerous Highforth College faculty members and students, Dasnoe set forth on September 24, 1904. Just four days later, he was forced to cut the expedition short when six students fell prey to a pack of animals, widely reported in the media as wolves. Professor Dasnoe spent the rest of his short life trying to convince an uncaring public that the creatures who’d attacked his expedition weren’t wolves.

Rather, they were something else.

Today, we’re pleased to share the Treadwell Fire article with you. Originally featured in The Gazette, it was the first article to go to press detailing the infamous Treadwell Fire of 1904 that ripped through Newark, New Jersey, killing 56 people and leveling some 500 structures in its wake. Historians have yet to definitively link the fire to the Corbotch empire. However, many conspiracy theorists are quick to point out the fire’s likely origin point—the Treadwell offices—as well as Joseph Dasnoe’s connection to those offices.

Our Apex Predator site continues to grow. So, make sure to stop by and leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

Future Projects

One of my goals for 2015 and beyond is to start publishing more stories. Ideally, one every couple of months. While I still intend to write full-length novels, I’d also like to try my hand at novellas and short stories. So, what’s on the agenda for this year?

Behemoth: I’ve got two Apex Predator stories in development. The main story, codenamed Behemoth, is ~100 pages long so far. As I mentioned on Monday, I’m using a technique I like to call shadow writing. There’s no outline, no plan. It’s just me writing into the shadows, slowly shedding light on the stories in my subconscious. This past week, I’ve been cycling back a lot, changing and altering things in order to suit where the story seems to be going. June is going to be a busy month for me, but I’m hoping to have a solid draft done by the end of July and in your hands by the end of August. Goal: August 31, 2015.

Collapse: The first draft for Cy Reed #5, codenamed Collapse, is done. I think the main story is good, but the subplots leave a lot to be desired. Plus, I wrote the draft prior to finishing Vapor so other things need to change as well. This is another tough one to estimate, but I’m hoping for a four-month turnaround. Goal: December 31, 2015.

And what’s after that? I’d like to write a Cy Reed Origins series, chronicling Cy’s shift from archaeologist to treasure hunter / salvage expert. Hopefully, early 2016?

Treadwell Fire

 

Infinity Mystery Deepens

Infinity Mystery Deepens: A Cy Reed Exclusive!

This week in Cryptic, the Infinity mystery deepens. Why did eight wealthy children leave their Manhattan apartments late at night? And how did they disappear without being spotted?

Infinity Mystery Deepens

We’re pleased to release our 11th page of Cryptic today. Cryptic is our working title for Cy’s personal journals during the time period encompassed by Chaos. It focuses largely on his side investigation into a mysterious—and dangerous—group known as the Infinity. This week’s entry, “Infinity Mystery Deepens,” is the third of a four-part mini-series. Here’s the first part. And here’s the second part.

“Infinity Mystery Deepens” contains the second inside page of a flyer Cy found just outside the 51st-53rd Street station complex. Like the other pages, it depicts characters from Captain Jellybones, a popular Internet cartoon series. An unknown person created the flyer in order to call attention to the disappearance of eight children from extremely wealthy Manhattan-based families. In his notes, you can see Cy begin to puzzle how eight kids, watched over by so-called “helicopter parents,” disappeared from their respective apartments without a trace. Were they kidnapped by the Infinity? Did they go via their own free will? If so, why?

As always, enjoy! And if you need to catch up on old entries, make sure to visit the Cy Reed world.

Future Project Updates

By now, most of you have read Vapor, the fourth novel in the Cy Reed Adventure series. And Cy Reed #5, currently titled Collapse, shouldn’t be too far behind it. The first draft is already finished, although the subplots still require a good deal of work.

But first, Apex Predator is on its way. Apex Predator is my newest world and will be a significant departure from Cy Reed, most notably in how I’m writing it. I’m using a technique I like to call Shadow Writing (aka pantsing, writing into the dark, free writing, etc.). This time, there’s no outline, no plan. It’s just me writing into the shadows, slowly shedding light on the stories in my subconscious. I also stopped writing to a word count. Now, I’m writing in two-hour blocks with no word count guarantees. As of today, I’ve got ~29,000 words—116 pages—in two separate stories. One is smaller, more intimate and full of menace. The other is action-packed and crammed with mysteries. I’m not totally sure where each one is going yet, but I think they’re going to be some of my best stuff yet.

Infinity Mystery Deepens

Corbotch Memo

Corbotch Memo: An Apex Predator Exclusive!

This week, our archivist team is pleased to release our fourth document from the Dasnoe Expedition collection. Dubbed the Corbotch Memo, it offers disturbing background on the upcoming Apex Predator world.

Corbotch Memo Surfaces!

We’re pleased to release the fourth document of our Dasnoe Expedition collection today. The Dasnoe Expedition was led by famed zoologist Professor Joseph Dasnoe. Back in 1904, he received permission from the Corbotch Foundation to visit northern New Hampshire’s vast—and largely unexplored—Vallerio Forest. Accompanied by numerous Highforth College faculty members and students, Dasnoe set forth on September 24, 1904. Just four days later, he was forced to cut the expedition short when six students fell prey to a pack of animals, widely reported in the media as wolves. Professor Dasnoe spent the rest of his short life trying to convince an uncaring public that the creatures who’d attacked his expedition weren’t wolves.

Rather, they were something else.

Today, we’re pleased to share the Corbotch Memo with you. Prepared by famed financier Miles Spencer Corbotch, it dictates a series of protocols designed to keep the truth about the Dasnoe Expedition under wraps. The last protocol is particularly chilling.

Our Apex Predator site continues to grow. So, make sure to stop by and leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

Last Call for Vapor!

Thanks again to all of you early purchasers of Vapor. Going forward, I intend to use this space to talk about the coming Apex Predator series. But first, I’d like to pitch Vapor one more time. Vapor is the fourth novel in the Cy Reed Adventure series. Get your copy at one of the following links today!

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Corbotch Memo

Dasnoe Monster

Dasnoe Monster: A First Look?

It’s Apex Predator Thursday here at David Meyer Creations and you know what that means … another document from the ill-fated Dasnoe Expedition of 1904! This week, we get our first glimpse of the strange Dasnoe Monster that reportedly attacked Professor Joseph Dasnoe’s expedition, killing six students in the process. In other news, the first Apex Predator book, Behemoth, is coming along right on schedule. While you wait for it, why not check out my latest Cy Reed novel, Vapor?

The Dasnoe Monster: Revealed?

We’re pleased to release the third document of our Dasnoe Expedition series today. The Dasnoe Expedition was led by famed zoologist Professor Joseph Dasnoe. Back in 1904, he received permission from the Corbotch Foundation to visit northern New Hampshire’s vast—and largely unexplored—Vallerio Forest. Accompanied by numerous Highforth College faculty members and students, Dasnoe set forth on September 24, 1904. Just four days later, he was forced to cut the expedition short when six students fell prey to a pack of animals, widely reported in the media as wolves. Professor Dasnoe spent the rest of his short life trying to convince an uncaring public that the creatures who’d attacked his expedition weren’t wolves.

Rather, they were something else.

Today, we’re pleased to share the so-called “Dasnoe Monster” photograph with you. It’s the second of a two-part message Prof. Dasnoe sent to President Teddy Roosevelt roughly a month after the attack. You can find the first part here. Unfortunately, the Dasnoe Monster image, along with the accompanying text, was defaced by an unknown party shortly after being received. Please see the curator note for more information.

Our Apex Predator site is still growing. So, make sure to stop by and leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

Bought Vapor?

The first novel in the Apex Predator universe, Behemoth, is still being written. But you can get Vapor right now! Vapor is the fourth novel in the Cy Reed Adventure series. As we speak, it’s sitting at #9 & #3 on the U.S. and UK Pulp Best Sellers lists and #22 & #19 on the U.S. and UK Men’s Adventure lists. It’s also the #3 & #4 Hot New Release in the U.S. Pulp and U.S. Men’s Adventure categories. Get your copy at one of the following links today!

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Dasnoe Monster

Monster Hunter Teddy Roosevelt

Monster Hunter Teddy Roosevelt?

Last week, we announced our brand-new Apex Predator site and revealed the first document from the ill-fated Dasnoe Expedition of 1904. This week, we push forward with the first of two photographs, sent by Joseph Dasnoe to famed monster hunter Theodore Roosevelt. Also, while you’re waiting for Apex Predator to launch, why not check out Vapor?

Monster Hunter Teddy Roosevelt?

Over the last eighteen months, our team of dedicated researchers has been pulling together any and all documents related to the infamous Dasnoe Expedition of 1904. In the process, we’ve compiled an incredible treasure trove of old photographs, letters, and other items related to this extremely strange period of American history. And as we prepare for the upcoming launch of Behemoth, the first book in the Apex Predator series, we’re taking the opportunity to release those documents to all of you!

This week, we’re publishing the first of a two-part photographic series. We’re calling this particular photograph, “Monster Hunter Teddy Roosevelt.” It represents Joseph Dasnoe’s second attempt at luring fabled monster hunter Teddy Roosevelt into the isolated Vallerio Forest in search of mysterious—and ungodly—creatures. Incidentally, the “curator note” at the bottom of this photograph was added by our research team. It will make much more sense when we release the second photo of this mini-series.

Our Apex Predator site is still growing. But make sure to stop by and leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

Bought Vapor?

Have you bought Vapor yet? No? Well, why wait any longer? Vapor is the fourth novel in the Cy Reed Adventure series. As we speak, it’s sitting at #8 & #1 on the U.S. and UK Pulp Best Sellers lists and #17 & #9 on the U.S. and UK Men’s Adventure lists. It’s also the #2 & #7 Hot New Release in the U.S. Pulp and U.S. Men’s Adventure categories. Get your copy at one of the following links today!

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Monster Hunter Teddy Roosevelt