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Alberta Parish at Asta Publications
My stunning debut novel entitled The Evil Within Him is about a woman who, after years of abusive relationships, finds true love only to later discover that her new man is keeping a deadly secret. This is the story of how one woman survived the most abusive and scariest relationship that she has ever been involved in, especially with someone whom she felt deep in her heart that she knew and trusted.
Kenneth Morrison, who appears to be the ideal mate to not only women but gay men, is one smart, ambitious, and sexy dude. However, Kenneth Morrison is also a walking sociopath.
The Evil Within Him is a must-read for all those who have been in abusive relationships and/or marriages. This includes teenage girls. I see more teenage girls getting beat down by their violent, sociopathic boyfriends than ever before. It is a must-read for individuals studying psychology (including criminal psychology). It is a must-read for those in the mental health industry. It is a must-read for those studying forensic science. It is a must-read for those who experienced childhood abuse. You can purchase The Evil Within Him at Asta Publications, Medu Bookstore (Greenbriar Mall), Nubian Bookstore (Southlake Mall), Walden Bookstore (Cumberland Mall & CNN Center), Barnes & Noble, Borders Books, target.com, bn.com, borders.com, amazon.com, and waldenbooks.com.
The Evil Within Him
Copyright (c) 2007 by Alberta Parish
After leaving Club Fiesta in Midtown Atlanta, Lisa Shelton went back to Ken's place where the two sat back on the living room couch, relaxed, and were enjoying each other's company. Then, in the midst of their conversation, Ken took Lisa's right hand and gently kissed it.
"You know I'm feelin' you, don't you?" said Ken, placing her hand upon his chest.
"Really? How can you be feelin' me when we just met?"
"Well, for one thing, I like your style and your conversation, "Ken responded, smiling. "And you're very gorgeous." Momentarily, the two gazed at each other until Lisa placed the palm of her hand upon Ken's right cheek. Then she began inching her face over to his. "Look, if this is gonna be a one-night stand," Ken emphatically said, "then you got the wrong guy. At this point in my life, I am looking for a serious relationship."
"I feel you on that because I didn't want this to be just a one-night stand either," said Lisa.
"I need to ask you something, and please be honest with me." Lisa gave a slight nod. "Do you plan on getting back with your ex-boyfriend?"
"Definitely not. That's over."
"The reason I ask is because I've met women who were on the rebound from past relationships, and almost all of them ended up going back to their ex. If you tell me now, I won't get offended. I just don't have time for drama."
"Ken, you can trust me. What Tyler and I had is over. I told you that already."
"Okay, cool," said Ken, nodding.
"So what's up?" Lisa said, smiling seductively at him.
"Whatever you wanna do," he answered, smiling back, as he rose from the couch. "But first, let me jump in the shower."
"Want me to join you?" Lisa asked.
"No. I wanna save all my energy for the bedroom," said Ken, looking seductively at the pretty chocolate-complexioned figure that sat before him. She was getting more than an eyeful of his ass as he sauntered off to the bathroom. Seconds later, she heard the shower water running. Then her mind began to wonder what sex between she and Ken would be like. "I hope it's good. Please don't let him be a sorry motherfucker," she spoke comically. Tossing her head back on the edge of the couch and propping her bare feet up on the coffee table, she sat back and relaxed, allowing her tranquil surroundings to penetrate her spirit and psyche. I could get use to this, she thought, as she heard a door screech open down the hall.
"How long have you had this place?" Lisa called out.
"About five months," she heard Ken's far-away voice answer.
Right then, Lisa heard a door slam. As she assumed Ken was now taking his shower, she grabbed the TV's remote control from the coffee table and hit its power button. Switching from one channel to the next, she came upon a college basketball game on ESPN. As Lisa was intensely engrossed in a game between LSU and UCLA, a dark electrical cord was swiftly wrapped around her neck causing quick reflexes in her arms, as she tried desperately to separate, with all ten fingers, the cord from her neck. Lisa laboriously gagged for air, as she lifted her head upward to look into the face of the man who had invited her back to his place for what she thought would be a night of passion. But instead, it has become a night of terror, as Lisa violently fought for dear life. Why is he doing this? was the only thought that ran through her mind, as she realized her life was rapidly slipping away. Moments later, her body began convulsing, as her windpipe struggled to take in oxygen. In her heart, Lisa cursed her killer, the man who'd brought her here only to take her life. This was not how she wanted to meet death. All she wanted was someone with whom she can spend the rest of her life. Now, she was dying. In the moment the breath of life escaped her, the darkness of eternal death followed. As Lisa's lifeless body lay back on the couch, Ken unwrapped the cord from her neck and swung around to the other side of the couch to gaze into the face of his twelfth victim, this young woman whose life was doomed from the moment she laid eyes upon Ken, or perhaps from the moment the ATL Strangler had chosen her.
Below is an excerpt from my novel entitled The Evil Within Him:
"Suddenly, he froze. He saw a small black cat, squatting on the counter under an umbrella of hanging pots and pans, gazing at him through glowing green eyes. It was the only light piercing the faint darkness of the room. He waited briefly, as if expecting the animal to go into attack mode, but then realized that this was no pit bull, it was a harmless Persian kitten.
Sighing his relief, he began making his way from the back door to the doorway leading into the dining room. From the dining room, he turned right and ended up in a well-furnished living room. A sound. He turned and looked down. He saw that the furry animal at his feet had followed him from the kitchen into the living room. He had heard the kitten’s soft purring as it approached.
The animal brushed against his legs. He nudged it away with his foot. The kitten irritated him, but he could not afford to become impatient. It was bad enough that the cat was distracting.
Ken proceeded through the living room and down the hallway until he came to a bedroom on the left. The door was ajar, enabling him to look in. He peered in, barely moving. He saw a small bed that no one occupied. He moved on, coming to a second bedroom, this time on the right. The door was closed. He waited, listening. No sound. He gently turned the knob, leaving the barest opening in the doorway, just enough to see inside. He saw yet another empty bed. When he arrived at the door at the end of the long hall, he knew that Steve slept on the other side. He could even feel his next victim’s energy from beyond the door."
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