Book Campaign: In the Eyes of Madness by Michael Pang (@michaelkcpang)

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    TitleIn The Eyes Of Madness by Michael Pang

    Genre: YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

    Synopsis:

    A near tragic incident at the hands of his psychotic mother left Declan Peters alone and with so many questions.

    Years later, Declan is determined to find a way to be closer to his mother and takes a job at the institution where she's being held. That fateful decision will be the impetus for a chain of events so terrifying that Declan will question his own grasp on reality.

    What he finds will be more horrifying than anything he's ever experienced and more dangerous than anything he's yet known. In a place, rife with demonic possession and sadistic beings, will Declan finally be able to find the answers he's longed for before its too late or will he succumb to the evil forces that inhabit the institution and all who live there?

    Author Bio:

    Project manager by profession but modern Renaissance man by nature, Michael Pang has dabbled in many different areas in his career. From working with steam turbines to eventually switching into the world of IT, his plethora of experience highlights his personality – he’s a person always searching for more knowledge.

    Michael was born in Hong Kong in 1983. His family immigrated to San Francisco when he was three and eventually landed in Florida. After graduating from high school, Michael gained his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. Despite his currently demanding work schedule, Michael is very involved in activities at his local Project Management Institute Chapter where he fulfills his passion for teaching as the Vice President of Education. But, his desire to serve and help others doesn’t end there, he’s an avid Christian and very active in his local church. He loves kids, with two daughters of his own with his lovely wife, and volunteers at children’s church in his ministry.

    He speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin and in his free time enjoys reading, writing, eating, cooking, playing music, dancing, singing, and watching musicals. One of his mottos is “Everyday that he hasn’t learned something new is a day wasted.”

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    Excerpt for In the Eyes of Madness by Michael Pang

    As Declan approached his mother’s room, he clutched at the pendant that hung around his 

    neck. The pendant didn’t have any expensive jewels on it or anything, just a smooth stone with a 

    few symbols carved on it. The pendant had been one of the few articles of jewelry that Declan 

    had found amongst his mother’s belongings soon after she had been committed. Ever since he 

    was seven, he had worn that pendant around his neck. And whenever he thought about his 

    mother, he would unconsciously clutch at the pendant as if trying to grasp and hold on to a time 

    when everything had been good.

    His arrival at his mother’s door broke him out of his thoughts, and he realized that he was 

    clutching his pendant so hard that the symbols had imprinted onto his palm. He stared at the door 

    for a while as if deciding whether or not he should turn around and leave instead. He took a deep 

    breath. He placed his hand on the cold doorknob, and he felt goose bumps traveling up his arm. 

    He was hesitant to open the door because he didn’t know what state of mind she would be in. 

    Taking in another deep breath before he turned the knob, he swung the door open.

    Declan’s mother greeted him with a smile. She looked healthy, rosy cheeks, fair skin, and 

    big warm brown eyes. The same eyes that that had always given Declan peace. With a smile she 

    said, “There’s my boy. How was your day honey?”

    Declan let out the breath he realized he had been holding the whole time. “My day was fine, 

    Mom. How are you feeling today?”

    She walked over to him and gave him a long hug. “I feel great!”

    Declan almost teared up as his mother embraced him. From the day that he’s just had, he 

    was afraid that he would find his mother in a state of mind similar to that of Kyle’s. “Do you need 

    anything? Can I get you some more water or blankets? I hear that it might get a little cooler 

    tonight,” replied Declan as he quickly turned around so that his mother didn’t see his eyes water 

    up. He pretended to check the thermostat in the room and adjusted it keep it at a warm 78 degree 

    Fahrenheit.

    She replied, “No worries, I’ll be fine. I had a chat with Dr. Lanier today, and he said that I 

    might be able to come home with you soon. I can’t wait to get out of here. It’s been too long. But 

    enough about me; you told me yesterday that Caleb came into town last night. How is he doing?”

    Caleb and Declan had been best friends since the second grade. They used to do everything 

    together, but when they graduated, Caleb went off to college, while Declan had to start working 

    to help support his family.

    “He seemed to be having the time of his life last time I spoke with him on the phone. I’m 

    supposed to have dinner with him tonight. I guess I’ll hear all about his awesome college 

    adventures then. Yay…” he replied sarcastically as he walked over to the window and looked out 

    at the setting sun.

    At least Keira will be there, he thought as he face started to heat up.

    “As soon as I’m out of here, Declan, I promise you I’ll help financially, and you can go to 

    college,” she said, interrupting Declan’s thoughts. “I know that it’s been hard on you and your 

    uncle and aunt. As a matter of fact, I’ve been working on a little something. I made these during 

    craft time. I think I can sell them as jewelry and maybe make a business out of it. Here let me 

    show you,” she declared as she walked toward a box on her nightstand. She took out of the box a 

    flower with a string on it. It was an orchid that had been preserved in some sort of glossy resin. 

    The sunlight from the setting sun reflected brightly on the glossy flower, making it shine brightly.

    “That’s beautiful, Mom. I bet you there will be people who would want to buy these,” 

    responded Declan as he examined the flower while taking hold of his mother’s hands. Declan felt 

    his hand burn and looked up when he thought he saw something move in the corner of his eye. 

    Suddenly still, he realized his mother was staring off into the box. As calmly as he could manage, 

    he asked, “Mom? What are you looking for? Mom?” He got no response from her, and he felt a 

    chill go down his spine. The remainder of the setting sunlight seemed to have withdrawn from the 

    room. A sense of panic engulfed all his senses, and suddenly she looked up, grabbing his arms.

    Then she screamed, “You can stop pretending to be my son! I will never tell you!” And she 

    grabbed Declan by the back of his shirt collar and started hulling Declan toward the bathroom in 

    her room. Struggling to free himself from his mother, he thrashed his arms and legs around trying 

    to grab hold of something.

    Declan choked, “Stop, Mom! Please stop it! I’m your son! Can’t you remember? I’m your 

    son! Please Mom, don’t do this!” as his collar bit into his throat.

    She bashed Declan’s head against the base of the bathroom sink, and she tried to push 

    Declan’s head into the toilet bowl. Pain exploded from the side of his head, and everything started 

    to look blurry.

    “I will drown you this time, demon child! You took everything from me! I won’t let you hurt 

    anyone else!”

    Declan pushed off with his arms and legs and slammed her against the bathroom wall 

    opposite from the toilet. The room seemed immensely longer than it had been as he ran back to 

    her bed to push the call button for one of her nurses. He had almost reached the button as she 

    grabbed him by the hair to drag him back to the bathroom screaming, “Not this time! I’ve got you 

    this time!”

    Declan reached out once again to the hospital bed where the call button was, and the bed 

    moved forward a couple of inches. Declan’s finger collided with the button. Despite, having to 

    fight off his mother, he squeezed his eyes shut for a second as he thought he must have somehow 

    hallucinated the hospital bed’s movement.

    Within twenty seconds, three UAPs rushed in and restrained his mother. She continued to 

    struggle and hiss, screaming, “I will get you, demon! I will kill you if it’s the last thing I do!” 

    Declan walked out of the room. His eyes burned as tears streamed down his cheeks. He said, 

    “Goodnight Mom, sleep tight,” as the doors closed behind him.

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