Dark secrets will be uncovered 26th Feb (US & Can) and 13th Mar (UK)
Available in paperback and ebook
“A beautifully crafted novel.” – The Guardian on Deadfall Hotel
“Richard’s strange encounters unfold episodically, build[ing] to a revelatory climax that Tem engineers perfectly.” – Publisher’s Weekly on Deadfall Hotel
An industry legend praised by writers such as Neil Gaiman, Steve Rasnic Tem returns to Solaris this March with a dark novel of Southern Gothic, ghosts, witchcraft, snake-handling, and the Great Depression.
Michael Gibson has returned to the quiet home of his forebears and now takes care of his grandmother Sadie – old and sickly, but with an important story to tell about growing up poor and Melungeon (a mixed race group of mysterious origin) in the 1930s, while bedeviled by a snake-handling uncle and empathic powers she barely understands. In a field not far from the Gibson family home lies an iron-bound crate within a small shack buried four feet deep under Kudzu vine. Michael somehow understands that hidden inside that crate is potentially his own death, his grandmother’s death, and perhaps the deaths of everyone in the valley if he does not come to understand her story well enough.
This tightly wired novel of Southern haunting cements Tem’s place in the mainstream as he brings his celebrated creativity to his home state of Virginia in a revelation of the past’s effects on the present.
About the author
Steve Rasnic Tem was born and raised in Lee County, Virginia, in the heart of Appalachia. He is the author of over 350 published short stories and is a past winner of the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards. Following the publication last year of his Solaris novel Deadfall Hotel, Tem has published two short story collections – Ugly Behavior (New Pulp Press) and Onion Songs (Chomu) – soon to be joined by Celestial Inventories (ChiZine) and Twember (Newcon).