Stephen Kozeniewski provides the reader a breath of futuristic fresh air with his novel The Hematophages. Given an offer that can't be refused, the main character becomes part of a funeral shrouded expedition assigned to explore a planet described by scientists as a spinning organism. Salvaging an appointed derelict seed ship on the celestial body turns quickly into a gut wrenching mission which Kozeniewski has described with seemingly flawless Sci-Fi accuracy and believability. Not only has the author successfully created a creepy alternate flesh world but descriptions of terrestrial hematophage creatures bring an all too real horror to the inventive storyline. The Hematophages is an unexpected blindside of literary fantasy horror that will keep the reader on the edge of their spacecraft seat.
— Mike, Albuquerque
Doctoral student Paige Ambroziak is a "station bunny" - she's never set foot off the deep space outpost where she grew up. But when she's offered a small fortune to join a clandestine salvage mission, she jumps at the chance to leave the cutthroat world of academia behind. Paige is convinced she's been enlisted to find the legendary Manifest Destiny, a long-lost colonization vessel from an era before the corporations ruled Earth and its colonies. Whatever she's looking for, though, rests in the blood-like seas of a planet-sized organism called a fleshworld. Dangers abound for Paige and her shipmates. Flying outside charted space means competing corporations can shoot them on sight rather than respect their salvage rights. The area is also crawling with pirates like the ghoulish skin-wrappers, known for murdering anyone they can't extort. But the greatest threat to Paige's mission is the nauseating alien parasites which infest the fleshworld. These lamprey-like monstrosities are used to swimming freely in an ocean of blood, and will happily spill a new one from the veins of the outsiders who have tainted their home. In just a few short, bone-chilling hours Paige learns that there are no limits to the depravity and violence of the grotesque nightmares known as...THE HEMATOPHAGES.
About the Author
Stephen Kozeniewski (pronounced -causin' ooze key-) lives in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie. During his time as a Field Artillery officer, he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star. He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds more impressive than saying his bachelor's degree is in German.