John R. Klein has published over a hundred and fifty articles in scholarly journals and mainstream magazines. Klein's work includes poetry, novels, and plays. He is an award-winning Amazon best-selling author of five books. His critically-acclaimed novels, Frankie Jones, and The Ostermann House, were released in 2016 and 2017, respectively. The Ostermann House was a 2017 Killer Nashville Claymore Award Finalist, was selected as Best Book of the Year in 2017 by Advice Books International, and was a 2018 Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award Finalist. It is rated 4.29 out of 5.0 in Goodreads. A Distant Past, An Uncertain Future, was released in May of 2019. TO FIND - The Search for Meaning in Life on The Gringo Trail, a memoir of Klein's travels through Mexico and Central America on $5 a day was published in December of 2019. His most recent book The Visitor, a book of horror in a small mid-west town, was just recently released in 2020.

"Klein has written a novel one doesn't find anymore--as much exploration as exposition, it often raises unanswerable questions. His prose is lyrical and frequently sings, in a minor key, of the things we too often take for granted. Courageously non-genre, this novel is for people who love language, appreciate insightful perceptions on the human condition, and accept the realization that nothing really ends as long as life goes on." - US Review of Books

Does a house have a soul? The old Ostermann farmhouse does - a very dark and very sinister soul. Little do the Feltons know this when they buy the house in rural Krivac, Texas. Caught in a torrent of mind-altering energy, dire warnings, and military intelligence investigations, it is time for the Feltons get out. Frantically attempting to leave, they are blocked by forces that have a devastating message for all of humanity.

Thomas Blake is a successful author of mystery novels. He has lived for many years in Del Mar, California. When he is faced with a personal tragedy, his life comes to an abrupt standstill. Out of tormenting boredom and trapped in a clutch of writer's block, he starts going to a small café where he is befriended by a group of surfers. Though Thomas is twice their age, a synergy develops. They invite him out on the water in Del Mar, and on a surfing trip to Baja. Will their youthful energy be enough to bring Thomas Blake back to life, or has the die been forever cast?


A Distant Past, An Uncertain Future is a story of friendship and shared needs, a story of life itself.

The year is 1980. Having recently completed a doctoral degree, J.R. Klein, aka Alex Moreau, is totally burned out. Life is dull, routine, monotonous. On a whim, he sets out with photographer friend, Stefan Kale, on a trek through Mexico and Central America with a mere four hundred and ninety-five dollars in his pocket. TO FIND is a wild adventure across raw deserts, up into remote mountain villages, out onto pristine islands, and deep into tropical rain forests. Relegated to the most basic forms of transportation - peasant buses, dilapidated trains, and more often than not using their thumbs to snag a ride - they live a vagabond existence devoid of plans, destinations, and schedules. Above all, TO FIND is an excursion of the soul. It is a kaleidoscope of exhilarating experiences that includes mystical encounters with the lost civilization of the Maya, and a rich cast of characters that flows endlessly across the pages. Klein delivers an unforgettable journey of self-discovery in the tradition of Jack Kerouac's On the Road and Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild.



Cedar Bluff, Minnesota, population two thousand four hundred and thirty-six. Two lakes. Peaceful, quiet, predictable. Home of Ben and Amy Malone and their teenage son, Jimmy. Enter Victor Cartuso, a famous novelist of mystery and horror books. Immediately, everything in Cedar Bluff takes a dire turn. Fear sets in. Does Victor Cartuso have a hand in what is happening? Or is it mere coincidence?

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