"I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses".
     - Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra


   Fangs and Claws of the Earth by Amos Keppler

   326 tightly spaced pages. Hardcover edition. ISBN 978-82-91693-37-8

   Release date April 30, 2023.

   Sales price US $40, Europe 35 Euros, UK 30 pounds (probably considerably less on some online stores). The novel is 122 000 words.


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   I walked through the night
   Looking for the shadows
   In the rain
   So much was going on
   So much was happening
   Before the blood red rain




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            THE BOOK

   The sisters Melanie and Violet are out celebrating a given Friday. Nothing significant is happening, nothing at all. It is just yet another end-of-the-week night out, and that is all.
   But when looking back at it, they agree that it was the start of everything happening later.
   Something… entered their lives that night, an ominous, beyond powerful force they could neither fathom nor grasp. It reaches out to them, and they cannot help but respond. They can just as much deny it as they can stop breathing. It is there, no matter where they turn or what they do.
   Melanie detests her job, even though she refuses to admit that fact. Violet has let go of the old and is reaching out to the new. Her hands reach into the darkness. Her fingers fumble there, shaking a bit, searching for something to grasp. She finds Paul and Laura and others, finds an entirely new existence beyond the mundane she rejected.
   It satisfies her for a while, but she is not content, not completely and she keeps searching, keeps exploring what is at the tip of her tongue, the scent in her nostrils, the call in the night drawing her.
   It is always there, an impulse she can neither deny nor resist.
   There is something going on, in the city and outside it, in the deep, deep forest, a transformative force engulfing everything, including everyone. A large modern city is crumbling to dust, drowning in blood and falling apart at the seams.


   "From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached". Franz Kafka



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