The thriller/horror story centers around the abduction of a middle school principal and a busload of special needs students by a cult.
It is set in a fictional version of Fayette, where Kerry was working when he came up with the idea for the novel several years ago.
“I call it Marquisville since Fayette is named for the Marquis de Lafayette,” Kerry said.
Kerry, who has published more than 25 short stories, wrote the book three years ago while a student at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania.
The manuscript was the thesis for his master of fine arts in writing popular fiction. According to the school’s website, the program is designed to teach writers “to create — and market — the fiction that sells.”
Kerry, a psychotherapist, said he began writing fiction in the fifth grade and has long dreamed of penning a novel.
Most of his pieces are in the vein of thriller or horror.
“I have a weird sense of humor, so even though there’s horror, there are always laughs too,” Kerry said.
“The Children of Lot” is published by Montag Press and is available through Amazon.
The cover, which features a slaughtered pig, is an homage to the original book jacket for “Lord of the Flies.”
It is currently offered only in paperback, but an e-book is in the works.