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.
WHEN HE COMES TO TOWN, YOU WILL KNOW HIM BY WHAT HE DOES…BUT WHO IS HE?
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?