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Today, our guest is Edmund Kelly - a man that's been through the mud and is turning his life into the basis for an important story to tell.
Let’s start at the beginning. You had a hard road to get you where you are today. Tell me a little about it.
It was a hard road. I grew up poor in a small town south of Boston. My father was torturous in the things he would do to my sister and me. He was just an evil man. I pushed it all down and kept it inside. I turned to alcohol to mask my pain and to shut my brain off from the horrible memories. Soon I was a full-blown alcoholic. My wife had had enough of my drinking and told me I needed to get help or she was leaving with my daughter. She told me I needed to get help for myself. I struggled with it, but she was right. I entered into a treatment program and counseling and received the help I needed. I had always talked about writing a book and once I got sober my wife suggested I sit down and finally write it. So, I did.
And all of that is what drove you to write your Slaying Dragons series?
It did. I have always been fascinated with The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and I knew I wanted to write a book or series around them. One day sitting in AA it hit me. What if every character had some form of addiction they had to overcome while trying to survive the wrath of the first horseman? The first Horsemen brings a great pestilence (plague). I decided to name the series, Slaying Dragons: A Journey Through Hell. Slaying dragons is a term that has two meanings. The first is modern term and it means to overcome an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. The second term goes back to the beginning of the Catholic Church and means to overcome evil or defeat the devil. It’s a literal title and only seemed appropriate. The rest of the title is just what it says, A Journey Through Hell. Writing is definitely therapeutic and allows me to face me own demons head on.
You told me earlier that you are already working on book two. That one uses War, correct?
Yes. The title is Demons & War. The surviving characters must now face their inner demons as they try and survive the wrath of the second Horseman. I think this is going to be a very dark book in regards to the evil men will perpetrate upon each other.
Do you have plans for Famine and Death already?
I do! The 3rd book will be titled, Famine and the Struggle Within. The 4th book will be titled, Death & Acceptance. I’m contemplating a 5th book, Redemption & Rebirth.
Sounds like a fantastic series, and very cathartic. Do you have a plan for after the series is over? Will that serve as a form of closure for you, or will you keep on writing?
I’m hoping through this journey into my life, this journey through Hell, that I can find what I’m looking for through writing. I guess writing is my way of trying to find my place in the world. A way to have peace in my own head. I'm not sure what I'll find. I do know that I have to take this trip into the unknown to rediscover myself, to heal myself, to find myself.
Well thanks so much for being here Ed, it was interesting to say the least.
Thank you again for having me Casey.
-Slay your dragons!
Stay tuned, because in a couple of days we will have a full post from Ed Kelly speaking more in depth on what he touched on here today.
To learn more about Ed and his work, visit any of the links below. Also, be sure and check out the synopsis for Addiction & Pestilence.
Brian Phillips lies alone in the Lumpton Treatment Center, reflecting on the poor choices that lead him there. But when a deadly virus is unleashed, Brian must flee for his life—aided only by an ominous, otherworldly figure …
Meanwhile, Drew Murphy, a former Marine and EMT living in Boston, is haunted by his past and the daily stress of his job. Turning to alcohol to mask the pain, Drew is forced to confront the darkest aspects of himself when his wife walks out following an explosive argument . . .
As Brian becomes the harbinger of a devastating plague, Drew is called to his ailing mother’s bedside. The world is soon plunged into chaos and Drew must make the long journey home on foot, encountering others along the way—each with their own hidden addictions. Can those remaining fight through a disintegrating humanity and overcome their demons … or will they simply succumb?
A compelling look at addiction and the perseverance of the human spirit, Addiction and Pestilence is a modern retelling of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Don’t miss the exciting first installment in Edmund Kelly’s Slaying Dragons: A Journey through Hell.
Addiction & Pestilence is a gritty, fast paced, post-apocalyptic thriller that has been called, “Hauntingly Entertaining”.