Cover Reveal for DEVILS WITHIN by S.F. Henson

Sky Pony has a real treat today! We’re honored to be hosting the cover reveal for S.F. Henson’s debut, Devils Within.

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Summary:

Killing isn’t supposed to be easy. But it is. It’s the after that’s hard to deal with.

Nate was eight the first time he stabbed someone; he was eleven when he earned his red laces—a prize for spilling blood for “the cause.” And he was fourteen when he murdered his father (and the leader of The Fort, a notorious white supremacist compound) in self-defense, landing in a treatment center while the state searched for his next of kin. Now, in the custody of an uncle he never knew existed, who wants nothing to do with him, Nate just wants to disappear.

Enrolled in a new school under a false name, so no one from The Fort can find him, he struggles to forge a new life, trying to learn how to navigate a world where people of different races interact without enmity. But he can’t stop awful thoughts from popping into his head, or help the way he shivers with a desire to commit violence. He wants to be different—he just doesn’t know where to start.

Then he meets Brandon, a person The Fort conditioned Nate to despise on sight. But Brandon’s also the first person to treat him like a human instead of a monster. Brandon could never understand Nate’s dark past, so Nate keeps quiet. And it works for a while. But all too soon, Nate’s worlds crash together, and he must decide between his own survival and standing for what’s right, even if it isn’t easy. Even if society will never be able to forgive him for his sins.

Like a teen American History X, S.F. Henson’s Devils Within is gut-wrenching, thought-provoking, no-holds-barred look at the plague of white supremacy in contemporary American culture that may have you examining your own soul.

 

We caught up with author S.F. Henson for a little bit more about Devils Within and how she felt when she first saw her cover:

This is not an easy book. I knew that as soon as I started researching—deep diving into the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate incidents in recent years, poring over their map of hate groups across the US, reading articles on how these groups operate and recruit. Nothing about it has been easy. Not the subject matter, nor the research, and certainly not the writing. For me, the cover concept was no different. When asked for my thoughts, I was at a complete loss. How do you sum up a book like this in one design?

Well, I was lucky enough to have the amazing Sammy Yuen design my cover. He was able to take this huge, difficult thing and create one simple, perfect image that says so much. It’s sparse, but the more I stare at it, the more I feel. Cold, alone, dangerous. All feelings Nate, the main character, struggles with in the book.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with image Sammy used. The red laces and what they signify are an important factor throughout DEVILS WITHIN. I adore everything about this cover. The starkness, the font, and my favorite—and I think the most telling—detail: the drip of blood oozing down the shoe lace. How can something as innocuous as a shoelace be so unnerving? You’ll just have to read the book and find out.

 

S.F. Henson was born and raised in the deep south. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science, which she put to great use by attending law school. Her law degree has gotten some mileage, though, giving her the experience to write about criminals and other dark, nefarious subjects. She lives beside a missile test range in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband, dog, two oddly named cats, and, of course, the missiles that frequently shake her house. Devils Within is her first novel.

Visit her online at www.sfhenson.com, and follow her on Twitter at @sfhwrites, on Instagram at sf.henson, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sfhenson/

Devils Within will be released from Sky Pony Press on September 5, 2017. Pre-order now or mark it on your calendars.

 

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