Local author publishes novel

Luke Streich, a Ridgway native writing under the pen name Eazra Shrantz, recently completed a novel titled "Bleeding Shadows" which has been available online since April 5.Streich, a graduate of Ridgway Area High School, began writing "stories and poetry for fun in the second grade," and has since went on to author several short stories prior to "Bleeding Shadows," his first full-length novel.The book chronicles the adventures of protagonist Ron Shotz who has been haunted by a murder/suicide since the age of 12. Set throughout Ridgway, St. Marys and Kane, Streich describes the book as "a serious page turner that will cause you to get so caught up in the moment that you won't know exactly what hit you until you close the book, sit down over a cup of coffee, and contemplate the meaning of terror, the reasons for war, and the existence of human insanity brought on by deluded, collective belief systems."