The Tears of Nero
by Jason Brannon
Five strangers. One madman.
The Tears of Nero
Edward, Henry, Franklin, Sadie, and Kelly are complete strangers. On the surface, none of them have any connection to one another, yet they all wake up on an island with no memory of how they arrived there. Their only clue is a note found inside a bottle buried in the sand:
Dear lambs, I think God is mad at us. If you don't believe it, just look at your own lives for proof. You have all been punished in some way or another. That is why you are valuable to me. You are here to help me understand why bad things happen to good people. - Nero
Much to their horror, they discover their captor is modeling himself after the crazed Roman Emperor, and that he has every intention of killing them off one by one if they don't learn their true purpose for being on the island. To discover what it is Nero wants from them, the group must face their tragic memories, struggle with their faith, and unearth what links them all together.
Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?
Come to the island and find out...
Jason Brannon / Author
What Readers Are Saying
"If you are attracted to knuckle-whitening, teeth clenching, eye popping, intense psychologically mind bending fiction that touches on horror, then this is a book you will love. There is an intellectual challenge as the participants deal with history, secret societies, supernatural elements, and criminal workings while trying to stay alive long enough to escape the island."
"Complexly written, this psychological thriller had me thinking the entire time I was reading. How can religious beliefs, Roman history, and psychological disarray all come together so well?"
Jason Brannon has seen more than 100 of his short stories published in various magazines and anthologies. He is the author of such novels as The Cage and The Maze. His writing has been translated into German by Basilisk Verlag including such titles as Der Kafig (The Cage) and Die Kirche Der Toten Zungen (The Church of Dead Languages) w/James Newman. His work has been optioned for film, released in limited edition collectible formats, and won a few awards here and there.
Although he spent most of his formative years as an author writing horror and dark fantasy, he has redirected his focus in recent years, telling stories that embody his love of dark fiction while maintaining a focus on his Christian faith. He currently lives in Amory, MS.