Hideous

Eight years ago, Luke Retter witnessed the brutal murder of his mother and sister at the hands of his demon-possessed father. He survived but lost a hand and an eye. The demon also burned its emblem into his skin, marking him as a cursed. Those who bear this mark are at risk of becoming possessed themselves, so they are monitored and enslaved by the state-run UCIS. Working as a slave is hard, but Luke prefers it to the possibility of being controlled by the demon. One night, Luke wakes to find his worst nightmare coming true. His father's demon has returned. In a panic, he runs to the only person who might be able to help: Zack, a cursed who ran away from the state and created an underground community to protect other fugitive curseds. Zack helps him suppress the demon. But the beast itches to escape.

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1. A Note From the Author

For the next few weeks, I'm going to upload an excerpt from my paranormal young adult novel, Hideous, published by Harmony Ink Press. Unfortunately, due to my publishing contract, I won't be able to upload the complete version, but I hope if you enjoy these pieces, you'll check out the complete book.

Since I'm serializing the excerpt for Movellas, I've had to adjust the chapter breaks slightly, so if you read the complete book, you may notice that the chapters start and end at different places.

Hope you enjoy the read!

Devon McCormack

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