Thursday, 12 April 2018

Dagger & Brimstone: Town from Hell by T.W. Kirchner

Title: Town from Hell
Series: Dagger & Brimstone Book 1
Author: T.W. Kirchner
Genre: Paranormal, Horror, YA

Seventeen-year-old Racer and his girlfriend Arloe want to be together despite resistance from her parents. In defiance of an upcoming separation, they run away for the summer, going totally off the grid to a remote town in the Nevada desert. The teens think no one knows where they are—but they couldn’t be more wrong. Racer’s well-orchestrated plan for freedom turns into a nightmare from hell. Lies, deception and betrayal blur his lines of reality, and he discovers everyone in town is hiding a terrifying secret, including Arloe.


Racer and Arloe have just arrived in the town from hell, Winthrop, Nevada.

After seeing the pathetic condition of the mini-mart, I expected Winthrop to suck. And it did. Although Main Street’s buildings were a definite upgrade from the mini-mart. Brown, withered plants drooped out of the planters that hung from the lampposts. An occasional purple flower sprouted from among the ruins. In the distance, two tall smokestacks of the Green Links Factory billowed plumes of some crap into the air. The factory butted up to a dark rock formation that was the tallest thing around for probably fifty miles. It spewed pollution while creating food that supposedly made people healthier—I must have missed something.

Since Main didn’t post a speed limit sign, I drove slowly. No way in hell did I want to get a speeding ticket and have cops poking into my background info. All I could produce for them would have been a fake driver’s license and vehicle registration anyway. On the corner building, I spotted the address for Lin Real Estate. Without parking spaces on Main, a sign directed customers to a gravel parking lot around the corner on Cactus Street. We pulled into the lot alongside an older model sedan and a faded green hatchback.

Arloe took off her helmet and shook out her sweaty hair. Her bright pink cheeks and forehead glistened with moisture. “Not bad…at least this part of town.” She smiled. “For some reason, I pictured cruddy old buildings, rusted cars, and trailer parks galore.”

My jeans, wringing wet with sweat, had literally suctioned to the leather seat. I peeled myself off slowly and removed my helmet. Yellow bug guts and bits of gnats dotted the face guard. I reached over and brushed away strands of hair plastered across Arloe’s forehead. “And you came with me anyway. I’m touched.”

She hopped off the bike and smoothed out her jeans, pulling them down by the ankles, so they went over the tops of her brown leather boots. “No, I’m touched for coming with you. I must be completely insane. My dad is going to be furious, and Mom is going to freak. When we get back, they’ll forbid me to ever see you again.” After Arloe loosened the orange tank top that stuck firmly to her skin, she placed her hand into mine stared into my eyes.

I pulled her close until her chin rested on my chest. “Yeah, my dad and your dad will fight over who’s going to put me in the hospital first.” I huffed. “But come October, you’ll be eighteen, and they legally can’t do anything about us.”

T.W. Kirchner:

Although writing is T.W. Kirchner’s passion, her first loves are her husband, two children, and furry menagerie known as the Kirchner Zoo, which includes five dogs and three cats. She’d like to have more time to paint, draw, play tennis, and do yoga. Anything wolf, pirate, or zombie-related will grab her attention. She has three book series published through Short on Time Books.

T.W. Kirchner Interviews the Main Character 
of Dagger & Brimstone: Town from Hell

T.W.: Racer, tell the readers a little about yourself.

Racer: I’m Racer Roane. I’m seventeen and from Southern California. I love motorcycles and, of course, my girlfriend, Arloe Vitteo.

T.W.: And tattoos.

Racer: Yeah, that. I did like getting tats, until the dagger one caused the Winthrop disaster. I don’t want to talk about that.

T.W.: Racer, that’s kind of the point to the interview. The readers want to know about The Town from Hell.

Racer: Going to Winthrop, Nevada, was worse than a Griswold vacation. I don’t recommend it.

T.W.: He’s referring to the movie National Lampoon’s Vacation. Why didn’t you just go to Las Vegas if you were going to run away to Nevada?

Racer: Because Arloe and I wanted to be alone, and I thought Winthrop looked perfect from the website…don’t get me started. Nevada has like 600 ghost towns and semi-ghost towns that only have a few residents. Winthrop was supposed to be a semi-ghost town in the middle of nowhere. We didn’t tell anyone where we were going or even that we were leaving. We didn’t take our phones.

T.W.: Just so the readers know, Winthrop is fictional. What was the scariest part of Winthrop?

Racer: Besides the residents, the scariest part was when I thought Arloe was going to die, but she’s fine…is that a plot spoiler?

T.W.: That’s all right. Speaking of Arloe, I don’t know if most men would be all right with a secret like she had.

Racer: We all have stuff we don’t want to share—at least, not right away. Do you think I greet people with “Hi, I’m Racer. My mother abandoned me, and my old man is a drunk ex-con.” I can’t change all that, and I don’t want to be judged on it either. Arloe couldn’t help her situation, so after my initial shock, I realized that. Since you’re the author, why did you write Winthrop as such an awful place?

T.W.: It’s part of my job. I have all these characters rolling around in my head, and I have to find ways to torture them to make the readers interested.

Racer: That’s messed up.

T.W.: Tell me about it. You don’t know the half of what authors go through.

Racer: When did this author thing start with you?

T.W.: After I had kids…but I didn’t switch to writing horror until they became teenagers.

Racer: Yeah, we can be a tough bunch.

T.W.: Wait a minute…I’m supposed to be interviewing you.

Racer: True, but you already know what I’m going to answer because I’m in your head.

T.W.: Now I just sound like a ventriloquist, so I’m ending the interview here. Anything else you want to say?

Racer: Sure. I’d like the readers to check out Arloe and my story, Dagger & Brimstone: Town from Hell. If anything could go wrong, it did. At least, it’s over.

T.W.: You know there’s a book 2, right?

Racer: Oh, man.


  1. I want to thank Rainne and Just Books for the interview opportunity.

    1. You're welcome, T.W. :)
      The book sounds great, and I love the interview!