‘House of Badgers’ Packs a Brutal Literary Punch Mixing Horror and History

The new novel from author J. David Myers is a continuing and expanded narrative of a mentally unstable blacksmith named Edgar Tinsley. Originally seen in the short novel House of Tinsley, ‘Badgers takes that story to another level. Not for the faint of heart it mixes horror and history together with some brutal scenes embedded into a post-Civil War era.

The book is now available on Amazon Kindle for $3.99. Check out the official synopsis and book cover below.

1890s Badger, Missouri, a Midwestern town where tolerance, economic equality, and efficient law and order do not exist.

Through the growing pains of post-Civil War civilization, Badger citizens struggle to find their way. Edgar Tinsley, the secluded blacksmith, combats the blurry line between fantasy and reality. Nathaniel Walcott, the disenfranchised son of a former slave, attempts to provide for his family in an unfavorable society. Stanley Ashgrove, the privileged son of a local robber baron, wary of the blood-soaked legacy of his father, desires his own path. Tangon Baltimore, the town’s constable, wrestles with doing the easy thing or doing the right thing. And James Francis, orphaned private detective, searches for the truth in his muddled past.

When these personalities collide, lies, racism, manipulation, and dark secrets will confuse the already tangled web of their lives. Fate connects them all, and Fate will decide their reckoning.

Are not we all just a house of badgers, always biting, clawing, and fighting amongst ourselves?

J. David Myers is a high school Social Studies teacher and an aspiring author who has lived in the Midwest his entire life. He has written numerous novels, novellas, and short stories, but A House of Badgers is his first published work. Drawing from influences such as Stephen King and Cormac McCarthy, Myers combines horror and the macabre with raw realism. His education and interest in the past bleeds through his work, as his stories are often set against the backdrop of significant historical events or periods. When asked what effective horror consists of, Myers said, “Effective horror should frighten, should make the reader tingle, should make the reader question, but it should also use the unknown and extraordinary to further the story of a character or characters. Isn’t that what life is? A string of events, sometimes beyond the realm of our everyday lives, which mold us, which change the person we were yesterday and create the person we will be tomorrow. No one, imagined or real, can enter the forest of horror and come out the other side the same person.”