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In The Bleak Midwinter by M. R. SellarsIn 1975 the small town of Hulis was ground zero in a frantic search for 10-year-old Merrie Frances Callahan, as well as an intense manhunt for her abductor.

Thirty-five years later, it seems the FBI would like to pretend it never happened.

Special Agent Constance Mandalay didn’t get that memo.…

The small town of Hulis is hiding a killer secret.…
In The Bleak Midwinter is based on the short teaser novella Merrie Axemas: A Killer Holiday Tale, but it tells the whole story of 10-year-old Merrie Frances Callahan’s 1975 abduction, and the present-day murders that are somehow intricately linked to that event.

SA Constance Mandalay is assigned what appears to be a seven-year-old cold case that echos the events of the 35-year-old child abduction. Unfortunately for all involved, the case heats up for a short time each year with a brutal murder that appears eerily staged, and occurs under impossible circumstances.

Undaunted, she faces the task with no backup, a mysteriously redacted case file, and the inevitable murder fast approaching.

Mandalay’s experience as the handler for an FBI occult/paranormal expert makes her the perfect choice for this investigation. However, even her brushes with the unexplained still cannot prepare her for the answer she was not supposed to discover.…

IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER is available from Amazon, Audible and iTunes.


“I am in awe of M.R. Sellars. This is a riveting read…” – A Book Vacation

“…A well written mystery with a paranormal slant… will keep the attention of any fan of dark fiction.” – Horror Fiction Review

“A superbly creepy supernatural thriller…” – J. T. Ellison, Author of the Taylor Jackson Novels

“IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER is a supernatural thriller with an edge and M. R. Sellars has earned a 5 spider rating from me. I will be looking forward to more from this fabulous author.” – D. J. Weaver, WebbWeaver Reviews


All of the current novels in Sellars’ continuing Rowan Gant Investigations saga have spent several consecutive weeks on numerous bookstore bestseller lists as well as a consistent showing on the Horror/Occult top 100. In 2010 a short e-novella featuring a supporting character from the RGI cast spawned a new series, The Special Agent Constance Mandalay Novels, the first full-length book being IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER, which hit the streets November 2011. The second, INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE is slated for release 2014.

Sellars currently resides in the Midwest with his wife, daughter, and a houseful of rescued animals – a population which currently stands at one canine (Vicki the Wonder Dog) and three felines (Asphalt, Nachos el Tigre, and Mac the Klaw). He often describes the fluctuating menagerie as, “the competition.” At home, when not writing or taking care of the household, he indulges his passions for cooking and home brewing.

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