The Tone Poet

By Mark Rickert

When a family car accident leaves six-year-old Cameron Blake for dead, his body is engulfed by a light that sings extraordinary music. Once his heart beats again, the music fades and is gone. This is astral music, and it haunts Cameron for the rest of his life.

As an adult, Cameron is a renowned composer, but he feels unsatisfied. He’s spent his life trying to recapture those astral tones he heard at death’s doorstep. Unable to grasp the elusive music, his latest commission has left him burned out and disillusioned. Enter Maestro Leonin Bloom, the conductor of an orchestra with lofty aspirations: to perform the musical expression of the creative universe. And he needs Cameron’s help.

To perform their special symphony, Bloom’s orchestra needs a tone poet, a special composer who has experienced astral music and who has the ability to fashion sound into unlimited musical possibilities. Cameron fits the bill, but his memory of the near-death music is impossibly out of reach.

Cameron travels to Holloway where Bloom keeps his orchestra and a private concert hall. But something is unwittingly off in the small mountain town. A woman is missing, and the nights are haunted by strange music.

Cameron is soon introduced to the process of attuning, an artistic exercise that forces him to compose nightmare concertos as a means of purging lifelong resentments. But his progress is stunted by doubt, and attuning seems to draw Cameron into darkness rather than enlightenment.

Death and resurrection, demons and nightmare music, The Tone Poet is a redemptive, spiritual journey that will lead Cameron Blake to the secrets of the self and beyond, to the vibratory heart of the universe.




The Tone Poet is a double award-winner!

  • Eric Hoffer Book Awards 2015 Finalist
  • eLit Awards 2015 Bronze Medal for Horror

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ISBN 978-1-939371-43-01 (eBook)

Fiction/Dark Fantasy and Supernatural Horror

436 pages

Publication date: October 29, 2014

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