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Author Dean Petersen

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About the Author


After completing a BA in Film Studies in 2004, Dean Petersen took his love of storytelling and horror movies back to Wyoming, where he makes documentaries and promotional videos. Always on the road for work, he relishes the opportunity to listen to Stephen King and Gillian Flynn audiobooks as the open spaces of his favorite state roll past the windows. In 2011, Dean resigned from work to serve in the US Army, where he was stationed in Germany but was never sent to a combat zone. “Black Cloaks in the Basement of the Welterscheid Place” is his second attempt to exorcise the frightening things he sees in his head and pen them into a novel. Dean hopes to write even more soon if he can get a minute between taking care of his three small children and his giant Saint Bernard.

Black Cloaks in the Basement of the Welterscheid Place


Author: Dean Petersen

Paperback ISBN: 9781960076144

eBook ISBN:  9781960076151

Genre: Horror

Release Date 01/30/2023

She stared back at him from the Polaroid. Her thin hands bound with white cord, her mouth covered by a rectangle of grey duct tape. The camera’s searing white flash had bounced off the slopy mortar between the bricks of her homemade cell and caught the aching terror in her tear-stained blue eyes.

After serving in The Iraq War, Zack Hall returns to the small Wyoming town where he grew up alone after his older sister disappeared in 1990. Zack befriends Ernie Schrader, a resident of the nursing home where Zack works. The two start to bond until Zack sees a Polaroid of his missing sister bound and gagged with duct tape in a cigar box full of Ernie’s things. After getting Ernie into the seclusion of The Bighorn Mountains, Zack threatens the old man into telling him what happened to his sister. What unfolds is the story of one man’s need to satisfy a dark urge after coming home from Vietnam, prison manacles found in a muddy cave, and a group of hooded figures led by the state’s most powerful family gripped in an ancient cult requiring bloody sacrifices.

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