In the underground tunnels below Northville Psychiatric Hospital, the mood swings of the mentally ill are manipulated, transforming them into manic, savage beasts who seek justice by the light of the full moon.
Kori Persephone Driscoe suffered through her dad’s mental illness. All she wanted was for him to get better, but instead he disappeared. Kori trespasses into the abandoned Northville Psychiatric Hospital, the last place her dad was treated, seeking solace and traces of his memory. What she finds instead is something no longer human living deep in the underground tunnels.
During the last days of the hospital, a roque psychiatrist had been manipulating the mood swings of the mentally ill, transforming patients into savage, manic creatures who seek justice by the light of the full moon. When the creatures hunt for prey, only an escaped patient and her beloved child can help Kori survive–but they better act fast, because the creatures want blood, Kori wants to save her dad, and the whole hospital is about to be blown to pieces and bury Kori alive.
NOTE TO READER: Kindle version includes the bonus novella, LIZARD, from Lullabies for Suffering
A little bit about the author: Mark Matthews is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a licensed professional counselor who has worked in behavioral health for over 20 years. He is the author of On the Lips of Children, Body of Christ, All Smoke Rises, and Milk-Blood. He is also the editor of, and a contributor to, Lullabies for Suffering and Garden of Fiends. He lives near Detroit with his family.
I had the pleasure and the literal honor to interview Judge Leonia Lloyd, albeit retired from the bench she is serving justice to our minds and spirits this holiday with her words of inspiration and her wonderful book.
Author’s words: “I wrote this book especially for people, from all walks of life, to believe in themselves and their dreams, and to understand that education and a strong work ethic are the formula for success,” says Judge Lloyd, a popular commencement speaker. “I also want to show my life as an example that when life delivers tragedies, and you think you can’t go on, you can rely on faith and loving people to heal, recover, and continue making a positive contribution to the world.”
Judge Lloyd did that in 2001 after the sudden death of her sister, Judge Leona L. Lloyd. She performed CPR on her twin, who died instantly of cardiac arrest.
In the midst of her paralyzing grief, many people-and the power of faith-helped Judge Lloyd, and she ultimately returned to Detroit’s 36th District Court. There she continued the legacy that she and her sister started, by joining the Drug Treatment Court, which aimed to help people escape a vicious cycle of addiction and crime.
Judge Lloyd also implemented Project Fresh Start to help people who practiced the act of prostitution recover from addiction and enjoy healthy, productive lives. Thousands of people have graduated from these “restorative justice” programs to create stable, happier lifestyles.
In the book, Judge Lloyd, who is now retired, shares stories about:
The mental illness that her mother-Registered Nurse Mattie N. Lloyd-suffered after a brain hemorrhage.
The commitment that her father-auto body mechanic Leon T. Lloyd Jr.-demonstrated by keeping the family together to raise two successful daughters despite racism, his wife’s multiple personalities and breakdowns, and later, his struggles with alcoholism.
Situations that showcase her parents’ words of wisdom and actions that taught the girls discipline, perseverance, and determination to triumph over challenges.
Racial unrest, the 1967 Detroit insurrection, and how wearing an afro drew disapproval from her boss and colleagues at a job during college.
Examples of people whose lives were transformed by Drug Treatment Court and Project Fresh Start, for persons who practiced the act of prostitution.
How she led the creation and implementation of Michigan’s second Veteran’s Treatment Court.
Examples that illustrated how the powerful bond between the twin sisters could not be broken by death.
A powerful testament to the power of faith that provided the people, synchronicities, and strength to heal from paralyzing grief and carry on the spirit of her sister by making a positive impact on thousands of people during her tenure on the bench.
Your Honor, Your Honormakes a perfect holiday gift, as it delivers an entertaining, inspiring read that sparkles with wisdom and lessons about how to create a successful life, even when tragedies and challenges make that seem impossible. Judge Lloyd shows that with faith, anything is possible.
As the president/CEO of Black-Smith Enterprises, Janaya Black is a woman who thrives in the capacity of wearing many hats. A passionate writer at heart, she seamlessly blends her creative drive and aspirations into the many other facets that make up her impressive resume.
In 2004, Janaya wrote and published her first fiction novel The Breaking Point, followed by her second release in November of 2006, As Told by the Other Woman, and the third and final installment of the “Prison Chronicles” series Beautiful Rage: The Break of Dawn in 2008.
With the release of her first book followed the spark that ignited her love for the art of independent filmmaking. After teaming with her husband Rockey Black to create a trailer for The Breaking Point, she then went on to write, direct and produce several short film projects and released her first feature-length film, Till Death…Do Us Part, to DVD in 2009. In subsequent years, she went on to complete a collection of other stage and film productions that include The Breaking Point, Idol, I Am My Sister’s Keeper, Why Do Men Cheat and Loud Pack, and most recently Warrior Pride, which was released in 2018.
Janaya is the proud mother of two beautiful children, a community advocate and in her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports and reading.
For more information about Janaya Black, please follow her on Twitter and Instagram @janayablack.
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