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Ancient Enemy
Ancient Enemy Series Book 1
by Mark Lukens


Ancient Enemy - it wants things . . . you have to give it what it wants.

Seven hundred years ago the Anasazi people built massive cities in what is
now the southwestern United States . . . and then they vanished.

Stella, an archaeologist specializing in Anasazi culture, and David, a
mysterious Navajo boy, are on the run from something terrifying. As
they flee up into the snowy mountains of Colorado, they are carjacked
by criminals escaping a botched bank robbery. Caught in a blizzard,
they must take refuge in what they believe is an abandoned cabin.
It's at this cabin where they will face horrors beyond their

Ancient Enemy Series Book 2

After a rancher finds ten mutilated bodies at a dig site on the Navajo
Reservation, both Captain Begay of the Navajo Tribal Police and
Special Agent Palmer of the FBI become involved ... but the case
leads Palmer back up to Colorado where five more mutilated bodies and
Stella's vehicle have been discovered at a burning cabin.

Cole, Stella, and David escape the cabin on a snowmobile, heading south to
get David back down to the Navajo lands. Now that Stella believes
that David is a natural-born shaman, she knows that their only hope
of David ever defeating the Ancient Enemy is to find a reclusive
shaman named Joe Blackhorn who can help train David.

But with Agent Palmer and Captain Begay hot on their trail, Cole and
Stella must find Joe Blackhorn and the secrets he possesses before
the Ancient Enemy destroys them all.

Hope's End
Ancient Enemy Series Book 3

In 1891, in the badlands of northern Arizona, Jed Cartwright, a bounty
hunter and U.S. Marshal, transports a dangerous prisoner back to the
town of Smith Junction. As they travel through the woods, they are
attacked by what they believe are skinwalkers.

As Jed flees the woods, he finds a house where a family has been
slaughtered - the only survivor is an eight-year-old Navajo boy, a
boy traumatized by the horrors he has seen.

As Jed and the Navajo boy make their way north to Smith Junction, a
sudden sandstorm diverts them to the small town of Hope's End. They
take refuge from the storm in the saloon with some of the
townspeople. But hours later, when the storm is over, they discover
what has happened to the rest of the people in Hope's End . . . and
the terror is only beginning, everything leading up to a shocking
twist at the end.

Evil Spirits
Ancient Enemy Series Book 4

It has been seven years since David sent the Ancient Enemy back to its
world in the ghost town that was once the town of Hope's End.

Cole and Stella have lived in Costa Rica for the last seven years. They
wanted to believe that it was really over . . . but there were always
doubts. And when Stella sees a horrifying vision in the jungle, she's
certain that the Ancient Enemy has returned.

David, living at his aunt's house in New Mexico, knows the Ancient Enemy is
back; he can feel it. And now nightmares about a serial killer
possessed by the Ancient Enemy plague him, a killer who will stop at
nothing, a killer who is coming for David. With Joe Blackhorn dead
now, the only person David can turn to is Begay, the former captain
of the Navajo Tribal Police.

Former FBI agent Palmer's nightmares have returned, and when he's called in
as a consultant on the recent copycat murders - re-creations of the
massacre at the archaeological dig site seven years ago - he knows
that the ancient evil is back.

Together, they are drawn into one last stand against the Ancient Enemy . . .
but this time the battle will be fought in the Ancient Enemy's world.

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My characters are almost always figments of my imagination—I can’t think of any that weren’t. I’m sure characteristics from people I’ve known have gone into those characters here and there, but the characters in my books, even the minor ones, are totally fictional, even though they seem alive to me in my mind.
When I start writing a novel or series, I do a quick bio for each main character, just a few paragraphs listing the basics: name, physical description, age, education, religious faith (if applicable), where they’re from, and some of the experiences that have shaped their personalities. I like to keep the bios somewhat malleable, like my outlines, because those characters will change as soon as the writing begins; they will begin taking on a life of their own.
I like to believe I have the reins of my story, and because I do outline before writing, I have a pretty good idea where the story is going, if not exactly how it’s going to get there. But the characters, and the story itself, begins to change as I write the first draft, the characters coming alive and doing things that sometimes surprise me. And sometimes, because of choices characters make, the story can have twists and turns that I didn’t expect. My ultimate goal and wish is that the reader gets lost in my stories and books.

I’ve got four books (and a fifth that I’m halfway finished with) in my upcoming post-apocalyptic series that I’m working on. The first four are pretty much waiting for a final read-through from me and the beta readers before I publish them. The reason I’ve waited to release them is because this series will be a continuing epic that would really have to be read in order, and I wanted to make sure details in the fourth and fifth book were consistent with the first three books. I’m really excited about this series, but I’ve put it on hold to finish the fourth book in my Ancient Enemy series and the next book in The Exorcist’s Apprentice series. But I can’t wait to get back to it.
I’ve also written the first book in a trilogy with a good friend of mine. This is a sword-and-sorcery fantasy novel, so it’s a deviation for me from the horror and thrillers that I usually write. But I’m still proud of that first book and I’m really happy with it. But I don’t want to release it until we have finished the second book and started the third. My friend is extremely busy and we just haven’t gotten around to working on the second book yet.
I also have some screenplays that I wrote years ago, and I would love to turn three of the dramas into novels. Again, this is a deviation from the horror and thrillers that I usually write, so I may release those novels (whenever I get to them) under a pen name.

I love top 10 lists, and I put out a list on my blog every Halloween. But to narrow down my favorite authors and books to just the top ten is really difficult. But I’ll give it a try.
First, I must say that even though I write primarily horrors and thrillers, I read a wide variety of genres, so these lists below will be somewhat eclectic. Also, I’m not saying that my list of books are the greatest books ever written (that would be an entirely different list), but books that are favorites of mine. Also, the list of books would probably constitute books that have been really influential to me and my writing.
So, in no particular order:

Stephen King
Michael Crichton
Larry McMurtry
Louis L’Amour
Nancy Kress
Robert McCammon
Ray Bradbury
Dan Simmons
Arthur C. Clarke
Clive Barker

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Christine by Stephen King
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Swan Song by Robert McCammon
Travels by Michael Crichton
Strangers by Dean Koontz
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
A Treasury of American Horror Stories (an anthology)
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Mark Lukens has been writing since the second grade when his teacher
called his parents in for a conference because the ghost story he'd
written had her a little concerned.

Since then he's had several stories published and four screenplays optioned
by producers in Hollywood. One script is in development to be
produced. He is the author of many bestselling books including:
Ancient Enemy, Darkwind: Ancient Enemy 2, Descendants of Magic, The
Summoning, Night Terrors, Sightings, The Exorcist's Apprentice, What
Lies Below, Devil's Island, The Darwin Effect, Ghost Town: a novella,
and A Dark Collection: 12 Scary Stories. He is a member of The Horror
Writers Association.

He grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida. But after many travels and
adventures, he settled down near Tampa, Florida with his wonderful
wife and son ... and a stray cat they adopted.

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  1. Now I'm really curious about that grade school ghost story that had the author's teacher concerned.....


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