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Some secrets have teeth.

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Inspired by Appalachian folk lore, 
Our Fathers' Burden is centered on the bonds
formed between fathers and sons out in the wild.


Rappahanok Falls is your typical American small town, filled with friendly people and nothing to do. When a mysterious black Dodge Viscount arrives one night, Chief of Police Brock Lowery finds himself as one of the last lines of defense against a town tearing itself apart under the influence of the monster driving it. The chief quickly learns that evil doesn't just come to town - it's been there all along, waiting to show its face.

A Supernatural Horror Novel

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When Leigh Glasscock was a child, his mother’s mental illness and eventual suicide defined the man he grew up to be.  After Leigh starts his own family, his trauma and addiction now threaten to continue the cycle with his own children.


In 2000, two brothers were left orphaned when their father killed their mother and then took his own life.  Now adults, Larry and Frank’s search for answers about their lineage and what it means for their own children puts them on a path back to that very night.


Meanwhile, the Winston family find themselves living in the same house where Larry and Frank lost their parents.  When things begin to take a sinister turn, their young son Andy is the only one to realize that something is not quite right as his father’s personality begins to change…


In his debut novel, William F. Gray explores the duality of a complex character based upon his own father, and how the actions of one man can shape the lives of those around him.  

Piles of Books

About the Author

William F. Gray is the best-selling author THE DEVIL WITHIN US ALL, a small town horror novel inspired by the evil average people are capable of on an everyday basis.  Taking cues from his own experience and the world at large, Gray creates horror that attempts to worm itself into your heart as well as your mind.  His self-published debut THE MAN BEHIND THE DOOR tackles themes such as grief, trauma, and addiction through the lens of a ghost story, the main character of which is inspired by his own late father, while his latest effort OUR FATHERS' BURDEN is Appalachian horror that focuses on the stigma that still surrounds mental health issues, especially amongst men.   

He currently lives in West Virginia with his wife, son, and daughter while working as a Lead Pharmacy Technician.  His hobbies include reading, playing video games with his wife, and playing music.

"Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win".

-Stephen King

"Life makes monsters of everyone, but it's always possible to come back."

-Shaun Hammill

Subscribe to William F. Gray's email list and receive
The Man Behind the Door: An Introduction, which contains:
-Part One of The Man Behind the Door

-279: A short story prequel to The Man Behind the Door

-The Man Behind the Man Behind the Door: an op-ed about the author's father, who served as the inspiration for the novel.
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