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★★★★★ “Gripping, moving, suspenseful. In a word: unputdownable.” — Tony Kuo
★★★★★ “Loved the ending. Absolutely riveting!” — C. Benz


A Vote For Death: A Novella

A Vote For Death: A Novella

Can a child win against a world gone evil?

A mysterious vote. A rural town under siege. An old slaughterhouse ready for the unspeakable. And one nine-year-old girl who risks everything to stand against evil.

When her small town must enforce the result of a mysterious referendum, Mei-lin Johnson’s life is turned upside down. The town is blockaded by foreign soldiers, there are government spies in her school, and no-one’s allowed to talk about it. Although she’s just nine years old, Mei-lin is sure that something terrible will happen. And she’s right—though the barbarity will take a gruesome form wildly beyond even her darkest fears.

The life of her beloved companion Anna Katz, an elderly war veteran living with Mei-lin’s family, is at stake. Now the young girl must decide whether to risk everything against a strange, invisible, all-powerful enemy. What happens when a feisty nine-year-old girl takes on a world that’s gone evil?

This horror-suspense novella by Edwin Brightwater is set in rural New Zealand during an alternate version of the 1980s. Tensely paced in gripping prose, its characters must confront hard issues of personal courage, morality, and abuse of power—with a stunning ending whose final twist you won’t see coming!


To Kill A Demon: A Novel

To Kill A Demon: A Novel

How does an ordinary man defy pure evil?

A demon that devours lost souls. A young man whose spirit is slowly failing. And evil’s worst nightmare—ordinary people ready to fight for each other.

In league with a corrupt priest, a body-swapping demon has bought young Kino Lim’s soul. Now he’s coming to collect. The demon will stop at nothing—extortion, blackmail, assault, kidnap, murder and massacre—until he gets his way. How can an ordinary man defy ruthless, all-powerful evil?

Kino must turn to an unlikely bunch of everyday heroes to fight back: his amiable roommate, a trigger-happy female cop, a headstrong rideshare driver, and one no-nonsense cleaning lady. With the help of a mysterious blind woman from the future and a mystical force that lives beneath the city, can Kino Lim and his friends defeat the devil?

Set in vibrant modern Taipei, this is a fast-paced tale of fantastic horror that races ahead in twists and turns to a jaw-dropping finale. Its shimmering prose and sharp-edged themes—identity, authenticity, courage and solidarity, the power of love, family, and friendship—will move the reader long after turning the last page. 

If you’re a fan of horror or dark fantasy by grandmasters like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert, Shirley Jackson, or Neil Gaiman, you’re going to love “To Kill A Demon.”

Who is edwin brightwater?

Edwin Brightwater is a New Zealand-born novelist based in Taiwan. He specializes in horror and suspense fiction with gothic, dark fantasy, paranormal, and other unreal themes. He writes under the pseudonym Edwin Brightwater.

For more biographical details about Edwin, please see here.

What am i working on right now?

I’m marketing my first full-length novel, “To Kill A Demon.” It’s free to read if you’re in Kindle Unlimited. I’m also working on a new story: a gothic tale about a young orphan, Jack, confined to a secret hospital while its doctors prepare him for a gruesome procedure. 

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