The Hook Plays God.

Hello again, friends.

It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Sorry for being AWOL for so long; my world, and the whole world, for that matter, just hasn’t been the same for a year. As humanity was forced to hit the pause button I didn’t have any interest in writing. At all. I mean, what was there to write about? I stopped being a bellman in every way that matters (that hasn’t changed yet, by the way) and the world seemed to be crumbling all around me.

Then a single comment at dinner one night that changed… well, everything.

“Why don’t you write another book, Skippy? Why not write one you feel better about? You definitely have the time now!”

My Lovely Bride.

There it was in a nutshell. It’s no secret I’ve never been anything less than ashamed of the finished product of my first attempt at book writin’; The Bellman Chronicles was a rush job – and it shows. But as my spouse said, this lockdown, as horrible and financially devastating as it has been, was a chance to reboot my life as an author.

She’s the best, isn’t she? And so, I grabbed a notebook and began to build a world from the imaginary film festival/comic con that never stops raging in my head. First I looked at all the things I love, the things that make me The Hook:

  • Comic book crossovers.
  • All the works of the great Kevin Smith.
  • The never-ending battle between light and darkness.
  • The people trapped in the middle.
  • Pondering how much darker the world seems to be these days.
  • Pop culture.
  • Nerdy films like Animal House, Avengers: Endgame, The Bourne Identity.
  • Books like Doctor Sleep, and pretty much everything else by Stephen King.

Then I built a story based around those passions. I decided to tackle the idea that there was a reason civilization has become so much darker than it used to be. Then I poured in superheroes, supernatural creatures. demons, angels, real world archetypes and made them all as “real” (i.e. dysfunctional) as possible.

And that was when things got really interesting.

I took painful memories – and the emotions they stir in me – and made them work for me for once. Like the memory of standing in my mother’s hospital room staring at her lifeless body as I said goodbye to her for the last time; the stench of death was overpowering. But I’m not afraid to revisit that moment anymore.

My recollections of my fallen brother-in-arms Rockin’ Ronnie have proven to be equally painful. We had years of good times together, but for years all I had been seeing in my mind’s eye was his funeral and a video of his last moments on YouTube.

But I’m done being afraid of the dark moments of my past.

The only reason we recognize the dark is because we know it’s obscuring the light.

I loved both these people and while my relationship with both of them was strained at times (certainly one more than the other) they’ve helped make me into the devastatingly handsome, confident bellman/storyteller the world knows as The Hook. So the past is no longer a weight around my neck, threatening to pull me under but rather a resource to be used to bring me to even greater heights.

And that, my friends, brings us to Into The Dark: Book One of the Infinite Crossover Crisis. Here’s the synopsis as it appears on the back cover:

Are you afraid of The Dark?
You should
be.

They are all around you, even in the daylight. Directing. Scheming. Manipulating. Whispering in your ear. You’d see them if you only dared to really look at the shadows, at the corners and angles where the light can’t reach.

The world you’ve been living in, one where monsters don’t go bump in the night is a lie, one created to keep the sheep content while the wolves feast.

An imbalance of unimaginable proportions has swept the world, causing the concept of good vs. evil to exist only in comic books and movies. The Balance between The Light, The Grey, and The Dark has been swept away in a river of blood.

But you can go back to your cable TV, your streaming, your Insta Tikking or whatever the hell it’s called. My team and I have your back. We’re not the heroes you’d ask for, but we’re the only ones you’re going to get. God help you.

(Actually, scratch that, She’s long gone.) Okay, fine, so there’s a good chance humanity is doomed…

Imagine a world where the controls God put into place to balance humanity’s capacity for good and evil (and even apathy), have been upended. Now darkness is overwhelming humanity. God’s AWOL and all that stands between humanity and endless torment is the most dysfunctional band of heroes, rascals, miscreants and assorted goofballs to ever walk the earth.

Yep, we’re definitely doomed.

I’m hoping my little tale will strike a chord with enough readers to help me make back what I’ve already invested in formatting and cover creation costs. Barely working for a year has left me hemorrhaging cash; this may not have been the right time to publish this book, but it felt right so I dove in headfirst.

At any rate, I hope you’ll give it a look. I’m biased, but I think it’s worth your time; my storytelling style is unique and while I have miles to go as a writer, I’m damn proud of the finished product.

Here’s the link to Amazon: Into The Dark: Book One of the Infinite Crossover Crisis – Kindle edition by Hookey, Robert. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

See you in the lobby, kids…

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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39 Responses to The Hook Plays God.

  1. Good to see a post from you Robert, and good luck with the publication! Take care, and keep safe.

  2. Of course it’s the time to write and publish a book.
    And this one sounds like a doozy. Who better to create these characters than a close observer of the dysfunctional and heroic, right?
    Wishing you great success ( and write on)

    • The Hook says:

      Thanks, old friend.
      I have two more books in this series to write, but first I need to promote this one – and that’s going to be one of the greatest challenges of my life.

  3. Welcome back, Cotter er Hook. I have my copy, and when I get to it, I’ll tell you what I think.

  4. Love you Hook! Miss you! Are you really God or are you just joshing us again? How would God know about all the hookers, lying wives and horny young girls who used to appear in your stories? I think you are a false god (or possibly a false Pope). But keep on writing, I really liked your stuff. Always coming out of left field, funny, witty and irreverent.

  5. Doug in Sugar Pine says:

    Hell yes, The Hook is back! And with a new book. I knew you’d make it, Mr. Hook, you’re a fine human being.

  6. Julie says:

    Hook!!!! I can’t tell you how excited I am about everything! Getting a notification email and a new book! The daily double!!

    How I look forward to reading! Glad you’re hanging in there!

  7. curvyroads says:

    Oh Robert, so happy to hear from you, and with such great news! I’m off to buy it now! Yeehaw!

    PS, I have written absolutely nothing for probably 2 years. I’m happy you have. ☺

  8. humbirdheart8 says:

    My beloved Hook! Happy type-type-typing to you!!! And extra hugs to your amazing loving kind patient enduring inspiring awesome wife! Much love and success and happiness to the Hook Household! Hope to see you back in the lobby soon!

  9. Loretta Hassler says:

    Hook, I have started your book. I read each night before going to sleep but I will have to read this one during daytime! Weird dreams kept me waking up last night which I believe is an indication of your success with this literary endeavor😱😱Stay tuned for future notes

  10. Glad to see you around again, my friend. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. I have purchased your fine product. I’d ask you to autograph it for me, but the marker might ruin my screen.

  11. 1jaded1 says:

    Good to see you back in the reader and inbox! The world is a better place.

  12. Bravo! What an awesome thing to do this past year. Can’t wait to check it out. Looking forward to the physical book to come out.

  13. Yayyy…. you’re back and making quite an entrance!
    Congratulations, my friend and kudos to the Lovely Bride too!!!

  14. The Guat says:

    Holy Cheeseballs Batman! Glad to see you out and about and with an excellent comeback story. A book! A book! High five to you and to your wife for looking out for the opportunity! Gonna check it out 🙂 Congratulations!!!!

    • The Hook says:

      I appreciate it – truly.

      I haven’t exactly hit the ground running with this thing, but there’s a ridiculous amount of competition out there, so I knew it’d be an uphill battle.

      Still, I’m loving the process of creating new worlds and it was great to finally start and finish a project completely.

      • The Guat says:

        Duuuuuude I bet! Writing it is such a great feeling glad you finished it and published it. It really is a great accomplishment to take a minute and just sit with it. Published and ready for the world to read. Hope the launch goes well!!

  15. Jennie says:

    Hook!!! It’s so good to hear from you. I’m really glad you have faced your dark moments of the past, and you’re no longer afraid. Yahoo! And going headfirst into a book is terrific! Way to go, Hook!

    • The Hook says:

      Thanks, Jennie!
      I have a lot to learn about book promotion, but I’m looking forward to writing the next two installments in this series.

      • Jennie says:

        That’s great news, and you’ll learn along the way. How exciting to have this new adventure in life, plus having overcome your fears. Win-win. 😀

  16. First let me say that when I read, “But I’m done being afraid of the dark moments of my past.” I felt a tear run down my face. By the time I got to, “So the past is no longer a weight around my neck, threatening to pull me under but rather a resource to be used to bring me to even greater heights.” I was full on crying. I recently watched that documentary that included the video of Ronnie’s last moments and couldn’t stop thinking of how hard it must have been for you to have to even know that was out there. Your writings about that time were heartbreaking. The relief of knowing you had come out the other side is why I was crying.
    So, thank your Lovely Wife for all of us and I have just purchased the book and am looking forward to getting into it.

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