Today is very possibly one of the best days of the month. Sure, it’s not my birthday (that’s next week for all you who don’t know) or Thanksgiving, but it’s the day that one of my most anticipated books of the year is launched.

It’s “Things Grak Hates” Day!

This is a book I have been looking forward to for a long time. It is written by a man who I respect enormously–Mr. Peter J. Story. In fact, his efforts to write this book are what inspired me to pick up my own fiction-writing pen once more!

I was hooked by the opening line:

“Grak hates olives.”

I happen to hate olives, so immediately I wanted to know what made this person hate olives as much as I did. From there, I was dragged into a book that just got better and better as the story got worse and worse.


Here’s what it’s all about:

Grak hates things. Lots of things. And with a peculiar intensity too.

Grak’s contempt is so strong, in fact, that it often leaves his fellow tribesmen bewildered. And when attempting to describe his personality, they find themselves in need of words with greater nuance. “Neurotic” is typically used. “Sociopath” and “narcissist” are also common terms. The most popular descriptor, however, is “pathological.”

Grak, on the other hand, sees his situation in a rather different light. He finds his behavior “necessary” and “selfless,” or even “benevolent” when his mood is just so. Most often, though, he simply attributes his nature to “being human.”

But of all the things Grak despises, his antipathy for olives takes precedence. In his efforts to be rid of this nuisance, he gets his first taste of power and ignites a series of events with troubling consequences. Unwilling to give up his newfound influence, he sets about honing his only true talent: manipulation. But as his grip tightens, Grak’s naively selfish exterior crumbles to reveal a dark and malicious evil …

In his debut work, author Peter J Story brews a robust psychological satire infused with dry humor and a pinch of emotion. Set just prior to recorded history, Things Grak Hates chronicles the life of a bizarre nomad and his descent toward evil. Along the way, this unconventional allegory explores a variety of complex issues. Among them: power, politics, religion, redemption, the dissemination of ideas, and human nature itself.


I have been privileged to read an advanced copy of this book, and I loved it! It’s a great read and definitely worth your time.

You can find out more about it at Peter’s website:

Or just go straight to Amazon and get it for yourself: