The Passengers You Cannot See: The Behrg
First off, a HUGE thank you to Kendall Reviews for hosting me for this guest post! Gavin and his team are doing an incredible job of spreading the horror gospel and supporting so many amazing indie authors in the genre. I was proud to have my last short story release, ONE STAR, first reviewed on this site, and am thrilled to now share the cover reveal of the collection that story is a part of!
You can read the Kendall Review for One Star HERE
Now before we get to the goods, there’s been a lot of activity on Twitter of late destigmatizing mental illness. Creators of fiction, movies, and even music, sharing their struggles publicly while shouting out their support to all those entangled in dark webs.
(And no, I’m not speaking of that place you go one step beyond the internet to purchase fairy dust).
It’s been amazing to see a community come together to support an illness and disease that affects so many, and one that is too often downplayed or ignored. So here’s my humble addition to the trend:
I’m Behrg to my friends, Brandon to those who don’t know me. I’m an author of dark fiction, a former child-actor, an almost-made-it-to-the-big-time musician (a story for another time), a father of four, husband, dreamer. I work a 60-80 hour day job that requires a lot of travel, serve in my community and church, prioritize time for my family, and catch snippets of time to write when I can. And about 7 or 8 years ago I fell into a blackhole of depression that I could not crawl out from.
Now, naturally, being a writer, I chose to explore these themes in the only way I could cope with them–through my fiction. For me it was a way to try to understand what can’t be understood, and has become the salve that’s enabled me to get through it. I’m fortunate to have made a lot of friends along the way in publishing some of my work, readers that have shared their own struggles, and to any who have felt or currently are lost in that dark maze, I am ALWAYS available to reach out to. If you need a word of encouragement or someone to listen or just to know that you’re not alone, get in contact with me. Reach out to a loved one. Don’t believe the lie that you’re alone in this fight.
Now today I’m excited to share the cover for my upcoming release, The Passengers You Cannot See. This collection of short stories is my thesis, so to speak, on mental illness and depression, and is the culmination of my journey in that dark landscape. Explored through fictional narratives, this collection of horror stories takes this topic of mental illness and addresses it in pretty unconventional ways.
The title of the collection is taken from a theme within one of the stories, about those individuals we pick up along life’s journey–passengers that altar the course of our direction. And though they may leave our lives, their presence remains. Passengers no one else can see.
Check out the cover and synopsis below, and I hope you’ll join me on this dark journey. And for any reviewers out there, the collection is currently available on NetGalley, and will be available to purchase in March!
Every story has its beginning and end. But some stories won’t let go. Some stories dig their claws into you. They infect your dreams. They carve out a residence in your mind. They become passengers . . .
Ones that never leave.
Within this collection of short stories by esteemed horror author The Behrg you will discover a haunted house that is not quite what it seems. A trophy collector who prefers living statues to cold ones. A truck driver who, with one good deed, finds more than he bargained for. And a world where happiness can no longer be felt.
Light and darkness. Hope and despair. Depravities and humanity. These passengers and more await. And they’ve been sharpening their claws to greet you.
The Passengers You Cannot See is available to request on Netgalley and will be on general sale March.
A former child actor turned wanna-be rockstar, Behrg is the author of the Internationally best-selling novel HOUSEBROKEN, and the thrilling genre-breaking CREATION SERIES. His short fiction has been featured in various anthologies including prints from Bloodshot Books, Comet Press, Omnium Gatherum, and Cemetery Dance.
Behrg lives in Southern California with his wife and four children where he still plays in a band, plays in fictional worlds of his own creating, and plays—quite poorly, he might add—at being an adult. When coloring, he does not stay within the lines.
Stalk him at TheBehrg.com
You can follow The Behrg on Twitter @TheBehrg